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General Philatelic/Newcomer Cnr : Can I cut the stamps or should I keep covers intact?

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kitekat
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27 Jan 2013
12:25:04am
Pls remember beginner!
I found these at the back of my album and not sure weather to remove stamps or keep whole.
Any advice welcome Sorry about size
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Logistical1
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27 Jan 2013
01:18:55am
re: Can I cut the stamps or should I keep covers intact?

Kite,
Keep them intact as they are special issue covers.

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27 Jan 2013
01:34:29am
re: Can I cut the stamps or should I keep covers intact?

Since you are just warming up to the possibilities of the hobby, you should keep the entire envelopes intact.

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kitekat
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27 Jan 2013
02:42:14am
re: Can I cut the stamps or should I keep covers intact?

Thank you for your responses, I must say I feel like an excited child again
Just some of the artwork and interesting details I have learn"t so far.
So thank you again

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27 Jan 2013
08:02:11am
re: Can I cut the stamps or should I keep covers intact?

Kite, as a new collector, keep things intact UNTIL you figure what they are, why they are, and if you want them or if others do. Thats half the fun and most of the learning. I can tell you that there are many covers i destroyed early on for their stamps that i wish i had back now

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drmicro68
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27 Jan 2013
10:55:10am
re: Can I cut the stamps or should I keep covers intact?

Keep them intact. When I started collecting (back in the dark ages about 60 years ago) I had no one to mentor me, and I tore up lots of covers that I regret having destroyed. Today I agonize over what to do what to do. I am almost a hoarder, in that I have trouble getting rid of anything--even damaged stamps...and knowing what I do now, those lost envelopes sort of haunt me. Who knows what interesting things I might have today?

Roger

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dani20
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27 Jan 2013
11:46:08am
re: Can I cut the stamps or should I keep covers intact?

Dear Kite,
You have already discovered an important key to collecting-that of asking
questions. I hate to tell you how many of us made the mistake of thinking
we knew what to do without checking it out thoroughly.

You have a treasure trove of special memories handed down to you, which is
the real treasure of your collection. The odd stamp or two that might have
a high cat. value pales in comparison to the heirloom legacy you have
inherited.

From the long view, to make and add to your collection with the intent to
pass it on might be the way to view what you are doing, rather than focusing
upon a $ windfall as goal. I know that Perry (our Secretary) and I have the
same kinds of goals in mind. We build for the ages-not just for immediate
gain.

Enjoy your hobby kid, and know that you have access to hundreds of years of
experience to draw from , from your pals right here.

All good thoughts,
Dan C.

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27 Apr 2013
03:23:02pm
re: Can I cut the stamps or should I keep covers intact?

I agree with everyone....keep them in tack, I still have the original birth announcement of my children in the covers, now what more memory would I want to collect. Your covers are excellent and should be preserved in acid free sleeves so they do not fade or change color anymore than possible.

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28 Apr 2013
11:54:16pm
re: Can I cut the stamps or should I keep covers intact?

These items are high in value.Let us know when you want to let them go out of your hands.

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15 Jun 2013
01:46:23pm
re: Can I cut the stamps or should I keep covers intact?

Dan (Dani) is exactly right. I wish I had someone to tutor me when I was growing up. No one around to bounce questions off. As far a covers go, I destroyed a ton of them when I was a kid and I can only dream about what they would be worth today. My parents inherited the old family home back in the 50's and the old family never threw anything away. They were like a clan and all lived in the same house, but were teachers, lawyers, doctors, master carpenters/builders and were all world travelers and kept in constant communication through post cards and letters. The attic had trunks full of the old stuff. Not knowing any better, I just tore the stamps off and threw everything else. This stuff went back into the 1870's to early 1900's. I knew nothing about cancellations and things tied to covers back then, but then I was just a kid too, with no one showing me the way. (And the errors of my ways) I know I destroyed some great historical documents now and I hate to admit it, but all I wanted was the stamps, Right!!! But if it helps someone else would be great. Find space to store them until you can really be sure what you have.

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