October is National Stamp Collecting Month. As a relatively new mail enthusiast, I’ve often wondered what’s the best way to get started in the world of philately. Many say picking a favorite subject is a good place.
So far, my simple collection includes the Latin Music Legends (I’m quite sad those are no longer in print), Harry Potter, and the inverted Jenny’s.
Another way of starting is with a grab bag of canceled stamps. I got mine at the National Postal Museum. They sell a grab bag of 500 stamps, in either a U.S. or World version. I decided to buy the World version and going through them the other day, I’m quite delighted with the selection. The majority of the stamps are from the U.S., Canada, the United Kingdom, Australia, and the Netherlands, but there is also a great selection from many other countries as well. Honestly, I am least impressed with the UK stamps since I now have 20+ stamps of the typical Queen profile.