Apfelbaum’s Corner – Volume 85

What is the right price for a stamp? Is a particular specimen worth two or three, or even more times the catalog value while another is not a bargain at a sixth or seventh of Scott? Every collector at one time or another must consider these questions. If he tries to decide without the benefit of experience and knowledge, he is apt to be a patsy for those who make a business of finding stamp collecting patsies.

It is necessary to devote some of your stamp collecting time to learning about stamps from authoritative literature and periodicals. An enormous amount of worthwhile information is available to every collector. If you live thousands of miles from a Philatelic Library you can, for a modest expenditure, form your own reference library. The stamp trade has for sale fine books on almost every subject in philately that you can imagine.

The best way to know if you are getting your money’s worth in stamp collecting is to spend a little of that money learning about your subject.

There is a society, The American Philatelic Society that, among other things, publishes frequent journals reviewing new publications and offering worthwhile books. Dues are modest per year and to become a member simply write for information to Box 8000, State College, PA 16801. Send in your application today and take advantage of the unlimited knowledge available through this society.

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