New to stamp collecting

Discussion in 'Introductions' started by Tom D, Nov 23, 2011.

  1. Tom D

    Tom D Well-Known Member

    Hi I'm Tom and I'm new to collecting stamps, (about 4 months). I am interested in United States stamps and world stamps. I never thought stamp collecting could be so fun and enlightening.
  2. desertgem

    desertgem Active Member

    Hi Tom, welcome to the forum. It is a hobby that can be actively pursued, set aside for a while for life to happen, and picked up again and is just as binding. Bets to your endeavors.

  3. Steve Robinson

    Steve Robinson Well-Known Member Supporter

    Welcome to the forum Tom :D
  4. Sam B

    Sam B Active Member

    welcome to the forum, and share some of your interest or thoughts of what you are starting to collect and maybe someone here can help you get started a little easier:D
  5. zararina

    zararina Simply Me! :D

    Hello Tom and welcome to the forum.
    Nice to have you here and hope that you will continuously find stamps collecting as a fun hobby. ;)
  6. Darrin

    Darrin Active Member

    Welcome to the Forum, Tom. Nice to see a fellow Michigander on board. I just realized you are about an hour drive east of me....Perhaps we have met at some of the shows here in Grand Rapids...
  7. Tom D

    Tom D Well-Known Member

    Hi Darrin,
    As I said new to stamp collecting, so what shows, Where do I find out about them? I have gotten the most help since I joined the Stamp Exchange Forum. It really is a new family of friends to me.

  8. steve logan

    steve logan Logie Bear

    welcome to the forum Tom, i look forward to a new persons imput, and yes it can be very exciting, every time i get a stamp i do not already own i get a real buzz while i log it and place in to whatever album has been waiting for it lol.

    as a newbie to the scene i am sure you will have plenty of them moments to start with

    if you want to send me your address in conversation, i will send you a pack of mixed stamps to help you on you on your way

  9. Tom D

    Tom D Well-Known Member

    Hi Steve,

    I just bought a lot of stamps from ebay 1,500 of them and boy thats a lot of stamps. But I have gotten them sorted by country, (14 hours later) and I know I have a lot of duplicates to share to those who need them. I am just slow and a little eye strain today. We'll keep in touch.

    Your new friend Tom
    Last edited: Jun 16, 2015
  10. Sam B

    Sam B Active Member

    Tom, give us an idea of what you already have and some of us can send you some of our duplicates. I have plenty of US sitting here free to any new collector
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  11. steve logan

    steve logan Logie Bear

    1,500 mmm nice number, i can still remember (4 years ago) when i paid a little fortune but recieved 250,000 half of them are still on paper and i have not touched them yet lol and the ones off paper i am still sorting now, had so many it was easier to sort by the alphabet first :)

    i will put some stuff in an envelope for you, if you do get duplicates you will be able to use them as trading stock

  12. Darrin

    Darrin Active Member

    Tom, there is still a stamp club here in Grand Rapids called the Kent Philatelic Society. I was attending their meetings for a while and then my work and kid's sports schedules interrupted and I fell out of the habit. They meet monthly and there are usually always members who have something to sell and they sometimes have an auction. They were meeting at the Kentwood Public Library south of Grand Rapids. I emailed one of my Facebook friends to get more information for you.​
  13. Tom D

    Tom D Well-Known Member

    Thanks Darrin
  14. Tom D

    Tom D Well-Known Member

    250,000 boy my wife would divorce me for sure. But what I have will keep me busy for a while till I get more.
  15. Darrin

    Darrin Active Member

    Tom, this is from Ron, a past president of the club. "We meet on the 2nd and 4th Wednesdays of the month. Except in December we only have the Christmas potluck (yesterday). We meet at 6:30 pm at the Lutheran home on 32nd Street just east of Kalamazoo . The 3rd set of buildings east on the basement floor." These directions are here in Grand Rapids. The KPS also has either one or two stamps shows/dealer sales every year. As I said, I have been out of touch with them for a couple of years now so I don't know if they still happen but one of they used to be on the Aquinas College campus.
  16. Jay

    Jay Well-Known Member

    Welcome Tom! Have fun and there is lots of helpful people here! ~Jay
  17. David Logan

    David Logan Member

    Anybody Able to help?
    Have just started to collect stamps again after arounf a 20 year break. Any ideas as where to where to begin again.
  18. Philactica

    Philactica Active Member

    Hi and welcome,

    You can start by reading though the post s on this site,
    Go to you local library and read up in some stampcollecting books.
    Join a stamp club in your area.
    Surfing the web on stamp collecting should occupy you for the next 2 hours to make the choice if you really want to start again.
  19. Darrin

    Darrin Active Member

    The link below takes you to a list of stamp shows/bourses taking place in Michigan and the region. Hope this helps. I am not sure how up-to-date this is because it does not say which year the shows are taking place in but at least it give you an idea of what to search for. Many of these shows are repeat annual events.

    Note Kent Philatelic Society's meeting location on this website is dated. Please see my above response for the current location of the meeting.
  20. Sam B

    Sam B Active Member

    1st, welcome to the forum and back to the hobby! I'd start with what made you start collecting in the beginning, and then let your collecting spread with what you learn from what you've missed in the last 20 years. Show some of your collection off...we'd love to see it:D
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