Stamps review shows that stamps collecting known also as philately is very popular hobby all over the world. The statistics informs that more than 20 millions of people are engaged in this business, though some stamps reviews distinguish the categories of stamp collecting and philately that sometimes is used for naming the process of stamps studying. It happens that philatelists collect stamps very often although it is not so necessary for his/her essential task - to study stamps. All stamps ?fans? can be divided into two groups:
- the collectors that care only about quantity and not quality (false philatelists);
- the collectors that need stamps details and not only the number (real philatelists).
Stamps review journals published in small countries show that stamp run in their country is very small; mostly presented with elaborated stamps previously planned for collections. It is obvious that the number of stamps in these countries exceeds greatly post needs.
Some collectors are tending to gain only commercial purposes using stamps as a way of investment. Rare stamps are considered to be perfect choice for investment.
As all specialists stamps experts choose often their narrow special field. So mostly all stamps classifications include the following topic stamps areas:
- Postage stamps;
- Postal stationary (this category is widen with postal cards, etc);
- Revenue stamps;
- Federal stamp;
- souvenir cards (some postal organizations prepare stamps in a size of standard cards);
- first day covers (envelopes that already have stamps which are concealed on the first day);
- stamp lie labels;
- topical sets (when all stamps are subdivided into theme set. For example: animals, birds, butterflies, plants, sports, Olympics, art, ship, country related topics (American stamps), celebrities, etc.;
- some items that are actually not any kind of stamps but fulfill can be applied instead.
Stamps review says that the first stamps that had already been called ?postage? and ?the one penny black?, were produced in
According to the same stamp review says that the series of stamps with Queen
Today post collecting performs on new level. All mature stamp collectors have special cosmologies for arrangement of their collection. New possibilities of internet advanced stamp philately significantly! But other problem arose. Many collectors have some complaints to stamp industry (that is determined by stamps review) that started production of too many new stamp types.