Friday, September 24, 2010

Creating Your Own Stockbooks

Consult this chart. It will help you make some selections on purchasing Vario pages from Ebay or wherever you canfnd them. These pages will help you make the perfect stockbook to display and protect stamps. Often you can buy a pack of 5 vario pages (2 sides make 10 pages) for under $7 and buy a 3 ring binder at the local store for a $1. Good chance you can creat your own stockbook from under $10. Most decent stockbooks are over $20 a piece. I create my own stockbooks. I like to create my own because stockbooks are pricey and often stuck in one size which doesn't hold well for a full variety of stamps in any given collection. In time you can purchase a variety of sizes and create different stockbook types or just mix them up.

Sunday, September 5, 2010

Stamp Alphabet Series: G is For Guatemala

Global Priority Mail (GPM): A category of international mail that provides fast service at attractive rates to 27 countries.

Grill: A pattern of small, square pyramids in parallel rows impressed or embossed on the stamp to break paper fibers, allowing cancellation ink to soak in and preventing washing and reuse.

Gum: The coating of glue on the back of an unused stamp.

The narrow space between stamps in the sheet permitting perforation. [see Perforation]

Gutter Margin
The blank margins dividing a sheet of stamps into panes.