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What Are Some Tips for Starting a European Stamp Collection on a Budget?

Focusing on a particular theme or country is wise when starting a European stamp collection. Conduct some background research on the common values of stamps from European countries to help you make these decisions. Choose inexpensive storage and display mediums, such as albums, to safeguard the stamp collection with minimal investment. When choosing specific stamps, look for newer stamps that are currently affordable but could increase in value over time.

What is the Best Way to Remove a Collectible Stamp from an Envelope?

Trim or soak stamps to remove them from envelopes. For stamps with colors that could run, cutting them out of the envelope is the better solution. To use the soaking method, immerse the envelope in warm water for 15 minutes or until the stamp separates from the paper. Leave the stamp on a paper towel to air dry. Stamp drying books are also available, and they help ensure the stamps remain flat.

What Are the Most Valuable European Postage Stamps?

The 1851 German Baden 9 Kreuzer Error is one of the most sought-after European stamps. Only four known copies of the stamp exist, and the most recent copy sold at auction for more than 1 million euros. The British Two Penny Blue Stamp of 1840 is another coveted stamp that sold for more than 4 million dollars in 1993. In general, stamps with errors, unique designs, and limited issues have higher values.

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