Collecting Full Sheet US Postage Stamps
Collecting stamps has been a time-honored hobby, with over thousands of collectors in the world vying for the rarest or even the most simple stamp sheets to complete their collection. Some stamps were issued decades ago and are now worth thousands of dollars. Others are brand new, but still worth putting into your collection should they become rare issues one day.
Why Collect a Full Sheet of Stamps?
Most of the stamps that are collected are for airmail. The stamps are created using a printing plate, which is commissioned by the United States Postal Service (USPS). US Stamps come in different designs and they are always mass produced and printed in sheets. Here are some reasons why you should invest in full sheets of stamps instead of the standard single stamp for mailing in the post office:
- A full sheet of stamps is much more expensive than a single one. However, this depends on the kind of stamp that you use.
- You can display them in a large case with a better view.
- They are rarer than single stamps because mint condition full sheets are hard to find.
- Full sheet stamps are considered unused, therefore have more value.
What Kind of US Postage Stamps Can I Find?
US postage stamps are used for worldwide mailing of envelopes and cards. Some are simply commemorative, which means that some people buy them just to keep them. Other people like tourists like to buy them as souvenirs. There are different designs of US stamps, but the most common one is with the American flag. You can also find stamps that have the president's face like on US currency. You may even find ones that have nature themes like duck stamps. Here are a few examples of collectible stamps:
- Marilyn Monroe US Stamps
- 1926 USPS White Plains Sheet Stamps
- Autographed John Glenn Full Mint Stamps Sheets
- USPS Priority Stamps
- 1978 Vintage US Stamps from Kansas City
- DC Comic Superheroes Stamps
How Should I Store My Full Sheet Postage Stamps?
The United States National Post Museum recommends certain techniques to care for your stamp collection. Be sure to avoid humidity, temperature, light, water, chemical exposure, force, pests, fire, neglect, and lastly, theft. Here's how you can counter all of those:
- Keep your stamps in a dry place at room temperature to avoid excessive heat and cold, humidity, and condensation or frost.
- Store them away from windows and areas that are exposed to sunlight because the UV rays can ruin the paint and print on stamps.
- Keep your expensive stamps locked in a safe or a secure display case.
- Check your house for pests. Common stamp eating culprits include termites, moths, and ants.