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It ain't necessarily so.

The Stamp Collecting Report, I'm Lloyd de Vries.

Not everything you hear or think you know about stamp 
collecting is true.

Here's one: The fancy word for stamp collecting is "philately,"
pronounced just like that. The adjective is "philatelic."

You don't need to spend a lot of money to collect stamps. 
Many collectors save the stamps from their mail, their friends' 
mail, their families' mail...and even buy bulk lots of used 

Most U-S stamps issued since World War Two have not gone up in
value. However, I said "most," so it's a good idea to check a 
stamp catalogue first.

Stamp collecting doesn't have to be lonely and solitary. It 
CAN be, but it can also be a social event, with a major stamp 
show somewhere in the U.S. almost every weekend and major 
events around the world. There are also Internet chat rooms 
and message boards to keep in touch with stamp collecting 

And finally, not all stamp collectors are dull: They include 
space shuttle test pilots, actors, and major college basketball 

And that's stamp collecting this week. 

I'm Lloyd de Vries, CBS News.

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