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Collecting on the Cheap

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

When the press talks about stamp collecting, it's usually to report the high prices paid for 
rare stamps. Recently, a 3-cent stamp from 1868 sold for more than a million dollars. 

But the vast majority of stamp collections -- ENTIRE collections -- aren't even in the same 
ballpark. You don't have to spend a lot of money to collect stamps.

Many collectors got started saving the stamps that brought the mail to their homes. You still 
can, although there's less mail now.

Some dealers and collectors pick up collections at yard sales. You can, too. Or you can buy 
old albums with stamps in them from stamp dealers...and fill in the missing ones.

Some people put new stamps on envelopes and have them canceled with the dates the stamps first 
went on sale. They're called first day covers. You can buy fancy versions...or make your own 
for less than a buck.

These are just some of the ways to build a collection on the cheap. Chances are you won't get 
rich. But you could have a lot of fun...and a lot of satisfaction.

I'm Lloyd de Vries of The Virtual Stamp Club. For more on stamps and stamp collecting, 
visit virtual-stamp-club-dot-com.

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