and Postal History Primer
Collections - Single Country
Types of Collections -
Another way that some
collectors specialize is to concentrate on the
issues of only one country. When
starting a Single Country Collection,
thought should be given to price and scarcity of earlier stamps in some
countries. The newer republics, such as some of the countries of Africa and
South America present a better opportunity for obtaining all or most of
these countries issues without a serious outlay of cash. Another country
that produced a great variety of colorful and varied stamp issues,
(one of my favorites)
that are also relatively low in price is
Russia or the USSR.
The Stamps illustrated below are a selection of Russian Stamps issued from
1948 to 1987. All of these were issued by the Soviet Union,
(USSR - Note the CCCP).
New collectors should be aware that
some countries produce dozens of issues that are never used postally. The
stamps are Canceled To Order
or sold mint and they are essentially worthless, although many of the
designs are quite striking. Some countries that engage in this practice are
There are also a few unscrupulous dealers that sell stamps from made-up
countries, such as; Karelia,
(A Russian federated republic)
(also a Russian federated republic).
A good rule of thumb is that if the stamp was not intended to be postally
used, it is not a real stamp. If the stamp or stamps are listed in one of
the Scott Catalogs
then you can be sure they are genuine.