Types of Collections
In the previous section we looked at the various types of
stamp issues. In this section we will look at the variety of ways in which
collectors specialize in certain stamp areas, topics and themes. This
not only helps to make the collection more manageable, but also allows
the collector the freedom to tailor his or her stamp collection more in line
with their own personal interests. For instance; a submarine sailor might
start a topical collection of U.S. submarine commissioning covers or
collect submarine souvenir sheets from around the world. Some collectors
concentrate on one or two issues, thus our submarine collector might want to
collect all covers, cancellations, and postal material relating to the
Explorations issue of 1959 which pictures the USS Nautilus.
A collector of
Rhode Island Issues
might wish to specialize in the Rhode Island
Tercentenary Issue of 1936 or they might wish to collect
Cards with Rhode Island Themes such as the
Postal Cards. All of these collections
discussed so far are known as themed or Topical Collections.
A collector could also specialize in First Day Covers,
First Flight Covers, Plate Blocks, or collect
only Air Mail stamps. Some collectors opt for collecting a single country and
attempt to obtain at least one single issue of each stamp issued by that country. An
even more generalized type of collection would be collecting singles from as
many countries world-wide as possible.
The main idea is to have fun!
Now let's look at some of the different types of specialty
collections in a little more detail. Select the links below for a further look
into the different types of collections.