Stamp catalogs are MUST HAVE items for all stamp collectors. A catalog contains information on how to identify, categorize, and organize your stamps and on determining a "catalog" valuation for your stamp collection.
Catalogs also help in determining the technical aspects of a particular stamp, whether it be a watermark, perforations, printing varieties, color shades, cancellations, on cover premiums, etc., all of which make a big difference in correctly attributing a stamp to being a particular catalog number.
Depending on what your
collecting interest is, there are many different possibilities of which
types of catalog(s) you may require for your collection.
Catalogs are a necessary "evil" of our hobby, and they have become horrendously expensive. For my eBay Store and for general worldwide reference, I have to maintain a set of the Scott Postage Stamp Catalogs, published annually in six volumes, which retails for $600 currently. Of course, I would never pay that for a new set of catalogs. I recently replaced my 2008 edition with a used 2012 edition, which I bought off of an eBay seller for $250. With my specialties, I must maintain relatively current editions of the Michel and Zumstein catalogs. In addition to that there are books on specialty subjects. I also have Sassone, Gibbons, etc. catalogs, for which I do not maintain current editions. There are other catalogs that are so rare, such as some of the ones on Austrian postmarks, that they only exist in advanced philatelic reference libraries. In a few cases, I have been able to borrow some of these, and, using Adobe Acrobat, have scanned them to electronic PDF files. Whatever one's interests are, one of the major expenses any collector / philatelist will incur will be the cost of their philatelic reference library.
in this section will be about the various types of catalogs and the
catalog publishers. Whether your interests are in collecting a specific
country or countries, a particular thematic, or possibly the entire
world, your particular needs should be addressed here. New articles
will be added soon. Please follow the links at the upper right
to each article.
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