Add on tools for Advanced Collectors

Tools & Supplies required in stamp collecting:


  1. Stamp Album - Stamp Albums are used for arranging your stamps in the best possible manner. Stamp Albums can be hard bound or loose leaf. You can get specialized albums from the dealers.
  2. Stock Books - They consist of a number of stiff pages made up with horizontal pockets of glassine paper or clear film, into which stamps are placed. The pages which are usually double sided are bound into book form and each page is interleaved with a glassine or clear sheet to prevent stamps on adjacent pages from touching.
  3. Stock Cards – These are somewhat like stock book, and are individual leaf of smaller sizes. They have horizontal rows of slots into which stamps can be placed.
  4. Stamp Catalog - It is a part of philatelic literature which serve as a reference to learn about stamps. It helps in identifying the stamps as it is filled with illustrations. Stamp catalog gives every possible detail about the stamp i.e. date of issue, face value of stamp, short description, quantity issued, estimated market price of the stamp for both mint and used, printing type, stamp image, etc.
  5. Watermark detector - The watermark are the hidden imprints that are made on the paper on which the stamp is printed. These watermarks are difficult to be seen with the naked eye, unless you hold it up to the light. If still the watermark is not visible, then you can use watermark detector.
  6. Stamp Tongs/ Tweezers – These are used to lift stamps without spoiling them. They are made of metal with flattened spade tips.
  7. Magnifier – Magnifiers are used to see the enlarged view of the item and check the finer details.

                                       i.            Magnifying glass

                                     ii.            Electronic Magnifier

                                    iii.            Illuminated Magnifiers

  1. Color guides/ key - Some stamps are printed in various colors which are difficult to differentiate without a color guide.
  2. Glassine Envelopes – These envelopes are used to put stamps so that they can be kept safe.
  3. Stamp Lifting Fluids – This fluid is used to remove stamps from paper.
  4. Hinges – These are generally used for mounting stamps on the album. They are small strips of glassine paper lightly gummed on one side.
  5. Safe Vinyl Mounts – These are used for mounting stamps without damaging them. These are glassine envelopes gummed on the back. Stamps are placed in these mounts and then affixed on the stamp albums. These are generally used to protect rare valuable stamps.
  6. Perforation gauge - The holes between the stamps that make it easy to separate is known as perforation. You can count the perforation by counting the number of holes that appear along the side of he stamps with the help of perforation gauge. Generally, perforation gauge is made up of plastic, cardboard or metal. There are different sizes of perforations printed on the scale that is to be matched against the actual stamp, so as to count the number of perforations.
  7. Journals/Stamp periodicals/Newsletters/Magazines - These serve as an easy & reliable source to know about stamps. These include news about stamps, new issues, stamp exhibitions, articles on stamp collecting, various new findings and research.
  8. Thirkell Position Finder - This is a clear plastic grid with squares referenced by letters and numbers or by millimetres. Essential for indicating the position of flaws, retouches, re-entries, design features, etc.
  9. Stamp Collectors Atlas - This is an absolute requirement for any stamp collector who collects worldwide stamps. It mentions every stamp issuing country of the world.
  10. Stamp Mount Cutter - This is used for cutting mounts quickly & precisely.
  11. Stamp Drying Book – This is used for drying stamps, when they are soaked. It serve the purpose of drying as well as keeping the stamps flat.
  12. Electronic Stamp drying Press - It is used to dry your stamps, currency, paper, etc fast & press them perfectly flat at the same time.
  13. Stamp Washing Tray - It is a practical stamp washing tray with removable draining area.
  14. Stamp Collecting Software – Now a days, there are many softwares available for arranging your stamps data on your computer, which will help you know, which stamps are missing and what all you possess.
  15. Thickness Gauge - It is used to measure the thickness of  paper. Range from 0 - 10mm in 0.01mm increments.
  16. Indicator Labels or Arricators - These are self adhesive readymade labels for the individual requirements of your specific collection. These are used to point out some important notifications in the stamps. They can be of various shapes i.e. arrows, dots, circles, etc.

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