Welcome to the hobby of Presidents and you and I! You have an album and you have your first stamps, but now what? You will need the tools of the hobby, including tongs (tweezers) stamp identification tools including watermark detection, perforation gauges, a good magnifier, a UV lamp for detecting tagging. Get started here.
Your choice of a United States Stamp Album is a decision that will influence the direction of your stamp collecting for years to come. At iHobb.com we offer a full selection of Albums, including the economical Minuteman from Scott and the Liberty Album from H.E. Harris, the very popular Scott National Album, and 'hingeless' albums from Schaubek, Lighthouse, Lindner, and SAFE. See too our albums for Revenues, Possessions and more.
Are you challenged to collect the world? Chose from the H.E. Harris two-volume Statesman Album that offers a basis for a basic collection of the world, or the Scott International Album which fills 47 Jumbo International Binders. Also consider the blank albums available from Lighthouse and DAVO. Very popular is the Scott International Golden Era Album covering stamps from the first century of stamps; 1840-1940.
Stamp Valuing Catalogs are essential for identifing and finding the value of your stamp collection. Today's catalogs present stamps pictured in color for easy identification and show values in mint and used condition. Beyond finding the value of a stamp, completeness of a collection depends on knowing the varieties of seemingly identical stamps.
The use of protective mounts has changed the nature of stamp collecting in allowing for the true preservation of displayed stamps in an archival environment free of agents that might be harmful to postage stamps, while permitting free passage of air around the stamp. We carry both Showgard and Scott/Prinz Mounts in dozens of sizes.
Coin collecting tools increase your enjoyment of the hobby as you explore your stamps for the interesting varieties that make for a valuable collection. Begin with the basics of tongs, a watermark detection kit, perforation gauge, a magnifier, and a lamp for checking UV Tagging and Phosphorescent paper.
Stockbooks at Incredibly Low Prices! Stockbooks are preferred by many stamp collectors for storage and display of their stamp collections. Offering archival protection of your postage stamps, stockbooks are one of the most efficient, cost effective methods for proper storage of stamps. Choose from our large inventory of stockbooks with either black and clear polyvinyl strips or white pages with clear glassine strips.
Stockpages are an essential part of a collection. They can be the backbone of a collection of specialty items, or a safe and orderly way to inventory seconds and excess stock for trading at your stamp club. At iHobb.com we have the traditional Hagner and Prinze pages of clear strips on card stock, Vario pages of polyvinyl pages with clear pockets, and manila pages to fit in a binder.
Protect the value of your mint sheet collection while allowing for ease of viewing. Below you will find mint sheet albums from Lighthouse, Lindner, White Ace and SAFE, plus the economical system from Scott/Showgard. Your storage options include albums for easy viewing of your mint sheet collection, economical glassine files for long-term storage, and protective sleeves for maximum protection.
Store your duplicate stamps in glassine semi-transparent envelopes, used by the U.S. Post Office for stamps purchased at the P.O. counters. Many collectors use our sturdy red boxes to store their glassines. We offer three sizes of Red Boxes that are ideal for storage of stamps in glassines.
Cover Protectors offer archival storage of First Day Covers and postal history. Commensurate with the value of the cover being protected, we offer inexpensive lightweight 3mil sleeves, or heavier 5mil and 10mil protectors for the safe, archival protection of your collection..
Read a good book lately? iHobb.com bookstore discounts catalogs and references for collectors, and stamp books that are just a joy to read. Add a new element the enjoyment of collecting with knowledge about the treasures in your collection. Discover the interesting history and the small details that may reveal hidden value in stamp varieties.
PSE is the industry leader in rare stamp authentication and grading. As the foremost experts in stamp authentication PSE produces a set of publications which are invaluable to collectors making investments in early classic U.S. stamps. Learn to detect regummed, reperfed, repairs and forgeries. The PSE stamp encapsulation system produces a stamp holder, similar to a coin slab, which fits for storage in a handy box with slots to firmly hold the stamp capsules.
SoftPro Collector Software offers stamp collecting software and stamp inventory programs for 360 countries (includes USA, Canada, UN, Great Britain, Germany ...) using SCOTT #'s with images. We have chosen SoftPro as the most collector friendly, easy to use and most comprehensive collector software available, including the AlbumGen program for the easiest way to create beautiful Stamp Album Pages on your computer!
Stamp Stock and Approval Cards are used by the professional philatelist as well as the collector getting organized or selling and trading duplicates at their neighborhood stamp club. iHobb.com has stamp dealer supplies from SAFE, Lindner, Lighthouse, G&K and many other suppliers. Whether you are preserving your collection or selling on eBay and stop shows, iHobb.com has an economical solution for your needs.