scouts-l Mail Archive for July of 2000: Re: Stamp Collecting MBCs
Sun Jul 02 2000 - 20:53:52 CDT
Hollyanne Dustin wrote:
> Ok, for a *real* beginner - I have Bears starting a stamp collection
> - what are crystal mounts?
There are various ways to mount stamps and other philatelic material.
The oldest and cheapest is the hinge. It is a small strip of gummed
light paper that is folded like a hinge. One side is VERY lightly
moistened and touched to the stamp. When it dries the other is
moistened and positioned on the page. This method will leave a mark or
hinge remnant on the "original gum" of a mint (unused) stamp. Quite a
few years ago some bright souls decided that "original gum" was
preferred so now mint older stamps are sold original gum or "mint never
hinged" (MNH). Hinged stamps are sold at a discount. Newer mint stamps
are seldom offered hinged. If you just like to look at them, if they are
of low value or if you don't care what your heirs get for your "old"
stamps hinges are perfectly acceptable. but ...
For high value stamps small clear stamp mounts are available and sold
under a variety of trade names: Crystal, Hawid, Showguard etc. Each has
advantages and disadvantages and exhibitors can go on and on about the
merits of each. For cheap youth collections such as your Bear Cub Scouts
they can/will cost more than the stamps. Because they collect Pokemon
and sports cards they will understand value and condition.
I found this at the Linn's (stamp newspaper web site)
It way be useful to you and your Bears. also check out our SOSSI site
Board of Directors, SOSSI