Over time I have found many interesting and informative
websites that have help me learn about stamp collecting. Note: descriptions in
quotes come from the websites themselves.
Getting kids started in stamp collecting:
Home hobbies, Stamp Collecting: This site was found for me by Courtney's Kids from Colorado
who "are ALL interested in stamp collecting. We've been scoping out all the different stamps from Disney to cat stamps!"
American Philatelic Society:
an outstanding resource for the beginner to serious student of philately. Membership is well worth the cost and includes a monthly magazine.
Experts: has movied to it's new web address -
Just went to the website and was able to access all menu options.
The Philatelic Foundation:
The premier foundation for research and expertiztion. They have a searchable
database of most of the certificates issued.
American Stamp Dealers
Association: A fine source of information for the veteran dealer or the newly minted dealer. The magazine put out by the association is a great read and you don't have to be a member to get a subscription.
The U.S. Philatelic
Classics Society: I came across these people while researching how to identify
Scott #10. Their main focus is all aspects of U.S. 19th century philately.
China Stamp Society:
a major source of information about Chinese philately, publishes a bi-monthly
Linn's Stamp News:
Publisher of the Scott Catalogues and the Linn's Stamp News magazine.
Stamp Collectors Against Dodgy Sellers (SCADS):
"SCADS is an international association of philatelists whose goals are to combat fraudulent and dishonest tactics by sellers of stamps, and to protect and educate the philatelic community at large from fraud, particularly the newer and less experienced stamp collectors who represent the future of the hobby."
I have found the website very useful as I've gained experiance in the world of
The International Machine Cancel Society:
If you want to learn more about the cancel on your piece of postal history this
is the place to go.
New York Chapter of the U.S. Philatelic Classics Society:
A society dedicated to the collection and study of 19th stamps and postal
Precancel Stamp Society: A website with a lot of information
membership site that has some content available to nonmembers.
Post Mark Collectors Club:
If you are into US post marks, this is the place for you.
American First Day Cover Society:
"a volunteer non-profit and non-commerical organization serving the needs of First Day Cover collectors, cachetmakers, and dealers."
Club: An all around website with lots of information and a large number of
U.S. Philatelic Classics Society:
"The U.S. Philatelic Classics Society is not-for-profit association of people interested in the pre-1894 stamps and postal history of the United States."
Confederate States of
an outstanding resource for Confederate stamps and postal history
Stamps: It's were I get all my supplies from because they have the
lowest prices bar none.
Imagery Labs: Makers of the Precision U.S. Specialty Multi-Gauge.
It has 11 measuring devices on a single gauge.
Associates: For more than 30 years, Unitrade has been the major
Canadian importer and distributor of stamp and coin albums,
accessories and publications from around the globe.
SoftPro: Maker of software
designed specifically for the stamp collector. Personally I use AlbumGen,
EZGrader, and EZImage software.
Bansner's website: Buyer and seller of stamps, postal history and
literature. Has one of the largest selections of philatelic literature
I've seen on the web.
http://www.sheryll.net/Forgeries/Forgeries_article.htm - A very important,
well thought out website that's full of really important information regarding
early EBay sellers perpetrating philatelic fraud and how they were exposed. A
must read for all who enjoy the hobby.
Smarter Stamps: "Helping Stamp Collectors Make Better Buying Decisions"
A new website started by the late Bill Weiss and Don Denman to help out buyers of stamps
by rooting out auction listings, mainly in eBay, that are possibly misleading or
fraudulent. A very impressive site, I encourage all to check it out.
Stamps 1847USA: (Stamp Smarter now hosts the 1847USA.com website) "1847usa.com was designed primarily to aid
collectors in their identification of U.S. stamps." and they aren't
kidding. This is the best website for identifying Washing/Franklins as
well as letting you know which one to be cautious about because of the
possibility of faking. This website is an encyclopedia of philatelic knowledge.
Fakes: A website dedicated to identifying faked, forged, or
altered stamps on EBay as well as identifying the bad sellers on EBay.
A great website to learn how to spot faked or altered stamps.
Military APO price guide: This site gives a sense of rarity and prices for a
large number of military APO addresses. How to interpret the price guide can be
Part of a larger website dedicated to
postal history run by Jim Forte.
Cover Specialists: Buyers and sellers of covers dealing with the
Zeppelins, Hindenburg, Akron, Macon, Los Angeles, Shenandoah, and
other US Airships, Pan American Clipper flights, Pioneer and Early
Flights, along with Government flight covers, WW2 Patriotic
covers along with First Days prior to 1945 generally, as well as
Autographs on covers.
Robert A. Siegel
Auction Galleries Inc.: the catalogues of the rarities auctions contain a
wealth of information, the power search allows one to look through past auctions
to determine prices and rarity.
information on identifying Scott #10: A website with some
useful information on how to identify Scott #10.
of plated Scott #10's: This website has enlarged photos of plated
Scott #10's covering all plates.
identifier: A well laid out site dealing with the often trick task of
identifying the Washington/Franklin series of stamps.
Network: a site that lists all noteworthy upcomming stamp auctions.
Post Office in
Paradise: "a site dedicated to the study and sharing of information about the stamps and postal history of Hawaii in the years before it became a territory of the United States on June 14, 1900."
The only site I know of with such comprehensive information dealing with pre
territory status Hawaiian postal history.
Blogs and discussion boards:
To Contact Riverside
Richard Frajola: An outstanding
site dealing mainly with postal history.
Bob Swanson Stamps and Postal
History: And interesting site with many articles and links to other sites.
US Special Delivery.com: This
site has a large amount of informtion about Special Delivery, Registered mail
and other special service postal history.
Stamp Insider, Essential Information for
1895 Revenues: Dedicated to the
US Revenues that financed the Spanish American War.
Jim Forte Postal History:
Jim's site dedicated to world Postal history.
To Contact Riverside Stamps:
Mike Girard - Owner / Operator / Web Master:
I am a member of the American Philatelic Society
APS #: 205494
Visit the American Philatelic Society
Website at www.stamps.org
I am a member of the United States Stamp Society
USSS #: 16733
Visit the United States Stamp Society
I am a member of the Internet Philatelic Dealers Association
IPDA #: 231
Visit the Internet Philatelic Dealers Association
Website at http://ipdastamp.org