Postage stamps have evolved quite a bit since Great Britain’s 1840 Penny Black, the world’s first adhesive postage stamp. From simple designs featuring the monarch to works of art literally condensed to postage stamp size, hundreds of thousands of different stamps have been issued in the past 164 years—and the great majority of them remain reasonably priced for collectors. With so many stamps to collect from so many countries, a philatelist’s choices are virtually unlimited--which can be both a blessing and a curse, especially if you’re a newcomer to the art of stamp collecting. Interested in starting a stamp collection, but not sure where to begin? This is the guide for you. Expert Richard Sine fills you in on everything you need to know about selecting, finding, buying, presenting and caring for stamps. An internationally recognized collector and author on stamp collecting (he used to write the New York Times stamp column) he also has much wisdom to impart to collectors who’ve been at it for a while. A gold mine of expert advice and guidance, Stamp Collecting For Dummies is on how to: Start or diversify your collection Decide what to collect Catalog and organize your collection Handle, protect, store, and display stamps Identify rare and valuable stamps Buy stamps online and through auction houses Unlike most authors on the subject who tend to be pretty stuffy—to put it politely—expert Richard Sine focuses on the side of stamp collecting that’s enjoyable, educational, and fun. With humor, tons of interesting anecdotes about stamps and the men and women who love them, and loads of insider tips, he covers all the bases, including: Getting the biggest bang for you stamp-collecting buck Researching, locating and buying stamps through traditional sources and online Showing off your collection at exhibits Customizing your collection Housing your stamps and protecting them against the elements The ten keys to identifying and authenticating stamps Stamp Collecting For Dummies is your total guide to starting and building on a really cool stamp collection.
Bonus Book: HOME SECURITY Do you have a partially filled stamp album stored away at the back of the closet just gathering dust? Was it a gift from a favorite aunt or grandparent that seemed like a good idea when you were 12? Has that album always remained a "someday" thing? Maybe it is something that you are always going to do "someday" when you have time. Well, drag that dusty album out of the closet because "someday" is here. Chances are you are just like the rest of us these days. Stressed out and stretched thin. No time for fun, leisure or recreation. Let me tell you that Stamp Collecting can be good for your health and well being! That's not a joke. It's the truth. Read every book or article on stress and a common denominator is to find a relaxing past time. Well, getting caught up in the enthusiasm of collecting stamps can be just what the doctor ordered. There is no better hobby to help you relax and tune out the daily stress factors than collecting stamps. That dusty album combined with our "The Stamp Collecting Guide" can provide you with hours of fun and relaxation either by yourself or teaming up with a friend. In fact, you couldn't find a better hobby to share with a child or another loved one. Re-capturing the excitement you felt when that family member first introduced you to the hobby and sharing those feelings with your own child is priceless. There is quite a bit of information that you need to know to begin your hobby and "The Stamp Collecting Guide" has everything you need to sharpen your skills. Having the correct information right at your fingertips will give you a successful launch of your new hobby. Just take a look at what's inside: Learning the Lingo Your First Stamp Album What Are The Different Types of Stamps? Basic Tools a Stamp Collector Needs Where to Get Stamps What Are the Different Methods for Collecting Stamps? How to Soak, Sort, Identify and Mount Stamps How to Judge the Condition and Grading of Stamps Should You Collect U.S. Stamps or International Stamps What Are Rare Stamps and How to Spot Them Who Are Some Famous Collectors? How to Spot a Fake or Forgery What Are Expert Certificates What Are Special Stamps Stamp Investing - All About the Market Written in plain English "The Stamp Collecting Guide will help answer all the questions you may have in order to make an intelligent decision about whether to purse this worthwhile hobby. The purpose of our guide is to give you an over view of stamp collecting as well as provide you with information about the different steps you need to take to get started. So, why do you need "The Stamp Collecting Guide?" Because it gives you what you need to know! Thousands of people may be stamp collectors. However, they may not be getting the best deals on obtaining stamps. Or worse yet, they may be getting ripped off or defrauded. Learning how to detect fake stamps is an important step in the process of growing your collection. If you are a new hobbyist trying to figure out what stamps to buy and sorting out the difference between commemorative and special stamps, "The Stamp Collecting Guide" is just what you need to learn all the ins and outs of your new hobby. Regardless of your motivation and goals, creating a hobby requires commitment talent and above all else - knowledge! "The Stamp Collecting Guide" has the answers you need. Grab your copy today and start collecting tonight Tag: stamp collecting book, stamp collecting books and supplies, stamp collecting cards, stamp collecting for beginners, stamp collecting for dummies, stamp collecting for kids, stamp collecting for kids in books, stamp collecting guide, stamp collecting price guide, stamp collecting reference books
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Passing the GED Science Test has never been easier Does the thought of taking the GED Science Test make you sweat? Fear not! With the help of GED Science Test For Dummies, you'll get up to speed on the new structure and computer-based format of the GED and gain the confidence and know-how to pass the Science Test like a pro. Packed with helpful guidance and instruction, this hands-on test-prep guide covers the concepts covered onthe GED Science Test and gives you ample practice opportunities to assess your understanding of Life Science, Physical Science, and Earth and Space Science. Designed to test your understanding of the fundamentals of science reasoning and the ability to apply those fundamentals in realistic situations, the GED Science Test can be tough for the uninitiated. Luckily, this fun and accessible guide breaks down each section of the exam into easily digestible parts, making everything you'll encounter on exam day feel like a breeze! Inside, you'll find methods to sharpen your science vocabulary and data analysis skills, tips on how to approach GED Science Test question types and formats, practice questions and study exercises, and a full-length practice test to help you pinpoint where you need more study help. Presents reviews of the GED Science test question types and basic computer skills Offers practice questions to assess your knowledge of each subject area Includes one full-length GED Science practice test Provides scoring guidelines and detailed answer explanations Even if science is something that's always made you squeamish, GED Science Test For Dummies makes it easy to pass this crucial exam and obtain your hard-earned graduate equivalency diploma.
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Can’t make heads or tails out of coin collecting? You need Coin Collecting For Dummies, 2nd Edition, the treasure trove on information on numismatics. This hands-on guide escorts you through the world’s oldest hobby, helping you decide which type of coins you want to collect, keep your collection in mint condition, buy and sell coins on the Internet, find interesting coin shows to attend, and assemble and diversify a great collection. The purpose of this fun, easy-to-access guide is to turn you into a world-class coin collector in as little time as possible. You’ll learn what coins can teach you about history and geography, develop organizational and observational skills, and learn to use analytical tools, all without event thinking about it. And you’ll learn the basics about ancient coins, U.S. coins, world coins, and the wild-and-wooly stuff that really gets your numismatic juices flowing. Discover how to: Start your collection correctly Evaluate coins using age, condition, rarity, and more Buy interesting coins without breaking the bank Locate rare and expensive coins Get savvy about avoiding fakes Get the whole family involved in your collection Develop a buying strategy Clean and handle coins safely Keep your collection secure at home and on the road Investigate tokens, medals, and miscellaneous coins Create complete collections of copper, nickel, silver, or gold U.S. coins When it comes to numismatics, Coin Collecting For Dummies, 2nd Edition is right on the money!
What’s the favorite four-letter word of people who are less than fully organized? “Help!” So many technological, social, and economic changes affect your life that you need organization just to keep up, let alone advance. Many people have two jobs – one at the office and one taking care of things at home. If you have a family, you may count that as a third job. Caring for elderly relatives or have community commitments? You can count off four, five, and keep right on going. No matter what life stage you’re in, getting organized can make every day better and help you achieve your long-term goals. Organizing For Dummies is for anyone who wants to Polish his or her professional reputation Experience less stress Increase productivity Build better relationships Maximize personal time Organization isn’t inherited. With the human genome decoded, the evidence is clear: DNA strings dedicated to putting things into place and managing your time like a pro are nonexistent. Instead, organization is a learned skill set. Organizing For Dummies helps you gain that skill with topics such as: Understanding how clutter costs you in time, money, and health Training your mind to be organized and developing a plan Cleaning house, room by room, from basement to attic (including the garage) Creating functional space for efficiency and storage Time-management strategies for home, office, and tavel Scheduling, delegating, and multitasking Making time for your family Managing your health – physical and financial Finding time for love Organizing and cashing in on a great garage sale Getting organized is about unstuffing your life, clearing out the dead weight in places from your closet to your calendar to your computer, and then installing systems that keep the good stuff in its place. Organizing is a liberating and enlightening experience that can enhance your effectiveness and lessen your stress every day – and it’s all yours simply for saying “No” to clutter.
Online Auctions Internet Directory Inside! Discover How to Get the Best Possible Deal — and Protect Your Privacy! From baseball cards and Beanie Babies to Fiesta Ware and folk art, Internet auctions are the easiest way to buy and sell collectibles (or anything else) at a great price. But with today's proliferation of sites and auction types, where do you begin? Internet Auctions For Dummies® cuts through the confusion. With clear advice and eye-opening stories from real-life sellers and bidders, author Greg Holden guides you to the best sites for your particular interests and shows you step-by-step how to get great deals — whether you're buying or selling. Let These Icons Guide You! Highlights tips that can help bidders get the best auction deals Points out strategies that can help sellers attract customers and maximize profits Marks profiles of successful Internet auction bidders and sellers Valuable Bonus CD Includes: Auctioneer 3.0 — Demo version of program that allows you to design and maintain an online auction house EveryAuction — An easy to use freeware CGI auction program Paint Shop Pro — Evaluation version of popular image editing tool Shareware programs are fully functional, free trial versions of copyrighted programs. If you like particular programs, register with their authors for a nominal fee and receive licenses, enhanced versions, and technical support. Freeware programs are free, copyrighted games, applications, and utilities. You can copy them to as many PCs you like — free — but they have no technical support System Requirements: 486 or faster PC running Windows 95 or later, Windows NT 4, or 68040 or faster Macintosh running system 7.5.5 or later, 8MB RAM (16MB RAM recommended); CD-ROM drive double-speed (2X) or faster; Internet connection (14,400 bps or faster modem, or network-regular access charges apply). Inside, find helpful advice on how to: Navigate the Web's hottest auction sites — eBay, Yahoo! Auctions, Amazon.com Auctions, OnSale, uBid, AuctionAddict.com, Up4Sale, Auction Universe, The Collectible Exchange, Sotheby's, and more Understand the different types of online auctions and the best strategies for buying or selling at each Handle credit card transactions, set up escrow accounts, and protect yourself from fraud Attract customers worldwide by learning about translation services, customs, and more Connect with other collectors who share your interests and locate hard-to-find items