Such question is set constantly to themselves by many experienced and not so experienced collectors. Philately - extremely well documentary subject of a collecting with the clear registered prices and price histories. The collector, buying marks, can always track, as far as the purchase price - is according to the prices published in various catalogues. The history of folding of these prices can be tracked within many decades. Presence of catalogues, also, is a basis for resale of a philatelic material under the predicted price. Such opportunity is not present for the majority of other subjects of a collecting. Hundreds books have been written about stamps, providing the collector the necessary information on depth that he could estimate separate subjects, on corresponding specialization. Presence of an extensive complex of the information concerning philatelic materials considerably increases a level of comfort of a collecting in this area and, hence, demand for them.
     For those who collects stamps of the basic releases of Russia, the USSR is quite achievable purpose which decision, sometimes, is determined not so much by duration and complexity of search, but financial opportunities. It concerns also those collectors who collects foreign stamps - Germany, France other countries. Now, when trip abroad is considerably simplified - search and purchase of the whole collections, country and thematic is quite reasonable. But, the basic collection is collected. What next?
     Separate collectors expand a circle of their interests in breadth - starting to collect stamps of the several various countries - more often - Europe, English, French, German, Spanish, Italian and the Portuguese colonies. The collection of Germany, which mark traditionally are in demand in our country unavoidably is supplemented with collections of various German colonies, territories occupied by Germany during II world war, Saar, Danzig, Memel, issues of administrations of various occupational zones and so forth.
     Separate collectors prefer to continue to collect the favourite country moving deep into on several directions. So start to collect a collection of used stamps, including - on envelopes, covers, various variants of stamps.
    The collecting of mail items has so long history, as a collecting of marks. Strictly speaking, there is a philately in essence - the collecting of signs of postal payment. This direction is frequent is combined with a collecting of used stamps - with various cancellations (which, also, are divided on a degree of a rarity). This special direction demands significant volume of knowledge and experience. Catalogues here already far from being are so detailed and exact - all possible variants cannot be provided. Mail items l considerably differ on a degree of a rarity to many attributes - on geography (uneasy to understand as far as are various on a rarity of the letter with the same stamp - sent from Moscow and from any village), by prepayment (which and how many stamps are used) and anothers. Interest to this area (it is especial if the question is early releases), demands, also, more significant financial expenses - the whole covers, naturally, remained much less than stamps. Those who is interested in a collecting of used stamps on covers, "postal history" we invite to the following page.-----------arrow-right1.gif (110 bytes)

Others (and them more) try to develop the collection deep into, being engaged in a selection of various versions - by color, perforations, details of a cliche, various proofs, essay, etc. This theme demands special detailed conversation. Those who is interested in expansion of the knowledge (and, probably, the collection) in this area - we invite to the following page.--------arrow-right1.gif (110 bytes)

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