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Today I was checking an old collection section I inherited and found a very interesting 'paper' which came with some purchased stamps in the1980s. The paper is from a philatelic store in Sao Paulo, Brazil, and is addressed to "learners of philately" (free translation from the Portuguese original shown bellow).
The paper sets some quite rigid "rules" for collectors, including "do not start a collection from the beginning, but rather from the year you are in backwards" and claiming to be "humiliating to exhibit stamps with incomplete series", therefore one "should only collect the years one may complete".
The final 'tip' is that one "should exhibit stamps always when those series and years are completed, including the rare [stamps]".
Well, I was born in the 1980s and haven't experienced philately at that time, but I'm quite convinced it has 'evolved' or 'popularized' since then. Most collectors are not able to afford rare issues, and collecting according to what one can and has access to, can make the collection flow easier and cheaper.
Also, I am a believer that stamp collecting is a hobby (of course, I am not talking about those who are in the stamps business or entering the world of stamps as investors), and as such, should be a relaxing activity: meaning one should collect what maximizes his/her pleasure!
Well, opening the blog while talking about ground rules seemed appropriate.Does stamp collecting have rules or does that apply for philatelists only? And do these have so rigid rules?
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