Stamp collecting or the science of philately is one of the most popular hobbies in the world. There are over 20 million stamp collectors in the US alone and many more worldwide. Today it is a well-established phenomenon more than just a simple hobby with an entire industry existing to support this interest. Here are 8 reasons why people collect stamps.
Some people enjoy the sense of satisfaction associated with collecting. They pursue their stamp building collection as it gives them a sense of joy to know that they are adding to their hobby each day.
Stamp collecting can be a profitable venture. There are many enthusiasts today that will pay top dollar for a rare or extremely old stamp. Some get sold for thousands of dollars in prestigious auctions. This is a valid reason why some people take up this hobby. It is a wise investment with prospects of excellent return.
Some stamp collectors enjoy pursuing this hobby because it gives them a sense of pride and accomplishment as they put together a comprehensive collection of varied stamps from different parts of the world. They enjoy browsing through their philately books and reviewing some of the entrants they have collected over time.
Stamp collecting is also an excellent way to meet people who share a common interest. It may not be the reason you began the hobby but as you continue to pursue it, you will find a number of people online or in the community who share your passion and this common interest can build strong friendships.
There are some stamp collectors who pursue this hobby as a link to another interest. For example, an interest in Royal families could spurn an interest in collecting stamps with pictures of the Royals. They could build their entire collection around this single subject.
A lot of stamp collectors weren’t originally interested in this hobby until they inherited it from an elderly loved one. In such cases, the collection is already established and the collectors decide to take it forward after getting inspired by the effort and hard work that went into getting it that far.
Stamps are designed and created by each nation to get mail from place to place. There are a large number of collectors who have pursued the interest because they want to learn more about the priorities and values of other countries and cultures. These collectors work specifically on obtaining international stamps.
Ultimately if you have a stamp collection, it is your own personal hobby and passion that you are pursuing. It is something that can keep you motivated for years particularly when you reach your retirement years, a time when you may find yourself a shade less occupied than usual.
Stamp collecting is a hobby that has captured the imagination of a number of people worldwide. Hopefully it will continue to be a popular passion as we enter the digital age of correspondence.
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