Beginner’s Section

U.S. Stamp Collecting Starter Kit


Get everything you need to start collecting in one easy step.  It’s convenient and affordable – for just $14.95 you’ll receive our exclusive album plus 100 free stamps, hinges and a guide to stamp collecting.   You save $22 off our regular price, making this a terrific value.

This is also a neat way to introduce stamp collecting to your friends and family – makes a great gift!

Here’s Don discussing our exclusive Historic Postage Stamps of the United States album.

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Let Mystic Help Your Collection Grow

Did you know Mystic offers a wide range of services that makes it fun and easy to enjoy your hobby time, whether you’re a new collector or a seasoned pro?  It’s true!  Just look at a few of the ways we can help you

• FREE Mystic U.S. Stamp Catalog… a complete, fact-filled guide to help you make the most of your collection.  Printed in color to show off our beautiful U.S. stamps, it contains prices, fun and interesting facts about different stamps, and a list of all the latest equipment and supplies you need.  Request your free catalog when placing an order, with your approval selection, or contact our Customer Service Department.

• FREE At-Home Examination Service… Mystic offers a “see-before-you-buy” service for collectors who wish to receive stamps “on approval.”  Selections are mailed to your door; you may purchase all, part, or none of the selection, returning the items not purchased.  And you have up to 21 days after receipt of the stamps to make your decision!

• Fast, Convenient Service… by using Mystic’s convenient shop-by-mail service, you get fast, personal service right to your mailbox – without the hassles of driving, parking, or lack of time.  You always make up your own mind, and shop the hours YOU choose!

• Guaranteed Satisfaction… all purchases from Mystic are backed by a money-back guarantee of satisfaction.  If you aren’t completely satisfied with any stamp or collecting supply ordered from Mystic, simply return it to us within 90 days.  We will gladly issue you a credit voucher or refund your money, whichever you prefer.

• Customer Service… if you ever have a question, problem, or need, you can write, call, FAX , or e-mail Mystic’s Customer Service Department at:

Mystic Stamp Company
9700 Mill Street
Camden, NY 13316
1 (315) 245-2690
8:00 AM – 6:00 PM Eastern Time Monday-Friday
Toll-free Order Phone 1 (866) 660-7147
Toll-free FAX (anytime) 1 (800) 385-4919
E-Mail: info@mysticstamp

Mystic’s team of 150 stamp professionals are eager to provide you with prompt, friendly service.  So if there’s anything we can do to help you, please let us know.  Thank you for choosing Mystic to help your hobby grow!

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Famous Collectors

Who’s Delivering Your Mail?

What do legendary football coach Knute Rockne, President Harry Truman and the serial 2376killer known as the Son of Sam have in common? If you guessed they were all postal workers at one time, you’re right! Actually, a lot of famous people helped move the mail before becoming household names. Let’s take a look at a few…

Before he became one of the most famous college football coaches of all time, Knute Rockne worked as a postal clerk in Chicago. The USPS honored Rockne with a commemorative stamp on the 100th anniversary of his birth.

Harry S. Truman, Abraham Lincoln, and abolitionist John Brown, who led the raid on Harpers Ferry, were once postmasters. (Truman accepted the position, but gave the responsibilities and salary to a widowed neighbor.)

Noah Webster of dictionary fame worked as a special agent for the postal agency. Truman, Lincoln, and Webster have been pictured on U.S. stamps.

Novelist Charles Bukowski worked as a postal worker in Los Angeles for three years. In 1969, he wrote to a friend to say he was making a career change. “I have one of two choices – stay in the post office and go crazy… or stay out here and play at writer and starve. I have decided to starve.”

Sherman Hemsley, who portrayed George on the television series The Jeffersons, and Bing 1355Cosby were mail clerks. Walt Disney and Rock Hudson worked as letter carriers. Disney was pictured on a 1968 U.S. stamp.

Novelist William Faulkner worked as a postmaster in Mississippi before he realized he wasn’t suited to working with the public. Faulkner reportedly told his boss he was resigning because “…I will be damned if I propose to be at the beck and call of every itinerant scoundrel who has two cents to invest in a postage stamp.”

Comedian Steve Carell, star of The Office, quit his job as a mail carrier because his boss told him he wasn’t very good and needed to be faster. Bill Nye – aka “The Science Guy” – was the postmaster of Laramie, Wyoming. William S. Hart, honored in the 2010 Cowboys of the Silver Screen set, was once a mail clerk in New York City.

Imagine what a bright future might be in store for your mailman!

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How to Hinge a Stamp

The experts at Mystic have put together a short video showing how easy it is to hinge your stamps.  Just follow these tips and you’ll have your stamps organized in a jiffy!
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How to Measure Stamps for Mounts

Getting the right sized mount for your stamps is easy with the guides shown below.  You’ll learn how to measure accurately and find the correct mount size for traditional, water-activated and self-adhesive stamps on backing paper.

Mystic offers various types of mounts and mount sizes.  Choose from Black Split-Back Mounts, Clear Drop-End Mounts, Self-Adhesive Mounts or Scott Mounts.  We even have a special Mount Kit to provide you with a variety of options to get started.

Don’t want to measure your stamps?  Mystic makes it easy to order the correct sizes.  Simply enter a Scott number into the search bar and click on the stamp you’d like to buy mounts for.  Underneath the conditions offered, click the blue “Mounts” button and the correct sizes will appear!


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12 Best Reasons to Collect Stamps

Screen Shot 2014-07-01 at 10.47.18 AMYou know stamp collecting is fun, but did you also know it’s good for your health?  Learn how, plus more of the great benefits of being a stamp collector!  Click here for Mystic’s free booklet, 12 Best Reasons to Collect Stamps.

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