How-To Guides

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, 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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Your Complete Guide to Stamp Collecting

Screen Shot 2014-07-01 at 10.46.49 AMGet collectors tips and more from the stamp experts at Mystic!  You’ll learn how to start or build a collection, how to identify your stamps, collecting tools, a stamp glossary and much more.

Browse through Mystic’s Guide to Stamp Collecting now… and bookmark it for later reference.

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It’s Your Collection – Organize it Your Way!

An important and fun challenge for every stamp collector is the protection and display of your collection.  You can organize your stamps any way you want.

Some collectors accumulate stamps and keep them in glassine envelopes, stock books, shoe boxes, etc.

Most stamp collectors enjoy arranging their stamps in an attractive, organized way for easy viewing.  By doing this, you’ll not only have a collection to be proud of, but you’ll also be protecting your stamps from damage.

You can organize your stamps by country (U.S., Spain), by region of the world (Europe, Asia), or topic (animals, space).

You’ll find more tips from Mystic’s experts in this section, including advice on how to choose an album to hinging stamps, selecting mounts and more.  These are suggestions for you to consider.  But remember, this is your little corner of the world – you’re in control.  Please yourself!

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How to Identify Your Stamps

How to Identify Your Stamps

The biggest reward from collecting stamps is your enjoyment!  However, at some point you may want to learn the basics of identification and condition of your stamps.  As you may know, two stamps can look exactly the same, and yet they are different issues with different Scott Numbers and values.  Also, you know the difference between used and unused, but do you know how unused and mint stamps differ?  Let me show you some techniques for identifying your stamps! Continue reading

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