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Collectors Universe is a trading place where collectors of coins, sports cards, postage stamps and other collectibles can conduct their own individual auctions. The site is supported by chat rooms and bulletin boards. Its related stamp site called Stamp Universe has an excellent stamp dictionary and stamp site search engine.  out of Singapore links to over 2000 sites making this the most extensive registry of stamp links on the web. It may take some time to follow all the links in your specific area of interest, but if you have an idea what you are looking for, Francis Chan gives you plenty of leads to follow. Most notable are his sizable lists of collectors' pages and dealers

Joe Luft's Home Page pictures stamp lots for sale and also includes another catalog of links to a wide array of philatelic resources.  Joe Luft's links come with a short description of the main content of each site.

Linn's Stamp News publishes a weekly philatelic publication with a reported 70,000 subscribers. If you don't know some of the basics such as the difference between "mint" and "unused" stamps, read these Collecting Basics.  If this just whets your appetite, then move on to the columns and articles to orient yourself to the culture and world of stamp collecting.  Anotherhighlight being worked on as time permits is a brief geographical and historical sketch for all past and current stamp issuing entities throughout the world. 

Malte Aronsson's Stamps & Philatelic Website is a bilingual Swedish/English site featuring a links directory and the latest issues of many countries which includes graphics.  Malte Aronsson also hosts a large pen-pal club for stamp collectors, both email and snail-mail.

Philatelic Bibliopole is a publisher of philatelic books. An on-line catalog lists a broad range of books about philately arranged by topical themes. 

Philatelic Computing Study Group publishes The Compulatelist magazine dedicated to helping put stamps into your computer. This site also keeps you up on forthcoming stamp shows around the world. 

Philately.Com is an ambitious project by James Yeaw to catalog the world's stamps by a system of International Numbers that will very likely become a standard for others to follow. This database project, currently with 3000 of a planned 40,000 pages, allows stamps to be located according to country (past or present) or by topical theme. You can currently look up any country in the world. Most have a number of 1995 and 1996 new issues listed. Over half the US stamps are cataloged and cross-referenced. In addition, stamps depicting people are linked to a short entry in a biographical encyclopedia of nearly 20,000 entries. Geographic and other encyclopedic sections are being added. Scanned images of stamps are in the works. The encyclopedic cross referencing is an excellent way to learn about the subject matter depicted on the stamps. Stay tuned for development updates at about

Purring Tiger's Philatelist in the classroom gives you  many ideas for how teachers might use philately in the classroom.

Sandafayre on-line is a British auction site with some very interesting resources.  These include an international stamp atlas plus a picture gallery of scarce and famous stamps.  The atlas is a must for anyone who gets past the images on the stamps and wants to know something about the geography and history of the countries that issued those stamps.  For those that want to read more about current issues in philately, go to the News and Articles section.

Stamp Auction Central http://www. is the most complete source for stamp auction information on the internet. It includes a Worldwide Auction Calendar with links to complete auction catalogs, on-line images of stamps in auctions, prices realized, auction company profiles, articles about auctions, and other auction related information. This site also contains links to over 60 other stamp auction related sites. 

Stamp Shows has 49 categories of stamp links besides having the most extensive list of stamp shows worldwide. Categories not often included elsewhere are chat rooms, cinderellasfor kids, news groups, postal history, and publications online

www.StampAuctions.Com hosts interactive stamp auctions seeking to provide a convenient way for sellers to offer stamps, as well as a great way for buyers to find stamps at agreeable prices. The trading procedures and main site features are clearly explained. If all you want to find or trade is one or two specific stamps, try the want list, accessible from any page, where you can apply filters to look for specific stamps, or interactively list some for yourself along with your e-mail address. For stamp web masters, you can participate in the Internet Stamp Ring to promote your stamp site for free on other stamp sites.

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