Collectable StampsFor many people collecting Collectable Stamps isn't a "real" investment. It's merely something to pass the time. However, for others it can be an important source of wealth. In this article I will outline two different ways to make money from Collectable Stamps. These are the collecting side of the coin and the stamp investment side. The collecting side of collecting is simple. All you need is access to stamps in your collection that you can identify and place a price tag on. This can range from just one stamp to hundreds of different stamps all with their own unique value. The best way to start your collection is by focusing on rare stamps. Rarely issued stamps tend to have a lot more value than regular issued stamps which is why many people get involved in stamp collecting. There are many books and websites dedicated to Rare Stamp Collecting. Many people like to collect more than one stamp. There is a certain amount of investment needed here. You don't want to go too far with your investment because you could end up losing more money if the market takes a turn downward. So focus on the more common stamp types and try to obtain a minimum of twenty packages of collectable stamps in your collection. When you do this you will be able to sell any individual stamps that you no longer want for personal reasons. This will also help cover the cost of the packaging material. Stamps that are hard to sell can also be very lucrative investments. There is nothing better than being able to make money with something that you love. You might not think of stamp collecting as a hobby but I have seen many people become successful at it. Many people who get started in philatelic investing don't know what all they're getting themselves into. It's important to educate yourself before you get involved so you know what to expect. If stamp collecting appeals to you but you have little experience then you probably don't have a lot of money to put towards an investment. You should probably invest in stamps that are less rare, because these will be less valuable in the long run. By keeping your investment limited to a few stamps you will increase your investment potential and perhaps keep some money in your pocket at the same time. The most expensive collectable stamps are those that are very rare and hard to find. Two stamps that are extremely worth buying because they are very rare are the Barber-Books Sheets of Ireland, and the Irish Demystified Poems. These are two of the most uncommon stamps in the world of philatelic investing. Each sheet is only printed once and it contains poetry by eighty different poets. The Barber-Books Sheets was printed between 1890 and 1993. Although you can't own a complete set of the Irish Demystified Poems there are many out there that are still being printed. The last kind of stamp I want to talk about are the United States Philatelic Classics. These are stamps that are printed from the United States as part of a commemorative set. There are a lot of people that buy stamps from the United States to add to their collection. The face value of these stamps is relatively small, because they are only available in these sets. You will need to do a little research to determine if your collection contains any of these or not. There you have it, three great stamps to start your collection off with. Start collecting early, focus on your stamps from the popular era, and don't put your money into stamps that have a low face value. These are just some tips that will help you determine which is the best investment stamps to buy for your collection. For more information on the stamps I just mentioned, and other stamps I didn't mention, please visit my website.