Storing Postage Stamps and Albums

Storing Postage Stamps:

The proper storage of postage stamps is key in maintaining the best possible condition of your aging stamp collection. The careful arrangement and organization of your collection will determine the integrity of each individual stamp. They should all be separated from each other and placed in Vario pages, which are made to protect postage stamps. Typically, a stamp collection will contain thousands of stamps hinged in albums that do not protect the stamps from sticking to its pages. In this instance, you need to take extra precaution when storing such albums.

Temperature and the level of humidity are very important factors. I would never store a collection in a room that is not climate controlled, however sometimes exceptions have to be made. A room temperature of 72° or below with very little humidity is ideal when storing such material. If you live in an area where the temperature is mild with little humidity, you can get away with storing them for a short period of time (a few weeks at the most). If you live in a region where the humidity is high all year long, it is best to keep them stored in a unit that is climate controlled. Once stamps have been exposed to high temperature and humidity, the stamps will curl and stick. 

Irresponsible storage and maintenance of your stamp collection will damage your stamps. The ultimate outcome is major depreciation of your collection. Adhering to these simple guidelines will guarantee the integrity of your stamps, resulting in the best possible condition of your treasured stamp collection.

Nicholas Vespucci

Experts at Mystic Stamp CompanyLinn’s Stamp News & Scott Catalogue, and Nick’s Stamps advise avid collectors to keep their stamps well-organized and at room temperature in self storage to prevent stamps from sticking together. Read our latest blog post for more tips on keeping your stamp collection in mint condition.

For additional information please see below for a blog written by Stephanie Hyland from

By Stephanie Hyland,

Stamp collecting has been considered “the hobby of kings and the king of hobbies” for years, and collectors go to great lengths to ensure that their collections stay in perfect condition. Whether you’re a beginner, seasoned professional, or you recently inherited a collection, it’s important that you find a safe place for your collection in order to keep it in good condition for many years to come—and we’re not talking a plastic bin at home. Read more…


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I found my first stamp collection 13 years ago at a Salvation Army in San Diego and I was hooked from day one! I began to amass more collections and spent a few years researching the stamp market.I started advertising and making offers on stamp collections.

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  1. steve schafer

    I have both the International albums with many stamps I collected back in the late 1940’s and early 50’s. I live in Carlsbad-would it be better to bring them down for you to look at as opposed to mailing them? Am looking to sell.

  2. Mary Cutler

    Collected stamps when I was a kid in the 70’s – have 2 big Harris books plus binders with the stamp sheets. General worldwide.

  3. Barbara E Christopher

    I have a medium collection of roughly 34,000 stamps. However much of the collection is International, and a good portion is Seals, Christmas Seals, Easter Seals, National Tuberculosis Assoc., Going back many years with duplicate sheets, are these sold in collections, or individual. Also we have International stamps dating back close to two hundred years, American Mint stamps, Block plates, Sheets, First Day covers, and extras not in books. Originally they were set up for trading. I am missing a Global Binder, But have all of the pages to insert. Do you know where one can be obtained?

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