This book gives philatelists the essential information they need to pursue and derive the most from their collections. It includes a glossary of philatelic terms, an explanation of tools used to mount and preserve stamps, a discussion of stamp quality and values, tips on conservation, and a look at the stamp market. The author, who has more than three decades' experience in collecting and dealing stamps, gives insider advice on where to get stamps (including the Internet), and how to build specific collections of U.S., foreign, or specialized issues. An appendix provides listings of stamp periodicals, catalogues, philatelic societies, insurers, and dealer organizations. Fascinating stories of famous collectors, valuable errors, and fakes and forgeries add to the usefulness and enjoyment of this book.