If you love to collect things, toys, dolls, bears, cars, etc., you might also enjoy collecting stamps. More and more people around the world are starting their own, and even getting their children involved in the hobby as well. If you live in the United States, as I do, you probably have a vast collection of US ones, but have you considered branching out to collect Canadian postage stamps as well? It is a lot of fun, and can even be a profitable hobby, but why limit yourself to locally manufactured ones?
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Canada is currently offering a new spin on theirs, introducing photo stamps. You can, for a nominal fee, have your favorite photo printed on a stamp. This is a great idea for couples wanting to send out engagement notices, wedding invitations, or birth announcements. If you have friends who are also interested in collecting, you will have some very unique ones to add to your collection, ones that also have personal value as well!
According to the Canada post website, there are going to be around 20 new versions released just this year! That being said, think of all the opportunities you would have, if you decided to start collecting today.
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If you interested in collecting ones featuring famous people, there are several that you might want to be on the lookout for, some that are quite antique, and could possibly be worth some money, if not now, in the future. One of the newest of these is the Paul Anka stamp, just released into circulation this year. If you are interested in older, vintage versions, you might want to look for the 1908 stamp featuring the image of James Wolfe, or the 1851 one of Victoria of the United Kingdom. If you have collected these for a while, you probably already know that many of the older ones are very difficult to find, and even more expensive to purchase, if you do happen across one for sale!
There are many places where you may be able to purchase Canadian postage stamps, either from local antiques dealers, your local post office (possibly), or even on the Internet. The Internet is the best place for those people living outside of Canada to find ones for their collections. If you do decide to shop online, just make certain you select a seller who has a good reputation, and who offers you a guarantee of authenticity on every purchase, before you hand over any money!