Buckingham Covers - First Day Covers

Some Useful Sources Of Information For Collectors

We hope this section will give you some ideas for gathering information, planning days out, joining clubs or enthusing the rest of the family! It is not a exhaustive list and if you think we've missed out any good sites, we'd be delighted to hear from you. Webmasters - if you'd like us to include your site, just get in touch. We'd appreciate a reciprocal link. To recommend any new sites to list, contact Betty.

 

Magazines

British Philatelic Bulletin

Every month, Royal Mail publishes the British Philatelic Bulletin, which is full of information on the latest British stamps, features on postal heritage and prize competitions. To subscribe, contact Royal Mail Tallents House, 21 South Gyle Crescent, EDINBURGH EH12 9PB.

British Postmark Bulletin

Published by Royal Mail for postmark collectors. The British Postmark Bulletin contains articles about postmarks and lists all current special handstamps on offer. For subscriptions, write to: Tallents House, 21 South Gyle Crescent, EDINBURGH, EH12 9PB.

Clubs And Societies

The Association of Great Britain First Day Cover Collectors (GBFDC)

GBFDC was formed in 1994 to enable people who collect British first day covers to contact each other and learn more about the hobby. Most members are in the UK, but an important minority are overseas. They publish a great newsletter (First Day Coverage) and also run an annual Cover Fair.

The National Philatelic Society

One of the largest general philatelic societies in Great Britain, this is a fantastic way to meet other collectors and learn more. Stamp Lover, their award winning magazine is sent free to members six times a year. Their impressive Library comprises over 6,000 volumes. Non-members may visit and use the library for reference purposes on payment of a fee.

Insurance

AXA Art Insurance

AXA Art Insurance Limited mainly concentrates on art collectors. They have been insuring private collectors, dealers, museums and exhibitions in the UK since 1982 and internationally, through its London market operation, since 1991.

Wardrop & Co

Wardrop & Co have been arranging insurance for philatelic (stamp) collectors since the 1920's and quite a number of our clients have apparently been with them for over 40 years. They aim to provide a prompt, professional and personal insurance service, with real people to provide real answers to real questions.

Fairs And Exhibitions

Philatex

Held in London in February, Philatex is another large stamp and cover exhibition that is worth checking out. The Folkestone Stamp Shop will be there.

Stampex

Stampex is the biggest and most popular British stamp and cover exhibition, held twice a year in London. Entry is completely free. Nearly every large dealer will have a stand. There are all kinds of talks and events run by various societies and in the autumn, there are Senior and Junior stamp collection competitions. Stampex is run in the spring and autumn of each year and is highly recommended. Look out for Buckingham Covers and our parent company, Internet Stamps if you go!

York Stamp Show

The North of England is a bit neglected when it comes to large exhibitions, which is why we are delighted to support the York Stamp and Coin Fair.

Museums

Bath Postal Museum

Discover the history of the Postal System, explore the museum, plan your visit or browse their shop. Highly recommended.

The British Postal Museum & Archive

The Museum collection is currently only accessible on special open days, but The Royal Mail Archive is open to the public 5 days a week, and includes a small but essential exhibition area, showing highlights from the BPMA philatelic collection.

Interesting Articles

Collectors Corner: First Day Covers

Collectors have been collecting stamps for over 150 years, soon after the very first Postage Stamp "The Penny Black" was introduced on May 6th 1840, the fascination with these small adhesive labels started......(continue on website)

Linns Stamp news and Insight

Linns Stamp News is an American weekly newspaper for stamp collectors. It is published by Amos Media Co., which also publishes the Scott Standard Postage Stamp Catalogue, the Scott Specialized Catalogue of United States Stamps and Covers, and the Scott Classic Specialized Catalogue of Stamps and Covers 1840-1940. Linns was founded in 1928 by George W. Linn as Linns Weekly Stamp News

Auctions

eBay

EBay, the online auction, often has first day and commemorative covers and if you know what you are looking for, you can snap up some bargains. Be very careful however. Check that you are buying from someone you can trust and that you are clear exactly what you are bidding for and what its value is. Remember that its condition is important. Also, check how much postage will be on top of the amount that you have bid; if the seller lives overseas, this could be more expensive that you might have hoped!

General Resources

Scherbak Ship Models

Offers limited editions of cruise ship models, ocean liner models and ID style warship models.

World Collectors Portal

This is a site to watch. It aims to be the premier collecting resource and portal for collectors on the web.

Online Resources

Positively Postal

Positively Postal is a new website that illustrates all things postal - from covers and stamps to letters and Post Offices, postal vehicles, post office advertising and even postal workers! They are developing a Postal Resource and Education Centre and have plans for an online Cover Collecting Resource soon. They also have frequent competitions. The site is changing all the time so they recommend regular visits.

Stamp Demon

The unusual internet stamp directory and much more! Lots of Philatelic resources, information and contacts. Have a browse around and see what else you can find!

Collecting Sites For Kids

BNAPS

This is another fun site with games, quizzes and lots of advice.

My Coupons

This link was brought to our attention by a young lad in America who has collected stamps for a long time with his father. It has lots of information about Stamp Collecting for Chidren and Stamp Collecting in general.

Affiliated Charities

Royal Airforce Benevolent Fund

The Royal Air Force Benevolent Fund exists to provide assistance to those of the extended Royal Air Force Family who need support as a consequence of poverty, sickness, disability, accident, infirmity or other adversity.

Artists

Steven Jones

Visit the Gallery of Steven Jones, the artist of our beautiful Sea Life cover.

Information Websites

Falklands War

The Falklands War website provide Latest News, a Data Library,Information and Photos about the Conflict

Somme-Battlefields

The Battle of the Somme Official Website exists to help visitors plan and organise trips to the Somme and show how the First World War shaped the 20th century and affected our modern lives.