I’m interested in collecting used self-adhesive stamps. What do I need to know?

If you’re interested in collecting used self-adhesive stamps, there’s a few things to know before getting started:

  1. How close to the stamp should you cut when cutting it off an envelope?
    • There is not a standard measurement for how closely to cut. With a pair of sharp scissors, cut as closely as you comfortably can to the perforations without cutting into them.
  2. Can self-adhesive stamps be soaked off an envelope?
    • Self-adhesive stamps do not soak easily or with good results, often leading to stamp damage. Mystic recommends simply trimming the envelop or backing paper very carefully around the stamp.
  3. How do I know what size mount to get for my self-adhesive stamp?
    • Mounts for water-activated stamps are sized to allow 5 mm on each side. Mounts for self-adhesive stamps are sized to allow 6-7 mm, due to the thickness of the backing paper and how closely to the perforations the stamp has been trimmed.

Mystic created a booklet with important and interesting information about self-adhesive stamps. Click here to read it.