Typically a stamp can not be repaired.
When a stamp is not perfect, it is identified as a filler.
Many stamps with defects are useful to collector since solid stamps re often rare and expensive.
So collectors are willing to add fillers to a collection to fill spaces, thus the name.
Stamp defects include these types which may qualify a stamp to be a filler:
no gum on mint
Fillers are offered for sale typically at 10% of catalog.
More about collecting from TreasureCoastStamps.com
by Ralph Chapin
|1. For beginners, start by buying local postage stamps in a packet of 500 or 1000 at your nearest post office. You could also make friends with fellow collectors, and you could trade and swap stamps. There are also auctions intended to invite stamp collectors to bid for stamps from various sources. Also, you could ask for your friends overseas to send you stamps from countries they are in. Collecting a variety of stamps that come from different places would make your collection more attractive.|
|2. Cut off stamps from envelopes, leaving about 1-2 cm safety margin. Make sure not cut the perforations, as it will be a factor in appraising your stamps’ value.|
|3. Dip the envelope sections in warm water (with the stamps attached) for 20 minutes or so. Remember that you should not use hot water, as it will ruin the images imprinted on the stamp. It is also important to make sure that you do not submerge at the same time a stamp with white background paper together with a colored one, as the colors usually stain the water and may cause damage to your white stamp.|
|4. Remove stamps carefully from the portion of envelopes using tweezers or stamp tongs. When choosing tweezers, avoid those with too pointed tips so as you will not accidentally poke the tweezers’ point through your stamp. Appropriate stamp tongs are necessary to protect your stamps from physical damage when picking up, the same thing as it will protect your stamps from damage that may be brought about by the moisture that normally comes from your fingers/hands.|
|5. Allow excess water to drip and let stamps dry, at least overnight, by arranging the stamps on a sheet of paper towels or a simple paper. Make sure that they are not crowded! Cover the first layer with another sheet of paper and place a heavy, probably hard-bound bound textbook on top, for the stamps to be pressed|
|Last is to sort your stamps according to country or topic/theme. Choose the perfect storage for your stamps, such as in a stock book or stamp album. It would be more creative though, if you would make your own scrapbook intended for your collection. You would again use your stamp tongs/tweezers in transferring your stamps.|