My Stamp Album: All You Need to Know
Many people haven't even glanced down at the brown leather cover with gold sparkled
lettering reading MY STAMP ALBUM. They have tossed it aside and maybe it has collected
dust in an attic full of cobwebs. Or perhaps they've shoved theirs in a sock drawer.
But enough about "them". Let's talk about you.
Where is your album? Is it abandoned in a corner of your Neohome? Or are you
actually using it - collecting not only stamps, but coins, evil coconuts and
If you answered yes to the first question, you are not alone. A lot of people
aren't avid stamp collectors (not yet, anyway.) I hope this guide will change
their minds... and yours too.
Before you go out and spend thousands (possibly millions) of Neopoints on stamps,
you should know what you are getting into. Let me explain.
Intro to Stamp Collecting:
I could bore you with a long history lesson on "how the stamp came to be,"
but I think I would lose a lot of readers quickly. So instead I will keep it
short, sweet and to the point.
Stamp collecting is a hobby. It can be a lot of fun, but it also takes time
to complete. I have been collecting for 52 months now (ever since I started
playing Neo) and my collection isn't even close to being finished. Why? Because
TNT is always creating more categories (the latest is Altador) and stamps' prices
Where Do You Find Stamps:
Place: Post Office Kiosk
If you are good at restocking, definitely try to nab a few rare ones at the
Post Office. On the common stamps, the wiz usually has better pricing. Which
leads me to my next place...
Place: Shop Wizard
My personal favorite place to find all my stamping needs. The wiz can get you
the majority of your collection quickly. Now if only you had 5 million to spare...
Place: Trading Post
The TP is good for buying UBs (unbuyables). These stamps cannot be purchased
in shops because their value is much greater than 99, 999 NP. I often use the
trading post to gaze at stamps worth 1.5 million, 2 million, 4 million, etc.
because my bank account only has 6 digits.
Place: Collectable Sea Shells shop
This store, located in Maraqua, is where you can purchase shells for that page
marked "Sea Shells."
Place: Coconut Shy
You can't exactly purchase evil coconuts (as far as I know) but you can win
them on Coconut Shy. If you're interested in buying some evil coconuts, I suggest
the shop wizard.
Place: Advent Calendar
Sometimes in December, the gifts at the Advent Calendar are stamps. You can
get them for free the day of, and afterwards they are usually available through
the shop wizard.
Stamp Rules for Beginners:
No licking required:
Sometimes you need to lick the backs of stamps. Lucky for you, so far all the
stamps come with an adhesive back (like a sticker). Another reason not to lick
stamps? They have a horrible aftertaste and leave your tongue feeling tingly.
Handle with care:
Stamps are great but they are flimsy. Be careful when handling them. Try not
to get your paws, claws, or hands all over them. This could cause damage to
the stamp and its design. Also I caution you not to feed stamps to Grarrls or
Skeiths. They don't digest quite right...
Do not remove:
It isn't possible (at the moment) to remove stamps from your album. Once they
are there, they are there for good. There is no turning back. What's done is
If it is ever possible to remove stamps from your album, I advise you not to.
They always rip in the corners or curl... then no one will buy them from you!
Where do I begin?
If you're completely lost on where to begin, let me help! Here are some places
you may want to start.
Start by: Choosing a theme
If you absolutely adore Kaus (like jennifer345678) why don't you start by purchasing
all the Kau stamps? Or, if you are more on the evil side *grin* then perhaps
you would like to buy all evil stamps first! There are a variety of stamps...
so there are tons of things to choose from!
Start by: Category
In your stamp album there are categories (I will explain more later). These
include categories like Mystery Island, Lost Desert, Snowy Valley and Battle
for Meridell. You may want to try filling one page at a time!
Warning: if you already collect avatars too, then you may know that there are
stamp avatars too. It may be difficult (unless you are a millionaire) to purchase
all 25 stamps for each section.
Start by: one by one
When I say one by one I mean one stamp per page. Then two stamps per page.
Then three, four, five, up until 25. I find, however, this isn't the best way
of doing things. It becomes hard once you reach about 10 or 11 per page.
Start by: randomness
Rock on, dude, for being random! Sometimes random is good (like in this case.)
Just buy what you can afford and fill the pages you want to fill! Who needs
order in their life? Like, honestly, man...
Here are the simplest, clearest directions to get to the post office:
Click shops on your yellow sidebar. This will take you to Neopia Central. See
the bright colorful rainbow? Look down and just below the Money Tree. Voila...
there it is!
When you click on that, it leads you to the Post Office Kiosk. This is where
you can purchase stamps. If you want to get to your album, however, click on
the word "here" in:
Click here to see your album!
Another way to get to your album is on your lookup. Just click on the stamp
in between your games and wishlist.
So now you have reached your album. It's about time... isn't it? I think I
will begin by explaining what you get when you click "My Album."
Naturally, it brings you to your stamp album! This is where you can view all
your lovely stamps, evil coconuts, seashells and coins. It divides as follows:
STAMP PAGES: 15
SEASHELL PAGES: 1
EVIL COCONUT PAGES: 1
COIN PAGES: 2
TOTAL PAGES: 19
As you can see, stamps are the most popular thing in your stamp album (who
would have thought?) But there are 4 pages of other neat things to collect too.
Now, if you click on "Overview," it brings you to an overview of your collection.
Here all your stamps are displayed in a nice little graph, complete with percentages
too (ooo... ahh... ) At the bottom of the page is your grand total. It says
I may be eligible for the High Score Table but I'm clearly not... (why did they
get my hopes up?!)
Lastly if you click on "High Scores" you can see many other stamp collectors
who have much bigger collections than I do. You currently need 299 stamps to
be on the high score list. You need well over 350 to possibly earn a trophy
for your lookup. *sigh* I don't know if I will ever make top 100.
Save, Spend, Save, Spend:
Like I mentioned earlier, stamp collecting is fun but expensive. The average
Neopian can't afford to buy even a page in one swoop. What I like to do is save
up for a while (until I reach 500k) and then treat myself to about 200k worth
of stamps. It seems like a lot of money but it only bought me 12 stamps on my
last shopping excursion.
This is the end... there is no more... so when you leave... please shut
Hope you liked it! Happy stamp collecting!