Topicals & Young Collectors
For over seventy years, the ATA has promoted the hobby with resources and information for topical stamp collecting. This method - collecting based on topics of special interest to the collector - proves rewarding to philatelists and stamp enthusiasts around the world. It has also proven to be one of the most successful ways to appeal to younger collectors.
Topical collecting allows young people (and really anyone) to focus specifically on things that interest them without the expectation that there are rules to follow and spaces in an album that must be filled. Each person collects their interests and is free to organize their stamps in the ways they like best. For anyone who wants to fill an album, there are pages for organizing by major topics. Some publishers even offer topical page sets, or you can print your own.
Topics for Young Collectors
Topical collecting is a fantastic way to introduce people of all ages to stamp collecting since their personal interests can be the focus of their collection. With young collectors, ask about the things they like and then help them to find that subject on a stamp. For more mature collectors, explore ways that their topical interests can enhance their interests and life experiences.