So, as on date my collection stands at 20,379 stamps. This includes all stamps in stock books, sheets and on my covers. I do not remember exactly when I started tracking my collection but here's the story. It was around the first time I got my very own laptop / computer. Let me see, that would have been sometime around year 2005. Then there was a lull till around 2010 or so but since then these figures are being updated regularly on an annual basis. My collection is steadily growing at about 3000 - 5000 stamps a year. My ultimate goal is to have as much fun as possible in accumulating, collecting, completing, studying, discovering and sharing.
How do I go about the tracking? Well, I do not use any stamp inventory program. Never tried any. Not intending to either. I use MS Excel 2007.
A small snapshot of what the numbers list looks like.The list of my stamps stored in stock sheets in binders:
Below is specifically of only my Indian stamps.
I have a list similarly for each of my country specific collections that I intend to have complete collections of over the others. Australia, Canada, USA & UK. In addition to that my topical collections of Christmas and Odd shapes have a similar separate list. Again for my general country collection in stock books there is another list and so is the case for my covers and stamps. I eventually intend to have all my stamps stored in stock books only.
The cover collection is another long list that I am not including here. The figures as on date are as below
No of individual countries of which I have covers - 60 out of a possible 268.
Total no of covers - 123
This list obviously is always a work in progress. As I keep upgrading my tracking list I will also try to include the completion level against each of my specific interests in country and topical collections.
I hope to hear from you now on suggestions or comments or just critique. :):)