I have collected covers now for some time and have noticed that there are differences how different people make covers. Some covers I must admit is not in the best condition when they arrive and there are some things that a sender can do in order to make the cover better. Here are some tips and tricks that I try to stick with when I make a covers.
- Would you like the cover if you would receive it? That is the first question to ask yourself when you make a cover.
- If possible, ask recipient what kind of envelope size should be used, if the address should be hand written or printed, what kind of stamps, themes would be preferred. This is just a good practise to make a cover that recipient would be interested in and would be a great addition to his/her collection.
- Try to avoid non traditional envelope size - this is because for the collectors it is not very easy to gather and somehow preserve such covers.
- Try to avoid using any kind of adhesive tapes like scotch tape or any other. If you want to glue something better then use regular paper glue. This is because any kind of tapes won't persist for many years and in future the cover won't be in such a good condition as it would be without tape.
- Don't ever send empty envelope! Always put inside either post card or folded paper or anything else to make the cover stiff. Because without anything inside the probability that it will arrive in bad condition is much greater.
- If it is possible make sure that cancellation will be clear and precise - this is possible if in the post office you can follow the cancellation process or ask to cancel cover yourself. Unfortunately it's not permitted in my country.
These are the basic steps I try to follow. It is not said that this is the best worldwide practise but it's just something I have noticed that can be done in order to make the cover more desirable and valuable for collectors.