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Telephone card collection

BY: David Prakash Kumar | Category: Entertainment | Post Date: 2009-07-06
 



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Collecting phone cards has become one of the leading hobbies of recent times. The way it has taken the collector's world by storm, it will soon beat many a hobby to become one of the leading hobbies. People change with time, and so do the hobbies and what people collect.

Telephone card collection may not overtake Philately and numismatics, but it might soon become third on the list of collectibles with many people collecting these telephone cards. It is a recent hobby compared to the other ones with only about 20 years gone by since people started collecting phone cards, but already there are over 5 million people who collect these cards. In some places, it is considered as part of philately.

Phone cards were first introduced in Italy in 1976. Now more than two hundred countries use various types of phone cards. Many countries use telephone cards like credit cards. These cards can be used for talking when they are inserted into the telephone, similar to a coin box telephone.

Each country uses a different type of card depending on the country and the telephone company. The card is worth a particular amount and the amount is deducted based on the cost of the call made. As the balance on the card is used up, people purchase new cards. The old ones are discarded and these are the cards that are collected by the telephone card collectors.

Many telephone companies have made use of the cards to advertise various things on these cards. This makes these cards colorful and have different pictures and scenery printed on them. These telephone cards are bigger than postal stamps and also are sturdier. They are also more picturesque. These cards are disposable ones and are also easy to handle. This makes them very attractive for collectors.

The first International telephone card exhibition was held in the General Post office in Dubai in September 1995. In India, the first exhibition was held in Nagpur at the Press club on the second of August in 1996. There are sure to be many more exhibitions and more people are sure to collect these cards as a hobby.

With the number of people collecting stamps on the decline with the number of postage stamps reducing due to increased communication using e mails and telephones, it can be safely said that telephone card collection will become the hobby of the future.

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About Author / Additional Info: I am a physiotherapist by profession. A writer by interest. I take up freelance assignments for various websites and blogs. Comments are welcome at prakashdavid@rediffmail.com

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