Are stamps still a good investment ???

Every day someone asks me what is a good investment.  The answer is simple – unless you know the products and the market, you are groping around in the dark.  Stamp dealers are philatelic investment specialists – they buy and sell – and live off the margins they get.  It’s as simple as that. The…

USA inverted Jenny stamp error

Rare Stamps: the “Inverted Jenny” of the USA

Background to Airmail Stamps As commercial aviation developed and postal authorities considered flying the mails, a new collecting theme was born – airmail stamp collecting and airmail postal history.  As far back as 1870-72, during the Siege of Paris and the Franco-Prussian War, balloons were used to carry messages in and out of the besieged…

Stamps & History: Oil Rivers Protectorate (to Nigeria)

Stamp collecting opens up a world of history, geography, economics and politics.  The former British colony of Oil Rivers is one such example.  When Germany annexed Togoland and Cameroon, the British and French realized that decisive action was required before they started losing more of their colonial territories in Africa.  A major Conference was held…

Marketing philately is different

I have collected stamps for the past 45 years and I have been trading (buying & selling) for the last 35 years.  During this time I have witnessed stamps dropping from one of the biggest hobbies in Ireland to being a minority interest – with no young collectors and only a handful of elderly gentlemen.…