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Is the King of Hobbies Stamp Collecting Dying?

Whilst it is true that stamp collecting is in decline, reports of its death are greatly exaggerated. We live in a digital age where communication is through social media and email so it is not surprising that stamp collecting is hardly the hobby of choice for younger generations. The average age of a stamp collector is about 60 plus and there doesn’t appear to be a shortage of people who, when they reach their latter years, turn to philately as a hobby. […]

What To Expect At a Stamp Auction

Whether you’re selling a collection at a stamp auction or purely going there to buy, it’s good to have some prior knowledge about what to expect so that you are not going in completely blind. Auctions are certainly nothing to be feared and in fact, you should find it an enjoyable experience. Let us enlighten you about the world of stamp auctions and try and explain how it works. Firstly, let’s look at it from the buyer’s perspective. […]

Where Can I Sell My Stamp Collection?

Whether you’re a former stamp collector who is now looking to sell their collection or you have inherited a collection from a relative, it can sometimes be a bit confusing deciding what to do for the best. Should you take them to a dealer and will they give you a fair price or should you try your luck on ebay and hope for the best? […]

1840 2d blue

The 1840 2d blue was the world’s second official postage stamp, issued two days after the 1d black. It was first sold to the public on 8th May even though it was originally intended that this stamp would be issued simultaneously with the 1d black. The 1840 issue was printed from two plates, Plate 1 and 2, of which we have some nice examples in our February auction like this Plate 1 unused stamp (lot number 453): […]

A History of the 1840 1d Black

The world’s first adhesive postage stamp was issued in Britain on May 6th 1840, which is the now world-famous penny black. First Day Covers with the stamps are incredibly rare but we are fortunate to be auctioning one in our February 23rd auction, a picture of which is below.   […]