Stamp Info

How to Determine the Value of Stamps

If you have inherited an old stamp collection or have got a stamp collection that is gathering dust and you’re wondering if it’s worth anything then there are a few things you can look out for that will give you a guide to value. The value of a stamp can be determined by a variety of criteria and it’s not always what you would expect. […]

How to sell inherited stamp collections

If you have inherited a stamp collection and have decided that you would like to sell it then there are some practical steps to take before deciding which sales option is best for you. Here’s a quick guide: […]

Rare British Guiana stamp sets record at New York auction

The British Guiana stamp was owned by du Pont chemical empire heir John du Pont very rare 19th Century postage stamp from a former British colony in South America has sold for a record $9.5m (£5.6m) at auction in New York. It took only two minutes for the British Guiana one-cent magenta stamp to be sold to an anonymous bidder, The stamp had been sold three times before, each time setting the auction record for a single stamp. […]

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. […]

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): […]