Tony Lester Auctions Ltd are philatelic experts in stamp valuations, stamp auctions and stamp dealing in the Cheltenham and Gloucestershire area.  Our professionalism is what sets us above the rest, and partnered with over thirty years of experience in the stamp industry, we’re considered a prominent stamp dealer within Cheltenham.  We are members of the Philatelic Traders Society and as such are held to the utmost standards laid down by the society.

Tony Lester Auctions Ltd provides a comprehensive and diverse range of stamp dealing services throughout Cheltenham and our professional valuation service is offered by our experienced stamp valuer and fellow philatelist.  If you’re looking to sell, we can offer to sell your stamp collection on your behalf through our own stamp auctions.

Here at Tony Lester Auctions Ltd, we also look to buy stamp collections and will always pay superior prices dependant on condition.  Are you interested in selling your stamp collection? Please call us on 01926 270107 or fill in your details on our contact page

Stamp Valuations in Cheltenham

Regardless of whether your stamp collection is considered small or large, we’d be happy to purchase it or provide you with an auction estimate. We will be able to advise you on whether auction or stamp purchase offers you’re the best price.

Tony Lester himself carries out all stamp valuations in-person, regardless of value.   As a marker of our high standards, we carry out valuations with the highest degree of professionalism and integrity at all times.  At Tony Lester Auctions Ltd, you are guaranteed dependable and honest expert advice on the value of your stamp collection.

Stamp Auctions in Cheltenham

We have a packed schedule of public stamp collections consisting of between 800 to 1000 stamp auction lots worth from as little as £10 to several thousands of pounds.  Catering to a large database of collectors, our rare and prominent worldwide connections appeal to all levels of philatelists who are looking for collections from Great Britain as well as abroad.

Regardless of size, you can benefit from our comprehensive expertise in the stamp trade.

We have extensive first-hand experience in dealing with stamps, covers and related items from every geographical area and historical period.  This means that we can advise you on the market value of your stamp collection and give you a fair auction value should you wish to proceed down this path.

If you are looking for well-attended stamp auction in Cheltenham from a trustworthy and knowledgeable stamp dealer, please contact us.  We aim to respond to your enquiry promptly and comprehensively, with many collections valued within a few days.

Buying stamps in Cheltenham

Are you based in the Cheltenham or Gloucestershire regions and interested in purchasing stamps or expanding on your stamp collection? We have an enviable collection of stamps that are available for purchase and would complement your expanding stamp collection; please visit us for our bi-monthly stamp auctions.  We welcome all levels of philatelists to our stamp auctions where you’ll have the opportunity to view before bidding on all available stamps.

With over extensive experience in the stamp collecting industry since, our honest and knowledgeable attitude to stamp valuations ensures that you can trust our advice.  Many of our testimonials attest to our high standard of ethics and fair business practice.

If you are looking for stamp dealers in Cheltenham who are able to advise you on stamp valuations and stamp auctions then please call us on 01926 270107, where you’ll be able to speak with one of our specialised and friendly advisors.

Philatetic Aspects of Cheltenham

Cheltenham has eight Victorian Penfold Letterboxes which is classed as one of the largest collections of this style of letterbox – the picture here is the one that was installed on Hewlett Road.  These date back to 1866 and are hexagonal with a cast iron top decorated with acanthus leaves and bud, and decorative balls. The surviving Victorian Penfold pillar boxes are classed as Grade II listed buildings.

The most famous of the early designs is that named after the architect who designed it, John Penfold. Penfold boxes come in three sizes and altogether there are nine different types. They are very widespread, with the biggest accumulations in London and Cheltenham.

Deborah Williams from English Heritage said: “The Penfold designs that we see in Cheltenham are some of the earliest ones in the country.  The Cheltenham group is unusual because out of only about 20 of these original 1866 letter boxes known in the country, eight of them are there in a group in Cheltenham, the only other group being in Kensington.”

The Cheltenham Spa Express is a British named passenger service from London Paddington to 

Cheltenham Spa, via Reading, Kemble, Stroud, Stonehouse and Gloucester. During the 1930s, when operated by the Great Western Railway, the service was more popularly known as the Cheltenham Flyer.

For some years this famous express held the unchallenged title to be the world’s fastest train.  

The Royal Mail Famous Trains stamps were issued on 22 January 1985 by Royal Mail and feature the following stamp designs: 17p Flying Scotsman; 22p Golden Arrow; 29p Cheltenham Flyer; 31p Royal Scot; 34p Cornish Riviera. 

Steeplechasing superstar Desert Orchid featured in the Royal Mail’s 2017 special stamp collection.
The iconic grey was included in the “Racehorse Legends” category for April, along with eight other top thoroughbreds.


“The stamp set features original artwork of eight champion horses achieving their greatest wins on UK racecourses over six decades,” said a statement from Royal Mail It included four Flat racers and four National Hunt horses in action en route to one of their major wins.

“Dessie” is pictured on course at the Cheltenham Festival as he heads towards his win in the 1989 Gold Cup, partnered by Simon Sherwood. Bred by James Burridge, Desert Orchid won 34 races during his 10-year career, including the Cheltenham Gold Cup, four King George VIs, the Irish Grand National and the Whitbread Gold Cup.

The much-loved steeplechaser was trained by David Elsworth and after his retirement from the race track, spent much of his time attending charity events.

He was adored by the public, and even had a 1,000-strong official fan club, which was run by co-owner the late Midge Burridge.

If you are looking for a stamp dealer in Cheltenham who can provide honest advice on your stamp valuation then please call us on 01926 270107 to speak with our team who will be happy to help.