Postman had one million stamps delivered to his door


2015-06-26 11:41:42


Postman had one million stamps delivered to his door

The late Alan Roy's collection flooded his two bedroom flat, and is now going to auction

Some stamp collectors spend years searching for the oneelusive stamp that will complete their collection.

But that'snot how postman Alan Roy went about the process. Rather than search for the stamps, he made them come to him.

Roy, who died aged 76, invited used envelopes to be sent from all over the world in bulk and removed the stamps from them. His vast collection will now be auctioned in stages.

It is estimated thathis collection contains one million British stamps, 500,000 Irish ones and400,000 from the rest of the world.

Some have themes such as Christmas, World Cups and Olympic Games. There was no special selection for rarity, but there will inevitably be some highly collectible pieces.

Startingasa child -long before he became a postman -Roy later enlisted his less-than-enthusiastic wife, daughter and twin grandchildren in his obsession.

Old baby oil found a new usein thefamily home, usedtoloosen stamps from envelopes. Roy's two bedroom flat in Poole, Dorset, UKhad drying stamps lying around wherever there was space.

On average, heacquired 80 stampseach day or nearly 30,000 per year. The stamps date from every year over the last seven or eightdecades.

"The stamps were put in bundles of 100 and then packs of 1,000. He was very meticulous and labelled them ready for sale." said hisdaughter Janette Dorrell to the UK'sTelegraph newspaper.

"Dad started when he was very young, long before he became a postman, and it just grew and grew, it was relentless."

Roy hoped that the stamps would be a nest egg for his retirement. But, sadly,he died before any of them could be sold.

His family have mixed feelings about the sale of the collection. They have no love of the stamps themselves, but associate them with memories of their collector and his tireless dedication.

The stamps will all be offered in lots with low estimates, as the auctioneers have decided it is not practical to value all of them.

But eagle-eyed philatelistsshould be able to spot a bargain or two among the relatively low value items.

The first sale will start at 10am November 28, carried out by Elliott's UK Auctioneers and Valuers (formerly the Winborne showroom) at the Stone Lane Industrial Estate, Wimborne, Dorset. A preview will be held the day before, 10am to 5pm.

Image: Elliott's

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