Something different to surprise friends and family

The Stamp Man

The Stamp Man

2019-12-15 21:29:58

Every year around this time I start to struggle…

Coming up with something different to buy those I love for Christmas.

It gets harder every year.

Thankfully, I am blessed…

What I do for a living invariably leads me to finding something different.

That gift which stands out above all others.

The one which says, “a lot of thought went into that gift”. 

If you are struggling to find a gift for someone, let me try to help. 

I have looked through our extensive stockholding of collectibles and come up with some interesting ideas for you…

For the golf fanatic

Golfer Rory McIllroy signed photograph

  • A signed photograph of four time major winning golfer Rory Mcllroy
  • Northern Irish golfer Rory Mcllroy has been one of the dominant figures on the international circuit since his victory in the 2011 US Open
  • He even took over from Tiger Woods as the face of Nike golf with a deal rumoured to be worth as much as $200 million
  • A large 8.25 x 11.75 inch signed photograph of Rory Mcllroy mid-swing. His autograph is large and bold, signed in black marker pen and is an excellent quality piece

This is an opportunity to pick up a guaranteed genuine signature from this young golfing superstar. 

PRICE: £195


A Christmas Error

Great Britain Queen Elizabeth II 1966 1s6d Christmas "Snowman" stamp error, SG714a.

  • This 1966 “Snowman” stamp is the design of a six-year old boy. James Berry produced the design for a competition run by the Post Office in conjunction with children’s TV show, Blue Peter. James was awarded a prize of £20 for winning
  • It is an endearing festive image through the eyes of a six-year old boy
  • What makes the one I have so valuable is the printing error with the pink hat being omitted. The error stamp is offered alongside the normal stamp for comparison
  • Pierron records only 36 mint examples of this error and it is made even scarcer because of its popularity
  • This example is in superb unmounted mint condition with full original gum
  • It is also the gift that keeps on giving as a family heirloom. By way of historic proof of this concept, a generation ago in 1999, this stamp was selling for £750. In other words, it has shown growth in value of 407% in the past 20 years

PRICE: £3,800


He only comes out at Christmas

A signed photograph of Canadian recording artist Michael Bublé

  • There’s one person you know for certain you will see on your screen at Christmas and that’s Michael Bublé. He has become the face of Christmas music
  • Michael Bublé’s effortlessly smooth vocals fill the gap in the airwaves left by the Rat Pack
  • A large 8 x 11.5 inch headshot of Michael Bublé displaying an autograph in black marker pen to the lower left
  • A charismatic display piece that’s ideal for framing and sure to delight any fan as a Christmas gift

PRICE: £95


A gift from the 3 wise men

Gold Coin from England, King George III Reign – 1813 Half Guinea

  • Gold has proven throughout history to have enduring value during times of economic recession and political uncertainty
  • The gift of gold in the form of this visually impressive gold coin would be a splendid gift for a very special grandchild as a secure and reliable investment for their future
  • The coin takes us back to a turbulent time in British history. King George III ruled the British kingdom through the American Revolutionary War after which the colonies gained independence.
  • It is a particularly rare coin because of its date (1813)
  • It is graded as GEF (Good Extremely Fine) condition with a light tone and underlying proof-like brilliance

PRICE: £1,750


Unusual but oh… so personal

Elvis Presley – guaranteed authentic strand of hair

  • This curiosity was recently featured on Mathew Wright’s talk RADIO show. 
  • CLICK HERE TO LISTEN to the interview 
  • An amazing and personal gift for the die-hard fans of the King of Rock & Roll, Elvis Presley
  • You can own a strand of the legend’s hair from his most famous haircut
  • It is presented on an attractive 8 by 6 inch display card and makes a stunning display piece

At the height of his fame, Elvis Presley was drafted into the US Army, triggering an anguished outcry from his young female fans. 

Elvis spent three days at Fort Chaffee. It was there he received his famous haircut on March 25 1958. 

Not to miss a trick, Elvis' manager Col. Tom Parker had arranged for the press to attend the haircut. 

The hair from this historic cut was passed to Elvis' close friend Gary Pepper to share amongst Elvis fan club members around the globe. 

Gary Pepper was the President of one of Elvis' first fan clubs, allowing him to amass a significant collection of personal effects gifted to him from Elvis himself. 

This half inch strand of Elvis Presley hair is from the famed Gary Pepper collection of Elvis memorabilia, providing impeccable provenance.

PRICE: £399


My very last framed Penny Black

Great Britain catalogue-standard Penny Black housed in an attractive frame, lettered “AC”, SG2

  • This is the last of a discontinued line and your final chance to own this most special presentation of the world’s first postage stamp
  • You don’t need to be a stamp collector to want to own a fine quality example of the world’s first postage stamp
  • From my own personal experience, it is a gift which never fails to impress It is also a family heirloom and a real talking point as a display piece (I have one in my office at home with my own initials “MH” as the plate letters)
  • It is tastefully presented in an attractive frame with the stamp mounted in the middle and brought to life by the embossed silver border around it It is accompanied with a certificate of authenticity signed and dated by a Director of the world’s longest established stamp trader, Stanley Gibbons, and a short history of the penny black

PRICE: £375


An awe-inspiring historical relic

The Trafalgar Collection of historical Lord Nelson & HMS Victory artefacts 

PRICE: £1,995


  • A spectacular collection of memorabilia associated with Admiral Nelson and the Battle of Trafalgar (1805)
  • Admiral Lord Nelson is remembered as one of the greatest British war heroes in history. He died during the Battle of Trafalgar in 1805
  • The Trafalgar Collection is a unique limited edition collection of Lord Nelson and HMS Victory historical artefacts that has taken over 25 years to assemble. Only 1805 were ever made
  • The collection is beautifully framed and double mounted to a size of 19 x 16 inches and includes images of Lord Nelson and HMS Victory. At the base of the frame is a description of the collection and full provenance is provided within an information pack that accompanies the collection

This remarkable collection of memorabilia contains:

  1. A small piece of original wood from HMS Victory.  This wood was salvaged during the ship's restoration, with a royalty paid to the 1922 'Save the Victory Fund'. The wood's provenance is authenticated by Lt. Cmdr. John Scivier RN, Commanding Officer, HMS Victory.
  2. A small piece of white ensign flag from HMS Victory.  nderstood to have formed part of the catafalque (the platform used to carry the coffin) at Lord Nelson's funeral procession. C.Wesley Cowan, an expert on the US Antiques Roadshow, states "it is in my opinion that this flag is 100% authentic and beyond dispute".
  3. A strand of Lord Nelson's hair.  This hair was acquired from British Naval Auction experts Charles Miller Ltd Auctions in London, United Kingdom with the following description: "A generous curl of typically fine pale hair... conforms very closely to other known hair examples of Lord Nelson's late-period hair. It is well recorded that Emma Hamilton was given Nelson's hair among other things".
  4. A piece of Lord Nelson's handkerchief. Acquired from International Autograph Auctions with the following provenance: "This handkerchief formerly belonged to Lord Nelson and was given by John Braham to John Dickinson, Solicitor of Broad Street, City in the year 1828". John Braham (c1774-1856) was an English tenor, one of Europe's leading opera singers. Lord Nelson was present at a performance by the singer at Livorno, Italy in 1799. And, if you can’t decide why not play it safe…

And, if you can’t decide why not play it safe…

If you are not sure what to get for the collector in your life, why not buy them a gift voucher to spend in our online store with over 1,000 rare collectibles to choose from

  • The gift voucher can be used against any item(s) in our online store and there’s no expiry date
  • We produce each voucher to order and will email it directly to you. Please include the recipient’s name in the “special instructions” when ordering

Personal Shopper Experience

Why not allow us to help you find exactly what you are looking for?

We don’t charge for this experience. This is what we do – help people find rare collectibles they love at a fair price.

If you would like our assistance to find something special, reply to this blog today or give us a call on +44(0)1534 639998.

Remember, it’s the thought that counts. Collectibles are the perfect gift to demonstrate you really thought about it.

Kind regards,

Mike Hall

CEO Just Collecting

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