10 stamps so fine you will literally gasp

The Stamp Man

The Stamp Man

2019-11-11 11:43:39

The finest quality stamps in our November auction

Our online auction closes next Thursday, November 14th at 6pm (UK time).

There are 10 stamps in the auction you really won’t want to miss.

10 stamps you should place your bid on today.

If you manage to win them at a fair price, you won’t ever be disappointed.

Because, these are the 10 finest quality stamp lots in the auction.

They are the stamps which made me gasp when I had the pleasure of handling and describing them for sale.

Those special moments when I turn to my colleague, Anthony and say:

“This is simply stunning. You have no idea how rare it is to see this quality.” 

Quality is so important when it comes to enduring value and also for the chance of a premium realisation on future sale.

I consider these 10 stamps to be above “SG catalogue quality” condition grading.

The Stanley Gibbons catalogue states their catalogue prices listed are:

“…for examples in fine condition, for the issue concerned. Superb examples are worth more, those of a lower quality, considerably less.”

My mantra throughout my entire 20-year career in stamps has never changed…

“If you buy stamps of SG catalogue quality or above at less than SG catalogue price, you can’t go far wrong.”

Follow my Mantra and start bidding…

Lot 65: Classic King George V stamp with rare shade variety from the Island of Bermuda

Bermuda 1924-32 Script watermark 2s6d grey-black and pale orange-vermilion/grey-blue, from March 1930 printing, SG89h.An elegant and renowned King George V stamp design

  • A rarely seen and distinctive printing shade of this famous stamp
  • A very fine mint example with full original gum and perfectly centred
  • Accompanied with 2016 certificate of authenticity from the British Philatelic Association (BPA)

OUR RETAIL PRICE: £2,750 ($3,523)



Lot 79: An exquisite King George V stamp design from the Falkland Islands

Falkland Islands 1912-20 £1 black/red, SG69

  • Rare Falkland Islands high value stamp from the reign of King George V
  • Instantly recognisable bold and ornate design
  • Brilliant and fresh quality mint example with original gum, vibrant colour and perfectly centred
  • Only 3,600 of these stamps were sold on issue and very few surviving in this condition

OUR RETAIL PRICE: £550 ($704)



Lot 80: An exceptional rarity – the very first printing of the world’s first postage stamp

Great Britain 1840 1d black plate 1a, SG2. Superb unused original gum four margin horizontal pair lettered SE-SF

  • An exceptional rarity being a mint horizontal pair from the first printing plate of the penny black
  • Stunning quality coming from an early impression of the printing plate giving it beautiful deep colour
  • Mint condition with original gum and very impressive large margins
  • The finest quality horizontal pair of penny blacks you will likely ever find
  • Accompanied with two certificates of authenticity: 1991 Dienna and 1994 British Philatelic Association (BPA)
  • Exceptional provenance, once belonging to the Mayflower Grand Prix Gold Medal Collection

OUR RETAIL PRICE: £90,000 ($115,305)

CURRENT HIGHEST BID: £10,000 ($12,811)


Lot 89: The world’s other first postage stamp

Great Britain 1840 2d Pale blue Plate 1, SG6

  • The two-penny blue issue was contemporary with the penny black and shares the distinction of being one of the world’s first two postage stamps
  • Rare because it comes from the first printing plate after showing signs of wear giving it the pale blue appearance
  • It is an exceptionally fine used example with four large margins and beautifully cancelled by a perfectly struck crisp black Maltese Cross
  • The 2d blue is one of my favourite stamps and this one took my breath away because of its quality so rarely ever encountered

OUR RETAIL PRICE: £1,100 ($1,409) 



Lot 146: A quality beyond even my use of superlatives

Great Britain 1891 £1 green plate 3, lettered TA from plate 3 without frame break variety, SG212a

  • The famous “Long One Pound” stamp is widely recognised as the brightest Victorian stamp issue
  • It was only in issue a short time and is rare
  • This example from the 3rd printing plate is very scarce and far more difficult to find that the plate 2 example with the frame break variety
  • It is described as superb unmounted mint with full original gum, yet its stunning appearance is beyond words and the finest quality example I have seen
  • Accompanied with a 1990 Royal Philatelic Society (RPS) certificate of authenticity

OUR RETAIL PRICE: £10,000 ($12,811)

CURRENT HIGHEST BID: £1,000 ($1,281)


Lot 165: When Britannia ruled the waves

Great Britain King George V "Seahorse" 1913 £1 blue green, SG404

  • The high value seahorse stamps are notable for the quality of the engraving and the dramatic design, making them a collecting area in their own right
  • The image depicted defines in one picture the pride and arrogance of the British Empire on the eve of World War I
  • The blue-green £1 “Seahorse” stamp was produced by the first printers of this famous issue, Waterlow and is a highly desirable shade
  • This is a superb quality well centred unmounted mint example with full original gum - the best possible quality grading

OUR RETAIL PRICE: £4,800 ($6,146)



Lot 195: A pearl of the orient

Hong Kong Postal Fiscal 1897 $1 on $2 dull bluish green postage stamp, SGF11a, perforation 14. BOTH CHINESE HANDSTAMPS OMITTED

  • Postal Fiscal stamps were originally issued as Revenue stamps for use by the government only, but some were released for general postage use due to postage stamp supply shortages at the time
  • This colour variety with both Chinese handstamps omitted is very rare
  • A brilliant quality, well centred mint example with original gum and rich colour
  • A major Hong Kong rarity and the first time I have ever handled one

OUR RETAIL PRICE: £2,000 ($2,562)



Lot 202: As fresh as the day it was printed

New Zealand Postal Fiscal. 1931-40 "Arms" 35s orange-yellow, watermark 43, "Wiggins Teape" paper, SGF181

  • A wonderful design incorporating the interpretation of the New Zealand Coat of Arms and including the New Zealand flag in place of the Union Jack
  • This Postal Fiscal stamp from New Zealand is one of those stamps you hardly ever see, it is so rare
  • A key rarity of exceptional quality, unmounted mint with full fresh gum and vibrant colour
  • Accompanied with a 2002 British Philatelic Association (BPA) certificate of authenticity

OUR RETAIL PRICE: £8,000 ($10,249)



Lot 209: A very difficult rarity to find in such fine condition

St. Christopher 1870-79 4d blue, SG8w, watermark CC, perforation 14, variety watermark inverted

  • A very scarce watermark inverted variety of the first postage stamp from the island of Saint Christopher (now Saint Kitts) one of the Leeward Islands in the West Indies
  • A brilliant example of this rarity with large part original gum and lovely colour
  • This stamp is extremely scarce in this quality with most examples having condition issues

OUR RETAIL PRICE: £425 ($544)



  • Lot 213: USA, USA, USA, USA, USA, USA

USA 1915 5c Panama-Pacific Exposition (Perforations 10) block of six, SG43Depicting the Golden Gate Bridge, this stamp was issued to publicise the 1915 Panama-Pacific Exposition, a World’s Fair commemorating the completion of the Panama Canal and the 400th anniversary of the discovery of the Pacific Ocean

  • Considered by many collectors as one of the most attractive US stamps ever issued from a time when the Engraver’s art reigned supreme
  • Stunning exhibition quality piece, fresh unmounted mint with full original gum
  • A major rarity as a left hand marginal block of six with plate number “6134”

 OUR RETAIL PRICE: £5,500 ($7,046)



How to fully appreciate perfection

The images in this blog have inherent limitations.

They can’t truly do justice to these stunning quality philatelic rarities 

You really need to see them first hand, as I have, to truly appreciate what made me gasp on seeing them. 

The only way you can do that is if you win them in our auction, so…

Register now and place you bids.


Kind regards,

Mike Hall CEO Just Collecting

PS. Don’t forget, you only have until 6pm, next Thursday, November 14th to place your bids. Don’t miss this chance to win these highest quality grade stamps.

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