A Once in a Generation Opportunity

The Stamp Man

The Stamp Man

2018-08-10 11:23:08

Your opportunity to buy a major rarity

A generation lasts 25 years.

The stamp I offer you today is one of those stamps you will only get the chance to buy once in a generation.

It is the first time I have handled one and I have been in the stamp business for 20 years. It may be another 25 years before I handle another.

I have no superlative in my vocabulary to sufficiently define how rare this stamp is.

Frankly, this is the only example you will realistically get the chance to own.

Not only is today’s stamp exceptionally rare, it is…

The finest quality example in existence

To own the finest quality example of such a rare stamp is the pinnacle of philately.

Here it is in its full splendour:

Great Britain 1884 10-shilling Ultramarine on Blued Paper, SG177.

A superb mint example of this very rare stamp.

Exceptional quality and the finest in existence.

Accompanied by a certificate of authenticity from the British Philatelic Association (BPA).

As you can see, the colour is outstanding in the beautiful ultramarine shade. 

It is also very well centred.

For a stamp printed in 1884, its condition is remarkable. It is incredible that such a small fragile piece of paper could have survived 134 years from Victoria’s Britain and through two World Wars unscathed. It is an anomaly of perfection.

Why is it so rare?

The 10 shilling ultramarine is one of the most famous surface printed issues of Queen Victoria’s reign. Being so rare, it is known as the notorious “missing stamp” in almost all GB stamp collections.

In 1883, the parcel post began and there was a need for higher value stamps.

The 1884 10 shilling is very rare for the obvious reason that it had a high face value. When you consider the average take-home pay at the time was under £1 a week, 10 shillings represented more than half a week’s wages.

Due to being so expensive, few stamps of this value were purchased by collectors at the time. Almost all were used for postage.

These stamp designs also had a comparatively short lifespan and came from only 2 printing plates. This 10 shilling was originally released on 1 April, 1884 in the ultramarine shade on blued paper.

To the best of my knowledge there are no more than six mint examples that have survived. Most of those have condition defects of some kind.

If you Google search: “Great Britain 1884 10 shilling ultramarine SG177”, you will see what I mean.

For those that checked, you didn’t find one available for sale anywhere other than from Paul Fraser Collectibles, did you?

You might have found a decidedly unpleasant looking used example on eBay, but you definitely didn’t find a mint example.

Not only will you not find one for sale, you will do well to even find any history of one ever being sold!

That’s how rare this stamp is.

Authenticity Guaranteed

As you will be aware, all purchases from Paul Fraser Collectibles come with a lifetime guarantee of authenticity.

You will also get an independent certificate of authenticity with your purchase from the prestigious British Philatelic Society (BPA).

And… at a fair price

The only public price realisation I am aware of was for a reasonable mint example which sold at an auction in the US not so long ago for $49,600, including the buyer’s premium. This stamp was lightly hinged and had a couple of paper wrinkles, so by no means a perfect example.

The 1884 10 shilling ultramarine (on blued paper) SG177, is listed in the most recent Stanley Gibbons catalogue at a price of £40,000 ($52,956).

However, the SG catalogue states that the price would be “+50% for well centred” (ie. £60,000/$79,434).

I am offering you today the opportunity to buy the finest quality example of one of Britain’s rarest stamps for the price of £40,000 ($52,956).

That’s an offer price at a third below the SG catalogue price of £60,000 ($79,434).

To give you a perspective of the investment pedigree of this stamp, in the year I was born (1970), the stamp was listed in the Stanley Gibbons catalogue at a price of £750. It has, therefore, grown in value over the past 48 years by 5,233%, thanks to the beauty of compounding.

In compound growth terms, that equates to a very compelling annual average growth rate over 48 years of around 9%.

I have always believed that buying the rarest and best quality stamps is the most essential ingredient to successful investing in stamps.

To summarise: 

  • This is a one off opportunity for you to secure the finest quality example in existence of one of Britain’s rarest stamps 
  • At a price offering a significant margin of safety based on the discount to the SG catalogue value

 What you need to do to secure the 10 shilling ultramarine

You can click the link below to view the stamp on our online store:


You can then secure it today if you email me at mike@paulfrasercollectibles.com. I will let you know promptly whether you have been successful.

Alternatively, you can call us on +44(0)1534 639998 to secure the stamp.

If I don’t get any takers, the stamp is going off sale and back into our secure storage. I am happy to keep it for another generation to enjoy in 25 years’ time!

Kind regards 


Mike Hall

CEO, Just Collecting Limited

PS. If parting with £40,000 ($52,956) in one go is too steep for you, why not take advantage of the Paul Fraser Collectibles Layaway Plan. This allows you to pay for your stamp in monthly instalments (interest free). For example, you could own this stamp by paying over the next 10 months at £4,000 ($5,295) per month.

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