A Philatelic Feast

The Stamp Man

The Stamp Man

2018-12-21 14:54:53

Over £150,000 of new rare stamps added to our website today 

Oh boy, have I got a feast for you today.

Not the kind of feast many of you will be getting your teeth into on Christmas Day.

The feast I have for you to devour today is one of rare stamps.

I have just added 80 new rare stamps to our website with a total value of over £150,000.

You can view the entire list of stamps added here: 


Our quality controls are such that we turn away 99% of stamp collections offered to us.

By being so selective, you are assured that everything we offer you has passed a rigorous process in determining rarity, condition, authenticity, liquidity and at the right price.

These are my 5 golden rules.

As you know, we contractually commit to what we say at Paul Fraser Collectibles and offer a lifetime money-back guarantee of authenticity as a standard term of sale.

I believe every one of the stamps recently added present a strong investment proposition over the next 10 years and more.

It’s now time to take your seat and enjoy your philatelic Christmas feast…

The Aperitif

Indian Convention State Chamba 1887-95 ½a blue-green, error "CHMABA", SG1a.

Very fine example with original gum. Occurs once per sheet, July 1891 printing. Only 120 possible examples with a low survival rate. An exceptional example.

Price: £850


This is one of my favourite stamp errors from India.

Chamba State, founded in around 550 AD, is situated in the Himalaya Mountains.

The convention states of India all used the current stamps of British India, overprinted with the name of the state.

As surcharging was done by human hands, the risks of errors occurring were greater.

In this case, the transposition spelling mistake of the state “CHAMBA” to “CHMABA” is both humorous and visually appealing.

As such, it is a very popular error amongst avid collectors of India and Indian States.

It has proven a strong investment since the Indian stamp boom started to impact prices around 10 years ago or so. This stamp was selling back then for £375, delivering growth in value of 127% since then.

With only a possible 120 examples and believed to be far fewer surviving copies, I feel the current price of £850 remains undemanding.

The Starter

Gibraltar 1966 Angling 7d, error 'Black (value and inscription) omitted', SG191a. Unmounted example with full original gum. Presented with normal stamp above for comparison.

Only one sheet of 60 existed. A stunning visual error.

Price: £1,800


The British Overseas Territory of Gibraltar, situated off the Southern coast of Spain, has a population of just under 35,000 people. It covers just 4 square miles of land. 

Despite its small stature in the world, this little Island has managed to produce one of the world’s biggest stamp errors.

It is a spectacular error with the missing value and inscription. It was considered such an important error it was commemorated by another stamp issue from Gibraltar in 1970, just 4 years later!

It is also exceptionally rare. There was only one sheet of 60 produced with this error. Only 36 examples have been recorded, with the remainder probably being used for postage at the time and destroyed.

Whilst, there has been no such boom for stamps from Gibraltar, this stamp has still shown sound investment pedigree rising in value from £1,100 to £1,800 over the past 10 years (64% growth).

The Main Event

Great Britain King George V 1913 5s Rose carmine, SG401. Very fine and fresh left hand marginal unmounted example with full original gum block of four printed by Waterlow. Very scarce so fine. Specialised catalogue number: N66(1).

Price: £6,250


You really need to hold this philatelic gem in your hands to truly appreciate its magnificence.

Not only is it one of the most famous stamp issues from Great Britain of all time.

It is also a marginal block of four making it a very rare philatelic treasure indeed.

It is also in absolute mint condition. As much as I tried, I could not find a single condition fault I could mention. Even its gum is faultless. This is a very rare event for something 105 year’s old making this philatelic item something very special.

At a price of £6,250, I consider this item undervalued by the market. It will be interesting to see if this remains the case 10 years from now.

Interestingly, by value we have sold more British rare stamps to overseas clients than UK clients over the past year. This is likely because of the current weakness of the British Pound making British stamps much cheaper for our overseas clients.

For example, compared to the exchange rate 10 years ago, our US clients are getting the equivalent to around 33% discount just now.

You can read more about this stamp issue in one of my previous e-mails below:


The Dessert

North Borneo 1901-05 $10 brown, type 49, SG145 "BRITISH PROTECTORATE" overprint. Brilliant quality with original gum. A lovely example of this very scarce stamp. 

Accompanied by a 2003 British Philatelic Association (BPA) Certificate of Authenticity.

Price: £750


Let us round off the feast with a large and delicious chocolate coloured stamp.

North Borneo was one of the first countries to recognise the monetary value of producing stamps attractive to collectors.

One of these tactics included the production of over-sized stamps, such as this one, which were very attractive but scorned at the time by some of the more conservative collectors.

This example has superb appearance and it would be nigh on impossible to find a better quality example.

The scarcity and broad philatelic appeal of this stamp, being such a stunningly visual stamp, has shown through in its price growth. It is up from a price of £425 10 years ago to £750 today (76% growth).

This investment pedigree is augmented further by the fact that I have seen poorer quality examples offered for sale by overseas dealers for over £1,000.

An After Dinner Drink

Ok, so I am sure you are all full up after all this philatelic feasting, but it is worth hanging around for one after dinner drink…

Iraq British Occupation 1932 (1 Apr) ½d on 10r scarlet, SG120a, from lower left corner of sheet (R10/1) showing variety 'No bar in English ½'. 

Very fine example with original gum. A splendid positional example and rare as such.

Price: £2,000


The Middle East territories including Iraq, Baghdad, Bahrain, Bushire and Aden have proved one of the strongest areas of the stamp market in the past year.

There is a large and growing collector market in this area and prices have been moving upwards for the past few years.

This stamp from Iraq was one of the last stamps issued under British rule before Iraq gained independence in 1932. It is a very rare stamp error showing the missing bar in the “½”.

The current price listed in the SG catalogue for this stamp is £2,000 meaning no premium is attached to the fact this stamp is a positional example and much rarer.

It has proven a strong investment thanks to the strong market in recent years. This stamp was valued at £800 in 2008 meaning it has shown growth of 150% in the past 10 years.

The Christmas Cracker

I almost forgot. No Christmas feast is complete without pulling a Christmas cracker…

China 1912 (14 Dec) "Commemorating the Republic" Yuan Shi-kai set of 12 to $5 slate, large part original gum. 

Mint. SG 254/65 

Price: £2,500


The record was beaten again last month for China’s most valuable stamp. The auction house, China Guardian in Beijing sold the famous “The Whole Country Is Red” stamp for 13.8m yuan ($2m). There are only 9 known examples of this stamp and this realisation makes it one of the world’s most valuable stamps. 

This cracking commemorative set is in fine quality. Chinese stamps are notoriously difficult to find in decent quality due to being from a part of the world which has an unfriendly climate for stamp conditions.

This set of Chinese stamps is the only Chinese philatelic item I have available at the moment and I suggest you snatch this chance to jump on board the Chinese growth story in stamps.

Devour the entire philatelic feast

You can devour this entire philatelic feast for the price of £14,150 ($18,334). This will get you all six stamps featured above, which together present a very attractive starter collection of high quality rarities.

The stamps featured in the philatelic feast are all stamps I recommend have the attributes to provide a solid long term investment.

The whole feast can be yours today if you email me at mike@paulfrasercollectibles.com before anyone else devours it.

Alternatively, you can call us on +44(0)1534 639998.

I will be around until Friday this week (21st of December) before going off for the Christmas break. I will still be checking e-mails after this date and will get back to you.

Finally, I wish you and your family an enjoyable and peaceful festive season.

Kind regards


Mike Hall

CEO, Just Collecting

PS. Would you prefer to pay in instalments? Paul Fraser Collectibles offer a totally interest free layaway plan. To set this up today, call us on +44(0)1534 639998 or e-mail mike@paulfrasercollectibles.com.

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