Bargain Hunt: The Real Deal

The Stamp Man

The Stamp Man

2019-03-31 13:12:18

7 Bargains You Won’t Want to Miss

Today is your lucky day…

I’ve found some real bargains for you. 

And, by bargain, I don’t mean cheap.

I’m talking about quality rare stamps at serious discounts to SG catalogue prices.

You’ve probably seen the BBC TV show “Bargain Hunt”. If not, where have you been the past 19 years?

It first aired on 13 March 2000 and is now on its 52nd series.

In the programme, two teams of amateur collectors have an hour at an antiques fair in which to try to buy the best bargains possible.

The aim is then to sell what they buy at auction for a profit.

They rarely succeed…

You see, it is a lot harder than most folks think to buy and sell collectibles at a profit.

What looks like quality, or what looks cheap, often isn’t.

It takes a lot of knowledge, experience and, unavoidably, making mistakes to become a successful dealer in any area of collectibles.

TV shows like Bargain Hunt have certainly grown in popularity in the past couple of decades.

It is all part of the ever growing interest in collectibles we are seeing. More and more people are getting the bug. Buying collectibles and selling them at a profit is both fun and satisfying.

That’s why I’ve ended up spending most of my working career doing it. Once hooked, I couldn’t imagine working at something else.

When you have been doing it as long as I have, the opportunity to pick up some real bargains does come along occasionally.

When the opportunity comes, I am always there, ready to pounce.

I have managed to pick us some real “crackers” recently.

Today is the first time I have offered these stamps for sale.

The winning formula to Bargain Hunting

I have managed to secure 7 classic British rarities for you at significant discounts.

Buying high quality rarities at the right price is how you become a Bargain Hunt winner.

There is one added thing you also need to get right…

Even if what you buy is rare, of high quality and you bought it at a low price, you still might not make money if you forget this other important thing.

If no one buys your bargain rarity at the auction, you don’t make any money!

That’s why you need to make sure what you buy is also desirable. You want a lot of people in the room interested in buying what you have.

What I have for you today are 7 classics of British philately. These are stamps which have always been in high demand and of interest to a huge base of collectors.

The final piece is in place to become a Bargain Hunt winner.

Now get your finger on the button, and be ready to secure your bargains…

You will need to be quick! Will you get in there before everyone else?

7 British Bargain Rarities 

1. A celebration of Britain in 4 stamps

King George VI 1951 2s6d-£1 “Festival” High values. A very fine unmounted original gum set of four, SG509/12. 

SG Catalogue Price: £100

Price: £65 (35% discount)

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This beautifully designed set of King George VI high value stamps was issued on 3 May 1951 to celebrate the centenary of the Great Exhibition of 1851.

The Festival of Britain in 1951 aimed to illustrate the British contribution to civilisation past, present and future in the arts, science and technology, and industrial design. 

Pressure was put on the Post Office to issue a special set of stamps to celebrate the event.

12 artists were invited to submit their ideas for the designs. The four stamps finally chosen depicted HMS Victory (2s6d), White Cliffs of Dover (5s), St. George and the Dragon (10s) and the Royal Court of Arms (£1).

They are a lovely set of stamps. It is not surprising they have become one of the most popular sets of British commemorative stamps ever issued.

2. The finest stamp design ever issued?

King George V 1929 £1 Postal Union Congress (P.U.C.) black, SG438. A superb right hand marginal unmounted mint example. 

SG Catalogue Price: £1,100+

Price: £850 (23% discount)

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The “PUC Pound” is one of the most famous stamps ever issued. The superlatives I have heard used by thousands of collectors to describe this stamp include: 

  • The finest stamp design ever issued
  • The stamp that defines English pride
  • One of the classics of British philately
  • One of the most beautiful stamps ever issued
  • A masterpiece in design
  • The highlight of many a collection

So, needless to say, it is one of the most popular and desirable stamps in the world. It is such a striking stamp, with an intricate design and beautiful engraving.

The print run was very low for this stamp compared to most other stamps at the time. Only 61,000 were ever printed. Compare this to the 68 million stamps issued for the Penny Black.

Fine quality mint examples are hard to find, particularly with full original gum. My stamp benefits even more by being a right hand marginal example, which normally commands a premium price to the SG catalogue value.

3. The World’s 2nd official postage stamp

1840 2d blue, plate 1, SG5. An exceptional quality used example with large margins all round and neatly cancelled by a Maltese Cross in “Black”, lettered AL. 

SG Catalogue Price: £950

Price: £750 (21% discount)

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The penny black may be the world’s most famous stamp but the Twopenny Blue, issued just two days later on 8 May, 1840, is much rarer.

It was in circulation for just one year. Based on its print run, the Twopenny Blue is 10 times rarer than the penny black.

The design of the Twopenny Blue is exactly the same as the penny black and was struck from the same die.

The 2d rate of postage was intended for sending parcels weighing over half an ounce.

Back in 1840, the Victorians were still finding their feet with the new innovation of sending letters by post. The concept of sending parcels at that time remained a bit too alien. As a result, the Twopenny Blue was wasn’t used much and the survival rate is considerably lower than the penny black.

I always sell used Twopenny Blues quickly. My problem has always been how hard it is to find good quality used examples with vibrant colour, four margins and a fine Maltese Cross cancellation.

Today is one of those rare occasions where I have managed to find a nice quality example from the first printing plate and at a really good price.

4. The Victorian Communication Revolution

1848 10d brown embossed, SG57. A very fine used example with good margins all round, rarely seen in such quality. 

SG Catalogue Price: £1,500

Price: £995 (34% discount)

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The embossed stamps of Queen Victoria’s reign represent a very interesting episode in Britain’s philatelic heritage.

They were only in circulation between 1847 and 1854 but were a very important part of the communications revolution taking place at the time. 

These stamps opened the world to postal communication, bringing staggering growth in international trade as the perfect partner to the steamships and railways of that time.

The embossed stamps included three values – 6d, 10d and 1 shilling. The 1 shilling rate was for postage to the USA, the 10d to Europe, including France and Italy, and the 6d covered a special rate for Belgium.

Britain’s experimentation with embossed stamps was, however, a failure and they were replaced by new surface printed stamps in 1855.

The printing process for embossed stamps was ridiculously laborious. Stamps were printed one at a time on silk thread paper. The design was raised and recessed to create a rough surface.

The working die had to be used to apply each impression individually to the printed sheet by hand. As a result, the impressions were usually poorly spaced, either being too close together or too far apart. It was quite common for stamps to overlap.

Postal workers would then often cut around the octagonal design before they were sold.

With such an ineffective printing process, few quality examples were produced in the first place.

Because of this, finding examples with four clear margins such as the one I have is challenging. 

5. The King’s Speech

King George VI 1939 10s dark blue, SG478. A fine unmounted mint bottom marginal block of four. 

SG Catalogue Price: £1,040+

Price: £750 (28% discount)

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The 1939 high value definitive issues of King George VI are very popular with collectors. This stamp was issued on 30 October 1939, just after the outbreak of World War II.

King George VI showed true dedication to his royal duties and became one of the most beloved monarchs of the 20th Century.

This is despite the fact he never wanted to be King. The responsibility was thrust upon him following the abdication of his older brother on 11 December 1936. The 2010 movie “The King’s Speech” portrays well the challenges he had to overcome to step in to the most important role in Britain.

The definitive postage stamps of King George VI proved a pleasant departure from earlier designs of previous British monarchs.

The designs oozed class – simple yet elegant. The attractive central designs show a crown above the King. With the portrait of the King printed in a lighter shade than the background colour, it gives the portraits a “cameo-like” appearance.

I don’t just have a perfect quality mint example of this beautiful stamp for you. I have a bottom marginal block of four, much rarer and more valuable. At the discounted price, this is a steal.

Now it’s time to get serious… 

6. The Long Stamp

Queen Victoria Surface Printed 1884 £1 brown-lilac, Watermark Crowns, SG185. Very fine and fresh well centred unused example with original gum lettered KD. 

SG Catalogue Price: £32,000

Price: £24,000 (25% discount)

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This is a real heavyweight of British philately. The Long One Pound stamp is a stunning feature of Great Britain’s postal history. They are widely adored amongst collectors, but outside the financial reach of many because they are so rare and valuable.

The unique horizontal format caused a great stir at the time when it was first issued in 1884. These surface-printed stamps were produced by the printers, Thomas De La Rue.

It has an ornate style with corner letters which are different for each stamp in the sheet, typical of the stamps in the reign, to deter forgers.

The £1 brown-lilac was only in circulation for a very short time in 1884 as it was soon re-issued in a green colour.

It is an elusive stamp missing in most collections and thus highly desirable, particularly in mint quality condition.

The example I have is in a lovely deep shade, well centred and with its original gum in-tact.

7. An exceptional stamp investment

Queen Victoria Surface Printed 1880 2s brown, plate 1, SG121a. Very fine and fresh example of this great rarity unused and with full original gum. Imperforate example lettered PJ. 

SG Catalogue Price: £30,000

Price: £25,000 (17% discount)

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The normal 2 shilling brown stamp issued in 1880 included perforations and is a key rarity of British philately. I have an even rarer imperforate variety which is all but unobtainable in the market. It is the first time I have handled one. 

It is the best quality example I know of with fresh colour, unused and with all the original gum in-tact. Quite remarkable!

Because this stamp is so rare and sought after by collectors, it has proved a sound investment in recent years. Back in the year 2000 it was priced at £6,000 in the SG catalogue. That’s growth in value of 400% (22.2% pa) over 18 years.

This is a great example, proven by historic price growth, on how to make money out of stamps. Focussing on securing the hardest rarities to find in fine quality and then tucking them away for the long term is the way to enjoy very pleasing investment returns.

The stamp is accompanied with an independent Brandon certificate of authenticity. It also enjoys distinguished provenance, once residing in the collection of the famous and charismatic Scottish collector, Dr Douglas Latto.

Going, going… gone

This is probably the best selection of British stamp rarities I have ever offered together in any email.

At these prices, I would be forgiven for being less than humble in saying, this is the best offer email I have ever put in front of you.

I don’t expect them to hang around long at these prices so you will need to be quick and first on the button to secure these bargains.

You can buy them all directly from our website by clicking on the links against each stamp. Alternatively, if you want to be really quick, respond to this email with your order and we will reserve them for you immediately, assuming your requested stamps are still available.

You can also call us on +44(0)1534 639998 to place your order, or if you have any questions or special requests we can help you with.

Why are you still reading? Go grab these rarities before someone beats you to it.

Kind regards 


Mike Hall

CEO, Just Collecting

PS. It is safe to say, I won’t be in a position to offer you high quality British classics like these and at these prices again anytime soon. This is a genuine good deal, virtue of some opportunistic buying. It is not often I get the chance to offer stamps like these at such low prices.

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