Christmas dreams do come true – up to 50% off selected rare stamps
You would be mad not to take me up on these Christmas stamp offers
Tis the season of goodwill.
After two months and counting of being battered by wind and rain, I am finally getting that festive mood on.
Before I sign off for the Christmas break, I wanted to leave you with a festive treat.
I know you are a discerning buyer. You are looking for rare stamps of the best quality.
This is a challenging enough task you set for me. But you expect even more…
You also want to get these stamps at the best possible price.
Common sense dictates buying quality assets at low prices is a smart move.
I can hardly ever afford to offer any discount on the best quality rarities we acquire. Quality comes at a premium price, after all.
Getting my hands on beautiful quality rare stamps at good discounts to normal market values is something I dream of. But, not something I manage to achieve often.
Sometimes dreams come true…
I have 9 philatelic items to share with you today at the lowest prices you will ever see me offer them at.
These Christmas offers are only open until 27th December when I return to work from the Christmas break.
On the 27th of December, all 9 items will revert to their normal retail prices.
With discounts of up to 50% you won’t want to miss this opportunity to secure some high quality attractive rare stamps at my rock bottom offer prices.
Let’s get this philatelic Christmas party started…
A lovely set of Commemorative stamps from the Falkland Islands
Falkland Islands 1935 Jubilee set of 4 to 1s in marginal blocks of 4, the 1d and 1s from left margin, the 2½d and 4d from lower right corner, SG 139/42.
- The Falkland Islands are famous for the quality designs of their pictorial stamp issues
- A set of elegant commemorative stamps celebrating the 25th anniversary of the accession of King George V
- Equivalent to uncirculated quality - unmounted mint with full original gum
- Each of the four commemorative stamps in the set are presented in marginal blocks of 4, which is much rarer
RETAIL PRICE: £250
MY LOWEST PRICE: £175 (30% discount)
A set from the golden era of British Empire stamp designs
Ascension King George VI 1938-53 ½d to 10s black and bright purple set of 16, SG38b/47b.
- Ascension Island is a working island with only around 800 people living there, meaning stamp production, appealing to collectors around the world, is an important source of income for the Island
- These beautifully designed pictorial scenes proved very popular amongst collectors
- Due to difficulties in printing during World War II, there were many variations of colour, colour shades, perforations, inks and paper during the period of issue
- A lovely quality mint set with only the merest trace of previously being hinged
RETAIL PRICE: £250
MY LOWEST PRICE: £200 (20% discount)
My favourite Queen Victoria Diamond Jubilee Stamp
Canada 1897 Jubilee $1 lake, unmounted mint, SG 136
- One of Canada’s most famous stamps
- The design includes two portraits of the Queen from her accession in 1837 to her Diamond Jubilee in 1897
- This example is of superb appearance with lovely colour and exceptional centring
- The stamp is also unmounted mint with full original gum; some trivial gum wrinkles typical of this stamp issue and gum disturbance mentioned for accuracy
- A very scarce stamp, of which only 24,900 were ever issued and rarely found in this quality
- To put into context, a hinged example of this rare stamp is currently being offered for sale on ebay for $750
RETAIL PRICE: £550
MY LOWEST PRICE: £395 (28% discount)
Behind the scenes of the printing process
Great Britain 1901 2½d Colour trial in pale blue, unused, SG230var
- A very scarce specialised piece of stamp production history from King Edward VII philately
- This example is an internal De La Rue printing of a pale blue trial colour, which was not chosen for the eventual issue. The stamp was eventually issued in 1902 in a deep ultra-marine colour
- A very fine quality unused example with original gum printed on Crown watermarked paper by renowned printers De La Rue
- Accompanied with a 1974 Royal Philatelic Society certificate of authenticity
RETAIL PRICE: £2,100
MY LOWEST PRICE: £1,050 (50% discount)
The most honoured man on stamps
Great Britain 1966 1s6d Gandhi Centenary Year, SG807var
- Gandhi has been honoured on more stamps than any other human, excepting British Monarchs
- His appearance on this British stamp in 1969 represented the first time a non-British person was honoured
- There has been heightened interest this year in Gandhi related collectibles as we mark the 150th anniversary of his birth
- Superb quality unmounted mint example with full original gum and also rarer as a right hand marginal imperforate example
- This example is from the very first approved printed sheet making it the equivalent to a “first edition”
- Uncirculated condition with exceptional provenance, originating from the British Postal Museum Archives, with handstamp on reverse
- Extremely scarce as an imprimatur
RETAIL PRICE: £2,750
MY LOWEST PRICE: £1,375 (50% discount)
Seahorse printing experiments
Great Britain 1931 £1 Yellowish green experimental printing on Joyson paper, overprinted 'CANCELLED' type 24, SG403var
- 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
- An extremely scarce experimental printing of this famous stamp by the first printers, Waterlow, with yellowish green colour on Joyson paper
- A superb quality unmounted mint left hand marginal example with full original gum - the highest possible quality grading
RETAIL PRICE: £4,250
MY LOWEST PRICE: £2,125 (50% discount)
Major Chinese Rarity hardly ever seen in this quality
China 1912 Shanghai Statistical Department Republican overprint $1 red and flesh, block of four, SG204
- Beautiful block of four from this pictorial issue featuring a wild goose (or Bean Goose)
- At the end of the Chinese revolution, on 15 February 1912, Yuan Shih-kai was elected provisional president of the Chinese Republic. From then, stamps were overprinted by the Statistical Department with the text “Republic of China”
- It is very rare to see this stamp issue in such fine condition. Despite the odd shortish perforation, the centering is well above average and it is exceedingly fresh of colour
- The quality of this very rare block of four stamps from an interesting period in China’s history is made even more spectacular because all stamps are in unmounted mint condition, with full original gum remaining intact. This is rarely seen in early Chinese Republic stamps
RETAIL PRICE: £3,500
MY LOWEST PRICE: £3,000 (14% discount)
A stamp scorned, but this funny looking rabbit had the last laugh
Australia 1929-30 £2 black and rose, watermark 7, Mint, SG 114.
- The first Australian stamps issued, the “Kangaroo and Map” stamps were criticised at the time by the press. They claimed the stamp showed Australia as an empty desert, and the kangaroo looked more like a rabbit!
- Regardless of this initial disdain, it is now considered an iconic stamp design which defined a nation’s identity becoming one of the most famous and popularly collected stamp issues in the world
- The £2 black and rose is the highest value denomination of this issue and finding mint examples in fine condition is a real challenge
- This example is lovely quality being unused, very fresh and well centred with most of its original gum still in place, with just a slight mark where a stamp hinge was previously present
- It is a bit like the penny black as an investment – inherent declining supply against constant high demand meaning its value rises over time. In the past decade, this stamp has doubled in value
RETAIL PRICE: £4,500
MY LOWEST PRICE: £3,500 (22% discount)
The headhunting canoe
Solomon Islands 1907 6d large canoe imperforate vertical pair (Unused), SG6a
- A major rarity from the British Solomon Islands being a vertical pair with the error of having no perforations between the stamps
- The stamps issued in 1907 were the first “large canoe” stamps and are considered one of the most interesting areas in all of philately, often the subject of specific specialised collections
- The design is fascinating showing a war canoe called a “tomoko” used by warriors on headhunting expeditions. The palm trees on either side depict Coconut palms, which was the major trade at that time for the British Empire
- A very fine condition major philatelic rarity with large part original gum and very fresh colour. There is some minor gum soaking on top of perforations, which does not detract from the premium quality
- This error is extremely scarce, and especially so in this quality, with most examples having condition issues
- It is so rare, the last time this rarity was seen on the market was when it sold at a Robson Lowe auction in February 1973
- At the offer price, and because of the level of interest in this area of philately, I believe this will prove a good investment
RETAIL PRICE: £7,000
MY LOWEST PRICE: £5,000 (29% discount)
Make a clean sweep
Why not take full advantage of my Christmas generosity and make a clean sweep.
If you act fast, you could secure the entire collection of discounted stamps offered here for the price of £16,820.
The offer price represents a total discount of 33% on our normal retail price of £25,150.
Three easy ways to order:
- You can order directly through our online store by clicking on the link against each stamp
- Reply to this blog with details of the stamp(s) you would like to purchase and we will put them on reserve for you straight away
- Call us on +44(0)1534 639998
These are genuine bargains made in the spirit of goodwill to all men (and women). As I said, on the 27th of December all stamps featured here revert back to their normal prices so there is only a short window of opportunity here.
Finally, I wish you and your family a happy and peaceful festive season.
CEO Just Collecting
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