The Stamp Man

The Stamp Man

2019-10-10 09:28:53

5 Collectibles showing their merit as a long term buy and hold investment

Most folks buying collectibles, do it purely for pleasure. They are emotionally connected to the subject matter they collect.

A small number of elite individuals do things a bit differently…

They collect for BOTH pleasure and profit.

These are the professionals.

If you are a professional collector, you may want to take a look at my hot buying tips for today.

5 collectibles which I have picked out based on investment merit.

They are all:

  1. Scarce with only a small number of examples in existence

  2. Even rarer in such fine condition

  3. In areas of the collectibles market which boast a large number of active and passionate collectors

  4. Accompanied with a lifetime money-back guarantee of authenticity and with clear provenance

  5. Showing a long term history of price appreciation (the hard-nosed evidence of investment pedigree)

I don’t think I need to say any more than this. They speak for themselves.

Take a look....

Great Britain Officials (Official-M) 1885 10s Cobalt (I.R. Official, blued paper), SGO9cs.

A very fine, well centred unused original gum example lettered GG, overprinted 'SPECIMEN' type 11. Very scarce.

1999 Value: £500

2019 Value: £4,500

20-year growth 800% (average annual compound growth rate of 11.6%)


China 1894 60th Birthday of the Dowager Empress (first printing), set of 9 to 24ca rose-carmine with part to large part original gum and very high quality for this issue. SG16/24.

1999 Value: £250

2019 Value: £2,500

20-year growth 900% (average annual compound growth rate of 12.2%)



USA 1909 3c "George Washington" Deep violet (Experimental printing on bluish "rag" paper.) SG366. A very fine, well centred and fresh unused original gum example of this scarce experimental printing.

Approximately only 4,000 were printed by the Bureau of Engraving and Printing.

Accompanied with a photocopy of a 1964 Philatelic Foundation (PF) Certificate of Authenticity from which this single was taken.

1999 Value: £400

2019 Value: £2,500

20-year growth 525% (average annual compound growth rate of 9.6%)


James I 1605-1625 Unite (1605)

Very Fine, well struck. 

Half-length second crowned bust of King James I right, holding orb and sceptre.


Translation: James by the Grace of God King of Great Britain, France and Ireland

Crowned quartered shield dividing monogram on the reverse. 


Translation: I will make them one nation

The Unite was valued at 22 shillings from 1612 until 1619 when it was replaced by the new, lighter Laurel.

1999 Value: £600

2019 Value: £4,250

20-year growth 608% (average annual compound growth rate of 10.3%)


Picasso signed lithograph

Spanish artist (1881-1973), Picasso is considered one of the forefathers of Modern Art. Although more commonly known for his Cubist body of work, in later life Picasso focussed more intensely on the graphic arts. He produced simplified, colourful drawings using basic materials such as crayon and pencil. 

We have a high quality colour lithograph of "Clown et acrobat" (1954), printed on Arches paper. Signed "Picasso" in pencil to the lower border and numbered 42 from a limited edition of 75, published by Verve Editions, with their embossed blind stamp. 

The print measures 240 x 318mm and is unframed. In excellent condition.

1999 Value: £2,500

2019 Value: £11,000

20-year growth 340% (average annual compound growth rate of 7.7%)


The truth is – I don’t know whether my recommended HOT TIPS to add to your portfolio will appreciate in value at the historic rates forever. All I do know is that they have proved good investments over the past 20 years.

For me, that’s safe enough.

How to collect my hot tips

The quickest way to make sure you get in first is to order

from our website. Simply, follow the “CLICK HERE TO BUY IT NOW” buttons under each item to purchase securely from our online store.

Alternatively, please e-mail me at mike@justcollecting.com with your order and I will reserve your item(s) straight away.

If you would like to meet or organise a call to discuss further how we can help you build a collection of long term value, please get in touch with me.

Kind regards

Mike Hall

CEO, Just Collecting Limited

PS. Watch out for our online Prestige Collectibles Auction in

November. It will be a major sale and we have secured some incredible pieces. More to follow…

 Enjoyed this blog? Try these:

May 17, 2019: The Weird and Wonderful World of Stamps

May 10, 2019: Don't overlook the most obvious investment in stamps 

April 26, 2019: 10 Secrets to Successful Stamp Investing 

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