The Stamp Man

The Stamp Man

2020-02-27 21:40:36

24 hours remaining to place your bids

Our online stamp rarities auction closes tomorrow Thursday, February 27th at 6pm (UK time). 

From 6pm each of the 237 lots will close, one after the other.

I appreciate some of our clients are not familiar with auction buying.

That’s ok.

Because, we can do all the hard work for you.

All you need to do is e-mail us your maximum bids and we will bid on your behalf.

If your bids are lower than bids already received we will let you know. 

Otherwise, my colleague, Anthony Love will be here all tomorrow evening to place your bids.

All you need to do is e-mail Anthony at ant@justcollecting.com with the lot numbers you want to bid on with your maximum bids.

We will only bid up to the level we need to be the winning bidder.

This could be lower than your maximum bid.

Bidding at auction can be risky to your wallet.

There is always the risk you get carried away. You decide, “this is mine” and go up against someone else who is saying exactly the same.

Before you know it, you’ve paid twice as much as you intend to.

Bidding this way through Anthony ensures you only win lots at the price you were happy with.

So, let Anthony do all the hard work and he will make sure you don’t overpay. 

E-mail him today at ant@justcollecting.com.

Take a look at the amazing selection of rarities you could be the proud new owner of:


5 Reasons why you should bid in our auction 

A quick reminder on why I recommend you participate in this auction:

  1. It is unlikely you’ll find a better selection of key stamp rarities than those featured in our auction anytime soon
  2. All items are of premium quality. Most were previously described and sold by the venerable stamp dealer, Stanley Gibbons.
  3. This is a potential opportunity to get your hands on top quality rare stamps at lower prices. Obviously, this is all dependent on competition on the day of course, but auctions always provide some bargain buy opportunities.
  4. Buying high quality rare stamps at discounts to market value is a sound buying decision as a long-term investment strategy
  5. Now is the best time to buy British stamps. The most prestigious international stamp exhibition in the world takes place in London in May this year. Important and well-motivated collectors from all over the world will meet in London. These are the collectors who will want to expand their collections and are willing to invest accordingly.

42% discount could be available

 To illustrate how this could work for you, I have selected 5 lots for you I think seriously worthy of consideration.

 The table below provides an illustration of the saving to retail prices you could achieve if you managed to secure all lots at the lower auction estimate:5 superb quality rarities at a 42% discount to our retail prices…

Lot 10: Rare Positional Piece from Bermuda

Bermuda 1938-53 5s dull yellow-green and red/yellow, SG118b/bd/be perforation 14¼ LINE, lower right corner block of 4 with plate number, showing varieties 'Broken top right scroll' (R5/11) and 'Broken lower right scroll' (R5/12) on lower pair with original gum

  • A very popular and classic King George VI stamp from the popularly collected Island of Bermuda
  • Only 200 sheets were printed, with a high degree of postal usage making even single mint stamps rare
  • This positional block of 4 shows two printing varieties on the bottom stamps turning it into an important rarity
  • Exceptionally rare particularly this attractive with both of the varieties unmounted mint

Lower Estimate: £1,450 (42% discount)


Lot 22: Early Chinese Empire Classic

China 1897 (Mar) large figure surcharge, spaced 2½mm on Dowager first printing, 30c on 24ca rose-carmine, SG56

  • The classic Dowager issue from the early Chinese Empire showing surcharge which was required at the time to meet increasing demand
  • Well centred, large margins and with virtually full original gum (faint bend and a hint of toning does not detract from the appearance)
  • A very difficult stamp to find in such high quality

Lower Estimate: £1,875 (38% discount)


Lot 40: A Stunning British Showpiece

Great Britain 1840 2d Blue 1840 2d Blue Plate 1, SG5. A very fine used close to large four margin horizontal strip of four lettered OC-OF showing shifted transfer variety on OC, neatly cancelled by black Maltese Crosses. 

  • A scarce multiple from the first printing plate of the world’s second postage stamp
  • A stunning and beautiful showpiece of exceptional quality
  • The two penny blue is much rarer than the penny black and very scarce as a multiple
  • Accompanied with a 2010 certificate of authenticity from the British Philatelic Association (BPA)
  • Probably my favourite item in the whole auction, yet does not command a huge price

Lower Estimate: £2,300 (38% discount)


Lot 82: It’s orange, its big, its bold and very expensive

Great Britain 1877 Telegraph £5 Orange Plate 1, SGT18s, lettered BF, overprinted "SPECIMEN" type 9. Scarce. 

  • A low cost opportunity to own this larger than life most desirable stamp from British philately
  • This example is from the first printings of the £5 orange produced specifically for sending telegrams across the far reaches of the British Empire. The overprint “SPECIMEN” means it would have been used by postmasters and postal administrations to check against potential forgeries.
  • A very scarce fine quality unused example with original gum
  • Good provenance being ex Straus

Lower Estimate: £625 (72% discount)


Lot 220: Very early Nigerian postal history

Niger Coast 1893 (Dec) 5s on 2d grey-green and carmine, type 12 surcharge in violet, Old Calabar provisional, SG40.

  • The British Protectorate was proclaimed over the Oil Rivers area of present day Nigeria on 5 June 1885. It was not until July 1891 that steps were taken to set up an administration with a consul-general at Old Calabar.
  • A rare 5 shilling surcharge with horizontal bar used to obliterate the old stamp value
  • A fine quality example of this very rare stamp with original gum
  • Accompanied with a British Philatelic Association (BPA) certificate of authenticity (1989)

Lower Estimate: £4,500 (38% discount)


We are here to help

Please contact ant@justcollecting.com to organise your bids.

If you have any questions or need any other assistance, Anthony is here to help. 

Alternatively, you can always register and get involved in the bidding action yourself.


I wish you all the success in winning the rare stamps you want. 

Kind regards,

Mike Hall

CEO Just Collecting

PS. We are able to accommodate extended payment terms on request. We would not want you to miss out. Just contact Anthony at ant@justcollecting.com and he will organise for you.

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