My Top 5 Stock Items on a Budget

The Stamp Man

The Stamp Man

2018-08-06 13:01:14

The best bargains I have in stock right now

 A question I sometimes get from clients is…

“What would you recommend within a budget of xxx?”

One of the most pleasurable parts of collecting is finding great quality rare stamps.

It is even more satisfying when we feel we have picked up a rarity at a keen price.

We all love a bargain. It is ingrained in our genetic make-up.

Today, I would like to share with you what I think are my best bargains “on a budget”.

These are 5 stamps I think are:

  • Beautiful rarities
  • In fine quality
  • At a price offering good value

Budget of £100 ($134)

This is my favourite stamp I have for under £100 ($134):

Falkland Islands 1912-20 5s maroon, with full original gum.

Minor traces of toning on gum, still very fine fresh appearance.

SG catalogue price: £130

Unmounted Mint. SG 67b

PRICE: £85 ($114)


The Falkland Islands has a passionate collector base and this is a difficult stamp to find in this quality. 

These little Islands in the South Atlantic Ocean are famous for producing beautiful stamps. I have always been fond of the classic regal design of this King George V stamp.

The Stanley Gibbons catalogue price for this stamp is £130 ($174). It is yours today for just £85 ($114).

A classic Falkland Islands stamp at a 35% discount to catalogue price makes this worthy of being my top recommendation for under £100 ($134).

Budget of £500 ($670)

This has to be the best bargain I have for under £500 ($670):

Labuan 1894 6c bright green, litho printing, complete sheet of 10 (5x2), brilliant unmounted original gum. 

R2/4 shows variety 'No dot at upper left'. A scarce and lovely item. Unmounted Mint. SG 52/b

PRICE: £350 ($469)


The Island of Labuan in Malaysia only existed as a stamp issuing entity for 26 years and produced some beautiful stamps during that short period.

This complete sheet of 10 stamps printed in 1894 and in perfect condition features the classic design of Queen Victoria’s portrait. The stamp is also revered for its attractive and intricate border design.

Despite being very scarce, the catalogue value is only £550 ($737). Ten years ago, the catalogue price was £260 ($348). The growth in value of 112% in the past 10 years highlights its attractiveness to collectors.

Despite recent growth in value, I still don’t consider the current catalogue price of £550 ($737) to fairly reflect the scarcity of this philatelic treasure.

You can buy this stamp from me today for £350 ($469), a discount of 36% to the current catalogue price. A steal, in my opinion!

Budget of £1,000 ($1,340) 

This is one of my favourite stamp issues of all time and available for under £1,000 ($1,340):

Transjordan 1933 'Tourist' set of 14 to £1, brilliant large part original gum to original gum. Choice quality for this beautiful set, with lovely fresh colours. 

Only 1,095 sets sold. Mint. SG 208/21

PRICE: £850 ($1,139)


The Transjordan (now Jordan) “Tourist” issue of 1933 is widely adored by collectors of British Empire stamps. With only 1,095 sets sold, this set is decidedly scarce, particularly in this quality. 

They include images of some of the country’s most famous architectural treasures. The idea was that the designs should feature the places to visit as a foreign tourist.

The 14 pictorial engraved stamps printed by Bradbury, Wilkinson epitomise the quality of the design of stamps being issued in that period.

You can buy this beautiful set from me today for a price of £850 ($1,139), a 6% discount to the current catalogue price of £900 ($1,206).

Budget of £5,000 ($6,702)

You really don’t want to miss this one:

Penny Black (CA) Fantastic Wotton-under-Edge distinctive Maltese Cross on Cover.

1840 One Penny Black Plate V (Initialled: CA) slightly cut into at lower left but showing portions of adjoining stamp at top and right tied by a superb strike of the distinctive Wotton-under-Edge Maltese Cross to entire letter (lower flap missing). 

Addressed to Monmouth dated 1 April 1841 red arrival date stamp on front and superb Wotton-under-edge on the reverse. 

Fine and one of the finest strikes of this most distinctive Maltese Cross cancellation on a Penny Black. 

Provenance: Robson Lowe Sale May 1953 literature Recorded in Rockoff and Jackson page 305. 

Catalogued at £25,000 ($33,512).

PRICE: £6,000 ($8,043)


This is one of the finest strikes of the most distinctive “Maltese Cross” postmark on the most famous postage stamp in the world, the Penny Black.

It also comes with strong provenance adding to its value.

The standard Maltese Cross postmark was struck in red ink. This was to ensure the black stamp was clearly cancelled.

Postmasters were expected to mix their own cancelling ink to a recipe as prescribed by the post office.

Despite this requirement, not all postmasters got the ink mix quite right and Maltese Crosses come in a range of colours including magenta, ruby, brown, orange and blue.

To add to the complexity, some of the original crosses supplied by the post office were lost or damaged and postmasters created their own copies of the original. These became known as “distinctive” crosses.

The cover I have is the most famous distinctive cross from Wotton-under-Edge in Gloucestershire.

The postmaster is believed to have deliberately defaced the canceller by cutting lines across it. Because it is so distinctive, it is highly collectible amongst penny black enthusiasts.

Despite having a catalogue price of £25,000 ($33,512), I obtained this at a keen price and it is available to you today for the price of £6,000 ($8,043), a whopping 79% discount.

Budget of £10,000 ($13,405)

If your budget stretches to £10,000 ($13,405), then my final recommendation is worth snatching up:

China 1914-19 Peking printing, set of 22 to $20 black and yellow. Some minor gum disturbance, with part to large part original gum. 

The $20 is very scarce and catalogued by Stanley Gibbons at £12,500. Mint. SG 287/308 

PRICE: £9,750 ($13,069)


Hopefully, you will already know from previous writings why I am bullish about the future of the Chinese stamp market.

This set includes some of my favourite stamp designs from China. In 1913, the Post Office of the newly established government of the Republic placed an order with Waterlow & Sons in London for a new set of definitive stamps.

These basic stamp designs remained in use until the 1930s and were printed in Peking (now Beijing).

The designs include a junk (traditional Chinese ship) and railway train, representing Communications; a farmer reaping rice, representing Agriculture; and the Hall of Classics at Peking, representing Literature.

I think this is a great example of where stamps depict the identity and culture of a nation. As such they represent a very important set of stamps issued from China.

The catalogue price for the $20 stamp, which is very scarce, is £12,500 ($16,756).

You can buy the complete set of 22 stamps from me today for just £9,750, a discount of 22% on the $20 stamp alone!

Buying Options

If you want to secure any (or all) of my top 5 stock items on a budget, you can either buy directly from our website by clicking on the links against each item above or:

  • Email me at and I will handle your order personally
  • Call us on +44(0)1534 639998 to secure your stamps

As always, we sell on a first come, first served basis.

I can only sell each of my top 5 recommendations once.

I do not have any duplicates I could offer, such is their rarity.

I look forward to hearing from you.

Kind regards


Mike Hall

CEO, Just Collecting Limited

PS. This stamp narrowly missed out on the top 5, but is certainly still worthy of serious consideration:

Great Britain 1883 2/6 Lilac on Blued Paper, SG176. A superb well centred mint example.

A very rare and classic Queen Victorian stamp, particularly in this quality.

The SG catalogue price is £6,750 ($9,048).

Today I'm offering a 30% discount. 

PRICE: £4,750 ($6,367)


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