New Year, New Opportunity Could Double Your Money

The Stamp Man

The Stamp Man

2020-01-14 09:27:16

Motivated seller open to offers on one of Britain’s major stamp rarities

Normally at this time I would send you my TOP STAMP TIPS for the year ahead…

But, that will need to wait until next week.

Because, I have an opportunity I simply must put in front of you straight away.

It is one of those rare moments where everything you need for a good investment comes together at the same time. 

Dr Steve Sjuggerud, the editor of True Wealth is an old business colleague of mine.

I believe in his core investment philosophy, which is:

“Buy investments that are cheap, hated AND in an uptrend.”

The only thing I would add to this is that the investment should be a high quality asset 

That’s exactly the opportunity I have for you today…

  1. An exceptional quality rarity of the highest pedigree
  2. Available “cheap” virtue of a motivated seller
  3. In an area of the market which has been out of favour in recent years, although not quite “hated”
  4. Early signs of a return to an uptrend and with a major positive catalyst imminent

The opportunity to acquire this major rarity today is value investing in its simplest form.

The stamp investment opportunity of 2020

Great Britain 1840 1d black plate 4, SG2. Very fine and fresh unused original gum four margin block of four lettered AD-BE. A very rare and desirable block of the world's first postage stamp.

Mint penny blacks still retaining their original gum are rare enough. Mint penny blacks with original gum in a block of four hardly ever come onto the market.

Most blocks of penny blacks have some condition defects such as creasing or staining. This example is a very fine quality mint block of four with all four margins.

It is a real aspirational purchase. 

It comes from printing plate 4, which was registered on 19 May 1840.

It is known as the “spotted plate” as many of its stamps show spots. Minute black dots can be found in the margins and clear parts of the stamps, such as the corner squares.

The base-lines of the letter blocks are much thicker than those in plate 3.

The plate was never used to print the penny red and was destroyed on 9 January 1841.

Typically, rarities such as this belong to award winning collections. This block has strong provenance, previously belonging to the collection of Michael Lea.

He sold his collection to a friend, which then formed part of the collection sold through Christies auction with the pseudonym, “Teas”.

Authenticity is also assured with the accompanying certificate of authenticity from the British Philatelic Association (BPA).

What’s it worth?

The Stanley Gibbons Great Britain Specialised Queen Victoria catalogue was last published in 2011. It lists a block of four penny blacks from plate 4 at a valuation of £140,000.

Our current retail valuation on this philatelic rarity is slightly higher at £150,000.

As I said, blocks of four penny blacks are of extreme rarity meaning there are only infrequent auction realisations to refer to.

There have been some high realisations in the past…

A block of four mint penny blacks sold at a Spink auction in June 2011 for £310,000, including buyer’s premium. That’s more than double our retail valuation.

Motivated Seller – make an offer

Our seller is motivated to make a quick sale. He wants to realise funds and is willing to consider any sensible offer.

I suggest you make an offer. As they say, if you don’t ask, you don’t get. 

How this works…

  1. You send us your offer. Simply respond to this e-mail with your offer price. Alternatively, give us a call on +44(0)1534 639998.
  2. If we receive a higher offer from yours, we will let you know to give you the opportunity to increase your offer.
  3. Once we have the highest offer on the table, we will speak to our client.
  4. Our client will either accept, reject or make a counter offer to you.

We want to get the best price for our client.

Having said that, in “quick sale” situations like this, the buyer is usually the winner.

You could get one of Britain’s top stamp rarities at a price where, with strong demand or at the right auction at the right time, you could have a chance of doubling your money or even more.


This could be the perfect timing…

Positive Market Indicators

The British rare stamp market has been out of favour for the past few years. Otherwise, an opportunity like this would not occur.

In a strong market, such opportunities don’t exist.

Mint penny black blocks generally sell for the best prices to those collectors building top collections, often to be put up for international philatelic competitions. 

The London 2020 Stamp Exhibition is nearly upon us…

The international stamp exhibition this year will be staged at the Business Design Centre in Islington from Saturday, 2 May to Saturday, 9 May.

During that time, rare British stamps will be in the spotlight. Normally, wherever the stamp show is held each year is a good year for stamps from that country.

In its most recent issue, the “Stamp Collector” magazine reported huge demand for London 2020 exhibitor frames.

It is reported more collectors wanted to exhibit than space available would allow, even though the exhibits will be changed halfway through the exhibition.

As a result, only two thirds of the entries will have the opportunity to exhibit.

This is a strong indicator of the level of interest in the exhibition and philately in general.

From our own experience, we are seeing a lot of encouraging signs at the moment. Most notably, over the past few months, we have recruited some new buyers participating at the top end of the market.

The “green shoots” in the rare GB stamp market are showing. Is this the start of a long overdue rally? Time will tell.

To summarise:

  • It is still a buyer’s market in rare British stamps right now, but this may be about to change
  • This is an opportunity to buy a major rarity of the world’s first postage stamp at an artificially low price
  • There are early signs of a return to a bull market ahead for the British stamp market, which in recent years has not followed the same growth trend as the rest of the worldwide stamp market

Make your offer today. Timing is everything.

Kind regards,

Mike Hall

CEO Just Collecting

PS. As Dominic Frisby put it in a Money Week article:

“Value investing is, I suppose, the most basic and instinctive of investing systems. You buy when you deem something to be cheap and you sell when it gets expensive. The principle has been applied for as long as humans have invested money.”

**This is one of those simple value investing opportunities. **

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December 30, 2019: The 10 weirdest auction lots of 2019 

December 27, 2019: Some like it hot, do you? 

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