Three Steps to Make Sure your Stamps Earn an 'A'

The Stamp Man

The Stamp Man

2018-08-24 10:27:51

Exceptional Quality Rare Collection at 20% discount

My daughter received her A level results last week.

She didn’t get straight A’s, but that’s ok.

The most important thing is she got the grades she needed to get in to the university of her choice.

She was a bit disappointed. I tried to make her feel better by explaining:

“You achieved what you needed to achieve, any more would have been just wasted energy” 

I also told her how proud I was of her.

After all, she was at one point quite literally bottom of the class, so severe was her dyslexia.

But, she worked harder than everyone else. She probably did twice as much work as some of her peers who did get the straight ‘A’ grades.

My view is that achievements you work hard for are the most valuable.

The bizarre thing is that she picked English Literature for her university course, which sounds to me like the hardest subject for someone who is dyslexic!

When it comes to buying stamps, my view is different…

Nothing less than an A+ grade will do.

Today I’d like to share with you (in simple terms) what I strive to achieve when buying stamps to offer to you.

The 3 most important steps to buying A+ Grade stamps 

1. So rare you almost never see them on the market 

Nothing beats tracking down that rare stamp you hardly ever see. In some cases, the stamps I buy are so rare I have never seen them before.

My view is something that is so difficult to find is usually worth buying when you get the opportunity.

After all, it may be my one and only opportunity!

2. In the best condition I have ever seen 

My heart misses a beat when I find a stamp that is of better quality than I have ever seen before.

Finding the best quality example in existence of a particular stamp is obviously a very rare opportunity.

If it was easy to buy quality examples, I would have a lot more stamps to offer you than I do.

The truth is, I have to kiss hundreds of frogs, viewing stamps that are not quite good enough quality, to find my prince of stamps.

3. At a price below SG catalogue value 

I believe in the well-coined phrase, “the quality remains long after the price is forgotten”.

Often, I need to pay more than I would like to get the best quality examples.

But, when it comes to an A+ grade purchase, this is when I manage to buy the best quality at below SG catalogue value.

In short, the holy grail of buying is getting better than SG catalogue quality for less than SG catalogue price.

My life would be a whole lot easier if I simply bought stamps of below SG catalogue quality and sold them at discounts to SG catalogue values. Stamps of lesser quality are not as rare and can be bought at prices significantly below SG catalogue values.

I prefer to do things the hard way. I mainly restrict my purchases to only the hardest stamps to find in the best quality. Whilst this limits how much I can trade, it means I am completely comfortable with my stockholding.

I see the stamps in my stockholding as a long term investment. I expect them to go up in value in the future.

Consequently, my buying strategy ensures my interests are inherently aligned with our clients' interests.

As long as your stamps are earning A+ grades, my view is you can’t go far wrong.

My A+ grade stamps you can buy today

I have five A+ grade stamps I would like to share with you today.

Now let me introduce you to my prize winners: 

1. A very difficult to find classic Victorian stamp

Great Britain 1884 5 shilling Rose on Blued Paper, SG176. 

A superb mint example of a very rare stamp.

SG catalogue price is £18,000 ($23,647).

Accompanied by certificates of authenticity from the British Philatelic Association (BPA) and David Brandon.

PRICE: £15,000 ($19,706) (17% discount)


The 5 shilling rose is notoriously difficult to find on blued paper. The later issue on white paper is much easier to find and of significantly less value. 

Unfortunately, due to the temptation of creating a much higher value stamp, there are a lot of fakes out there. Usually, the white paper stamp is dipped in water with blue ink. Such fakes would not fool the expert committees.

This stamp comes with two independent expert certificates, just to be safe!

2. A perfect example of a beautiful rarity

New Zealand Postal Fiscal. 1931-40 "Arms" 35s orange-yellow, watermark 43, "Wiggins Teape" paper, unmounted with original gum. 

An exceptional example of this key rarity.

SG catalogue price is £8,000 ($10,510).

Accompanied by a 2002 certificate of authenticity from the British Philatelic Association (BPA). Unmounted Mint. SGF181. 

PRICE: £7,000 ($9,196) (13% discount)


This high value stamp was used by the government to collect taxes and duties. 

The design of this stamp from New Zealand is stunning and, in unused form with full original gum, very difficult to find. It is the best quality example of this fine and extremely rare stamp I have ever seen.

3. A unique sheet of 50 stamps

North Borneo 1892 '8/Cents.' on 25c indigo, surcharged as type 23, COMPLETE SHEET OF FIFTY (10x5), with each horizontal pair neatly cancelled by 'SANDAKAN' circular date stamp, dated '12 NOV 1894'. Signed in right margin 'D. Cator - Sandakan' (probably the Postmaster). 

A unique and amazing item, in exceptional condition, being one of only SIX sheets (= 300 stamps) originally surcharged. (SG catalogue price: £9,500+/$12,480+) Used. SG 65

PRICE: £6,950 ($9,130) (27% discount)


The country of North Borneo no longer exists and this sheet of 50 stamps is unique. There are only 300 possible examples of this rare surcharge. 

It is quite remarkable that this entire sheet has survived in the same condition it was the day it was printed 126 years ago.

The icing on the cake for this rare philatelic treasure is the inclusion of the Postmaster’s signature in the right margin

4. King Edward VII classic

Great Britain 1902 £1 Dull blue green, SG266. 

A superb unmounted mint marginal example with full original gum. Perfectly centred marginal example printed by De La Rue. A real beauty!

SG catalogue price is £3,500 ($4,598).

PRICE: £2,500 ($3,284) (29% discount)


Stamps from the King Edward VII era remain very popular with collectors and investors. Due to the relatively short reign of King Edward VII, stamps bearing his portrait were only issued between 1902 and 1913. 

It is very difficult to find this classic King Edward VII high value stamp in mint form with all the original gum surviving unharmed.

This stamp benefits further from being a marginal example, making it a fantastic find.

5. A major error

South Africa 1926-27 ½d black and green, London printing, right marginal vertical pair, lower stamp showing the error missing "1" in "½" (position noted as R7/12 in pencil on reverse of margin), fine large part original gum, (error unmounted). 

A major rarity. Unmounted Mint. SG30a

SG catalogue price is £2,750 ($3,613)

Accompanied with Philatelic Federation South Africa (PFSA) certificate (1989). 

PRICE: £1,950 ($2,562) (29% discount)


This stamp error from South Africa is quite startling with the missing “1” in “½”.

The error is in perfect condition with full original gum and is more valuable being part of a pair.

It is made even more valuable virtue of being a marginal example, making this a great find.

Buy the collection

You can buy the five stamps in this collection for the price of £33,400 ($43,878). This equates to a discount to SG catalogue price of £8,350 ($10,969) (20%).

You will probably need to let me know quite quickly if you would like to acquire the entire A+ grade stamps collection. Last week, 7 of the 10 stamps featured in my email sold fast.

You can purchase individual stamps from the collection from our online store by clicking on the link against each stamp featured.

Please email me at to secure the collection.

Alternatively, you can call us on +44(0)1534 639998 to secure the stamp(s) you want.

Don’t settle for second best. Only an A+ will do.

Kind regards

Mike Hall 

PS. The stamps in this collection have proved a good solid investment historically. The New Zealand Postal Fiscal stamp, for example, was included in the SG Commonwealth & British Empire catalogue 10 years ago at a price of £3,750 ($4,926). That’s growth of 113% and clear evidence of the rarity and desirability of this stamp.

Come and join us on JustCollecting - the community for collectors

Share on social media
Write a response...

The bookmarklet lets you save things you find to your collections.

Note: Make sure your bookmarks are visible.


Click and drag the Collect It button to your browser's Bookmark Bar.

collect it