Collecting postage stamps, also called philately, is a great hobby for anyone who loves history and loves money.
There may sometimes be treasure hidden in old postage stamps. And literally. For some, the beauty of small jagged papers with a story is a treasure. For another, on the contrary, the possibility of their monetization. Postage stamps will please the soul of everyone who loves history or money. However, if you want to build a quality collection, you will have to sacrifice a lot of money in addition to time.
Blue Mauritius: Investments worth hundreds of millions of crowns
Who wouldn’t like to have a postage stamp called Blue Mauritius in their collection. To date, only 27 specimens have been preserved. It should be noted that the marks were created by accident. Each Blue Mauritius has a value in the order of hundreds of millions of crowns. It is owned by private investors, but also by some world museums.
However, collecting postage stamps requires not only money but also considerable knowledge. The time spent in self-study takes to penetrate the secrets of philately, get to know the jargon and not come across the first advantageous purchase. Membership in one of the many philatelic clubs is out of the question.
Austrian Blue Mercury
However, a jagged treasure may not contain the most expensive stamps in the world. What Blue Mauritius is to the world is Austrian Blue Mercury for philatelists from Central Europe. This originally newspaper stamp was first printed in 1851. Although its value does not reach such an astronomical sum as Blue Mauritius, you would receive ten or more thousand crowns for this stamp. The “Pink Mercury” was auctioned in the Burda auction system for 115 thousand crowns. It was the same motif as in the case of his “blue brother”, but the stamp was in a different color.
There are more similar postage stamps that have a high value. Ludvík Pytlíček, the most famous Czech philatelist, has his collection of postage stamps insured for one hundred million crowns. The Semily philatelist specializes exclusively in Czechoslovak stamps, in which he often has literally unique ones. However, you do not necessarily have to collect what Mr Pytlíček does.
The value of postage stamps over time
The increase in the value of postage stamps over time is a documented phenomenon. It very much depends on the condition of the postage stamp. Improper storage can lose the price. The value of stamps is also determined by the number of preserved specimens. There is no single procedure for determining the value of marks.
To make as much money as possible for your collection, it should be thematic and, if possible, complete, in philatelic slang you should have a complete, compact collection. A collector who manages to combine the above into one colorful collection should earn more money for his jagged treasure than if he sold postage stamps individually.