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Stanley Gibbons is world-renowned as the leading name and global market leader in stamp collecting, rare stamps and other heritage collectibles. In essence, what we don't know about rare stamps probably isn't worth knowing.

Established in 1856 by Edward Stanley Gibbons, we were awarded the Royal Warrant in 1914 by King George V for services to philately. It's an honour that we still hold proudly today by continuing to serve the Royal household. It requires us to trade annually with them and provide a level of consistent quality, integrity and expertise in order to be re-awarded the Warrant.

What that means for you is that you can rely on over 150 years experience and skill in appraising, buying, describing and selling stamps.

In today's uncertain times and ever-changing world, trust, security and expertise cannot be underestimated and they are fundamentally important when looking after you and your wealth.

When it comes to investing with us, to be clear, we are not a 'financial business' or 'investment house' - we are, if you like, the expert 'stock pickers' for rare stamps, rare coins and rare manuscripts. We pick only the best and the genuine and only the ones that we believe will maintain and increase in value over time due to their rarity, desirability and condition. Read more...

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Pimco's Bill Gross may have turned bearish on bonds, but he's still bullish about the stamp market after auctioning off his collection of rare British stamps for $9.1m (£4.6m) on Monday, a haul that was double the pre-sale estimate and almost four times what he paid for them.

Simon Goodley, The Telegraph 13 June 2007

Apart from the obvious point of portfolio diversification, the fascination of owning something of which there may only be half a dozen examples in the world is very powerful. And so long as Man's obsession with collecting things continues, the laws of supply and demand will ensure that rare stamps continue to appreciate in value over the long term.

DP, Singapore (Investor)

Rare and desirable stamps in good condition can make impressive investments-curiously the upward gradient of stamp indices has never correlated with the more familiar indices for shares or house prices, nor with those for art or wine.
If you have some spare cash and you don't like the look of the stock markets this summer, now might be a good time to retrieve your childhood stamp album from the attic and revisit a hobby that could bring you handsome returns.

Joanna Pitman, The Spectator, 4 August 2007

No wonder financial advisers suggest adding stamps to an investor's portfolio. Investments in rare stamps can fetch annual returns of over 45%. On average, rare stamps have given returns of about 10-15% a year in recent years. They have given steady returns and occassionally (as in 2008) beaten the Sensex."

The Economic Times, 17 January 2011