In the long term possibly. In the short term to make money you need to have something different like a "gutter pair" a pair of stamps from the middle join of two sheets sells at a premium.Thunderfog wrote:Investment?
Definitely not.Thunderfog wrote:Investment?
That is a somewhat over simplification of a very complex market place. There is money to be made on more recent issues but of course the rarer the item the greater the likelihood of a greater return.pabenny wrote:Definitely not.Thunderfog wrote:Investment?
Dealers typically pay 30-40% of face value for mint stamps, whether recent issues or early decimal issues back to the 1970s - and they end up being used as postage.
Even gutter pairs, cylinder block corners and all the other niche things that some collectors go for are relatively commonplace and have negligible investment value.
The only place where there may be investment value is older stamps - meaning prior to the present Queen. Even there, I'm sceptical because serious stamp collecting is a dying interest - in that collectors are typically elderly people who have collected since their younger days. That means there is a steady flow into the market with newer collectors. And there is no underlying asset to support the valuation - stamps are just bits of coloured paper, the value of which derives from other people's willingness to pay.
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