Published on June 14th, 2017 | by Michelle Roper-Shaw
Stanley Gibbons Up for Sale
This week it has been announced that Stanley Gibbons, the rare stamps and collectibles specialist is up for sale.
The business was founded 160 years ago by Edward Stanley Gibbons. He started his business selling stamps at his father’s pharmacy in Plymouth. In 1863, he bought a sackful of rare Cape of Good Hope triangular stamps from two visiting sailors.
Gibbons sold his business in 1890 for £25,000. However, he remained as chairman and in 1891 a shop was opened on The Strand in London. The shop remains there today.
Whilst the company also sells coins, fine wines and antiques it is most well-known for its expertise in rare stamps.
In our previous article Stamp Collecting: Mistakes Make Money we explained how stamp collecting can be a lucrative business. This was no less evident than in April when Stanley Gibbons achieved a record in the sales of Indian stamps. A set of four stamps featuring Ghandi sold for £500,000.
Many of The World’s Most Valuable Stamps have also been auctioned through Stanley Gibbons. This includes the very rare Plate 77 British Penny Red sold for £495,000 in 2016.
Stanley Gibbons and Stamp Collectors
For philatelists, Stanley Gibbons is the oracle for stamps. It continues as a retail business selling old and new issues and it is also a philatelic auction house.
Stanley Gibbons catalogues have been published since 1901 and are one of the main points of reference for all stamp collectors.
Stanley Gibbons at the Post Office Shop
If you are looking to start a new hobby, the Stanley Gibbons Super Stamp Collector Starter Pack is a great way to start. The pack includes:
- A Transworld Stamp Album
- 250 stamps from across the world
- A pack of 1,000 stamp hinges
- A pair of stamp tweezers
- A magnifying glass
- Stanley Gibbons badge
In addition, to help you increase your philately knowledge, there is also the Stanley Gibbons How to Identify Stamps Booklet. This book helps you to study stamp inscriptions and recognise the issuing countries amongst many other handy hints and tips.
Did You Know?
Britain’s stamps are the only ones in the world that do not contain the name of the issuing country. Originally, they were only going to be used domestically so only featured the Queen’s head. However, postal services overseas have agreed that the stamps can be used abroad.