If you’re a stamp collector, or just starting your collection, we probably don’t need to tell you how alive and wide-spread this hobby is.

It is of course very well represented in the United Kingdom as well, where stamp manufacturing began and where you can find some very beautiful pieces from all sorts of different times, all the way back to 1840.

Now, people already acquainted with this know that there are also large groups and big web communities gathered around this hobby online. While taking photos of your stamps to show off and promote them is a standard thing, having a really high quality video of your stamp collection, together with your audio commentary perhaps, can really help your collection stand out.
This is where a car dashboard camera can very well come in handy.

When making a recording of your collection, you should of course make sure that your device has a good lighting control and a high resolution number, naturally. You also need a high frame rate and a sharp image, if you are to represent the quality of your stamps as truthful as possible.

For some stamps, the cracks and the traces of time is what makes them valuable, for others it is the fact that they are well preserved and look like they are manufactured yesterday. Other stamps are valuable because they have had some kind of a printing error that makes them different from the same ones in that particular series.

Little cracks, cuts, shiny flat surfaces… All that needs to be seen and well captured.

These are the reasons an ordinary device just won’t cut it. If you have a smart phone, you might think that it is possible to do this. While phones can take decent videos and photos of some events from everyday life, you can’t really have the necessary reach, like a regular camera does.

The explanation is simple. Smart phones and similar devices are devices that have a mini camera as an addition. They can be strong, but not as a real camera.

Car dashboard cameras are genuine cameras, and that’s their sole purpose.

Only a real camera gadget has all the necessary tweaking options and lens capabilities you’ll need for this particular job.

Some dash cameras are so advanced, they can even upload your recordings directly online as you record, or you can even make a live stream.

Regular dashboard cameras have all the necessary capabilities, like the high resolution for instance. Even a low price budget camera, in most cases, has a 1080p HD capability.

Car cameras often have low light lens adjustment, dynamic lighting control, and manual video settings. You can easily solve the problem with the light flashing off of your polished stamp surface, for instance.

The options and capabilities dash cams have will give you’re the possibility to really present your stamps is a realistic way, so that people can really see the beauty of the textures.
This can really come in handy if you are in the business of trading or just selling your stamps online.

But, if you are simply promoting your stamps, for any reason, you’ll want this kind of video/photo quality.

If you don’t already have one and are interested in getting one you can find loads of dash cam reviews over at, they have reviews of all the popular models so you can find one that suits you.

Of course, a lot of these dash cams have the option of taking photos as well, so this will also replace using your phone. The average photo quality a dashboard camera has is somewhere around 13 mega pixels, while the average smart phone has around 5.

Phones just can’t cut it when you need special attention to small details.

And, as far as the sound goes, it could be a good idea to record and comment on your stamps as you go. You can make a sort of a short video documentary, promoting your collection.

Car cameras have a built in microphone and capture the sound clearly.

All these features we’ve talked about, high video quality, high sound quality, etc… They are all well ensured in a car camera, because that is a device serving the purpose of keeping people safe on the road. The owners expect to be able to clearly see the license plate number on a car that is far away in the recording, for instance. Or, see a small writing on a street sign, etc…

This is why these cameras are more and more growing popular and have a constant increase in feature quality.

In fact, they are becoming so versatile because of their high quality recordings, that people often use them for all other tasks that require recording, taking photos, security, of home security.


Stamp collecting is a hobby that has had a lifespan for almost two full centuries now. The first stamp was issued back in 1840, and since that time mankind has had a sort of a fascination with those small adhesive pieces of artwork.

And they are appropriately called that, for thousands of well known artists all over the World have worked on creations of all kinds of stamps.
For people not interested in stamps, they are but merely pieces of small adhesive paper you put on a letter, but for someone that is more in to this kind of a hobby, they can be a lot more.

Stamp collecting is very much alive today, same as it was over the two centuries, and there are strong and numerous communities all over the web.

Nowadays, people get into stamp collecting for various different reasons. Usually people that grew up before the television generation or the computer generation are interested in this sort of a hobby, but also some new younger people come to recognize the value and beauty behind this historic hobby. Some people simply inherent a stamp collection from a parent or a relative, others are in to it for the possibility of earning money, etc…

But, what makes a stamp valuable?

Is it its authenticity, its rareness, or its condition? Is it the fact that it is stickered to some historically important letter, or are they more desirable if they are in mint condition?

Well, the answers to these questions vary from stamp to stamp.

For instance, the previously mentioned first stamp in the World, the Penny Black, is not the most valuable one, even though it is the first one.

Also, one stamp can have multiple values depending on the condition of a particular piece.

Generally speaking, stamps are mostly desirable to be in their mint condition, prior to sticking or being used.

Some of the most valuable stamps in the World are sought after in their printing blocks of eighteen stamps. It is how stamps were first made, due to the old printing methods, but all sorts of printing block sizes are desirable.

Also, stamps tied to a certain historical event can also be quite valuable.

These rules are of course, not the case all the time. Sometimes, a printing block of old stamps in mint condition is not worth that much, but it usually is.

For instance, a printing block of eighteen stamps of the famous Penny Black stamp can be worth up to half million pounds. Just to put more figures into perspective, the same stamp could be worth twenty quid, if it’s in used tattered condition, and so on.

Used stamps can also be valuable, depending on their condition. Usually, the things to look for here are the margins around the outer edges of the stamp. If they are clear, thick, and undamaged, that would mean the stamp is in prime condition. Also, the cancellation seal on the stamp is to be observed. If it is struck perfectly, and is visible on the stamp in its entirety, without bringing disarray to the artwork underneath, this could also mean the stamp is in perfect condition and is probably worth a lot.

Some cancelled stamps are indeed desired more that those same ones in mint condition. Even the perforation, which is the way it’s printed on the sheet and then cut with a certain method can tell you if it’s perfect or not.

Somewhere in the past, when post offices came to realize people were collecting stamps, they began printing stamps in collector sheets. Later on in history, beginning somewhere from the 1930’s and then on, full collector sheets have been printed and highly sought after by collectors today.

Naturally, when faced with a dilemma of a certain stamps worth, you can seek the help of a professional. As we’ve mentioned, this hobby is very much alive and there are numerous communities all over the web. It is also a good idea to show off your collection by publishing photos or videos containing some or all of its items. This is naturally all up to you, since you may still want to keep some to yourself.

If you are looking for someone’s help, you should make sure that person is someone thrust worthy, and it is also probably a good idea to ask for some sort of guarantee for your stamps. Naturally, you should avoid parting with your collection and always be present during the time other people are examining it.


A lot of people today, same as during the past two centuries, take up stamp collecting purely for the enjoyment. Collecting stamps can often take entire lifetimes and, when you really see the effort put behind a good collection, the beauty of each and every single piece and the story it must have, as well as its historical significance, it is considered a time well spent, by many passionate collectors.


Other people are in it for the potential income it can yield, or simply put ‘in the business of collecting stamps’. This does not mean an avid stamp trader doesn’t enjoy this hobby, quite the contrary. Some of the most loyal collectors, passionate about stamps, are also top sellers and traders.

If you are interested about the world of stamps and the market, you should know things work a little differently than in an average everyday market of some other everyday items.

The first important difference is that the stamp market is not tied to any of these previously mentioned markets, or even to the economy for that matter. This of course excludes some major crisis situations, but even then… Stamp collectors and people trading stamps are in fact the only people or factors influencing the stamp market and its state.

Further more, the average income or net worth of an average stamp trader is also not all that important, because as you might have guessed – stamps become something similar to liquid funds in this business.

But, business stories aside, if you are interested in learning about the stamp market, you must first know some basic things about it, and about stamps naturally.
As it was stated above, things function differently from that of an ordinary market. Here, if you are let us say selling a stamp, you are expected to communicate with the potential buyer, and negotiate the terms of your potential deal or even if he is interested at all.

Of course, right at the beginning, the question of the stamps worth will appear.

But, this is not the only basic thing to note about the stamp market. You must take some steps before you start communicating with the potential buyers or sellers.

The first thing you need to do is to determine what you have, or what the seller has.

Stamp collections can be so vast some even have millions of items and pieces. It would take one months to go over all entries.

Thus some collectors specialize only in certain countries, like for instance the Japanese stamp collection. It is much easier for you to find what you are looking for if you are specific about the details.

Specialized stamp collections are not necessarily about a certain country. They can be composed from let’s say advertising stamps, or even a single stamp.

There can even be an entire stamp collection, with thousands of items, all of a single stamp. Even books are written on single stamps.

These specialized collections in nature usually have significant value and are highly sought after by collectors and buyers.

There are also children’s collections usually just containing common stamps that have little commercial value.

Back in the day, stamp sheets were very popular. There was a time even, when the post office would issue a new stamp, it was a custom for collectors to go to the office and buy an entire sheet. Over the years these grew into quite large collections as well, but today they do not all hold the same value as on the day they were bought. Some are even worth less, but there are some cases in which a whole sheet of a particular stamp could be worth a lot.

Many collectors aspire to become dealers, most likely after they retire from collecting.

So, it all comes down to a single question you need to ask, if you are looking to get introduced to the stamp market- what is it worth?

How do you know the value of a particular stamp, a stamp sheet, or a stamp collection?

There are several basic variables:

1. What stamps are in the collection?

Are they common? Are they scarce? Or, are they even genuine…?

2. What’s the condition of the stamps?

This is particularly important for scarce stamps that are more likely to have value.

3. What is the state of the overall economy and in the stamp market in particular?

Now, as we did say these two do not affect each other directly, it is of course a good thing to note the state of both. Sometimes it is good to sell stamps when the overall economy is good, and sometimes even when it is low.

Stamps are a definite part of history, and like history, they demand a lot of research. If you are looking to swim in these waters with ease and success, you most definitely have to know the value of knowledge and familiarity with stamps. Keep constant research going and also keep in touch with all different communities all over the World.


Stamp collecting is a hobby enjoyed by all sorts of large groups of people, for almost two centuries now.

During that time, in the past, people didn’t have that much media and sources of fun in their lives. In fact, the only media were the news papers mostly, and the only art people could find were paintings, most of which they only heard of or merely seen a black and white photograph of it in the papers.

Times were not as alive as they are now, and it really puts things into a different perspective today.

A lot of people often times express their dissatisfaction and disapproval with the state of things today, especially with the media and the constant information flow, but despite some goods arguments they have, it is certain that a 19th century young man would welcome the possibility of sending an instant message to a friend on the other side of the globe, or seeing a picture or a recording of anything he wishes really.

All these things are at the tip of our fingertips today, but one of the most intriguing things in our history is to see how some older hobbies and customs have interacted with this new information age.

Some have been completely lost, unfortunately, but some survived, and even thrived on the free flow of information.

One such hobby is surely stamp collecting.

The whole thing began back in the 19th century, when the Great Britain had numerous colonies all around the globe.

In those times, sending a message and receiving news from places far away was naturally much more complicated.

Postal rates were high, complex and anomalous. It was a custom for the recipient of the post to pay postage on delivery. The price was based on the distance travelled and by the sheet.In the midst of all this, Sir Rowland Hill proposed that an adhesive stamp could be used, that would indicate the pre-payment of postage expenses.

And so it was, that on the 1st of May, in the year 1840, the first Penny Black stamp was issued, and first used five days later.

The stamp features a profile of Queen Victoria and it was worth 1 penny. It was in black and white, hence the name ‘The Penny Black’.


The Penny Black stamp allowed letters that were up to 14 grams to be delivered anywhere, regardless of distance, at a flat rate of one penny.

It is important to note that while this is the world’s first adhesive stamp, the idea existed earlier for something similar in the Austrian Empire, Sweden, and possibly Greece, as the historians are saying, but the Penny Black is officially accepted as the first stamp ever.

When Sir Rowland Hill proposed this idea, he was given a two year contract to complete and realize his idea. He then held a public competition for the design of the new stamp. The competition had about 2600 entries, but in the end Hill went for his own idea of the profile of Queen Victoria, which he believed would be difficult to forge.

Many artists and forgers participated in the creation of this portrait that also had several versions. Some versions had a red cancellation, which was hard to see and was easily removed.

Queen Victoria’s portrait was used during her entire lifetime, until 1901, and even to this very day all British stamps bear her portrait or a silhouette, somewhere in their design. These stamps do not have an indication of the country of origin, as it is clear it is the United Kingdom.

The stamp also went through various changes in size, colour, and printing methods.

All these different issues and varieties are sought after by many stamp collectors today.

While this stamp is the first one ever, it is not necessarily the most valuable.

Some plain tattered version of the Penny Black is probably worth about 50 pounds. If the margins are neat and the post mark is clear, the value goes higher to a few hundred pounds. If the picture is clear, margins neat and large, and the post mark is perfect, the Penny Black stamp could be worth more than a thousand pounds.

A completely perfect single Penny Black stamp, in mint condition, however could be worth up to eight thousand pounds.

But, the most valuable thing is probably the mint blocks of eighteen Penny Blacks, which are the most sought after items amongst stamp collectors.

One such mint condition 18 piece block of Penny Black could be worth up to one million pounds.


In this day and age it seems people have fewer and fewer hobbies, at least tangible ones. Mostly people focus on things that only exist in the virtual world, computers and internet.

However, old hobbies are still present to this day and even though there are fewer people involved with them, they survive and this only increases their value. The fact some hobbies are very rare increases their value in effort, but also in worth.

One such hobby is definitely Stamp collecting. While rarely encountered, a stamp collecting hobby is very much alive. People born in the ‘80s and raised in the ‘90s are amongst the last people who were likely to encounter a stamp collector during their youth. There are even very recent instances of people paying enormous sums of money for some extremely rare stamps.

If someone were to start a stamp collection today, where would he begin? How would he learn to tell the difference between a good quality and a low quality stamp?  Also, what makes a stamp so unique, that some passionate collectors would pay millions to get them?

Stamp collecting hobby has very strong supporters in the United Kingdom.

There are no general rules for collecting stamps. People, who love doing it, do so without any special guide line of standards. However, there are many things that are considered if you want to determine the net worth of a certain stamp or a stamp collection.

In 2014, a single stamp peace was sold in New York for a grand total of 10 million dollars. The stamp was an 1854 one set stamp from the British colony of British Guiana.

It is, of course, highly unlikely that any stamp collection started today can achieve such high prices, but stamp collections are sold all the time for quite decent amounts of money, none the less.

The first stamp in the World is undoubtedly the most famous stamp in the World. It is the Penny Black stamp, first issued in Great Britain on May the 1st, back in 1840. Even though this stamp is the first and most famous one, it is not the most valuable one.

A very important thing to keep in mind if you are searching to build up a collection of a high value, is that the condition is the key. Take the Penny Black stamp as an example. In some cases it is barely £ 50 and in others it can reach several thousand pounds. A clean, mint stamp is worth much more.

IF you are not looking for worth, and just looking to start up on a collection that will have multiple entries from all sorts of countries, you can easily find numerous stamps for purchase at cheap prices. You can probably get a whole bag of them for under £ 100. While cheap and in low condition, stamps in this class can still be quite beautiful and interesting, and are worth displaying in a nice stamp book.

Some people collect the stamps of one particular country, while others collect stamps of all countries. Some collect stamps in certain themes. This is often called topical or thematic collecting.
A simple way to start a decent collection would be to get a stamp book and purchase a bag of unsorted World stamps. In some cases, these packs can contain a couple of thousand stamps, many of them in an excellent viewing condition, and all that for around £ 20, from your local dealer or on the web.

When collecting stamps, it is important to know both visible and subtle differences between stamps.

Obvious and visible differences, such as change in colour of the stamp, is naturally noticed much sooner than some other. These visible differences are known as ‘face differences’, because they can be seen from the face of the stamp.

Many of the old stamps have been reissued, and finding the first unique models is certainly an endeavour. These newer stamps are issued later and are quite often in a decent condition.

The differences can be very subtle, such as an underline of a text on the stamp, if any, of changes in the drawing. These differences alone can cost several thousand pounds.

More subtle differences are also important in determining the value of your stamp. The old printing process has left its mark on everything and the water mark for instance if a welcomed perk.

During their manufacturing stamps undergo several separate processes. Errors happen here as they do everywhere. Even people that are employed to check if every stamp is fine sometimes miss a spot.

These differences can be anything, really.  The face of one stamp can contain a picture or an official drawing, while the other one, printed in the same year, may not.

These subtle differences have their own fan base and are actually sought for and makes the stamp containing them much more valuable.