Sunday, May 13, 2018

Birds on stamps

The most popular theme for thematic collectors is birds, and it's easy to see why! Many thousands of stamps featuring birds have been issued since 1845 (one of the famous Basel 'Doves' sold a few years ago for many thousands of pounds and people were shocked as it was for a thematic collection!)

The range of stamps featuring birds is so vast that many collectors narrow their collection to specialise in ducks, birds of prey, penguins etc etc.

The UK has just issued a superb set of 10 first class stamps featuring owls. Perhaps now is the time to start collecting these issues?

Sunday, August 27, 2017


Over the last few years I've built up quite a stock of Germany and at last I've got round to the huge task of listing it on the website!

Probably out of all the European countries Germany has the most varied and interesting history, and this is reflected really well in the stamps. Through the issues of the pre 1870 states, through the unified issues and on to the Nazi era, followed by the partition following World War Two, occupations (both by and of Germany), colonies and issues for areas like Memel, Danzig, Saar and Berlin, there is enough to keep any collector busy for a lifetime.

Germany for sale here.

Thursday, March 23, 2017


Latest addition to the growing range of Stamp Thing Facebook groups is for Belgium and Colonies. I am currently adding an excellent collection of Belgium to the website, mainly used and mounted mint but including some unmounted mint items especially miniature sheets.

Many Belgian stamps can still be purchased at reasonable prices and building a collection is fairly easy. The colonies add another dimension to collecting Belgian material, the stamps of Belgium itself often referencing its colonial heritage.

Tuesday, January 31, 2017


I'm currently adding a lot of Austrian stamps to the website. I particularly like this country's stamps - the earlier ones are a little dull but give an insight into the country's troubled history (end of Empire, inflation, incorporation into the Third Reich etc), more recent material includes some unusual issues (ceramic, plastic, embroidered etc). Most commemorative issues are just a single stamp and certainly a collection of modern issues could be put together fairly cheaply.

Saturday, December 17, 2016

Vatican on board

Latest addition to our national Facebook groups is VATICAN.

Europe's smallest country is set in the heart of the city of Rome and has issued stamps since the Lateran Treaty in 1929. Most stamps are on  religious theme but in recent years more and more themes have been added to their output, though normally with a Vatican link.

The Vatican is a relatively easy and cheap country to collect, although sourcing used stamps is always difficult!