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In a digital word stamps retain their currency, say philatelists

In a small building in New Plymouth, Chris Wells' near 50-year career in the stamp collecting and supply industry is evident. Visitors at the Philatelic Distributors' premises are greeted by fresh white walls and minimalist design - until you get a peek out the back at shelves upon shelves of folders, sheets, equipment, and thousands upon thousands of stamps.



Lifetime collector's prize stamps up for sale this weekend

Ian Rutherford says his numerous hobbies, including stamp collecting and art, have helped to keep him active and positive since a cancer diagnosis 13 years ago Ian Rutherford is a man of many talents, and this weekend he is putting the remnants of his oldest passion, stamps, on sale at The Henderson Market in Waimate. The stamps range from the mid 1800s to the early 1900s, and cover a variety of techniques, including punctuated and perforated.



English wants to improve APS website

The way Scott English sees it, the future of stamp collecting - and the American Philatelic Society - are tied to the internet. That is the society's executive director's outlook on what's ahead for the hobby and his own organization.



Stamp collecting: which are the most valuable?

Although the popularity of philately has waned since the 1950s and 1960s when collecting stamps was a widespread hobby among young people, many households are likely to have an old collection gathering dust in the attic. The long-term price trends for rare stamps are expected to increase - so how do you know if you're sitting on a goldmine of postage stamps? According to the Philatelic Traders Society , stamps are likely to have value if they were issued before 1960 and include higher face values, generally above one shilling in British "old" money.