Which stamps have the greatest value today?

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You have found or inherited a stamp collection. What monetary or ideal value could be found in it? What is rarity and what is mass-produced? What are the stories behind postage stamps that accompanied a document decades, maybe even centuries ago?

The only way to find out all of this is by looking at your collection. Where to start Sell ​​or collect? In the following you will find addresses, information and literature that will make it easier for you to get started with philately ("postage stamps").


1. The postage stamp - a smart investment?

Postage stamps have been around since May 6, 1840, initially only in Great Britain. So you could have gone to the nearest post office and bought the two stamps that were on offer for 3 pence. That was a complete collection of all the postage stamps in the world. To give an idea of ​​the current value, the stamps were used to pay for a domestic letter in the first weight step (1 penny) and in the weight step above (2 pence). This currently costs 175 C (80 C + 95 C) at Deutsche Post. Today's rating in MICHEL for both brands unused is € 14,500. That is clearly more than the assumed equivalent value of purchasing power of 1.75 €. This means that postage stamps can also be an object for investment because they have received collector's value in addition to their practical value.

Here are a few examples of the development in value of the most expensive postage stamps on the German market from 1950 to today:


2. Addresses for further information

BDPh - Association of German Philatelists e.V.

Associations, working groups and other philatelic associations, but also individual collectors, are united in the BDPh. The BDPh website offers a good overview of all areas of philatelic life in Germany.

APHV - General Postage Stamp Merchant Association e.V.

Here you will find a large selection of reputable dealers in your area who will be happy to advise you.

BDB - Federal Association of German Stamp Auctioneers e.V.

Competent auctioneers in various fields are organized in the BDB. Here you can find information about auctions and more.

BPPAssociation of Philatelic Auditors e.V.

In the BPP you will find testers who can certify the authenticity of brands for you. Some reviewers also offer you a neutral and independent assessment of the value of your collection. If necessary, you can ask your local Chamber of Commerce and Industry for other philatelic experts in your area!

PhA Philatelic Academy e.V.

If you want to build up or expand your knowledge in a structured manner, a correspondence course at the Philatelic Academy might be just the thing.

Legal advice- Peter Meier(Fliehmann and Partner)

If you have any questions or problems relating to an estate, inheritance law or wills, an advisor specializing in estate administration is the best option. Mr. Peter Meier from the law firm Fliehmann und Partner, as a specialist advisor for the execution of wills and estate administration (DStV e.V.), deals primarily with these areas and also gives lectures on topics of inheritance law at the Philatelic Academy.


3. Entry and research

Every beginning is difficult. That is why you will find literature here that will help you develop and expand your hobby. In order to identify your stamps and their value, you will need a reference book on the area in question.

This is where you can get help in dealing with the specialist literature and information on price evaluations.

The new MICHELapp serve. Here you can take a picture of a stamp and receive the most important information including the country and MICHEL number. With the country and MICHEL number you can look up everything else, including the value, in the literature or in the MICHEL online.

MICHEL Junior Germany
If your collection contains mainly German brands, your research should begin with the entry-level MICHEL Junior. Here you can look up all German stamps from 1849 to the new postage stamps of the Deutsche Post. Both the clear presentation of the information and the price make it the ideal entry-level reference work for collectors. But many professionals also appreciate this compact aid.

Having brands from different countries and areas of your own can make your search a little tricky at first. You will find a reference work for each area in the MICHEL online shop.

However, if you don't want to get reference works on all suitable areas straight away, MICHEL-Online may be the right thing for you. With it you can find over 750,000 postage stamps from Germany, Europe and overseas in a matter of seconds. The many high-resolution images and many search functions make research even easier than in the printed MICHEL.

Collecting stamps made easy
A guide for all beginners and those returning to work. Philately is explored step by step; There are e.g. tips on the right tools (catalog, tweezers, album, magnifying glass, thread counter, etc.) and their use, as well as collecting stamps and building up collections in general.

Rarities - Brands You Should Know!
Are you new to the world of philately and would like to know which stamps you should be familiar with? Then this entertaining guide is just the thing!


4. Philatelic journals

In order to be informed about philatelic events or to gradually accumulate knowledge, there is the right magazine (s) for every collector. Here are the most important ones at a glance:

Many associations also publish magazines for their members.


5. Measure

The largest philatelic fairs in Germany take place annually in Munich, Berlin, Essen and Sindelfingen. But attending smaller events can also be very helpful for collectors. Here is an overview of all trade fairs that MICHEL is currently attending.