We would also like to add some top tips to looking after a stamp collection:
Tip 1) Insuring your stamps is fundamentally the most important thing you can do, as although you would not be able to replace the collection you had, at least you would have the money to start a new collection.
Tip 2) Keep your stamps in appropriate albums, in darkness, away from direct sunlight with suitable humidity (not in a loft or outbuilding)
Tip 3) Ensure you keep details of your collection documented in a separate location to where your stamp collection is housed.
Tip 4) Preferably, don’t keep your stamps in a safe, as this draws attention to thieves who will make this their first target, and more often will dispose of the collection as they have not got the knowledge to know what to do with them.
Tip 5) Frequently evaluate the value of your collection as stamps do fluctuate over the years.
Following the announcement made by Royal Mail earlier this year, November and December will be the final months that visitors and collectors will be able to make purchases from The Postal Museum’s two Post & Go machines. Please find the final schedule of Post & Go at The Postal Museum below.
From: 10am Wednesday 8th November to 5pm Thursday 30th November:
The familiar “Youth Zone”, sponsored by the Philatelic Traders’ Society, returned to Stampex, manned by volunteers from the Stamp Active Network.
Stamp Active had laid on a display of sports stamps and related activities, with youngsters winning points for the popular free children’s auction on Saturday or exchanging points for prizes. The “Lucky Dip”, “Guess the Number of Stamps in the Jar” and “Spin A Prize” games added to the fun. All young visitors received £20 in vouchers to spend at the show, financed by Stamp Active as a result of their fund-raising efforts and dealer patrons. Many dealers were also generous in giving big discounts to the kids on what they had chosen or free items, which were greatly appreciated. This was all very well-received and resulted in some exciting youngsters around the Show. The Show Zone also included a PostCrossing session in the auditorium on Saturday.
The team were pleased to entertain a Year 3 School Group from St. John’s Primary School, Highbury, who listened to a presentation about the history of stamps. They then completed a range of activities including “Design a Stamp”, a “Quiz”, “Guess the Number of Stamps in the Sack” and created their own Greetings Card with “Stamp Art”. Overall, it was a busy session and the youngsters had to be persuaded to leave, such was their enthusiasm. Some returned on Saturday to take part in the activities and auction, showing that they had enjoyed their first visit.
The auction was run again by Keith Burton of the Association of British Philateilic Societies (ABPS) who challenged the young collectors to choose from 30 lots to bid for their favourites. It was held in the Spink Auditorium, which provided a very professional atmosphere for the event. There was fierce competition for some of the more popular items. The kids roared their appreciation at the end for the generous donations from dealers and friends that made up the lots. At the end of the auction, there was a prize draw for a Penny Black, donated by Robin Cassell of Mulready Philatelics, which was won by Xanthe Page, aged 11, from St. Helens.
The best overall entry in the British Youth Stamp Championships came from Dominic Beattie of Aylesbury, aged 17, for a 16 page entry on “Die Ziffernserie”.
Commenting on the event, Chair of Stamp Active, Susan Henderson, said “Stampex exceeded our expectations, particularly as there was a rail strike on our big day. Feedback from the children and their parents was excellent and made all our effort worthwhile. There was lots of fun. The youngsters enjoyed spending their £20 vouchers and we believe some of the dealers were very generous on what they gave to them. Lots of happy young collectors!”
Wardrop & Co. Ltd. are proud members of the PTS, and was founded in 1979 by John Wardrop, who had been arranging specialist insurances for philatelic and numismatic collectors and dealers for many years. Acting on behalf of Harmers Insurance Agency Ltd, whose insurance facility had originally been placed with certain underwriters at Lloyd's of London in the early nineteen seventies, by John's younger brother Tom.
In 1985, John resigned from the broking house that handled the facility and by that time, he had formed a close working and personal relationship with Bernard Harmer and Ray Haffner of Harmers of London. The Harmer family owned Harmers Insurance Agency ltd and ran it as a separate entity from the famous auction house.
On John's departure from his previous company, he received a request from Bernard Harmer and Ray Haffner to continue to act on their behalf and manage a similar facility.
Support was required from different underwriters, as his previous company continued to run their own facility, this was obtained and the vast majority of clients transferred to the new arrangement.
It was Bernard who requested John to form the new company, he and Christopher Harmer served as directors of Wardrop & Co. ltd. for the first two years of its existence, to ensure a smooth transition of the client base and goodwill, Ray Haffner remains a director to this day.
John's elder son, Chris, understudied his father for 11 years and was appointed to the board in April 2018, he has been responsible for the running of the company since his father's passing in 2019, and has grown the business by adding the Household and High Net Worth line, Dan Bates joined in 2012 and is responsible for accounts and claims, Naomi Court joined in November 2017 and is responsible for client relationships, liaison with underwriters and the LLoyd's broker, on whose behalf of Tom Wardrop, is authorised to place business.
Want to find out more, why not pick up a leaflet and contact the team at Stampex on stand U1.
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