Weddesign to aid stamp auctions
The Penny Black was the first British postage stamp issued in 1840 showing the profile of Queen Victoria. Today the Penny Black is classed as a very rare stamp and collectors are willing to pay up to £200 for a used one depending on the condition of the stamp. An unused Penny Black would fetch considerably more. When the stamps were first issued they had to be cut from off a sheet as there were no perforations. Stamp collecting is now a hobby that is enjoyed by enthusiasts all over the world. Many stamp collectors may have first started collecting stamps while at school exchanging duplicate stamps (Briefmarken) with friends. It is very easy to start a stamp collection. All that is needed is a stamp album where stamps can be hinge mounted or a stock book with clear plastic pockets. On each page of the stamp album stamps from different countries can be mounted and easily displayed. Some stamps have become legendary such as the triangular stamps of the Cape of Good Hope. Another very rare stamp is the Inverted Jenny which was first issued in 1918 as a United States postage stamp. Unfortunately, the picture of the Curtiss JN-4 airplane in the middle of the stamp was printed up-side- down and in November 2007 an Inverted Jenny fetched $977.500 at a Robert A Siegel auction.
Since the first postage stamp was issued stamps have pictured not only Kings and Queens but very often a design to commemorate events or anniversaries which will only be on sale for a short time. At Christmas the design of the stamps will feature maybe Angels, the Three Kings, Shepherds or Snowmen, Reindeers and Father Christmas. Landmarks have also been featured on stamps as well as country scenes and wildlife. Stamp collectors will sometimes join a Stamp Club or an Organization which are often advertised in stamp magazines. However, many people now use the Internet and send E-mails rather than post a letter and for this reason the sale of stamps has fallen. Where once the only means of communicating was by letter, people are more likely to telephone or E-mail rather than go to the Post Office to buy a stamp. Stamp auctions (Briefmarkenauktion) are also very popular with serious stamp collectors looking to find a very rare stamp. The Internet has helped to aid Stamp auctions by having a good Web Design advertising where and when a Stamp auction is to be held. Very rare stamps such as the Tre Skilling Yellow of Sweden and the Black on Magenta of British Guiana would attract huge interest with some stamp collectors willing to pay thousands of pounds to own such a stamp. The Internet has made it possible for stamp collectors worldwide to follow these Stamp auctions by means of a good Web Design.