Stamps, First Day Covers and Collectables

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Story of a Stamp Dealer (Chapter 13)

The Story of a Stamp Dealer THE ROAD TO STAMPEX It all really began in September 1970, Cath and I visited Philympia and met our namesakes Kath and Keith Buckingham (actually De Vere Buckingham). They ran a firm called Gainsborough Stamps in Newbury, again, a coincidence as my aunt and...

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Story of a Stamp Dealer (Chapter 12)

The Story of a Stamp Dealer I mentioned in the last chapter of our decision to drop out of the Travelling Circus despite our success in Bath. However, we did have one amusing story from Bath that I must recall. I had bought a large collection of stamps at a...

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Story of a Stamp Dealer (Chapter 11)

The Story of a Stamp Dealer EXHIBITIONS CONTINUED.. It wasn’t long before we went up in the world doing two day shows, starting in York at the racecourse, boy did we feel important, as well as scared. Our first York show was in January and it was the coldest I...

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Is this the toughest man in history?

Is this the toughest man in history? In January 2016, Royal Mail will mark 100 years since the Ernest Shackleton Endurance Expedition with a set of 8 stamps. Honouring one of the toughest men ever to grace the earth, question is; Is he the toughest man in history? Here are...

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Sailing our First Day Covers

The life of a cover producer. What could be easier? Stick on the stamps, postmark it, finished. Only it doesn’t always go that way. Tony Buckingham, the man behind the UK’s top cover publishers – and the creators of the best selling Cunard range – explains. “Let me tell you...

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Story of a Stamp Dealer (Chapter 10)

MAKING AN EXHIBITION OF OURSELVES I’ve mentioned our first exhibitions at Aldridge and Cambridge, while we were at Bedford in Chapter 1. Once we moved to Hythe we gradually extended our range. Often we would pack up after school on the Friday evening and do two shows over a weekend,...

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Story of a Stamp Dealer (Chapter 9)

THEFT CONTINUED… The next one was really frightening and nearly ruined us. It involved what was called the ‘Benham Back Door.’ I’m convinced if we hadn’t caught the main operator that ‘Benham‘ would not have made the 90’s. As it is, they are now our rivals and are situated less...

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Story of a Stamp Dealer (Chapter 8)

PROBLEMS OF THEFT I mentioned earlier of Group Captain Randle who said he had done by the best and I added I’d been done by the rest. Well here’s why! I have had some horrendous experiences with dishonesty including the bookkeeper known locally as ‘Mr Cash.’ When he left us,...

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Story of a Stamp Dealer (Chapter 7)

A GOOD BANKER! We rented a shop, well stand, in the Hythe Malthouse I mentioned in Chapter 6, but it was rapidly going downhill by the time we arrived, so we bought a shop at 53a High Street. The Bank Manager backed us, apparently against the advice of head office...

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5 First Day Covers for Nan

Christmas has probably come too soon but why not treat your Granny to one of the following First Day Covers. We think they are ideal but if you can think of something else we’d love to know! (Prices range from £2.50-£22.50) Here’s 5 that we’ve got in mind, click to...