Locals in Shanghai stand in long lines to get the first Disney-themed stamps

Stamp collectors and Mickey Mouse fans in Shanghai woke up early Saturday to buy the first Disney-themed stamps issued by China Post.

Stamp collectors and Mickey Mouse fans in Shanghai woke up early Saturday to buy the first Disney-themed stamps issued by China Post.

Stamp collectors and Mickey Mouse fans in Shanghai woke up early on Saturday to buy the first Disney-themed stamps issued by China Post.

People were lined up for an entire block in front of stands in Jing’an Park in the morning. The first person in line arrived 12 hours before the stands opened.

Every stamp has a face value of 1.2 yuan. Its Chinese designer says he included many traditional Chinese elements.

“I used the classical three circles of Mickey Mouse and Chinese auspicious cloud. People can see from the first sight that it’s a Chinese stamp. I also used colors such as gold and red to represent the best wishes,” said Ni Qingfeng, the stamp designer.

An unlimited number of stamps will be sold at post offices around the city, but people were lined to get special envelopes and seals that were only available on the first day.

China Post also issued gold stamps, stamp collection books featuring Mickey and Minnie touring Shanghai, and Disney seals.

People were lined up for an entire block in front of stands in Jing'an Park in the morning. The first person in line arrived 12 hours before the stands opened.  Every stamp has a face value of 1.2 yuan. Its Chinese designer says he included many traditional Chinese elements.  “I used the classical three circles of Mickey Mouse and Chinese auspicious cloud. People can see from the first sight that it's a Chinese stamp. I also used colors such as gold and red to represent the best wishes," said Ni Qingfeng, the stamp designer.  An unlimited number of stamps will be sold at post offices around the city, but people were lined to get special envelopes and seals that were only available on the first day.   China Post also issued gold stamps, stamp collection books featuring Mickey and Minnie touring Shanghai, and Disney seals.

People were lined up for an entire block in front of stands in Jing’an Park in the morning. The first person in line arrived 12 hours before the stands opened.

People were lined up for an entire block in front of stands in Jing'an Park in the morning. The first person in line arrived 12 hours before the stands opened.

Every stamp has a face value of 1.2 yuan. Its Chinese designer says he included many traditional Chinese elements.

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China Dream – New Silk Road: Stamp exhibition on Gulangyu

China Dream - New Silk Road: Stamp exhibition on GulangyuAn American Chinese couple created an artwork of the Great Wall entirely out of postage stamps, and the picture is presently on display at the Gulangyu Music Theater. 

The 3.1 metres by 4.8 metres artwork – which was created to mark International Museum Day and the opening of a stamp exhibition at the music theater – features over 8,000 stamps from Russia, Vietnam, Singapore and Cambodia.

An American Chinese couple created an artwork of the Great Wall entirely out of postage stamps, and the picture is presently on display at the Gulangyu Music Theater. 

The 3.1 metres by 4.8 metres artwork – which was created to mark International Museum Day and the opening of a stamp exhibition at the music theater – features over 8,000 stamps from Russia, Vietnam, Singapore and Cambodia.

Stamp collector Chen Youmin introduced his stamps to visitor

Stamp collector Chen Youmin introduced his stamps to visitor

 

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Rare stamps hidden away in attic for more than 100 years set to fetch £250,000 at auction

The 35 rare Chinese stamps, which were originally bought by an English missionary in Shanghai in 1882, were recently discovered in an old cigar box in the attic of a property in the Cotswolds and sold at auction

The 35 rare Chinese stamps, which were originally bought by an English missionary in Shanghai in 1882, were recently discovered in an old cigar box in the attic of a property in the Cotswolds and sold at auction

A collection of rare stamps which have been collecting dust in an attic for more than 100 years are now set to fetch at least a quarter of a million pounds at auction after being discovered.

The 35 Chinese stamps, which were originally bought by an English missionary in Shanghai in 1882, were recently uncovered in an old cigar box in the attic of a property in the Cotswolds.

They were sent to an auction in Winchcombe, in Gloucestershire, where they were given an estimated value of between £800 and £1,000.

However, they were snapped up for an astonishing £79,000 by international stamp dealer Allan Grant, who received a tip-off that the stamps could be worth a fortune. He now plans to sell them overseas for a whopping £250,000.

Winning bidder Allan Grant snapped up the stamps, which had an original estimated value of up to £1000. Mr Grant (pictured) paid £79,000 for the stamps after being tipped-off and now wants to sell them for £250,000

Winning bidder Allan Grant snapped up the stamps, which had an original estimated value of up to £1000. Mr Grant (pictured) paid £79,000 for the stamps after being tipped-off and now wants to sell them for £250,000

Three other bidders for Lot 94 – ‘A Cigar Box of Early Chinese Stamps’ – knew the uncut stamps were valuable, and bidding rose rapidly in thousands, to the amazement of locals at the auction, where most items fetch under £100.

Mr Grant, owner of philatelic firm Rushstamps, which is based in Lyndhurst in Hampshire’s New Forest National Park, now plans to sell the rare stamps in Hong Kong and believes they will fetch at least £250,000.

By EMMA GLANFIELD FOR MAILONLINE

 

What is a Penny Black stamp? 7 of the world’s most valuable stamps – and the stories behind them

Stamp collecting may seem a bit old fashioned. But with 20million collectors in China alone, you may want to shake the dust off the family albums.

Rare stamps are selling for hundreds of thousands of pounds. Stanley Gibbons investment director Keith Heddle has told us about seven of the best sellers:

1. The Penny Red

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The most expensive stamp Stanley Gibbons has sold is a British Penny Red, for £550,000 – not bad for a piece of paper. It’s in really poor condition, but there are only nine in the world. The Post Office decided the printing plate was not up to scratch, so they destroyed it. But one sheet got into circulation.

2. The Penny Black

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The Penny Black is one of the world’s most iconic stamps. Because it’s the world’s first stamp, it’s very valuable. Rare Penny Blacks are valued at tens of thousands of pounds and have increased in price for decades.

3. The British Guiana 1 Cent Magenta

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There is only one left in the world. At the time, all the colonies had to wait for stamps to arrive from the UK. The boat was delayed, and the postmaster created his own collection of stamps. This stamp was auctioned in New York for $9.5million (£6.4million). It’s in appalling condition and it was not even printed on proper Royal Mail stock.

4. The Inverted Jenny

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This American stamp was of a stunt plane and they printed it upside down. Then they realised what they had done and recalled it.

5. The Tyrian Plum

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These stamps are valued at over £100,000. The Tyrian Plum was issued in the reign of Edward VII, but it actually came out the day he died. It was immediately withdrawn, but a tiny handful got into the market.

6. The Roses Error

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There was a stamp from 1978 which was worth 13p and is now worth £130,000. The quirk about the stamp is the 13p did not get printed for some reason.There are only three in the world. The Queen owns two and one of our clients owns another one.

7. The Whole Country is Red

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This modern stamp was commissioned by Chairman Mao to represent communism over the whole of China. But by a complete error, the designer left Taiwan in white. This was massively controversial – he thought he would be going to prison for treason. The stamp was hurriedly recalled.

Could you own a rare stamp?

Here’s some of the signs a stamp might be a collectible, according to Heddle:

ERRORS – these stamps tend to be highly priced and highly collectible

A PIC OF QUEEN VIC – Queen Victoria was the one who launched this communication revolution.

CHINESE STAMPS – Mao banned stamp collecting because he thought it was bourgeois. Since the early eighties, there’s been a big surge in the number of Chinese collectors.

INDIAN STAMPS – If you find a letter with old colonial stamps it is worth having a look at these.

If you think a stamp is rare, contact the auctions department of Stanley Gibbons.

By Julia Rampen