Stamp Collecting

Cover with rare Chinese stamp to fetch HK$6m

A specialist at Spink China holds up a cover bearing a rare stamp depicting the Peking Hall of Classics, inverted by mistake. Thanks to this printing error, the item is expected to fetch up to HK$6 million when it is offered for sale at Spink's auction of Chinese, Hong Kong and Burmese coins and stamps in Wan Chai this weekend. Photo: Dickson Lee

A cover with a rare $2 stamp on it is expected to fetch up to HK$6 million in an auction this Sunday.

The Chinese stamp is one of only 50 issued with an image of the Peking Hall of Classics mistakenly inverted.

Wednesday, 9 January, 2013, 5:17am

Philately will get you everywhere

Jeffrey Schneider, director of InterAsia Auctions, holds a block of mainland stamps that were auctioned for HK$6.3 million in December. Photo: Edward Wong

Philately may not be a word that trips off too many tongues in Hong Kong, but there are signs that stamp collecting is catching on in this part of the world. Rare stamps can prove a decent hedge against inflation - and buyers with the right knowledge can make good profits.

31 Dec 2012 - 4:58am

Ask Melanie: Investing in stamps

Collectable postage stamp. Photo: Sam Tsang

My investment portfolio already covers shares, bonds and property, and I'm ready to add something a bit different. What are your thoughts, for a beginner, on investing in collectable postage stamps?

26 Nov 2012 - 2:17am

Briefs, October 14, 2012

Zurich Asia director Louis Mangin with the stamps.

Sun Yat-sen stamps sell for record HK$5.5m

14 Oct 2012 - 4:13am

Rare 'Red' stamp fetches record 7.3m yuan

The red campaigns on the mainland may have quieted since the political downfall of the movement's champion, former Chongqing party boss Bo Xilai , but collectors' enthusiasm for Cultural Revolution relics appears to be going strong.

27 May 2012 - 12:00am

HK Post launches new student stamp design competition

If you're a stamp enthusiast, this news is for you. Draw inspiration from your stamp collection at home and enter the annual Hong Kong Post stamp design competition.

The 12th Inter-School Stamp Exhibits Competition is open to all primary, secondary and university students. You can enter individually or with a group of up to four.

15 May 2012 - 12:00am

Discerning investors offered new stamping ground

Local investors have a new place to park their money: rare Chinese stamps.

A new index tracking their value was launched yesterday.

27 Feb 2012 - 12:00am

HK gets stamp of approval

Hong Kong's stamps may be losing popularity with collectors and have dropped in value since the handover, but the city will remain a worldwide hub for philatelic trading, a world renowned expert says.

16 Jan 2012 - 12:00am

Stamp-size wisdom

Many Chinese sayings are pearls of wisdom. That is why Hongkong Post has selected some for the theme of its annual children's stamps series this year.

27 Jun 2011 - 12:00am

Odd hobbies

Poppy is doing a school project about people with unusual hobbies. She talks to two people. Listen to the interviews and then answer these questions.

1 How does James correct Poppy at the start of the interview?

a. he tells her he doesn't have much time

b. he questions the word she has used to describe his hobby

9 May 2011 - 12:00am

Finding the secrets of 'Letter Utopia'

On World Post Day on October 9, the Hongkong Post held a Free Post Day for everyone to send a letter for free. Seven junior reporters took an exclusive tour at the General Post Office, where they mailed their letters. Read some of their reflections below. Check out some further comments online.

1 Dhruv Singh, 13, YMCA of Hong Kong Christian College

19 Oct 2010 - 12:00am

Stamp of approval for volunteers

Volunteers love to help others, and in recognition of this Hongkong Post will produce a heart-shaped stamp to celebrate their work.

It also plans a set of stamps on a leaf-shaped sheet to promote environmental protection and resource conservation.

They are among 12 sets of special stamps, put on show yesterday, that will go on sale next year.

10 Sep 2010 - 12:00am

Rare stamps set to fetch HK$15m at auction

Extremely rare Hong Kong and mainland stamps with errors will be auctioned in the city, and one of them dates back to 1865.

23 Apr 2010 - 12:00am

Hong Kong Faces

Just as meticulous as microbiologists are when testing for swine flu, a doctor painstakingly pours over letters written 200 years ago to hunt for clues to pandemics long forgotten.

As he holds a pale yellow envelope from the 18th century close to his face, Andrew Cheung Man-tak searches for five tiny holes.

2 Jul 2009 - 12:00am

A hobby with a point

It's always good to have a hobby - something you're genuinely interested in that takes you away from your chores and daily responsibilities. For me, that hobby is stamp collecting.

18 Sep 2008 - 12:00am