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Sunday, April 13, 2014

Stamp Investment Tip: Netherlands 1951 Seagulls (Scott #C13-14)

In 1951, the Netherlands issued a pair of airmail stamps picturing seagulls (Scott #C13-14). 69,400 sets were issued, and Scott '14 prices the unused set at $260.00.

These high-value stamps were considered quite costly at the time, especially since the Netherlands, like much of Europe, was still recovering from the depredations of World War II. Most of the sets were probably used as postage on parcels, and then discarded.

I consider the set a conservative investment, based on its appeal to both collectors of Netherlands and Animals/Bird topicalists.

With about 16.6 million people, the Netherlands is the 16th largest economy in the world and is one of the world's 10 leading exporting countries. Foodstuffs form the largest industrial sector. Other major industries include chemicals, metallurgy, machinery, electrical, goods and tourism. Annual GDP growth has averaged about 1% over the last 5 years, reflecting a 4% contraction in 2009, due to the global financial crisis.

Those interested in becoming part of an international community of stamp collectors, dealers, and investors are encouraged to join the "Stampselectors" group at Facebook. The group hosts lively discussions concerning stamp investment and practical aspects of collecting, and provides a useful venue for those who wish to buy, sell, or trade stamps.     

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