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Thursday, May 8, 2014

Stamp Investment Tip: Poland 1955 International Philatelic Exhibition Souvenir Sheets (Scott #B104-05)

   In 1955, Poland issued a set of two souvenir sheets honoring the International Philatelic Exhibition, held in Warsaw (Scott #B104-05). 73,600 sets were issued, and Scott '14 prices the unused set at $ 21.75.

   One of the sheets pictures pansies, giving it additional appeal as a Flower topical.

  With 38 million people, Poland is one of the fastest growing economies of all of the formerly Communist countries, with annual GDP growth averaging about 5.5% over the past 5 years. The nation has steadfastly pursued a policy of liberalizing the economy, and was not severely impacted by the recent global financial crisis. It is likely that Poland will be one of the world's fastest growing economies over the next several decades.

  Better stamps of Poland should rise in value as the country prospers and the population of Polish stamp collectors increases. Interest in Polish history and national pride are important elements in the culture of this oft-conquered people, and there are some 10 million Polish-Americans with ties to the country.

  Those interested in viewing a list of scarce stamps with printing quantities of 100,000 or fewer may wish to check out the StampSelector Scarce Stamp Quantities Issued List, which currently contains over 9,700 entries. Researching quantities issued data is vital to determining in which stamps to invest.  

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