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Thursday, November 29, 2012

Stamp Investment Tip: India 1997 Mother Teresa Souvenir Sheet (Scott #1658)

  In 1997, India issued a souvenir sheet honoring Mother Teresa (Scott #1658. Only 50,000 were issued, and Scott '13 prices the unused souvenir sheet at $6.00.

   All Indian souvenir sheets with printings of 100,000 or fewer should be accumulated, with priority given to those issues which have strong thematic appeal. The Mother Teresa souvenir sheet has obvious appeal as a Religion/Christianity topical, and should do very well indeed. Had a souvenir sheet with a printing of 50,000 and similar appeal been issued by the People's Republic of China, it's value would be hundreds of times greater, but fortunately for the philatelic investors who read this blog, the Indian stamp market is decades behind that of the PRC's. That will almost certainly change, as India is a rapidly developing nation of over a billion people. Millions of Indian collectors will likely be converted to the insidious cult of Philately over the next decades.

 Those interested in viewing a list of scarce stamps with printing quantities of 100,000 or fewer may wish to view 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.

Those interested in learning more about investing in stamps are encouraged to read the Philatelic Investment Guide ($5), available on Kindle, and accessible from any computer.

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