Humble stamp on an envelope could be worth thousands

COLLECTOR: Ray Legge with some of the stamps he has acquired over in the years.
COLLECTOR: Ray Legge with some of the stamps he has acquired over in the years. Graham Broadhead

IT'S amazing that a humble stamp put on an envelope could be worth thousands of dollars.

Ballina's Ray Legge knows that all too well.

The 64-year-old has been collecting stamps since he was aged eight and is a member of the Richmond River Philatelic Society.

He has about 10,000 stamps, but that's nothing compared to the number of stamps some big collectors have.

It's a hobby that began after he was given an Eta Peanut Butter album of stamps by his uncle.

"It just seemed interesting," he said.

Mr Legge admitted the use of stamps was in decline due to email, but new release stamps were still sought by collectors.

Many people, he said, were given stamp albums from older relatives or the albums were passed down after a relative died.

For anyone in that boat, you can head to the inaugural Stamp and Coin Fair at the Ballina RSL Club on Sunday and have them valued. You may have a 1913 issue Australian "kangaroo and map" stamp, which cost £2 back in the day, which could fetch as much as $1800, Mr Legge estimated.

He said those who had inherited coin or stamp collections could be sitting on items of huge value.

There will be six dealers at the Ballina fair to value collections, as well as representatives of eight visiting stamp clubs.

Entry is free.

An auction will be held at 1pm and items can be placed in the sale between 9.30am and 10.30am on Sunday.

The event is sponsored by Online Coins and Collectables in Lismore.

For more information phone Mr Legge on 0425 206 185 or the society's secretary, Christine, on 6628 3711.

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