the end of 2019 that is!!!! A philatelic year of some success for many in the philatelic industry judging by what I read of attendances at shows and exhibitions, future plans for exhibitions, plenty to chose from right around the world in 2020 including London 2020, the number of people selling or setting themselves up as sellers – is this a positive ? …. lets assume it is for this argument – surely they expect buyers so that would lead to a hypothesis that the collector demand is there, and that is surely supported by the fact that sales on the Hipstamp philatelic portal for example (sales in November topped a million USD and I quote mark Rosenburg “in November, our Sellers sold over $1.2 Million in stamps here, with stamps ranging from $0.01 to $10,000+”…… the demand indicators are very strong – assume average stamp sale at $1 that is 1,200,000 stamps sold in one month………. is that even possible? no of course it is not .. there were 1025 stores on average during November that would mean on average each store sold 1100 stamps….. impossible of course…. and I won’t bore you with the mathematical logic of why 🙂 ….. so…. ok, assume an average of $10 a stamp sold, that means 120,000 stamps sold….. well that is perhaps getting too low I would suggest …… something in between but surely towards the lower value — all in all a strong market, and this is not even mentioning eBay and Delcampe and various others, including the major auction houses of course.
Phew…. are you exhausted reading that / digesting that 🙂 In short I deduce that philately is doing ok. If you disagree write to me with why. I welcome other points of view on this.
Next ….. why the IPDA will become part of the trend ………. with IPDA members support … collectors will have the opportunity to benefit even more in 2020. Watch this space!
Michael IPDA General Secretary
The Millennium Bridge Gateshead UK, from the 2000 issue People and Projects. I hope you see the relevance soon!