Stamp Collecting & Investment Is Still Lucrative
When most people think about investments and return on investments, the thoughts usually go to funding businesses directly, or perhaps playing the stocks and commodities markets, playing the classic game of “buy low and sell high.” Real estate is another common area where people devote a lot of time and energy to investment and profit.
But there’s one area of investment, while quiet and not as common, or high profile as real estate or stocks, that nevertheless yields some respectable profit. That area is “Philately,” more commonly known as stamp collecting. What started as a less prominent, even staid hobby of collecting has, over the decades, gradually evolved into a very high stake, lucrative form of investment. Even if it doesn’t share the spotlight with the biggest stock market trades, or even the world of art collection, there is a steady stream of revenue to be made here, and for the right business approach, a ready list of potential new clients for people that want stamp-collector mailing lists.
The Story Of Stamp Collecting
Stamp collecting, despite being an older, established hobby, is still not a very common one, and never occupies the same space as sports or music enthusiasts, for example. Even more recent media, such as comic books, tend to hold more significant mindshare with the public than collecting stamps. But stamps, as quiet and almost introverted as the hobby may be, has slowly, steadily turned into a juggernaut into terms of investment and return on investment. While collecting stamps can be done on a purely recreational basis, there is also an upper tier of collection at which investing yields enormous dividends for those willing to treat it as a business.
This rise in potential profit has, as many other businesses do, the unexpected disruption of the Internet as one of its chief factors. Before the Internet, stamp collecting was primarily a local affair, with people in specific cities and states collecting regional stamps, and only the wealthiest of stamp collectors venturing to other parts of the country or world to add to a collection.
The Internet, however, changed all that. With the arrival sharing information, stamp collecting forums and, perhaps most important of all, the ability to conduct financial transactions online. Online trading of stamps became accessible to many people, not just the elite and wealthy stamp collectors. This convenience, speed, ease of access, and, perhaps most importantly, all, accessible knowledge-base made it possible for more people to “hit the ground running” and quickly get up on the basics of stamp collecting and turn that into profit with strategic investment and sales.
The simple answer to why stamp collecting investors continue to work the market to this day can be summed up in one word; appreciation. While new stamps are always being produced all over the world, and these new stamps satisfy the collecting instinct, existing stamps get older, rarer, and, as a result, increase in value. A brand new stamp from 2020 may have slightly elevated value if it’s sold as part of a new philately collection. Still, a stamp in pristine condition from a century ago commands a much higher price on the market. More importantly, unlike real estate, the market for stamps is always active, and a high-value stamp that is put up for sale will always attract a buyer.
The appreciation of stamps themselves is extreme compared to some other markets, such as real estate. A collector’s stamp, for example, that weighed in an initial value of $167, can, over a quarter of a century, increase in value to $40,000, which is an appreciation of about 23,800%. Few real estate investments are going to grow to that level in the same timeframe.
Who Are Stamp Collectors?
This means that, as with any area of investment, there is a wide range of different potential clients to reach out to, and not just for only stamps. While some stamp collectors may participate for a genuine passion and enjoyment of the stamps themselves, others are looking at this as a business, with revenue, while still others view stamp collecting as just one more entry in an already diverse portfolio of investments to reduce financial vulnerabilities by focusing too much on a specific area, such as stocks.
A diverse range of investors like this also means a broad array of different interests outside of stamps. Some of these investors will be looking at other opportunities in other sectors. Many of these collectors, especially at the uppermost range of stamp collecting, will be affluent, often owning one or more properties and or even participating in charity and political donations.
How Wall Street Lists Can Help
Wall Street List is a company that specializes in compiling important data about potential investors and then passing those lists onto clients based on the needs they have. Different investors fall into different demographic categories based on a variety of characteristics such as net worth, annual income, or even current or previous investments. Wall Street List has already done the necessary groundwork, filtering potential investors into different categories, as well as ensuring that numerous points of contact are available, such as physical mailing address, email address, telephone numbers, and, for those with an interest SMS/Text messaging numbers.
If you want to reach out to the stamp collecting investor, we have stamp-collector investment lists that you need to get started. We also have different ways to assist companies in their marketing and promotion efforts. In addition to providing the lists needed, we can also help companies with telemarketing services if they want to outsource this labor. We can help with turnkey direct mail solutions, so taking you from the planning phase to the design, printing, and distribution of your direct mail campaign. If you’re interested in a more modern approach, we have digital marketing services as well to help you maximize what the Internet can offer.
For all this and more, talk to Wall Street List. We will get you the stamp collecting investor list you want or any other investing demographic you have interested in. And when you’re ready to start marketing, we can help with that too.