Stamp Proofs, Essays and Trials

A stamp collection doesn't just have to include the issued stamps of any particular country or theme but it can be expanded further to encompass the work undertaken 'behind the scenes' whether is be artists drawings and artworks, die proofs with that singular perfect impression or the plate proofs when a complete sheet was first created, often without perforations but not always.

Let us not forget the essays, the stories behind these speculative stamp designs can be fascinating, sometimes they can be competition entries, othertimes produced by printers looking for work. They can be amusing or in turn almost identical to the final design. Every stamp has been through the design and a printers developemental process. We are indeed fortunate in philately to add some of this to our collections, improving our album pages with colour seperations, signed proofs, unlikely colours, unsuitable papers and unusable perforations (or lack of them) until, at last, the final stamp emerges.

Sandafayre are highly respected as the leading expert and the global authority in the field of rare stampshighly collectable stamps, postal history, collections and entire estates of collectables. We have stamps for sale from Great BritainThe Commonwealth and countries worldwide. Sandafayre buys stamp collections and are philatelic auctioneers. We sell stamps to philatelists and stamp dealers from all over the world. Sandafayre holds online stamp auctions every week, and we also hold public auctions of stamps and stamp collections.


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