Stamp Collection Is A Profitable Hobby

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KUALA LUMPUR – Stamp collecting could become a profitable investment for those who are smart enough to exploit it.

Pos Malaysia’s Stamp and Philately Unit head Diyana Lean Abdullah said this was because the value of stamps could change quickly based on the time of its release and its design.

“Stamp collectors will usually choose a stamp based on its uniquness while the year of publishing also plays a part, as the older it is, the higher its value,” she told Bernama at the Kuala Lumpur World Youth Stamp Exhibition (KLwyse) 2014 at the Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre (KLCC) here, today.

KLwyse was the first, and biggest stamp exhibition in Malaysia, jointly organised by the Ministry of Communication and Multimedia, Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC), Philatelic Society of Malaysia (PSM) and Pos Malaysia.

Citing an example of a limited edition stamp collection depicting traditonal Chinese emperor clothing with dragon designs released in 2012 that garnered unbelievable interest and was traded for multiple times its face value, Diyana called upon the public, especially youngsters to take on the hobby of stamp collecting as an investment for the future.

Meanwhile, MCMC Postal Affairs & Digital Signature Department director Mohamed Zaidi Abdul Karim said the six-day exhibition which began on Monday, attracted more than 10,000 visitors.

“This exhibition was not only to encourage the public to collect stamps, but it was also an effort from us to increase the patriotic spirit in Malaysians through stamp collection which displays the country’s culture and identity.

The six-day exhibition saw some one million stamps from 46 countries displayed by 300 exhibitors.    – BERNAMA