All kinds of Stamp types albums and sorters (No such thing, I made it up), are
collected by enthusiasts, but Stamps suit all budgets and there are collectors’
guilds all over Neopia.
Stamp collections vary from less than a dozen stamps to hundreds. Stamp collections
are built up according to budget, resources and enthusiasm of the stamp collection.
Some stamp collections are housed in shops or even museums, but most collections
have been put together by private collectors who are simply stamp enthusiasts.
Millions of stamps were manufactured right at the start of Neopian history,
which dates way back, and many different types of stamp were produced in such
large numbers that they are of little value to the collector. However, the most
exclusive stamps were made in very small numbers – sometimes there are less
than five of specific stamp held in collections through out the whole of Neopia.
Such stamps are for serious, wealthy Neopians, who are extremely ‘into’ stamps.
Some stamp enthusiasts collect stamps from a specific group, for avatars. Each
group can get you an avatar. Well, not every group, but Haunted Woods, Tyrannia,
Mystery Island, Virtupets and some others… Although this is the main reason
why stamps are collected, some people still like to collect stamps just for
the fun of it! Also, some collectors sell rare stamps for Neopoints. A stamp
reaches up to 10 million Neopoints! Woo, that’s a lot.
Rare and Expensive
Stamps in the best condition are the most collectable. As stamps were made
to be used, some stamps have been used to much, and stamps have fallen apart,
and looked like those old, frayed Lost Desert stamps that Neopian Historians
find. Fixing them is either extremely expensive, or impossible, for the only
way is to sell or tape them back together, which is too fiddly. It’s better
to look for stamps that are already in a good condition (although these can
cost much more than those in poor condition). Finding a stamp with its original
presentation box (if they even have one) is also an advantage. Stamp prices
range from hundreds of Neopoints, to millions of them for the rarest examples,
such as the ‘ARGH!!!! DONNA STAMP’ and the ‘Scary Tree Stamp’. These cost well
over 5million Neopoints. The ARGH!!!! DONNA STAMP is a small stamp, with is
a triangle shape, with a picture of Donna on it, grinning in her weird little
way. The Scary Tree Stamp is a black stamp, with a silver design of a tree on
it. These stamps are both from the Haunted Woods part of the album, which I
am hoping to get an avatar from.
Limited Editions (or in other words, Rare Stamps)
Rare Stamps have been created by most Avatar Companies or by TNT themselves.
I don’t know. Anyway, we are never sure whether the Virtupets part is made by
Sloth himself, or the Lost Desert made by Coltzan… The possibilities are endless.
I was going to say that most stamps are dedicated to famous Neopians, like Illusen,
or Darigan, or maybe Skarl. Stamps produced in limited editions are often marked
with their own number, and the total number of stamps in the series. Neopian
countries might have hired special stamp makers or stamp artists to create stamps
for them. An Aisha from the Lost Desert designed the Grackle Bug Stamp, and
I think Grarrg himself created the Grarrg Stamp. Also, the Stamp Shop can sell
rare stamps, if you are lucky enough to catch a restock. Stamps at the Stamp
Shop can be expensive, and are still popular with quite a few collectors today.
Some stamps are used to commemorate special events. In Tyrannia, there is a
stamp to show the Discovery of Fire. I think stamp should be made into an avatar,
for some reason. I looked up the price of this stamp on the Trading Post, and
the highest was 9 million! Wow, that’s a lot. There were also only seven lots
with this rare stamp in it. If you have it, then you are lucky!
Holographic, Misprint and Foil Stamps
Some of the most beautiful and collectable stamps were made when stamps were
released. This was… I don’t know. But, anyway, all these stamp types above,
(the Holographic, Misprint, Foil part) were pretty cheap. This was until the
first war in Neopia started, which I think was the Meridell versus Darigan war.
I missed this war, so I don’t know much about it, though I did flick back and
saw the whole plot of it. After the war, the prices based on Meridell versus
Darigan stamps had shot up to just over 1 million, or more. Then, somewhere,
TNT said the ‘rare Holographic, Misprint, or Foil’ stamps were actually pretty
rare, there prices shot up too. Holographic, Misprint and Foil stamp collecting
has become pretty popular, since it is extremely hard to gain these stamps,
but also extremely rewarding once you have the pride of sticking it into your
album. These stamps reach up to record prices in the Neopian auction and various
stamp collecting societies becoming increasingly popular and being listed and
recommended by stamp collectors. Launches of Holographic, Misprint and Foil
Stamps were backed up with advertisements in the Note board section or in the
newspaper (in this case the Neopian Times, but I’m not sure if there has been
any stamp articles in there). Stamp collectors also collect related stamps memorabilia
such as advertising places for stamps.
Stamps Created Avatars
When I came back to Neopets after my over a year break, I discovered avatars.
Little tiny squares with pictures and small text in them. It was quite a while
after that I discovered stamps too, and then another long while after before
I discovered avatar help pages. Using all my ‘discoveries’ I started to collect
avatars. After reading a few avatar pages and web sites, I found that if you
collected enough stamps, you could get a rare avatar. I didn’t actually care
about stamps just then, but then, around 4 months from now, I started to realise
people’s interest in them. Hard work, but rewarding. But, after obsessing how
‘poor’ I was, I only collected cheap stamps, and spent all my Neopoints on avatar
items. I still debate whether I should by expensive stamps or not, even with
my number of 120 avatars. Around a week or so ago, I decided that stamp collecting
was a little bit of a hobby. I now try and save up for expensive stamps, and
try not to bother with my Neopoints. It’s only a game after all… Isn’t it?
Thanks for reading, and I hope you start to like stamps after reading this
article. Any mail is welcome.
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