Philately has definitely touch people from all walks of life mattering not who they are. Philately or stamp collecting has been the NO. 1 hobby for generations and it is definitely a favourite among kids. However, with time only a few actually continued and indulged in Philately. Some may argue that those who continued are people who have nothing much to do; how wrong can u be?

Famous philatelists from around the world

Prince Rainer III of Monaco
Prince Rainier’s philatelic collection also holds the most valuable postage stamp from the Principality of Monaco, the 5fr stamp of Charles III.

Ad Indusophon
Her Cape of Good Hope Triangular stamp collection won the International Grand Prix in Toronto in 1996.

Anatoly Karpov
Specializing in chess and Olympics-themed stamps. His famous stamp collection ranges from the commemorative stamps of the first modern Olympic Games in Athens up to the 1928 Amsterdam Olympics.

Cyril Harmer
Assembled the finest collection of Newfoundland airmail stamps containing the notorious Newfoundland overprinted stamps. His well-known stamp collection sold for £803,000 on February 2002.

Dr. Arthur Woo
Unique topical stamp collection about classic birds featuring the Western Australia Swan, the Guatemalan quetzal, the Colombia Andean condor, and the American eagle. Definitely someone I look up to.

Hiroyuki Kanai
Notable postage stamp collector famed for possessing six of the 27 Mauritius error stamps. This is the greatest number ever to be owned by one person.

Pichai Buranasombati
His famous philatelic collection of the Malayan Straits Settlement stamps won the Singapore National Grand Prix in 1995. His notable Burmese stamps collection was hailed in the Indepex National Grand Prix in 1997.

Franklin Roosevelt
While serving his term as the president of the United States from 1882 to 1945, the renowned philatelist designed many USPS stamps. Roosevelt was enlisted in the American Philatelic Society Hall of Fame in 1945.

Carl Einar Pelander
Specializing on Scandinavian stamps. Pelander received the Fieandt Memorial medal in 1960 from the Finnish Philatelic Society for doing an intensive research on the stamps of Finland and for promoting Finnish philately.

Philip Ward Jr.
A world-famous philatelist celebrated for buying stamps that were rare and classic specimens and William Woodbury Hicks was a renowned American philatelist. He founded the Three cent 1851-1857 Unit of the American Philatelic Society.

William Woodbury Hicks
He founded the Three cent 1851-1857 Unit of the American Philatelic Society. He held the largest and most complete collection of U.S railroad stamp cancels from the 1830s to 1861.

Harry Weiss
Was an editor of the Weekly Philatelic Gossip in the 1930s and the most prominent philatelic columnist of his time. Weiss’ column tackles tips on how to collect postage stamps. He organized the Midwest Philatelic Laboratory in 1946 which caters to stamp appraisals and authentication of philatelic items.

George Ward Linn
A famous stamp collector, journalist, and stamp dealer who owns the George W. Linn Company and is famous for his Linn’s Weekly Stamp News. Some of his stamp rare specimens have exceedingly high postage stamp value.

Louise Boyd Dale
Considered to be the most distinguished stamp collector in America. She was the first woman to be appointed as judge for an international philatelic exhibition. She became the first American woman to sign the Roll of Distinguished Philatelist and was also appointed to the jury of the London International Stamp exhibition.

As philatelist, I guess the name mentioned above are rather a norm for us. We will always hear their names in the philatelic scenes. However, below is a list of people that will certainly shock some of us. They did shock me when I came about this info some time ago.

John Lennon
From the rock band The Beatles collected 550 specimens of used stamps during his youth. Lennon’s stamp album was bought by the Smithsonian Postal Museum for a sum of $ 53, 000.00 in 2005.

Freddie Mercury
The lead vocals of the band Queen started stamp collecting since he was 12 years old. When Mercury died of AIDS complication in 1991, his father sold his philatelic collection. In the winter of 1993, the Freddie Mercury stamp collection was purchased by the Royal Mail and the proceeds of the sale went to an AIDS charity.

Ronnie Wood
The lead guitarist of The Rolling Stones became a renowned stamp collector after his alcohol rehabilitation therapy. Wood collects rare stamps and often makes them his subjects in painting.

Maria Sharapova
Though she is more a tennis sensation than a well-known stamp collector, Sharapova has been collecting stamps since she was a little girl.

I was thinking abit on whether I should blog about this. I realized the people here are very very RICH; then comes the question, is philately only for the rich? I used to have that mentallity during my early years of trying to move towards a more specialized collector. It always seems so hard to compete during auctions. You always know what you need, where to source, yet budget tends to get in the way. LOL...

However, over the years, I came to understand that philately is not about having the rarest stamp or cover (though it will be still VERY VERY GOOD to own them). Its about the passion you have for philately. With time, all will come to play. A piece of very important advice I got from fellow philatelist is never to rush. A collection will be completed over time and how long must never be a question. Whats essential is you enjoy the journey.

Lets not envy the famous collectors but rather be honoured that the hobby I and you share is also the hobby of very very famous people. As the saying goes "STAMP COLLECTING IS The KING OF HOBBIES & HOBBY OF KINGS". So, next time when someone laughs at you when they came to know about your philately passion, just show them the list of people who are philatelist. I'm not sure about the rest but Maria Sharapova's name will definitely pop some eyes. LOL


Sohan said...

Nice and worthy information about world famous stamp collectors.GOOD!