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Is a complete all-era worldwide stamp collection possible?

A friend of mine recently asked why I collect worldwide stamps from all eras as I have non-existing possibilities of building even somewhat complete collection.  I told him that I collect for personal fun with no serious goals (like exhibition philately or profit seeking) attached; for me it’s just a hobby like reading a good novel….  But I dared to challenge him by saying that a complete, all-era worldwide collection is by no means as impossible as generally considered. And I’ve got the proofs… How many stamps have been issued The first piece of information I needed to know is how many different stamps have been issued since the Penny Black to date. A generally acknowledged piece of information is that there are over half million different stamps, and new ones come at a rate of 10-15 000/year. But to find a more precise number, one has to pick up […]

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