Richard Lehmann*

Stamps have become a respected category of safe-haven assets for high net worth individuals. My recent analysis of the 25 year performance of recommended investment grade stamps demonstrates that the stamps with above average appreciation potential can be predicted by analysis of their past performance and other metrics used in securities research. It was also determined that the stamp market itself is a bifurcated market in which the performance of the investment caliber stamps is hidden by the comparatively weaker performance of the much larger collector market.

I urge you to read the three detailed articles on my analysis of the 25 year performance and its conclusions on this site under the Resources/Philatelic News tab posted in March and April of 2019. It discloses how stamps recommended in 1995 had appreciated an average of 7.8% a year for unused stamps and 10.2% for used ones. Fewer than 1% of the recommendations showed a loss.

I have dissected the stamp markets and am tracking some 25,000 stamps which have appreciated in value from their original usage face value of only a few cents or dollars to a current price of from $250 to several million dollars. Not only have such stamps had steady appreciation over the 180 year history of stamps, they have shown less price volatility than any comparable investment category I can name. They are truly a safe-haven asset.

What makes certain stamps a compelling investment is not just limited to their safe-haven status. In many countries of stamps serve as an underground currency. Their portability and unrecognized value make them a hidden store of value for a variety of purposes. While we enjoy freedoms we take for granted, the majority of the world’s countries are places of limited freedom and political and economic uncertainty. They often have banking systems that limit international transactions and are transparent to a despotic government. Stamps provide a legal but hidden alternative to government oversight in almost all countries and yet, thanks to the Internet, are traded universally.

We offer our services to individual investors or institutions interested in building an investment caliber portfolio of stamps. This may be in the form of acting as a buyer of such stamps at auction or by other means. We can also work with you on a consulting basis. We require a minimum investment commitment of $100,000. Note, you maintain custody of the stamps. Contact Richard Lehmann at

* Richard Lehmann is the founder of StampFinder® and President of Richard Lehmann & Associates Inc. He is the former fixed income investing columnist with Forbes magazine and the founder of Lehmann Livian and Fridson Advisors, LLC, a portfolio management company with over $100 million in assets under management. He writes blogs on stamps and investing on the website and is a columnist for the American Stamp Dealers Association’s magazine The American Stamp Dealer & Collector. He is a lifelong stamp collector and investor.