Famous Stamp Collectors…Are There Any?

I was watching an episode of “New Tricks” on BBC recently. It is a fairly light hearted drama where three retired police officers are employed by the London police to investigate unsolved “cold cases”. The premise of the show is that  “Old Dogs dont learn New Tricks” and that traditional police work is better…and certainly more entertaining …than forensics, DNA and computers.

The episode “Russian Cousin” had a stamp collecting theme. The wherabouts of the stamp, had it been a motive for murder some years ago and the “whodunnit” final scene.

At one point one of the detectives was handed a list of “wealthy stamp collectors” who might be willing to buy the stamp. The detective commented “a lot of famous names on this list…businessmen, judges, entertainers, footballers….”.

This seemed strange to me. While it is well known that historic figues such as President Franklin D Roosevelt and “King” George V of Britain collected stamps, I cant think of anyone in 2015 who collects stamps and who is “famous”. The only name that I can think of is retired BBC “Weather Man”, Michael Fish.

Certainly in the 1970s, there was a Westminster Politicians Stamp Society. And I have certainly seen low profile Irish politicians at the Irish National Exhibition….but I am not aware that any 2015 “celebrity” has a stamp collection.

It would be a nice thought if at a European Summit, German Chancellor Angela Merkel promised President Hollande of France that she would send him some German stamps in exchange for French stamps. Likewise, it seems unlikely that when Pope Francis visiited the White House, President Obama asked him to send fifty Vatican stamps in exchange for fifty USA stamps.

Seriously …..where are the famous Collectors.


About John

Dia Duit! Hello. My name is John. I am retired. I live in Ireland. I am on a five year mission to visit every city, town, village and place of historic and scenic interest in Ireland.
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4 Responses to Famous Stamp Collectors…Are There Any?

  1. keijo says:

    Hopefully enjoying this hobby of ours in privacy and anonymity,


  2. Timbrofil says:

    There are some circumstances when you discover with great astonishment that someone very close to you collects stamps. And you enjoy that! I think it isn’t necessarily to be “famous” to attract attention, but passionate about what you do and very proud of your collection. As for the stars… Well, they certainly have other concerns! 🙂 Regards! Catalin

  3. johnjgmooney says:

    This is also true.
    But I think Stamp Collecting needs famous people to publicise the hobby.

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