A cautionary tale.
Many years ago, I gave my 8 year old son some of my stamp collection, so that he could begin his own. Among the stamps were a dozen British penny reds from the mid to later 1800's, relatively available I know, but they were in excellent condition all the same.
He brought his album home from the stamp club at school one day and a myriad of colourful stamps fell out of it as he put it down. There were stamps from everywhere, Indonesia, India, Africa, and Eastern Europe. And lovely as they all looked, none of them were of any great interest. I asked my son where they had come from.
He replied 'I swapped them for 6 of those old red ones... These are much nicer, Mum, aren't they?'
There's a lesson, if ever there was.
Bye for now,
The rest of my collection remains intact, fortunately. Have a look if you like - http://www.everyonecollects.com/Joyces_Stamps