The stamps pictured here are a type of philatelic issue often dubbed “wallpaper” by those in the stamp trade due to their high color, abundant limited editions, and the fact that they are seldom used for actual postal services. Commonly produced in large quantities with vibrant designs, they often feature popular themes like Disney characters and are aimed at the collector’s market rather than everyday mail.
Such issues are considered an excellent entry point for novice philatelists due to their aesthetic appeal and accessibility. Despite their name, which suggests a less prestigious standing among more serious collectors, they have the potential for appreciation over time.
For example, if purchased in the early 1970s for 15 pence today they might fetch about £1.50 today. This represents a tenfold increase, demonstrating that even “wallpaper” stamps can serve as a modest investment vehicle!
Collectors might view such stamps with mixed feelings due to their mass-produced nature and minimal postal use, but the return on investment over several decades shows that they can still hold financial value. Obviously, certain sets – like this one – may have a higher cultural value depending on the theme.