Are you governed by logic or emotion?
Left side or right side of the brain?
As a Glaswegian of Chilean descent and born in Singapore, both sides of my brain compete furiously every day. Sometimes, however, the left hand side of my brain jolts me to take notice, which is exactly what happened today when Vince Cordell, our Head of GB pointed out a particular investment piece to me.
I was at a seminar recently where the speaker highlighted how in the first instance we all tend to respond emotionally to stimuli, often driven by need, desire (the wish to have something) and fear (often the fear of losing out) - but that logic underpins or reinforces our emotional decisions.
With that in mind, let's get the emotion out of the way first - this piece has shown the sort of exhilarating investment performance that could make you a lot of money.
That should spark desire in you but also 'fear' because there is only one of these available. If you don't act quickly, you will miss out.
Before I get on to the logical argument, let me show you the item.
This is one of those standout pieces that we are constantly on the hunt for and occasionally sharp enough to pick up. As you know, Two Penny Blues are rare and highly prized - and this is an exceptionally fine example not just of a single stamp but of a block of the 1840 2d Blue - the world's second postage stamp.
We all know how rare Penny Blacks are in perfect mint condition, but what most collectors and investors alike do not appreciate is that the Twopenny Blue is actually over 10 times rarer (6.5 million printed compared to 68 million for the penny black). The Twopenny Blue was printed from two printing plates, with virtually all surviving mint pieces originating from a part sheet of plate 1 found in the Dublin Post Office in 1899, however this spectacular block is from the much rarer plate 2.
So not only is this a rare block of a rare stamp, but it is from the rarer second printing plate. All these factors combined with its exceptional condition truly make it a piece of the highest calibre and a magnificent trophy piece for the connoisseur.
So why is this particular item going to appeal to your logical self? I can explain that in just one simple line...
This graph and that line tracks the price of the 2d blue block over the last 10 years.
If you had bought this in 2001 at its catalogue price of £35,000, you would have made £265,000 profit at its current selling price of £300,000.
This is the sort of star item that financial commentators quote when extolling the virtues of investing in rare stamps. Can you point to an investment opportunity that can match a 757% return in 10 years?
This is also the sort of item that we are very rarely able to offer you - they simply don't come to market very often, prized by collectors and hoarded by investors.
Now you have the chance to give into desire and overcome the fear of missing out by snapping up this item - but you will have to be quick.
To own this remarkable rarity, employ both emotion and logic and call my team on 0845 026 7170 (UK) or +44 1481 708 270 (Int). Alternatively, email email@example.com
All the best,
P.S If you do miss out on this prize block, we have available two excellent items that feature prominently in our GB30 Index of Great Britain Rarities.
Both these stamps also seldom come on to the open market and both have shown striking price rises over the last 10 years, 160 % and 118% respectively - so do take advantage of acquiring these two rarities if you can and the desire strikes you!
Great Britain 1878 (UNUSED) SG128 - £40,000
Great Britain 1884 (UNUSED) SG182 - £31,500
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