I just revisited this topic because a lot has happened over the past months while my interest in my own stamp collecting has continued to deepen -- and broaden.
I for one have very little interest in collecting the newest stamps. I'm concentrating on my US collection, and while Forever self-adhesive booklet stamps may be in vogue, I have very little interest in collecting a mint never-hinged copy of every issue published by the USPS.
I love the beautiful engravings of the older classics. And now I'm getting hooked on US revenues.
Of course, I understand that there are many various types of stamp collecting interests: Topics, BOB, Cut squares, stationary, post cards, sheets, FDCs, Essays, Ducks, fancy cancels, etc.
At this moment, I think stamp collecting will continue to appeal to a narrow specialty interest group. Despite the potential demise of future postal mail -- and the end to new stamp issues -- some folks will continue to discover stamp collecting. Our hobby interests those who find deep interest in history, cultures, geography, graphics, art, and commerce. People will be drawn to the intimate and quiet act of collecting and admiring stamps just as some collect dolls, ceramics, or African masks.
What is more likely to change is not the act of collecting and appreciating stamps, but rather how the market is structured so that stamp buyers and sellers interact. The Internet is changing our hobby. I have purchased most of my collection via eBay
. I also offer to sell my duplicate stamps on eBay
. But I plan to return to a local live stamp auction in October because my first live auction was so enjoyable.