Internet reboots old hobby
DAVE Roberts has been collecting stamps since he was seven years old.
Mr Roberts has bought and sold stamps for up to $2000 and said the hobby has been boosted by the growing popularity of the internet.
"Since the internet, a lot of stamp buying and selling has been done online," he said.
"A lot of people go on eBay to sell items from their collections."
The third generation stamp collector will be one of the many representatives at the Ipswich Stamp Club Annual Fair on November 2.
"It's a hobby, I enjoy the education side of things and learning about history," Mr Roberts said.
"It's the biggest hobby in the world and it grows on you, once you get into it, it's addictive.
"The club has been going for around 42 years now and the fair is where clubs from all over Queensland come together to support each other."
Mr Roberts said the Ipswich Stamp Club ranked well against other Queensland clubs and had a growing membership.
"We've got a good venue and a good committee, we've got 55 members and climbing," he said.
"At the fair, we will have dealers, clubs from all over Queensland, bargain tables, door prizes and an auction with over 300 lots for sale.
"We are expecting between 180 and 200 people on the day."
The avid collector proudly boasts "well over a million" stamps from all over the world in his private collection and continues to find unique and interesting pieces to add.
"We will have dealers at the fair who can give people a good idea on what their stamps are and where they're from," Mr Roberts said.
"Anyone can come along, entry is free."
The annual stamp fair will be held at the Ipswich Showgrounds from 9am to 4pm on November 2.
For inquiries, call 3288 7007.