By Anil K. Pujara
A collector went to the Bureau to take one stamp of every new commemorative issue available at the counter. There he found one senior philatelist who was preparing a want list for the “Counter-in-Charge” and writing ‘Block of four with Traffic light’.
He waited for the turn of senior philatelist to be over to understand, what is block of four and what is Traffic light.
He watched every step of senior very patiently and heard the conversation between the senior philatelist and the counter- in- charge.
At the end, unable to hold back his anxiety, he approached the senior philatelist and expressed his desire to know ‘what is Block of Four’, ‘What is Traffic Light’ and ‘What should be collected whether single Stamp or Block of four.’
The senior philatelist explained to him what is Traffic light which is called ‘Colour Code’ also which reflect the no. and type of colours which are used in printing the stamp.
He also very proudly informed the young collector that he is collecting “Block of Four/ Six” as the situation warrants with ‘Traffic Light’ since the time they were introduced by India Post and has compete collection of the same.
The tone and tenor of the senior to the junior made him feel small as if by collecting a single stamp of each issue, he was committing a crime and probably an outcast in the fraternity of philatelists.
Feeling humbled, the collector left the counter with heavy heart. The churning process continued in the mind.
Lying in his bed, he was confused. What he should do?
Should he continue collecting single stamp for the sake of his hobby as he had been doing or he should stop collecting stamps since he is not collecting ‘Block of Four/ Block of Six with or without Traffic light and may not be able to complete back issues.
This is a dilemma, which I feel all of us have undergone/faced at one or the other stage of pursuing this Hobby of Kings and King of Hobbies.
What is to be collected?
How much is to be collected?
Equally important is its preservation as it is prone to wear and tear on account of climatic conditions/ tropical conditions. Rainy season is most dangerous for the health of philately.
After satisfying the basic urge of collection, now if the pocket allows and if one can afford, he can go for the collection of Block of four, block of four with T.L., block of four with T.L. of all four sides.
There is nothing wrong in it. It is directly linked to the size of the pocket of the collector. Collector collecting single stamp is in no way inferior collector in comparison to the one who is collecting block of four or block of four with T.L. of either one side or of all four sides.
Basic tips to be remembered in pursuing the hobby is fix your budget, never ever try to exceed your monthly budget and never ever stretch your pocket.
Keep collecting and happy stamps collecting.
Smile Philatelically !
About The Author;
Anil Kr. Pujara is a philatelist and a banker (Senior Manager) with creative ideas and writes on interesting and concerning issues related with philately.