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The Hobby of Kings

Some of the stamps in Asgarali Kassam’s collection. photos | courtesy
Some of the stamps in Asgarali Kassam’s collection. photos | courtesy 

Tiny things are becoming the investment stars. People are making handsome returns from collecting rare stamps, coins and notes, objects that are recording higher earnings than shares and gold. It may appear as no more than a boring hobby, but Asgarali Kassam who collects stamps, coins and notes knows how satisfying it is.

His face lights up as he talks about his journey of 50 years collecting stamps from different parts of the world.

To date, he has a stock of about three million stamps.

“There are 204 countries that exist in the world today, but the stamps I have are from 406 countries, meaning I hold stamps of countries that no longer exist,” he says.