Stamp collectors are a fierce bunch. This became abundantly clear as passionate collectors swarmed outside of a Beijing post office and shoved one another to get inside the doors on December 1, when China’s annual stamps album for 2014 became available for purchase.
A representative from the China National Philatelic Corporation said that this year’s stamps have 3D effects which can be activated by scanning QR codes and stamps in the album with a smart phone, Sina News reports.
“The traditional painting is no longer the only choice in a stamp collection. By combining multimedia involving listening and watching, the album can tell more stories about the stamps. Those stamp collectors can appreciate the stamp in various ways as well as get more background information and interactive experience,” the rep told Sina.
Stamp collecting has become a popular trend in China and actually has the potential to earn collectors a lot of cash. In 2011, BBC reported that a set of four Chinese stamps from the Cultural Revolution era was sold more than $1.15 million at an auction in Hong Kong.
By Dina Li