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Stamp Collecting

Looking for our page-by-page Stamp Album listing? We've moved that to the "Album Page Listing" section above to make room for an in-depth overview of stamp collecting below. View Album Listing »

Stamp collecting is a popular (and expensive) activity. There are many album pages of stamps and other collectibles for you to collect, and there are always new stamps coming out.

As a note, the term "stamp" is used throughout Neopets (and this guide) to refer to any item that can be placed in your stamp album, even though many of these items (such as coins, shells, scarabs, and coconuts) are not really stamps in the dictionary definition of the word.

The Stamp Album

The foundation of stamp collecting is your Stamp Album. Every account has one automatically; you don't need to do anything special to create it. You can view your own or any other user's album via their user lookup.


The front page of the stamp album

The album is divided into different pages. Each page has room for 25 stamps, though not all pages have had 25 stamps created for them yet. Each page also has a theme, such as Mystery Island, Neoquest, or Coins.

When you add an album item to your Stamp Album, it will be visible in the album. Album items cannot be removed once they are added.

Adding to your Album

Any album item can be added to your album through your inventory. Simply select the "Put in your Stamp Album" option from the dropdown and submit!


How to add a stamp to your album

It is not possible to add the same stamp to your album more than once. If you try, you will get the below error.

Stamp Collecting Tactics

So, how does one manage to amass a meaningful stamp collection?

Restockable Stamps

The vast majority of stamps have a rarity of r100 or lower, meaning they restock in the main shops of Neopia. Lower rarity stamps restock more commonly, in higher quantities, and cheaply, while higher rarity stamps restock rarely, in smaller quantities, and for more Neopoints. Because the shops of Neopia can stock at any given time on any given day, the supply of these stamps is theoretically infinite, though the infrequency of higher-rarity stocks throttles this reality.

There are four shops where stamps restock:

The lowest rarity restockable stamp is the Mystery Island Kougra Stamp at a mere r20, while the highest rarity restockable stamps are the Emerald Eyrie Coin and Neopian Times Coin at a whopping r100.

   
Despite selling stamps, the Post Office doesn't seem to offer an actual mail service...

Most (but not all!) stamps are cheaper to buy from these shops than from other users; this is especially true for higher rarity (r90+) stamps, where you can get them for tens of thousands of NPs instead of tens of millions! However, these shops tend to be extremely competitive due to the value & rarity of such stamps.

You can get even better savings at these shops by visiting on Half Price Day, which occurs the 3rd of each month. For stamps r89 and lower, you may get lucky at the Igloo Garage Sale, which randomly stocks items for a fraction of their price in the main shops.

       
Just a few of the many stamps you can buy from the main shops

There are several other miscellaneous ways to get restockable stamps that aren't through the main shops:

  • Many restockable stamps can be found in the prize pools of various dailies.
  • Similarly, several Battledome opponents have stamps in their prize pools at certain difficulty levels.
  • Tarla's Toolbar has 45 different restockable stamps in its prize pool, both as main prizes and as drops.
  • A random event in which Gordos the Collector gives you a random r92-98 stamp.
  • Although now defunct, Key Quest had 28 restockable stamps in its prize pool.
  • And of course, restockable stamps can be earned from any feature that can give any item within a certain rarity range, such as Premium Space Faerie drops or Kitchen Quest prizes.

Special Stamps

Any stamp with a rarity of r101 or higher is considered a "special" stamp. These stamps do not stock in any main shop of Neopia. They can be unofficially categorized into two main groups: active and retired.

Active

"Active" special stamps are ones that are regularly generated through a site process such as one of the dailies. For example, the Deformed Maractite Coin is exclusively given out by the Anchor Management daily.

   
Some special stamps you can still earn through features on the site

In some ways, active special stamps are more similar to restockable stamps than to retired special stamps, because their supply is theoretically infinite.

Retired

"Retired" special stamps are ones that are not regularly generated in Neopia. This includes not only stamps that are literally retired (r180), but also stamps that were awarded for a one-time event or promotion. For example, Altador Cup prize shops have featured a commemorative stamp almost every year since the very first one; once that year's prize shop closes, the supply of the stamp(s) within it officially becomes finite.

   
Some special stamps you can now only acquire from other players

Because there is a finite, limited supply of these stamps, they can only be purchased from other players and tend to be very expensive. Because of this, these stamps often alone dictate the value of a stamp album page or avatar. Their scarcity and value is essentially the basis of competitive stamp collecting!

Tracking Your Collection

The Jellyneo Item Database includes a checklist tool to check which stamps you are missing from each page, as well as their estimated costs. You can manage missing stamps more continually by adding these missing stamps to a wishlist.

We also provide stamp collector counters that you can display anywhere, such as your user lookup, shop description, or pet page! There is a counter for each album page, as well as for the album overall.

High Scores

The stamp collecting high score table is based simply on the number of stamps you have added to your Stamp Album.

Like all high score tables, it is reset at the start of every month. However, unlike most other high score tables, progress is never lost. To reenter the table each month, a user simply needs to visit the stamp overview page.

Because of this requirement to go out of your way to reenter the table each month, you don't necessarily have to be in the true top 17 of stamp collectors on the site to get a trophy—you just need to be in the top 17 that have checked in so far that month. If one of the top collectors doesn't check in during the first few days of the month, that opens up a temporary spot for somebody else!

To demonstrate this, we have tabulated the average trophy cutoff scores on the 1st, 15th, and 28th day of the month. The scores below represent the average number of stamps you must have in your album to receive a specific trophy. Notice how the scores tend to be lower earlier in the month by a few stamps.

Stamp Collector Average Trophy Cutoffs
Year Gold
(3rd place)
Silver
(8th place)
Bronze
(17th place)
1st 15th 28th 1st 15th 28th 1st 15th 28th
2017* 726 735 736 720 724 724 699 718 719
2018 750 760 761 740 750 751 720 744 745
2019 767 775 776 752 767 768 736 757 760
2020* 780 784 785 766 779 779 751 769 770
* 2017 includes March through December; 2020 includes January through October

Indeed, the cutoff scores are not even necessarily strictly increasing from month to month. Here are the monthly cutoff scores for 2019 as an example.

Stamp Collector 2019 Trophy Cutoffs
Month Gold
(3rd place)
Silver
(8th place)
Bronze
(17th place)
1st 15th 28th 1st 15th 28th 1st 15th 28th
January 762 768 769 751 759 759 729 748 748
February 764 769 769 746 760 760 729 749 751
March 760 773 773 741 764 764 727 755 756
April 767 773 774 748 763 765 731 748 758
May 764 775 775 752 766 766 733 757 759
June 769 776 776 751 767 767 733 758 759
July 761 777 777 750 768 768 736 761 761
August 763 777 777 756 769 771 737 759 764
September 773 780 780 760 773 773 744 766 766
October 775 781 781 760 773 773 744 760 763
November 776 778 778 761 773 773 746 764 766
December 764 778 782 751 773 774 740 761 764

   

Avatars

The set of stamp collector avatars are among the rarest and most expensive avatars out there. All of them have the same solution: fill a specific page of your album, then view it. All of the pages that have 25 stamps released have corresponding avatars except for two: Charms and Other III. You can view each page's avatar in our Album Page Listing.

History of Stamp Collecting

The first stamps were released on September 5, 2002. At the time of release, only a handful of stamps and just two pages (Mystery Island and Virtupets) were available. Additional pages were released on later dates:

  • Mystery Island: September 5, 2002
  • Virtupets: September 5, 2002
  • Tyrannia: September 10, 2002
  • Haunted Woods: September 11, 2002
  • Neopia Central: September 25, 2002
  • NeoQuest: November 18, 2002
  • Snowy Valley: January 2, 2003
  • Meridell vs Darigan: January 15, 2003
  • Lost Desert: January 22, 2003
  • The Battledome: November 18, 2003
  • Coins: November 20, 2003
  • Battle for Meridell: February 19, 2004
  • NeoQuest II: March 31, 2004
  • Other: June 1, 2004
  • Space Station Coins: July 19, 2004
  • Evil Coconuts: November 19, 2004
  • Sea Shells: March 24, 2005
  • Maraquan: July 6, 2005
  • Altador: Aril 18, 2006
  • Shenkuu: May 1, 2007
  • Charms: October 17, 2007
  • Other II: June 21, 2008
  • Faerieland: July 7, 2010
  • Scarabs: August 14, 2010
  • Moltara: December 9, 2010
  • Maractite Coins: February 1, 2011
  • Qasala: May 14, 2011
  • Treasures of the Deep: July 8, 2011
  • Krawk Island: August 9, 2011
  • Neovia: August 31, 2012
  • Charms II: February 11, 2014
  • Mobile Apps (formerly Ghoul Catchers): March 6, 2015
  • Other III: May 9, 2015
  • Sea Shells II: May 30, 2015
  • Neopia Central II: December 30, 2019
  • Tyrannia II: May 12, 2015
  • Snowy Valley II: May 9, 2015
  • Evil Coconuts II: October 31, 2015
  • Scarabs II: April 21, 2016
  • Coins Part Deux Revenge of Coin: July 4, 2015
  • Other IV: October 31, 2019

Sloth Auctions

Starting in February 2011, TNT began to release some very old, very retired stamps once each month through auctions by the dr_sloth staff account. These were put on hold without comment by the end of that year, though have returned randomly a couple of times afterward.

Will they ever return again? TNT has been asked at least 3 times in the Editorial and were receptive to the idea each time. They were more skeptical about the wisdom of reviving Sloth auctions in a June 2018 Q&A, but hinted at alternative re-release methods in other Q&A's in October 2018. Most recently, in a July 2019 Q&A, TNT had stated that re-releasing old stamps was not a top priority for the team.

Sloth Stamp Auctions

In June 2011, one Midnight Jelly World Stamp was also released as a prize for the closest guess in Lenny Conundrum round 408 as part of a celebration for 1 trillion page views on Neopets.

Unreleased Stamps

Jellyneo has found images for several dozen unreleased stamps, which you can see in our Item Database.

Will these stamps ever be released? It's unlikely. Many of them have outdated artwork (such as stamp_hal_edna which features the original version of Edna) or are crude versions of actually released stamps (such as stamp_nq_archmagus's resemblence to Two Rings Archmagus Stamp). The majority of them are also clearly themed for album pages that are already full. We include them in our Item Database not because we anticipate their release, but simply for your curiosity and viewing pleasure.

       
Some of the many examples of stamps that never made it

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