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  1. AFGHANISTAN Mint stock selection of some 200 different issues primarily from the 1960s and 70s all in Scott numbered glassines and with moderate, but controlled duplication where most sets have close to 20 duplicates. The selection includes premium stando
  2. AJMAN - THOUSANDS OF IMPERFS & mint singles & sets. Huge catalogue value. EXTREMELY FINE, og, NH

    AJMAN - THOUSANDS OF IMPERFS & mint singles & sets. Huge catalogue value. EXTREMELY FINE, og, NH

    Ajman Collections (AJMANX)

    Fair Wholesale Value - defined as a price at which a stamp dealer buying this lot at this price should easily be able to double his money.: $1,250.00 - $1,500.00

    Stock #398100

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    $1,200.00
  3. (200var, perf 11; MI 154B), €50 perf stamp, sheet of 100 (€5,000), VERY FINE, og, NH

    (200var, perf 11; MI 154B), €50 perf stamp, sheet of 100 (€5,000), VERY FINE, og, NH

    Albania (ALBAN)

    Latest Scott Catalog Value: $6,250.00

    Stock #388862

    $450.00
  4. (200var, perf 11; MI 154B), €50 perf stamp, sheet of 100 (€5,000), VERY FINE, og, NH

    (200var, perf 11; MI 154B), €50 perf stamp, sheet of 100 (€5,000), VERY FINE, og, NH

    Albania (ALBAN)

    Latest Scott Catalog Value: $6,250.00

    Stock #388863

    $450.00
  5. (630-633), First Day Covers for perf and imperf sets, along with perf & imperf souvenir sheets, VERY FINE (cv for used is about $250)
  6. ALBANIA - Very attractive specialty lot of some 60 complete mint sheets covering the first three decades of Albanian philately, mostly the overprinted varieties including airmails. While the lot is duplicated specialist collectors would certainly benefit

    ALBANIA - Very attractive specialty lot of some 60 complete mint sheets covering the first three decades of Albanian philately, mostly the overprinted varieties including airmails. While the lot is duplicated specialist collectors would certainly benefit

    Albania Collections (ALBANX)

    Fair Wholesale Value - defined as a price at which a stamp dealer buying this lot at this price should easily be able to double his money.: $1,250.00 - $1,500.00

    Stock #400665

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    $1,200.00
  7. ALBANIA - DEALER'S LOT - An expansive lot of thousands of stamps primarily from the 1960s organized by issue housed in glassines. The selection essentially represent a group of stamps from the 1960s in large blocks or even complete sheets of 50, in total

    ALBANIA - DEALER'S LOT - An expansive lot of thousands of stamps primarily from the 1960s organized by issue housed in glassines. The selection essentially represent a group of stamps from the 1960s in large blocks or even complete sheets of 50, in total

    Albania Collections (ALBANX)

    Fair Wholesale Value - defined as a price at which a stamp dealer buying this lot at this price should easily be able to double his money.: $400.00 - $500.00

    Stock #400619

    $350.00
  8. ALBANIA - HIGH COMPREHENSIVE, ALL-MINT SELECTION neatly stored and identified in Michel numbered glassines with light duplication throughout. The selection begins with high quality examples of some of the first issues followed by nearly complete coverage
  9. ALBANIA - ALL MINT, NEARLY ALL NH SELECTION, EXTREMELY HIGH QUALITY and neatly organized and individually identified within glassines. The selection begins with fascinating first issues from 1913, and from there provides a high level of coverage to about
  10. (128P), Proof, block of four, thin, vertically laid paper, EXTREMELY FINE, ungummed as issued

    (128P), Proof, block of four, thin, vertically laid paper, EXTREMELY FINE, ungummed as issued

    Argentina (ARGEN)

    Latest Scott Catalog Value: $0.00

    Stock #399226

    $180.00

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Collectible Foreign Stamps

One of the great things about collecting stamps is that it gives you a little taste of what life is like around the world without leaving your home. Aside from being beautiful in their own right, stamps are a wonderful window into the customs and histories of various countries — even some that no longer exist!

At Apfelbaum, Inc., we’ve been serving the philatelic community since 1910. If you’re looking to add to your worldwide stamp collection, there’s no better place to start than at one of our public auctions.

 

A Brief Postal History

The first national postage stamp — the Penny Black — was produced in the United Kingdom in 1840. Prior to that, each mail system had its own method for collecting payment. The stamp was a simple, straightforward way of handling payments that meant less work for mail carriers.

As a result, stamp use quickly spread throughout both the British Empire and the world at large. While the first stamps generally depicted political figures, designs soon became more ornate and pictorial, eventually evolving into a way to symbolize historic events, national priorities and cultural touchstones.

 

Collectible Foreign Stamps

Stamp collecting first emerged as a popular hobby soon after the first national postal systems were founded. Countries found they could generate revenue by issuing limited-run stamps solely for the collectible market. While many collectors specialize in a specific country, there’s no denying that an exhaustive worldwide stamp collection has a certain exotic cachet that speaks of far-off lands and distant customs.

 

Dead Country Stamps

One fascinating offshoot of historical philately is the practice of collecting “dead country” stamps. Dead country stamps are postage stamps from countries or territories that no longer exist. Stamps from former Soviet Republics, areas under colonial rule, and since-annexed territories are all highly prized by certain collectors.

 

Building Your Foreign Stamp Collection

Apfelbaum, Inc. frequently holds auctions of collectible foreign stamps and you can always find them for sale in our Stamp Store and Buy It Now sales as well. If there’s something in particular that you’re looking to add to your collection, contact our office by phone or email for assistance. We also offer appraisal services at your location to better serve you.