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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.

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  1. 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)
    Latest Scott Catalog Value: $1,250.00 - $1,500.00
    Stock #: 398100
    Your Price $600.00 Originally $1,200.00
  2. (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
    Your Price $225.00 Originally $450.00
  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 #: 388863
    Your Price $225.00 Originally $450.00
  4. (630-633), First Day Covers for perf and imperf sets, along with perf & imperf souvenir sheets, VERY FINE (cv for used is about $250)
    (630-633), First Day Covers for perf and imperf sets, along with perf & imperf souvenir sheets, VERY FINE (cv for used is about $250)
    Albania (ALBAN)
    Latest Scott Catalog Value: $0.00
    Stock #: 399981
    Your Price $65.00 Originally $130.00
  5. (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
    Your Price $90.00 Originally $180.00
  6. (1/33) Specialist's selection. VERY FINE
    (1/33) Specialist's selection. VERY FINE
    Austria (AUSTI)
    Latest Scott Catalog Value: $1,200.00
    Stock #: 393022
    Your Price $150.00 Originally $300.00
  7. (704), proof in Brownish Olive and Black Brown (Michel #1129PUII), EXTREMELY FINE, og, NH (MI €380)
    (704), proof in Brownish Olive and Black Brown (Michel #1129PUII), EXTREMELY FINE, og, NH (MI €380)
    Austria (AUSTI)
    Latest Scott Catalog Value: $465.00
    Stock #: 399970
    Your Price $137.50 Originally $275.00
  8. (B87-B92), on Rotary International Convention cover, folded, VERY FINE (MI €600)
    (B87-B92), on Rotary International Convention cover, folded, VERY FINE (MI €600)
    Austria (AUSTI)
    Latest Scott Catalog Value: $735.00
    Stock #: 399303
    Your Price $120.00 Originally $240.00
  9. (B87-B92), on two covers, VERY FINE (MI €600)
    (B87-B92), on two covers, VERY FINE (MI €600)
    Austria (AUSTI)
    Latest Scott Catalog Value: $715.00
    Stock #: 401962
    Your Price $165.00 Originally $275.00
  10. (B87-B92), on cover, VERY FINE (MI €600)
    (B87-B92), on cover, VERY FINE (MI €600)
    Austria (AUSTI)
    Latest Scott Catalog Value: $715.00
    Stock #: 401963
    Your Price $195.00 Originally $325.00
  11. (B106-B109), on cover, VERY FINE  (MI €400)
    (B106-B109), on cover, VERY FINE (MI €400)
    Austria (AUSTI)
    Latest Scott Catalog Value: $475.00
    Stock #: 401964
    Your Price $126.00 Originally $210.00
  12. (B110, B110a), EXTREMELY FINE, og
    (B110, B110a), EXTREMELY FINE, og
    Austria (AUSTI)
    Latest Scott Catalog Value: $475.00
    Stock #: 400013
    Your Price $150.00 Originally $300.00
  13. (B110, B110a, B111), all tied on one cover, light tones. VERY FINE
    (B110, B110a, B111), all tied on one cover, light tones. VERY FINE
    Austria (AUSTI)
    Latest Scott Catalog Value: $5,000.00
    Stock #: 401538
    Your Price $1,200.00 Originally $2,000.00
  14. (B260-B263), blocks of four, EXTREMELY FINE, og, NH
    (B260-B263), blocks of four, EXTREMELY FINE, og, NH
    Austria (AUSTI)
    Latest Scott Catalog Value: $256.00
    Stock #: 401942
    Your Price $90.00 Originally $150.00
  15. (C54-C60), VERY FINE-EXTREMELY FINE, og, NH
    (C54-C60), VERY FINE-EXTREMELY FINE, og, NH
    Austria (AUSTI)
    Latest Scott Catalog Value: $332.60
    Stock #: 401943
    Your Price $114.00 Originally $190.00
  16. (C57), on cover with SAS Address Label featuring #C54 & C56, VERY FINE (MI €245)
    (C57), on cover with SAS Address Label featuring #C54 & C56, VERY FINE (MI €245)
    Austria (AUSTI)
    Latest Scott Catalog Value: $300.00
    Stock #: 399302
    Your Price $60.00 Originally $120.00
  17. AUSTRIA - CLASSICS - VERY NICE SPECIALIZED selection. VERY FINE
    AUSTRIA - CLASSICS - VERY NICE SPECIALIZED selection. VERY FINE
    Austria Collections (AUSTIX)
    Latest Scott Catalog Value: $750.00 - $850.00
    Stock #: 398981
    Your Price $325.00 Originally $650.00
  18. AUSTRIA
    AUSTRIA
    Austria Collections (AUSTIX)
    Latest Scott Catalog Value: $1,825.00
    Stock #: 402152
    Your Price $300.00 Originally $500.00
  19. (201c & 204c), unexploded booklet (COB #A19-I), VERY FINE, og, NH  (COB €500)
    (201c & 204c), unexploded booklet (COB #A19-I), VERY FINE, og, NH (COB €500)
    Belgium (BELGI)
    Latest Scott Catalog Value: $580.00
    Stock #: 402200
    Your Price $240.00 Originally $300.00
  20. (B69-B77), with "Crown & L" overprint, VERY FINE, og, (2 high values with PF Certs)
    (B69-B77), with "Crown & L" overprint, VERY FINE, og, (2 high values with PF Certs)
    Belgium (BELGI)
    Latest Scott Catalog Value: $650.00
    Stock #: 402339
    Your Price $255.00 Originally $425.00
  21. (B465A-B465B) VERY FINE, og, NH
    (B465A-B465B) VERY FINE, og, NH
    Belgium (BELGI)
    Latest Scott Catalog Value: $400.00
    Stock #: 398127
    Your Price $90.00 Originally $180.00

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