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  1. AUSTRIA - HIGH QUALITY BACK-OF-THE-BOOK SELECTION - 406880
    AUSTRIA - HIGH QUALITY BACK-OF-THE-BOOK SELECTION - 406880
    Austria (AUSTI)
    Scott Catalog About: $7,150.00
    Stock #: 406880
    Your Price $1,125.00 Originally $2,500.00
  2. AUSTRIA  (1/5) SPECIALIZED SELECTION- 402152
    AUSTRIA (1/5) SPECIALIZED SELECTION- 402152
    Austria (AUSTI)
    (Catalog Value): $1,825.00
    Stock #: 402152
    Your Price $175.00 Originally $500.00
  3. AUSTRIA – REGULAR ISSUES 1850 – 2000 - 408152
    AUSTRIA – REGULAR ISSUES 1850 – 2000 - 408152
    Austria (AUSTI)
    Estimated Net Value: $1,750.00 – $2,000
    Stock #: 408152
    Your Price $875.00 Originally $1,750.00
  4. AUSTRIA – HIGH QUALITY BACK-OF-THE-BOOK COLLECTION - 408235
    AUSTRIA – HIGH QUALITY BACK-OF-THE-BOOK COLLECTION - 408235
    Austria (AUSTI)
    Estimated Net Value: $1,500.00 – $1,750
    Stock #: 408235
    Your Price $1,250.00 Originally $1,500.00
  5. AUSTRIA - USED IN TRIESTE - 3 VOLUMES FROM A WONDERFUL SPECIALIZED COLLECTION - 407385
    AUSTRIA - USED IN TRIESTE - 3 VOLUMES FROM A WONDERFUL SPECIALIZED COLLECTION - 407385
    Austria (AUSTI)
    Estimated Net Value: $2,000.00 – 3000.00
    Stock #: 407385
    Your Price $1,125.00 Originally $2,500.00
  6. AUSTRIA - Extensive Mint & Used Stock - 407396
    AUSTRIA - Extensive Mint & Used Stock - 407396
    Austria (AUSTI)
    Estimated Net Value: $1,000.00 – $1,250.00
    Stock #: 407396
    Your Price $450.00 Originally $1,000.00
  7. AUSTRIA & AREA SPECIALIZED - 407356
    AUSTRIA & AREA SPECIALIZED - 407356
    Austria (AUSTI)
    Estimated Net Value: $1,250.00 – $1500.00
    Stock #: 407356
    Your Price $562.50 Originally $1,250.00
  8. AUSTRIA USED IN CZECHOSLOVAKIA - Specialized Classic - 407354
    AUSTRIA USED IN CZECHOSLOVAKIA - Specialized Classic - 407354
    Austria (AUSTI)
    Estimated Net Value: $1,750.00 – $2,000.00
    Stock #: 407354
    Your Price $787.50 Originally $1,750.00
  9. AUSTRIA - CANCELLATION STUDY GOING BACK TO FIRST ISSUES - 407355
    AUSTRIA - CANCELLATION STUDY GOING BACK TO FIRST ISSUES - 407355
    Austria (AUSTI)
    Estimated Net Value: $900.00 – 1000
    Stock #: 407355
    Your Price $405.00 Originally $900.00
  10. AUSTRIA - FANTASTIC HIGH QUALITY SELECTION WITH PREMIUM - 406893
    AUSTRIA - FANTASTIC HIGH QUALITY SELECTION WITH PREMIUM - 406893
    Austria (AUSTI)
    Scott Catalog About: $6325.00
    Stock #: 406893
    Your Price $1,125.00 Originally $2,500.00
  11. AUSTRIA-SCHWARZDRUCKE - 403405
    AUSTRIA-SCHWARZDRUCKE - 403405
    Austria (AUSTI)
    Estimated Catalog Value: $800 (Michel €690)
    Stock #: 403405
    Your Price $122.50 Originally $350.00
  12. AUSTRIA - AIRMAILS TO 1940 - 401820
    AUSTRIA - AIRMAILS TO 1940 - 401820
    Austria (AUSTI)
    Estimated Catalog Value: $500.00 – 600
    Stock #: 401820
    Your Price $175.00 Originally $500.00
  13. AUSTRIA - 401798
    AUSTRIA - 401798
    Austria (AUSTI)
    Estimated Net Value: $500.00 – 600
    Stock #: 401798
    Your Price $175.00 Originally $500.00
  14. P2, TIED ON WRAPPER, VERY FINE - 402653
    P2, TIED ON WRAPPER, VERY FINE - 402653
    Austria (AUSTI)
    Scott Catalog Value: 18500
    Stock #: 402653
    Your Price $3,150.00 Originally $9,000.00
  15. P3, ON NEWSPAPER PIECE, VERY FINE, - 402652
    P3, ON NEWSPAPER PIECE, VERY FINE, - 402652
    Austria (AUSTI)
    Scott Catalog Value: 24500
    Stock #: 402652
    Your Price $3,150.00 Originally $9,000.00

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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.