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  1. 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
  2. 8b, EXTREMELY FINE, - 402664
    8b, EXTREMELY FINE, - 402664
    Austria (AUSTI)
    Scott Catalog Value: 450
    Stock #: 402664
    Your Price $63.00 Originally $180.00
  3. 19, FINE-VERY FINE, og - 402660
    19, FINE-VERY FINE, og - 402660
    Austria (AUSTI)
    Scott Catalog Value: $625
    Stock #: 402660
    Your Price $87.50 Originally $250.00
  4. 20, VERY FINE, og, - 402659
    20, VERY FINE, og, - 402659
    Austria (AUSTI)
    Scott Catalog Value: $1650
    Stock #: 402659
    Your Price $262.50 Originally $750.00
  5. 21, FINE-VERY FINE, OG - 402658
    21, FINE-VERY FINE, OG - 402658
    Austria (AUSTI)
    Scott Catalog Value: $1650
    Stock #: 402658
    Your Price $201.25 Originally $575.00
  6. 37a, VERY FINE, og, - 402657
    37a, VERY FINE, og, - 402657
    Austria (AUSTI)
    Scott Catalog Value: $440
    Stock #: 402657
    Your Price $63.00 Originally $180.00
  7. 38a, VERY FINE, og - 402644
    38a, VERY FINE, og - 402644
    Austria (AUSTI)
    (Catalog Value): 825
    Stock #: 402644
    Your Price $122.50 Originally $350.00
  8. (428-431), each tied to piece, VERY FINE
    (428-431), each tied to piece, VERY FINE
    Austria (AUSTI)
    Scott Catalog Value: $850.00
    Stock #: 403877
    Your Price $160.00 Originally $400.00
  9. AUSTRIA - HIGH QUALITY COLLECTION IN A BEAUTIFUL - 406382
    AUSTRIA - HIGH QUALITY COLLECTION IN A BEAUTIFUL - 406382
    Austria (AUSTI)
    Estimated Net Value: $900.00 – $1000
    Stock #: 406382
    Your Price $450.00 Originally $900.00
  10. AUSTRIA-SCHWARZDRUCKE - 403405
    AUSTRIA-SCHWARZDRUCKE - 403405
    Austria (AUSTI)
    Estimated Catalog Value: $800 (Michel €690)
    Stock #: 403405
    Your Price $122.50 Originally $350.00
  11. AUSTRIA-COVERS - 403351
    AUSTRIA-COVERS - 403351
    Austria (AUSTI)
    Estimated Net Value: $350.00 – $450
    Stock #: 403351
    Your Price $122.50 Originally $350.00
  12. AUSTRIA-OFFICES IN TURKEY - 402710
    AUSTRIA-OFFICES IN TURKEY - 402710
    Austria (AUSTI)
    Scott Catalog About: 1690
    Stock #: 402710
    Your Price $157.50 Originally $450.00
  13. 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
  14. AUSTRIA - 401798
    AUSTRIA - 401798
    Austria (AUSTI)
    Estimated Net Value: $500.00 – 600
    Stock #: 401798
    Your Price $175.00 Originally $500.00
  15. (B87-B92), on cover, VERY FINE (MI €600)
    (B87-B92), on cover, VERY FINE (MI €600)
    Austria (AUSTI)
    Scott Catalog Value: $715.00
    Stock #: 401963
    Your Price $113.75 Originally $325.00
  16. (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)
    Stock #: 399303
    Your Price $84.00 Originally $240.00
  17. (B185-B188) - 406219
    (B185-B188) - 406219
    Austria (AUSTI)
    Scott Catalog Value: $2000.00
    Stock #: 406219
    Your Price $875.00 Originally $1,750.00
  18. (B260-B263), blocks of four, EXTREMELY FINE, og, NH
    (B260-B263), blocks of four, EXTREMELY FINE, og, NH
    Austria (AUSTI)
    (Catalog Value): $256.00
    Stock #: 401942
    Your Price $52.50 Originally $150.00
  19. (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)
    Stock #: 399302
    Your Price $42.00 Originally $120.00
  20. 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
  21. 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
  22. P5-P6, very fine, - 402650
    P5-P6, very fine, - 402650
    Austria (AUSTI)
    Scott Catalog Value: 925
    Stock #: 402650
    Your Price $131.25 Originally $375.00
  23. P7, STRIP OF 3,VERY FINE, og, - 402649
    P7, STRIP OF 3,VERY FINE, og, - 402649
    Austria (AUSTI)
    Latest Scott Catalog Value: 600
    Stock #: 402649
    Your Price $87.50 Originally $250.00

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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.