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  1. (8), VERY FINE, og - 407999
    (8), VERY FINE, og - 407999
    Greece (GREEC)
    Scott Catalog Value: $490.00
    Stock #: 407999
    Your Price $225.00 Originally $450.00
  2. (159-163), VERY FINE, og - 407997
    (159-163), VERY FINE, og - 407997
    Greece (GREEC)
    Scott Catalog Value: $485.00
    Stock #: 407997
    Your Price $220.00 Originally $440.00
  3. (556-567), VERY FINE, og - 407996
    (556-567), VERY FINE, og - 407996
    Greece (GREEC)
    Scott Catalog Value: $296.75
    Stock #: 407996
    Your Price $135.00 Originally $270.00
  4. (14), nice margins, VERY FINE - 407998
    (14), nice margins, VERY FINE - 407998
    Greece (GREEC)
    Scott Catalog Value: $475.00
    Stock #: 407998
    Your Price $165.00 Originally $330.00
  5. GREECE - WONDERFUL SELECTION BEGINNING WITH HERMES - 407993
    GREECE - WONDERFUL SELECTION BEGINNING WITH HERMES - 407993
    Greece (GREEC)
    Scott Catalog About: $6,850.00
    Stock #: 407993
    Your Price $1,450.00 Originally $2,900.00
  6. GREECE - Wonderful all mint selection - 406647
    GREECE - Wonderful all mint selection - 406647
    Greece (GREEC)
    Estimated Net Value: $1,750.00 – $2,000.00
    Stock #: 406647
    Your Price $787.50 Originally $1,750.00
  7. GREECE - HIGH QUALITY SELECTION WITH PREMIUM - 406234
    GREECE - HIGH QUALITY SELECTION WITH PREMIUM - 406234
    Greece (GREEC)
    Estimated Net Value: $900.00 – $1000
    Stock #: 406234
    Your Price $360.00 Originally $900.00
  8. GREECE - NICE COLLECTION WITH HERMES HEADS - 404975
    GREECE - NICE COLLECTION WITH HERMES HEADS - 404975
    Greece (GREEC)
    Estimated Net Value: $1,000.00 – $1,250.00
    Stock #: 404975
    Your Price $385.00 Originally $1,100.00
  9. GREECE - EXTENSIVE SELECTION WITH PREMIUM - 402609
    GREECE - EXTENSIVE SELECTION WITH PREMIUM - 402609
    Greece (GREEC)
    Scott Catalog About: $4,850
    Stock #: 402609
    Your Price $437.50 Originally $1,250.00
  10. (C5-C7), VERY FINE, og, NH - 407995
    (C5-C7), VERY FINE, og, NH - 407995
    Greece (GREEC)
    Scott Catalog Value: $325.00
    Stock #: 407995
    Your Price $162.50 Originally $325.00
  11. (C38-C47), VERY FINE, og - 407994
    (C38-C47), VERY FINE, og - 407994
    Greece (GREEC)
    Scott Catalog Value: $325.85
    Stock #: 407994
    Your Price $145.00 Originally $290.00
  12. (C38-C47), #C45 short perfs, VERY FINE, og, NH - 406484
    (C38-C47), #C45 short perfs, VERY FINE, og, NH - 406484
    Greece (GREEC)
    Scott Catalog Value: $800
    Stock #: 406484
    Your Price $202.50 Originally $450.00

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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.