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  1. (12a), VERY FINE, og - 402831
    (12a), VERY FINE, og - 402831
    Iran (IRAN)
    Scott Catalog Value: $30,000.00
    Stock #: 402831
    Your Price $3,150.00 Originally $9,000.00
  2. IRAN - VERY NICE COLLECTION OF - 408331
    IRAN - VERY NICE COLLECTION OF - 408331
    Iran (IRAN)
    Estimated Net Value: $550.00 – $650.00
    Stock #: 408331
    Your Price $275.00 Originally $550.00
  3. IRAN - COLLECTION OF HUNDREDS ON SCOTT PAGES, VERY FINE - 407948
    IRAN - COLLECTION OF HUNDREDS ON SCOTT PAGES, VERY FINE - 407948
    Iran (IRAN)
    Estimated Net Value: $500.00 – 600.00
    Stock #: 407948
    Your Price $250.00 Originally $500.00
  4. IRAN - 407180
    IRAN - 407180
    Iran (IRAN)
    Estimated Net Value: $900.00 – $1000
    Stock #: 407180
    Your Price $405.00 Originally $900.00
  5. IRAN - LOVELY MOSTLY MINT COLLECTION - 405776
    IRAN - LOVELY MOSTLY MINT COLLECTION - 405776
    Iran (IRAN)
    Scott Catalog Value: 6000
    Stock #: 405776
    Your Price $787.50 Originally $1,750.00
  6. IRAN - EXCEPTIONAL SELECTION WITH PREMIUM 20TH CENTURY ABOUND - 406886
    IRAN - EXCEPTIONAL SELECTION WITH PREMIUM 20TH CENTURY ABOUND - 406886
    Iran (IRAN)
    Scott Catalog About: $3100.00
    Stock #: 406886
    Your Price $506.25 Originally $1,125.00
  7. IRAN - NICE COLLECTION BEGINNING WITH - 404972
    IRAN - NICE COLLECTION BEGINNING WITH - 404972
    Iran (IRAN)
    Estimated Net Value: $500.00 – $600.00
    Stock #: 404972
    Your Price $175.00 Originally $500.00
  8. IRAN - HIGH QUALITY PREMIUM SELECTION - 404909
    IRAN - HIGH QUALITY PREMIUM SELECTION - 404909
    Iran (IRAN)
    Scott Catalog Value: $2,650.00
    Stock #: 404909
    Your Price $259.00 Originally $740.00
  9. IRAN - COLLECTION OF HUNDREDS TO 1940 including some very rare Essays. VERY FINE
    IRAN - COLLECTION OF HUNDREDS TO 1940 including some very rare Essays. VERY FINE
    Iran (IRAN)
    Estimated Net Value: $3,000.00 – $4,000.00
    Stock #: 398140
    Your Price $900.00 Originally $3,000.00
  10. (C1-C16), VERY FINE, og - 408057
    (C1-C16), VERY FINE, og - 408057
    Iran (IRAN)
    Scott Catalog Value: 1008.00
    Stock #: 408057
    Your Price $412.50 Originally $825.00
  11. (C17-C33), VERY FINE, og - 408058
    (C17-C33), VERY FINE, og - 408058
    Iran (IRAN)
    Scott Catalog Value: 580.00
    Stock #: 408058
    Your Price $237.50 Originally $475.00
  12. (C34-C50), VERY FINE, og - 408059
    (C34-C50), VERY FINE, og - 408059
    Iran (IRAN)
    Scott Catalog Value: 415.00
    Stock #: 408059
    Your Price $175.00 Originally $350.00

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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.