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  1. (45-51), VERY FINE - 403963
    (45-51), VERY FINE - 403963
    Italy (ITALY)
    Scott Catalog Value: $3033.65
    Stock #: 403963
    Your Price $262.50 Originally $750.00
  2. (52-57, 56a), VERY FINE - 403965
    (52-57, 56a), VERY FINE - 403965
    Italy (ITALY)
    Scott Catalog Value: $1195.50
    Stock #: 403965
    Your Price $122.50 Originally $350.00
  3. (55) Group of 53 used Italy #55's, most VERY FINE - 406933
    (55) Group of 53 used Italy #55's, most VERY FINE - 406933
    Italy (ITALY)
    Scott Catalog Value: $2,250.00
    Stock #: 406933
    Your Price $60.00 Originally $120.00
  4. (67-72), F-VF, og - 403561
    (67-72), F-VF, og - 403561
    Italy (ITALY)
    Scott Catalog Value: $619.00
    Stock #: 403561
    Your Price $105.00 Originally $300.00
  5. (81,81a), VERY FINE, og, NH
    (81,81a), VERY FINE, og, NH
    Italy (ITALY)
    Stock #: 391530
    Your Price $57.00 Originally $190.00
  6. (165-170), VERY FINE - 403968
    (165-170), VERY FINE - 403968
    Italy (ITALY)
    Scott Catalog Value: $5370.00
    Stock #: 403968
    Your Price $560.00 Originally $1,600.00
  7. (170), VERY FINE, og
    (170), VERY FINE, og
    Italy (ITALY)
    Stock #: 402404
    Your Price $131.25 Originally $375.00
  8. (171-174), VERY FINE - 403969
    (171-174), VERY FINE - 403969
    Italy (ITALY)
    Scott Catalog Value: $900.00
    Stock #: 403969
    Your Price $140.00 Originally $400.00
  9. (263a), VERY FINE - 402517
    (263a), VERY FINE - 402517
    Italy (ITALY)
    Scott Catalog Value: 375
    Stock #: 402517
    Your Price $56.00 Originally $160.00
  10. (280-289), blocks of 4, EXTREMELY FINE, og, NH - 407243
    (280-289), blocks of 4, EXTREMELY FINE, og, NH - 407243
    Italy (ITALY)
    Scott Catalog Value: $1,640.00
    Stock #: 407243
    Your Price $175.00 Originally $350.00
  11. (290-305), VERY FINE - 404951
    (290-305), VERY FINE - 404951
    Italy (ITALY)
    Scott Catalog About: $568.70
    Stock #: 404951
    Your Price $119.00 Originally $340.00
  12. (324-328), VERY FINE - 404957
    (324-328), VERY FINE - 404957
    Italy (ITALY)
    Scott Catalog Value: $1465.00
    Stock #: 404957
    Your Price $287.00 Originally $820.00
  13. (324-328), VERY FINE - 403975
    (324-328), VERY FINE - 403975
    Italy (ITALY)
    Scott Catalog Value: $727.65
    Stock #: 403975
    Your Price $122.50 Originally $350.00
  14. (349-354), VERY FINE, og, NH - 403386
    (349-354), VERY FINE, og, NH - 403386
    Italy (ITALY)
    Scott Catalog Value: $510
    Stock #: 403386
    Your Price $115.50 Originally $330.00
  15. (359-366), VERY FINE - 403978
    (359-366), VERY FINE - 403978
    Italy (ITALY)
    Scott Catalog Value: $826.85
    Stock #: 403978
    Your Price $148.75 Originally $425.00
  16. (367-376), VERY FINE - 403979
    (367-376), VERY FINE - 403979
    Italy (ITALY)
    Scott Catalog Value: $944.25
    Stock #: 403979
    Your Price $131.25 Originally $375.00
  17. (377-386), VERY FINE - 403980
    (377-386), VERY FINE - 403980
    Italy (ITALY)
    Scott Catalog Value: $536.65
    Stock #: 403980
    Your Price $87.50 Originally $250.00
  18. (387-396), tied to cover, VERY FINE - 404940
    (387-396), tied to cover, VERY FINE - 404940
    Italy (ITALY)
    Scott Catalog Value: $579.05
    Stock #: 404940
    Your Price $113.75 Originally $325.00
  19. (486-488), VERY FINE, og, NH - 403558
    (486-488), VERY FINE, og, NH - 403558
    Italy (ITALY)
    Scott Catalog Value: $450.00
    Stock #: 403558
    Your Price $157.50 Originally $450.00
  20. (486-488), VERY FINE, og, NH - 403559
    (486-488), VERY FINE, og, NH - 403559
    Italy (ITALY)
    Scott Catalog Value: $450.00
    Stock #: 403559
    Your Price $73.50 Originally $210.00
  21. (488), VERY FINE, og, NH - 402409
    (488), VERY FINE, og, NH - 402409
    Italy (ITALY)
    Scott Catalog Value: $375.00
    Stock #: 402409
    Your Price $52.50 Originally $150.00
  22. (518), mint and used example, VERY FINE, mint og, NH - 402516
    (518), mint and used example, VERY FINE, mint og, NH - 402516
    Italy (ITALY)
    Scott Catalog Value: 375
    Stock #: 402516
    Your Price $63.00 Originally $180.00
  23. (574-576), VERY FINE - 403983
    (574-576), VERY FINE - 403983
    Italy (ITALY)
    Scott Catalog Value: $1,500.00
    Stock #: 403983
    Your Price $210.00 Originally $600.00
  24. ITALY - EXCEPTIONAL COLLECTION ON MINKUS SPECIALTY PAGES - 407958
    ITALY - EXCEPTIONAL COLLECTION ON MINKUS SPECIALTY PAGES - 407958
    Italy (ITALY)
    Estimated Net Value: $1,250.00 – $1500.00
    Stock #: 407958
    Your Price $625.00 Originally $1,250.00
  25. ITALY - SPECIALIZED - EXCELLENT SELECTION - 407364
    ITALY - SPECIALIZED - EXCELLENT SELECTION - 407364
    Italy (ITALY)
    Estimated Net Value: $2,000.00 – $2500.00
    Stock #: 407364
    Your Price $900.00 Originally $2,000.00
  26. ITALY - OFFICES ABROAD - VERY NICE SELECTION OF - 407011
    ITALY - OFFICES ABROAD - VERY NICE SELECTION OF - 407011
    Italy (ITALY)
    Estimated Net Value: $1,750.00 – $2000.00
    Stock #: 407011
    Your Price $787.50 Originally $1,750.00
  27. ITALY & AREA - VERY NICE COLLECTION OF MANY HUNDREDS - 406674
    ITALY & AREA - VERY NICE COLLECTION OF MANY HUNDREDS - 406674
    Italy (ITALY)
    Estimated Net Value: $500.00 – $600.00
    Stock #: 406674
    Your Price $225.00 Originally $500.00
  28. ITALY - 405914
    ITALY - 405914
    Italy (ITALY)
    Estimated Net Value: $1,250.00 – $1500
    Stock #: 405914
    Your Price $500.00 Originally $1,250.00
  29. ITALIAN OFFICES ABROAD - HIGH QUALITY COLLECTION - 403771
    ITALIAN OFFICES ABROAD - HIGH QUALITY COLLECTION - 403771
    Italy (ITALY)
    Estimated Net Value: $750.00 – $850.00
    Stock #: 403771
    Your Price $262.50 Originally $750.00
  30. ITALY - HIGH QUALITY SELECTION WITH EXTENSIVE PREMIUM - 404742
    ITALY - HIGH QUALITY SELECTION WITH EXTENSIVE PREMIUM - 404742
    Italy (ITALY)
    Stock #: 404742
    Your Price $875.00 Originally $2,500.00
  31. ITALY & AREA - FORGERIES - Deeply researched collection of hundreds with original forger's Proofs as well as genuine stamps. Very nice
    ITALY & AREA - FORGERIES - Deeply researched collection of hundreds with original forger's Proofs as well as genuine stamps. Very nice
    Italy (ITALY)
    Estimated Net Value: $1,500.00 – $1,750.00
    Stock #: 401759
    Your Price $525.00 Originally $1,500.00
  32. (C13, C16-C17), with labels, some tone spots, VERY FINE, og (footnoted in Scott)
    (C13, C16-C17), with labels, some tone spots, VERY FINE, og (footnoted in Scott)
    Italy (ITALY)
    Stock #: 399261
    Your Price $72.00 Originally $240.00
  33. (C48-C49), pairs, VERY FINE, og, NH - 405964
    (C48-C49), pairs, VERY FINE, og, NH - 405964
    Italy (ITALY)
    Scott Catalog Value: $1150
    Stock #: 405964
    Your Price $520.00 Originally $1,300.00
  34. (Filagrano #C159-C160), unused postal cards, VERY FINE  (Filagrano €345)
    (Filagrano #C159-C160), unused postal cards, VERY FINE (Filagrano €345)
    Italy (ITALY)
    Stock #: 402178
    Your Price $73.50 Originally $210.00
  35. (E1), block of 4, VERY FINE, og, NH - 405883
    (E1), block of 4, VERY FINE, og, NH - 405883
    Italy (ITALY)
    Scott Catalog Value: 480
    Stock #: 405883
    Your Price $40.00 Originally $100.00
  36. (E1), block of four, VERY FINE, og, NH - 407261
    (E1), block of four, VERY FINE, og, NH - 407261
    Italy (ITALY)
    Scott Catalog Value: $480.00
    Stock #: 407261
    Your Price $50.00 Originally $100.00
  37. (N1/NP4), mint and used sets and singles, with varieties - 402712
    (N1/NP4), mint and used sets and singles, with varieties - 402712
    Italy (ITALY)
    Estimated Net Value: $450.00 – 500
    Stock #: 402712
    Your Price $157.50 Originally $450.00
  38. (Q1-Q2), F-VF, og - 397793
    (Q1-Q2), F-VF, og - 397793
    Italy (ITALY)
    Scott Catalog Value: $385.00
    Stock #: 397793
    Your Price $45.00 Originally $150.00

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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.