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  1. NORWAY - COMPREHENSIVE COLLECTION - 408252
    NORWAY - COMPREHENSIVE COLLECTION - 408252
    Norway (NORWA)
    Estimated Net Value: $2,000.00 – $2,500
    Stock #: 408252
    Your Price $1,000.00 Originally $2,000.00
  2. NORWAY - WONDERFUL STOCK SELECTION OF THOUSANDS - 406609
    NORWAY - WONDERFUL STOCK SELECTION OF THOUSANDS - 406609
    Norway (NORWA)
    Estimated Net Value: $7,500.00 – 8500
    Stock #: 406609
    Your Price $3,375.00 Originally $7,500.00
  3. NORWAY - WONDERFUL STOCK OF THOUSANDS - 406608
    NORWAY - WONDERFUL STOCK OF THOUSANDS - 406608
    Norway (NORWA)
    Estimated Net Value: $5,000.00 – $6000.00
    Stock #: 406608
    Your Price $2,250.00 Originally $5,000.00
  4. NORWAY - 406435
    NORWAY - 406435
    Norway (NORWA)
    Estimated Net Value: $800.00 – $900
    Stock #: 406435
    Your Price $320.00 Originally $800.00
  5. GREENLAND & NORWAY - HIGH QUALITY COLLECTION - 404973
    GREENLAND & NORWAY - HIGH QUALITY COLLECTION - 404973
    Norway (NORWA)
    Estimated Net Value: $850.00 – $1,000.00
    Stock #: 404973
    Your Price $297.50 Originally $850.00
  6. NORWAY - HIGH QUALITY PREMIUM SELECTION - 404722
    NORWAY - HIGH QUALITY PREMIUM SELECTION - 404722
    Norway (NORWA)
    Scott Catalog About: $850
    Stock #: 404722
    Your Price $140.00 Originally $400.00
  7. NORWAY - HIGH QUALITY, ALL-MINT, NH SELECTION - 402785
    NORWAY - HIGH QUALITY, ALL-MINT, NH SELECTION - 402785
    Norway (NORWA)
    Latest Scott Catalog Value About: 2750
    Stock #: 402785
    Your Price $227.50 Originally $650.00
  8. NORWAY - LOVELY COLLECTION WITH PREMIUM - 401804
    NORWAY - LOVELY COLLECTION WITH PREMIUM - 401804
    Norway (NORWA)
    Estimated Net Value: $500.00 – $600
    Stock #: 401804
    Your Price $175.00 Originally $500.00
  9. (6), EXTREMELY FINE, partial og
    (6), EXTREMELY FINE, partial og
    Norway (NORWA)
    Stock #: 397284
    Your Price $135.00 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.