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  1. POLAND - HIGH QUALITY COLLECTION IN TWO VOLUMES - 405277
    POLAND - HIGH QUALITY COLLECTION IN TWO VOLUMES - 405277
    Poland (POLAN)
    Estimated Net Value: $1,000.00 – 1250
    Stock #: 405277
    Your Price $350.00 Originally $1,000.00
  2. POLAND – COMPREHENSIVE 20th CENTURY COLLECTION - 408347
    POLAND – COMPREHENSIVE 20th CENTURY COLLECTION - 408347
    Poland (POLAN)
    Estimated Net Value: $900.00 – $1,000
    Stock #: 408347
    Your Price $750.00 Originally $900.00
  3. POLAND - BEAUTIFUL COLLECTION IN A PAIR OF - 408124
    POLAND - BEAUTIFUL COLLECTION IN A PAIR OF - 408124
    Poland (POLAN)
    Estimated Net Value: $3,000.00 – 4000.00
    Stock #: 408124
    Your Price $2,200.00 Originally $3,000.00
  4. POLAND - HIGH QUALITY COLLECTION OF OVER 2,700 DIFFERENT - 406392
    POLAND - HIGH QUALITY COLLECTION OF OVER 2,700 DIFFERENT - 406392
    Poland (POLAN)
    Estimated Net Value: $1,500.00 – $1750
    Stock #: 406392
    Your Price $600.00 Originally $1,500.00
  5. POLAND - 405974
    POLAND - 405974
    Poland (POLAN)
    Estimated Net Value: $800.00 – $900
    Stock #: 405974
    Your Price $320.00 Originally $800.00
  6. POLAND - VERY NICE COLLECTION OF ABOUT 1000 - 406276
    POLAND - VERY NICE COLLECTION OF ABOUT 1000 - 406276
    Poland (POLAN)
    Estimated Net Value: $900.00 – $1000.00
    Stock #: 406276
    Your Price $360.00 Originally $900.00
  7. POLAND - EXCELLENT COLLECTION OF A COUPLE THOUSAND - 406189
    POLAND - EXCELLENT COLLECTION OF A COUPLE THOUSAND - 406189
    Poland (POLAN)
    Estimated Net Value: $1,000.00 – $1250.00
    Stock #: 406189
    Your Price $400.00 Originally $1,000.00
  8. POLAND - LOVELY COLLECTION WITH PREMIUM - 405309
    POLAND - LOVELY COLLECTION WITH PREMIUM - 405309
    Poland (POLAN)
    Estimated Net Value: $800.00 – $900
    Stock #: 405309
    Your Price $245.00 Originally $700.00
  9. POLAND - 1980'S COMPLETE SHEETS, SOUVENIR SHEETS, MINI-SHEETS - 404924
    POLAND - 1980'S COMPLETE SHEETS, SOUVENIR SHEETS, MINI-SHEETS - 404924
    Poland (POLAN)
    Scott Catalog About: $15,500.00
    Stock #: 404924
    Your Price $647.50 Originally $1,850.00
  10. POLAND - ALL-MINT SHEET & BLOCK SELECTION, 1960 TO 1975 - 404923
    POLAND - ALL-MINT SHEET & BLOCK SELECTION, 1960 TO 1975 - 404923
    Poland (POLAN)
    Scott Catalog About: $8750.00
    Stock #: 404923
    Your Price $350.00 Originally $1,000.00
  11. POLAND - 1985-1995 ALL-MINT COMPLETE SHEET SELECTION - 404922
    POLAND - 1985-1995 ALL-MINT COMPLETE SHEET SELECTION - 404922
    Poland (POLAN)
    Scott Catalog About: $15,000.00
    Stock #: 404922
    Your Price $630.00 Originally $1,800.00
  12. POLAND - VIRTUALLY COMPLETE SOUVENIR SHEETS AND COMPLETE SHEETS FROM 1970 TO 1980 - 404921
    POLAND - VIRTUALLY COMPLETE SOUVENIR SHEETS AND COMPLETE SHEETS FROM 1970 TO 1980 - 404921
    Poland (POLAN)
    Scott Catalog About: $16,000.00
    Stock #: 404921
    Your Price $665.00 Originally $1,900.00
  13. POLAND - 1980'S COMPLETE SHEETS, SOUVENIR SHEETS, MINI-SHEETS - 404920
    POLAND - 1980'S COMPLETE SHEETS, SOUVENIR SHEETS, MINI-SHEETS - 404920
    Poland (POLAN)
    Scott Catalog About: $18,500.00
    Stock #: 404920
    Your Price $787.50 Originally $2,250.00
  14. POLAND - 1975 TO 1980 COMPLETE MINT SHEETS - 404919
    POLAND - 1975 TO 1980 COMPLETE MINT SHEETS - 404919
    Poland (POLAN)
    Scott Catalog About: $18,000.00
    Stock #: 404919
    Your Price $752.50 Originally $2,150.00
  15. POLAND - 1980'S & 1990'S MINT SHEET SELECTION - 404918
    POLAND - 1980'S & 1990'S MINT SHEET SELECTION - 404918
    Poland (POLAN)
    Scott Catalog About: $18,000.00
    Stock #: 404918
    Your Price $752.50 Originally $2,150.00
  16. POLAND-PROVISIONALS - 402568
    POLAND-PROVISIONALS - 402568
    Poland (POLAN)
    Estimated Catalog Value: 1720
    Stock #: 402568
    Your Price $157.50 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.