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  1. (5/10) BEAUTIFUL SPECIALIZED COLLECTION - 406199
    (5/10) BEAUTIFUL SPECIALIZED COLLECTION - 406199
    Switzerland (SWITZ)
    Estimated Net Value: $3,800.00 – 4000.00
    Stock #: 406199
    Your Price $1,520.00 Originally $3,800.00
  2. (145), VERY FINE, og - 402560
    (145), VERY FINE, og - 402560
    Switzerland (SWITZ)
    Scott Catalog Value: 275
    Stock #: 402560
    Your Price $42.00 Originally $120.00
  3. (293-305, B145), EXTREMELY FINE - 406118
    (293-305, B145), EXTREMELY FINE - 406118
    Switzerland (SWITZ)
    Scott Catalog Value: $895.50
    Stock #: 406118
    Your Price $180.00 Originally $450.00
  4. (293-305), VERY FINE - 404942
    (293-305), VERY FINE - 404942
    Switzerland (SWITZ)
    Scott Catalog Value: $806.90
    Stock #: 404942
    Your Price $157.50 Originally $450.00
  5. (293-305, B145), VERY FINE - 404958
    (293-305, B145), VERY FINE - 404958
    Switzerland (SWITZ)
    Scott Catalog Value: $806.50
    Stock #: 404958
    Your Price $175.00 Originally $500.00
  6. SWITZERLAND - VALUABLE SINGLE VOLUME COLLECTION - 408130
    SWITZERLAND - VALUABLE SINGLE VOLUME COLLECTION - 408130
    Switzerland (SWITZ)
    Estimated Net Value: $3,000.00 – $4000.00
    Stock #: 408130
    Your Price $1,900.00 Originally $3,000.00
  7. SWITZERLAND - HIGH QUALITY SELECTION OF OVER 2,000 DIFFERENT ISSUES, LOTS OF PREMIUM - 406900
    SWITZERLAND - HIGH QUALITY SELECTION OF OVER 2,000 DIFFERENT ISSUES, LOTS OF PREMIUM - 406900
    Switzerland (SWITZ)
    Scott Catalog About: 16000
    Stock #: 406900
    Your Price $2,160.00 Originally $4,800.00
  8. SWITZERLAND - 406198
    SWITZERLAND - 406198
    Switzerland (SWITZ)
    Estimated Catalog Value: $500.00 – $600.00
    Stock #: 406198
    Your Price $200.00 Originally $500.00
  9. SWITZERLAND - NICE COLLECTION IN A BEAUTIFUL ALBUM - 406379
    SWITZERLAND - NICE COLLECTION IN A BEAUTIFUL ALBUM - 406379
    Switzerland (SWITZ)
    Estimated Net Value: $1,000.00 – $1250
    Stock #: 406379
    Your Price $400.00 Originally $1,000.00
  10. SWITZERLAND - VAST & VALUABLE STOCKBOOK SELECTION - 406236
    SWITZERLAND - VAST & VALUABLE STOCKBOOK SELECTION - 406236
    Switzerland (SWITZ)
    Scott Catalog Over: $16,600
    Stock #: 406236
    Your Price $1,500.00 Originally $3,750.00
  11. SWITZERLAND - HIGH QUALITY SELECTION - 405593
    SWITZERLAND - HIGH QUALITY SELECTION - 405593
    Switzerland (SWITZ)
    Estimated Net Value: $900.00 – 1000
    Stock #: 405593
    Your Price $360.00 Originally $900.00
  12. SWITZERLAND - HIGH QUALITY COLLECTION WITH PREMIUM - 405308
    SWITZERLAND - HIGH QUALITY COLLECTION WITH PREMIUM - 405308
    Switzerland (SWITZ)
    Estimated Net Value: $1,000.00 – $1250
    Stock #: 405308
    Your Price $262.50 Originally $750.00
  13. SWITZERLAND - 404897
    SWITZERLAND - 404897
    Switzerland (SWITZ)
    Estimated Net Value: $1,250.00 – $1500
    Stock #: 404897
    Your Price $437.50 Originally $1,250.00
  14. SWITZERLAND - HIGH QUALITY MAINLY PREMIUM SELECTION - 404755
    SWITZERLAND - HIGH QUALITY MAINLY PREMIUM SELECTION - 404755
    Switzerland (SWITZ)
    Scott Catalog About: $7,650.00
    Stock #: 404755
    Your Price $967.50 Originally $2,150.00

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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.