Since 1910, Apfelbaum, Inc. has been a leading source of rare and collectible Cuban stamps for philatelists throughout the world. Check out our public auctions and direct sales to find the elusive stamp you need to complete your collection.
Cuban Stamp History
The history of postage stamps in Cuba can be divided into three separate eras:
- Spanish colonial rule — Over 200 distinct Cuban stamps were produced in the period between 1855 and 1898, while the island was under Spanish colonial rule. These include “Antilles” stamps for the joint use of Cuba and Puerto Rico, and “Ultramar” stamps for overseas use.
- U.S. occupation — The U.S. occupied Cuba between 1898 and 1902, producing a number of rare stamps that are highly sought-after by collectors. These include the Puerto Principe issues — one of the most widely counterfeited stamps in the world — and the Cuban Allegory stamps, which represent the island as a woman.
- Cuban republic — The republican period of Cuban history lasted from 1902 to 1952. During this time, the island was marked by both an influx of American tourism and several periods of upheaval. This ultimately led to the revolution which brought the communist party to power. Stamps from this period are rare today but bear a strong U.S. influence, thanks to the use of shared designers and printers.
- Post-revolutionary period — Postage stamps, tax stamps, aerograms and postcards remain in use throughout Cuba today.
Is Collecting Cuban Stamps Legal?
The full philatelic impact of recent changes to American policy towards Cuba is still being sorted out. As of February, 2015, it remains illegal to buy stamps made in Cuba after 1961. However, any stamps made before that, either under Spanish colonial rule or in pre-revolutionary Cuba, can legally be bought, sold or traded in the United States.
As a result of this, and of the likelihood of sanctions against Cuba being eased in the near future, it’s an ideal time to begin a collection of rare Cuban stamps. The increased surge of interest that will inevitably come when the decades-long embargo against the country is finally lifted will likely drive up prices of stamps. By beginning your collection now, you can start early and develop a collection that will potentially increase in value in the years to come.
Buy Cuban Stamps at Apfelbaum, Inc.
Let Apfelbaum Inc. help you start, expand or sell your collection of rare Cuban stamps. No matter what changes come to the Cuban philatelic market in the next few years, you can count on us for expert advice and assistance. From public auctions to direct sales, we’re your source for collectible Cuban stamps. Contact us today to learn more!