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  1. (19), FINE - 405490
    (19), FINE - 405490
    Your Price $4,500.00 Originally $4,750.00
  2. (JQ5), plate # block, VERY FINE, og, NH - 408933
    (JQ5), plate # block, VERY FINE, og, NH - 408933
    Your Price $4,750.00 Originally $5,000.00
  3. U.N. - HIGH QUALITY MINT POSTAGE SELECTION IN SHEETS - 410445
    U.N. - HIGH QUALITY MINT POSTAGE SELECTION IN SHEETS - 410445
    Your Price $3,750.00 Originally $4,000.00
  4. (O6), VERY FINE, no gum - 407063
    (O6), VERY FINE, no gum - 407063
    Your Price $410.00 Originally $420.00
  5. ADEN – SOUVENIR & MINIATURE SHEETS – 409864
    ADEN – SOUVENIR & MINIATURE SHEETS – 409864
    Your Price $1,900.00 Originally $2,000.00
  6. CANADA & PROVINCES - MOSTLY PREMIUM SELECTION - 408586
    CANADA & PROVINCES - MOSTLY PREMIUM SELECTION - 408586
    Your Price $725.00 Originally $750.00
  7. GUYANA - 409865
    GUYANA - 409865
    Your Price $575.00 Originally $600.00
  8. (N10), VERY FINE, og - 410143
    (N10), VERY FINE, og - 410143
    Your Price $390.00 Originally $400.00
  9. (N11), VERY FINE, og - 410144
    (N11), VERY FINE, og - 410144
    Your Price $725.00 Originally $750.00
  10. (N12), VERY FINE, og - 410145
    (N12), VERY FINE, og - 410145
    Your Price $875.00 Originally $900.00
  11. TRUCIAL STATES – MASSIVE MINT SELECTION - 409860
    TRUCIAL STATES – MASSIVE MINT SELECTION - 409860
    Your Price $4,750.00 Originally $5,000.00
  12. TRUCIAL STATES - EXTENSIVE MINT NH SELECTION - 409055
    TRUCIAL STATES - EXTENSIVE MINT NH SELECTION - 409055
    Your Price $2,750.00 Originally $3,000.00
  13. AFGHANISTAN - PREMIUM MINT SELECTION - 409118
    AFGHANISTAN - PREMIUM MINT SELECTION - 409118
    Your Price $1,900.00 Originally $2,000.00
  14. (9), tied on wrapper, VERY FINE - 405549
    (9), tied on wrapper, VERY FINE - 405549
    Your Price $5,250.00 Originally $5,500.00
  15. (326-339), VERY FINE, og, NH - 409428
    (326-339), VERY FINE, og, NH - 409428
    Your Price $650.00 Originally $675.00
  16. AUSTRIA – MINT & USED SELECTION - 411091
    AUSTRIA – MINT & USED SELECTION - 411091
    Your Price $3,250.00 Originally $3,500.00
  17. AUSTRIA - DONAU STEAMSHIP - 408815
    AUSTRIA - DONAU STEAMSHIP - 408815
    Your Price $875.00 Originally $900.00
  18. AUSTRIA - 408617
    AUSTRIA - 408617
    Your Price $725.00 Originally $750.00
  19. AUSTRIA - Extensive Mint & Used Stock - 407396
    AUSTRIA - Extensive Mint & Used Stock - 407396
    Your Price $975.00 Originally $1,000.00
  20. AUSTRIA USED IN CZECHOSLOVAKIA - Specialized Classic - 407354
    AUSTRIA USED IN CZECHOSLOVAKIA - Specialized Classic - 407354
    Your Price $1,700.00 Originally $1,750.00
  21. (N20-N30, NE1), block of 4 - 408814
    (N20-N30, NE1), block of 4 - 408814
    Your Price $575.00 Originally $600.00
  22. P3, ON NEWSPAPER PIECE, VERY FINE, - 402652
    P3, ON NEWSPAPER PIECE, VERY FINE, - 402652
    Your Price $8,500.00 Originally $9,000.00
  23. (5), VERY FINE, og - 408932
    (5), VERY FINE, og - 408932
    Your Price $3,250.00 Originally $3,500.00
  24. (8), VERY FINE, no gum - 408891
    (8), VERY FINE, no gum - 408891
    Your Price $3,750.00 Originally $4,000.00
  25. (12), VERY FINE, og - 408890
    (12), VERY FINE, og - 408890
    Your Price $4,000.00 Originally $4,250.00
  26. (16), F-VF, og -  408931
    (16), F-VF, og - 408931
    Your Price $1,800.00 Originally $1,900.00
  27. BELGIUM – EXTENSIVE STOCK SELECTION – 411084
    BELGIUM – EXTENSIVE STOCK SELECTION – 411084
    Your Price $5,250.00 Originally $5,500.00
  28. BELGIUM – SEMI-POSTALS - 411085
    BELGIUM – SEMI-POSTALS - 411085
    Your Price $5,750.00 Originally $6,000.00
  29. BELGIUM – COMPREHENSIVE COLLECTION - 408598
    BELGIUM – COMPREHENSIVE COLLECTION - 408598
    Your Price $1,500.00 Originally $1,600.00
  30. BELGIUM - PARCEL POSTS - 407372
    BELGIUM - PARCEL POSTS - 407372
    Your Price $4,750.00 Originally $5,000.00
  31. BELGIUM - NICE THREE VOLUME COLLECTION - 405043
    BELGIUM - NICE THREE VOLUME COLLECTION - 405043
    Your Price $1,900.00 Originally $2,000.00
  32. (B106), Fine-Very Fine, og, NH - 408819
    (B106), Fine-Very Fine, og, NH - 408819
    Your Price $470.00 Originally $475.00
  33. (601), VERY FINE - 404892
    (601), VERY FINE - 404892
    Your Price $290.00 Originally $300.00
  34. BURUNDI - 411094
    BURUNDI - 411094
    Your Price $975.00 Originally $1,000.00
  35. BURUNDI – HIGH QUALITY SELECTION - 409496
    BURUNDI – HIGH QUALITY SELECTION - 409496
    Your Price $1,100.00 Originally $1,200.00
  36. BHUTAN - COMMERCIAL & PHILATELIC MAIL - 409174
    BHUTAN - COMMERCIAL & PHILATELIC MAIL - 409174
    Your Price $875.00 Originally $900.00
  37. BHUTAN - 406503
    BHUTAN - 406503
    Your Price $825.00 Originally $850.00
  38. BOLIVIA - SPECIALIST SELECTION - 409829
    BOLIVIA - SPECIALIST SELECTION - 409829
    Your Price $525.00 Originally $550.00
  39. (45l) VERY FINE, og - 407884
    (45l) VERY FINE, og - 407884
    Your Price $600.00 Originally $625.00
  40. BRAZIL - SPECIALTY SELECTION - 409830
    BRAZIL - SPECIALTY SELECTION - 409830
    Your Price $390.00 Originally $400.00
  41. BRAZIL - 408704
    BRAZIL - 408704
    Your Price $775.00 Originally $800.00
  42. BRAZIL - Over 20 Documents Circa 1920 - 406168
    BRAZIL - Over 20 Documents Circa 1920 - 406168
    Your Price $975.00 Originally $1,000.00
  43. BRAZIL - Over 200 Documents Circa 1920 - 406167
    BRAZIL - Over 200 Documents Circa 1920 - 406167
    Your Price $975.00 Originally $1,000.00
  44. (2), F-VF, og - 407263
    (2), F-VF, og - 407263
    Your Price $170.00 Originally $180.00
  45. (2), VERY FINE, og - 404627
    (2), VERY FINE, og - 404627
    Your Price $825.00 Originally $850.00
  46. (22), small thin, VERY FINE, og - 408925
    (22), small thin, VERY FINE, og - 408925
    Your Price $270.00 Originally $275.00
  47. BULGARIA & MORE - HIGH QUALITY SELECTION OF BLOCKS - 405279
    BULGARIA & MORE - HIGH QUALITY SELECTION OF BLOCKS - 405279
    Your Price $2,100.00 Originally $2,200.00

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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.