A collection is at once timeless and ever-changing.
No one is more fascinated with the philatelic hobby’s crossroads of then and now than longtime stamp collector and dealer John Apfelbaum, a highly respected and well-known philatelist for whom stamp collecting is a family tradition.
Apfelbaum’s Corner is back. And though it is a different Apfelbaum doing the writing, it is insipired by that same passion for a hobby that loves to look back, but is always moving forward.
John Apfelbaum’s modern-day blog covers U.S. and worldwide stamp markets, concepts and history with a level of expertise that only a lifelong collector who was raised in the stamp hobby can provide.
This year the show is in Richmond Virginia. The moniker ”STaMpsHow is cutesy and confusing, but the show itself is first rate and if you’ve never been to an APS convention you are in for a treat. Read More.
Auctions versus Direct Sale
Like with so many other things, the Internet has changed the way collectors buy stamps. Keep these differences in mind. Read More.
Apfelbaum's description of the market is quite fiiting, it certainly is a 'bonanza'. The digitization of the hobby has added an element that makes modern collecting an intriguing feat. Read More.
From Earl’s Archives:
Go back in time with a few timeless posts from the original Apfelbaum’s Corner that ran in Linn's Stamp News for two decades.
- How a Successful Stamp Business Starts
- What It Means to be a Stamp Collector
- Collecting the Stamps of Your Ancestors
- The Stamps That Got Away: Missing Out on Future Stamp Classics
More from John Apfelbaum’s Blog:
Stamp Collecting and the Expanding World: The purpose of stamps have shifted over the last few decades. Apfelbaum highlights the changes and impacts on the global stamp market.
Baby Boomer Collectors: We are seeing an upsurge of collecting interest among Baby Boomers returning to the hobby, which should spark growth for the next 10 or 15 years.
Stamp Perfortations: The first postage stamps were issued without a pre-ordered method of separation.