Stamp collecting is something that, when done well, is both a nod to the past and a snapshot of the present.

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.



Who is John Apfelbaum?

John is the owner of stamp dealer and auction house Apfelbaum, Inc. An insightful take on the vastness of stamp collecting, John's blog provides hours of enjoyment. Read over 1,000 articles about stamp collecting and stamp history.

John learned the nuances of stamp collecting from his grandfather, the late Earl Apfelbaum, who preceded John both in the stamp-selling business and in the practice of philatelic writing. Earl's Apfelbaum’s Corner column was first published by Linn’s Stamp News in 1963 and ran for more than 20 years.



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.

A Unique View on Stamps

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. 

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South American stamps offer change of pace to collectors

While these countries are the most popular among collectors, they can be fun to collect. Read More.  


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 STaMpsHow 2017 Richmond Virginia August 3-6, 2017


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.

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 The Greatest Time for Collectors is now

Like with so many other things, the Internet has changed the way collectors buy stamps. Keep these differences in mind. 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
Read all 127 of Earl's original Apfelbaum’s Corner posts.

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 PerfortationsThe first postage stamps were issued without a pre-ordered method of separation.