Notes from the Past

Law and Philately

For many years Earle P. L. Apfelbaum was a respected stamp dealer in Philadelphia.  His advertisements provided short essays on stamp collecting.  The following one was published in a collection of these essays, The Best of Apfelbaum's Corner published by Apfelbaum in 1983.
Very little has been written on the subject of "The Law and Philately."  One legal guide to buying and selling stamps, however, is well established by court decisions.  The courts have found that stamp dealers are responsible for what they sell.

In other words, stamps must be, in regard to authenticity, quality and identification, exactly what the dealer has described them to be.  This means that responsibility rests on every stamp merchant, whether large or small, expert or novice, to be familiar with everything he buys or sells.

Consider this well.  Is this the reason why so many of the newer dealers only advertise recent issues which usually do not require much study and research?

Posted July 6, 2000

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