Frequently Asked Questions

Who was Erivan Haub?

Erivan Haub (1932-2018) was a German business magnate involved primarily in the grocery trade. He began collecting stamps as a child, and eventually assembled world-class collections of the United States, Germany, and Switzerland. Through all his years of collecting Haub never lost the passion that first inspired him as a young boy to cut stamps off of envelopes. A lifelong philanthropist, his charitable contributions include the Erivan K. Haub School of Business at Saint Joseph’s University (Philadelphia), Helga Otto Haub School of Environment and Natural Resources at the University of Wyoming (named for his wife), and the Haub Family Collection of Western American Art at the Tacoma Art Museum.

Why is “The Erivan Collection” being sold now?

The owners of “The Erivan Collection” feel that it is incredibly important for this material to return back into the philatelic marketplace, to allow other collectors the opportunity to experience the same joy and pride Erivan Haub derived from his collection. It has been the mindset of many of the most significant stamp collectors throughout history that ownership be only temporary. All of us involved in these sales are excited that “The Erivan Collection,” many pieces of which have not been offered at public auction in decades, will finally find its way back into the hands of a new generation of collectors.

How much is “The Erivan Collection” worth?

With a collection of this size it is practically impossible to estimate a monetary value in advance. One benefit of a public auction is that the free market itself will be allowed to dictate what something is or isn’t worth. There is also the fact that much of the value of “The Erivan Collection” is historical rather than financial, so a purely economic viewpoint might not be prudent. All of that being said, we have very high expectations for the sale of the collection.

Is there something I can buy from “The Erivan Collection”?

While some of the more expensive items in “The Erivan Collection” will sell for hundreds of thousands of dollars (if not more), there are also many covers available to collectors with more modest means. With start prices beginning at just $100 we want to ensure that our sales of this material appeal to all segments of the hobby, not solely the ultra-wealthy.

Where will “The Erivan Collection” be sold?

The sales of “The Erivan Collection” will be held at the Collectors Club in New York City. Founded in 1896, the Collectors Club of New York is amongst the most prestigious philatelic societies in the world, and their townhouse has long been the locus of stamp collecting in America. We are of the opinion that there is no more fitting location for the sales of “The Erivan Collection” than this storied building.

When will “The Erivan Collection” be sold?

The first sale of “The Erivan Collection” in the United States will be on the evening of Saturday, June 22. After this we will continue holding an additional sale each fall and spring through the end of 2023.

Who is selling “The Erivan Collection”?

The United States portion of “The Erivan Collection” will be handed by H.R. Harmer, a part of the Global Philatelic Network. Founded in New York City in 1940, H.R. Harmer is one of the oldest philatelic auction houses in America and has handled many of the most significant properties ever sold (including the late President Franklin Delano Roosevelt in 1946). Additional sections of “The Erivan Collection” will be sold by our sister companies Heinrich Köhler in Germany and Corinphila in Switzerland.

Do people even collect stamps anymore?

Although philately is not as much a part of the cultural fabric as it was in the middle of the 20th century, it is still one of the most popular hobbies worldwide. The rise of eBay and other online marketplaces has helped to bring philately into the digital age. One estimate places the current number of collectors in the United States alone at 5 million. So while the hobby might not have the ubiquity it once enjoyed, it is still going strong and appears to show no signs of disappearing in the future.

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