The Most Valuable and Popular Stamps Sold on eBay in 2017

By: eBay News Team

From the rare Penny Black to today's Forever Stamps, shoppers come to eBay first, to shop unmatched selections.

Whether you’re an avid stamp collector or a shopper looking for everyday postage, eBay, is the ultimate postage destination. As one of the world’s largest and most vibrant marketplaces, shoppers can browse everything from a broad selection of rare, one-of-a-kind stamps to a comprehensive selection of mailing postage through eBay’s US Postal Service’s (USPS) store.

“At eBay, we not only provide our stamp aficionados with unique and rare stamps, but also serve as the global destination for everyday postage needs through our partnership with USPS,” said Sam Bright, Senior Director of Art & Collectibles at eBay. “With 170 million active buyers, shoppers can search for all things stamp-related. Our exceptional selection is especially beneficial for international buyers and collectors interested in U.S. stamps and philatelic items.”

Stamps Shoppers Couldn’t Get Enough Of

Total Eclipse of the Sun

In 2017, shoppers were enthusiastic for stamps that were celebratory releases commemorating memorable cultural moments, stamps tied to their passions and interests, as well as seasonal postage. Some of the most popular stamps purchased this past year included “Total Eclipse of the Sun,” “Botanical Art” and “Coastal Birds,” in addition to more traditional depictions of the American flag and the holiday season’s USPS “Christmas Carol” and “Holiday Windows” stamps.

2017’s Most Expensive Stamp Collections Sold on eBay

Not only collected for historical and cultural value, stamps have proven to be a solid investment, becoming one of the most collectible items in the world. A stamp’s value can be defined by a variety of factors, from rarity or limited existence to printing errors. Today, one of eBay’s top sellers NobleSpirit has several rare, high-priced collections.

 Some of the most valuable stamp collections sold on eBay in 2017* included:

  • 1840-1940 Stamp Collection sold for $175,000.00.
  • US Mint & Used Specialized 3 Vol. Album Collection sold for $95,000.00.
  • 100+ Scott Album Collection From 1840 sold for $70,000.00.
  • Upright Jenny ERROR Sheet PSE SUPERB XF9 sold for $61,000.00.
  • 61 Vol. WW A-Z Album Collection sold for $30,000.00.
  • IUS Estate CV from 1,2 2x Zeppelins CERT sold for $20,000.00.
  • A-Z 16 vol. Scott Collection sold for $18,500.00.
  • Great Britain UK Stamp Collection Mulready Penny Black Pound Value sold for $18,500.00.
  • Great Britain collection Queen Victoria-Edward VII sold for $12,950.00.
  • Great Britain collection Queen Victoria-George VI sold for $12,750.00.

*Source: Data based on total items sold on eBay.com, 2017