Top 5 most valuable and rare Russian stamps

Let’s talk about rarest Russian stamps. As you know Russian stamps are too expensive and you have to be a rich guy to buy most interesting Russian stamps. Ok, let’s go.

1. Tiphlis Unique

Tiphlis Unique is a philatelic name of the very rare Russian postage stamp, issued in the Russian Empire (now it is a Georgia Rebublic). Technically Tiphlis Unique is a local stamp, issued in Tiflis (now Tbilisi, capital of Georgia) in 1857, but stamp collector knows Tiphlis stamps as the first and rarest Russian stamp. Only five specimens known.

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The David Feldman stamp auction sold one Tiphlis stamp for € 480 000 (or above $700 000) on 5 October 2008 year.

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2. Kartonka

Kartonka is a souvenir sheet of four on thick card, with the unique three line personalized overprint “To the best shock worker of the All Russian Philatelic Society – President of the Moscow Philatelic Organization E.M. Nurkas”. Issued for “All-Soviet Philatelic Exhibition” in Moscow in 1932. Only 25 copies were issued.


An one copy of Kartonka was sold in 2008 on Cherrystone auction for $675 000 (price w/o auction premium).

3. Levanevsky inverted surcharge with small F letter

The 1935 Sigizmund Levanevsky stamp with commemorative red overprint “Moscow – San Francisco flight via the North Pole”, August 1935. Only two full sheets (50 stamps) with an inverted text were printed (40 stamps with a regular text and only 10 copies with small Cyrillic “f” letter). The stamp was sold on Cherrystone auction in 2008 for $718 000.

Levanevsky inverted surcharge with small F letter

4. Consular poltinnik

Consular poltinnik is a rare 50-kopeck Russian consular tax stamp with “Air Post 1,200 germ.(an) marks” overprint; estimated 50–75 specimens in existence; overprint type IV occurs only twice per setting of 25, hence only four can exist.

Consular poltinnik

One copy of the rarest Russian consular stamps was sold in 2008 for $218 500.

3. Levanevsky inverted surcharge with regular F letter


Same stamp – same surcharge, but overprinted with a regular Cyrillic “f” letter. Price falling to $195 500.