Very rare Russian stamps

that could be among your heritage

Let’s talk about the rarest Russian stamps that are so popular among collectors nowadays. Under “Russian stamps” we understand those philatelic items that were issued in time of the Russian Empire, USSR and the Russian Federation. The immense amount of Russian stamps offers a wonderful opportunity for a philatelic study! Aside from the general issues, which are quite manageable, there are many watermark, paper, and perforation varieties. Collecting Russian stamps has worldwide interest, and as a result, some of philatelic items issued by this country are very rare and valuable. So, let`s dive into the world of Russian philately and get acquainted with the rarest Russian stamps sold for thousands of dollars.


  • “Kartonka” rare stamp



    One of the most expensive and rare Russian philatelic items is 1932 All-Union Philatelic Exhibition souvenir sheet, on carton paper that is world famous as “Kartonka”. It is one of the greatest rarities of Soviet philately. Given as a souvenir to invited guests of the exhibition. The souvenir sheet consists 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 without gum.  The sheet was sold at Cherrystone auction in 2008 for $776,250.

  • Tiflis stamp, 1857 rare stamp

    Tiflis stamp, 1857


    Tiphlis Unique is a very rare Russian postage stamp that was issued in the Russian Empire (now it is a Georgia Rebublic). The stamp appeared in 1857 and is considered to be the first Russian postage stamp. According to the official website of the National Academy of Philately of Russia, there are only five specimens have been preserved. One of these unique stamps was sold at David Feldman auction for €480,000 (or above $700,000) in 2008.

  • Levanevsky with an overprint rare stamp

    Levanevsky with an overprint


    The Sigizmund Levanevsky stamp with commemorative red overprint “Moscow – San Francisco flight via the North Pole” was issued in 1935. Only two sheets (50 stamps) of the inverted surcharge were printed (40 with the regular overprinted, 10 with small “f”). There is a legend according to which this was not an error of the typographers, but the result of a special instruction of Henry Yagoda. He was fond of philately and wanted to have a real collection of rare philatelic items, including some error stamps. One of "Levanevsky with an overprint" stamps was sold at the Cherrystone auction in New York for $525,000 in 2008.

  • Consular Poltinnik rare stamp

    Consular Poltinnik


    Consular poltinnik is a rare 50-kopeck Russian consular tax stamp with an overprint "“Air Post 1,200 germ.(an) marks ". This is one of the rarest postage stamps of Russian philately. The series was produced by order of the embassy of the USSR in Germany and was intended for franking service correspondence sent by air mail to Moscow. As the release of these stamps was not coordinated with the People's Commissar of the USSR the stamps were withdrawn. "Consular Poltnik" is the most expensive stamp of this issue and it is believed that no more than 50-75 copies were preserved. One such stamp was sold in 2008 at the Cherrystone auction for $63,250.

  • Reunification of Carpatho-Ukraine and Ukraine stamp

    Reunification of Carpatho-Ukraine and Ukraine stamp


    Reunification of Carpatho-Ukraine and Ukraine is a rare postage stamp issued in 1965. The release of this special stamp celebrated the 20th anniversary of the reunification of Transcarpathian Ukraine with Soviet Ukraine. The stamps were printed on special ungummed Goznak security paper. The issue was prepared but not issued for political reasons. A copy of the unreleased but collectible stamp was sold at the Cherrystone auction for $29,900 in 2008.

  • World Peace Cruise stamp

    World Peace Cruise stamp


    1964 World Peace Cruise stamp was to be issued in honor of the forthcoming diplomatic visit of Nikita Khrushchev to Sweden. But the trip of the first secretary of the CPSU Central Committee never took place, as Khrushchev was removed from power. The stamp was withdrawn and never issued. Only a few copies of this legendary stamp exist. The item was sold at Cherrystone auction in 2008 for $28,750.

  • “Limonka” rare stamp



    "Limonka" is one of the most famous Russian postage stamps that were issued in 1925. There are no more than hundreds of copies are known. It is a rare Russian stamp if in mint condition. Such a name the stamp has got due to its bright yellow colour. There is a history behind this unique philatelic item: when printing the stamps, the perforating machine was broken, while the other denominations were printed without problems. In order not to disrupt the supply of postage stamps, Goznak management decided to send this part of the stamps on time. Almost all specimens of Limonka stamps are used. Today Limonka is valued at approx. $15,000-20,000. 

  • 250 years of historical victory in Poltava rare stamp

    250 years of historical victory in Poltava stamp


    “250 years of historical victory in Poltava” is an unissued USSR postage stamp that was created in 1959. The stamp with the face value of 40 kopecks features Swedish troops led by Prime Minister Karl Piper and field marshals who put up flags before Peter I. The stamps were not released due to the fact that diplomatic relations between Sweden and USSR intensified. During one of the meeting the leaders of both countries decided to destroy these stamps so as not to offend Swedish people by focusing on such an unpleasant event for them as defeat in the Battle of Poltava. Today “250 years of historical victory in Poltava” stamp is valued at $10,000-20,000

  • Study of the Polar Auroras rare stamp

    Study of the Polar Auroras stamp


    The International Geophysical Year, held from July 1, 1957 to December 31, 1958, provoked a certain philatelic interest in the world. Over one hundred scientific postage stamps were published. The USSR Post noted the IGY, releasing two interesting stamps. This was a pair of 40  postage stamps dedicated to the study of the polar auroras from the series "International Geophysical Year". A pair of such stamps in a rare version with linear perforations was auctioned at Cherrystone auction for $14,500 in 2017. 

  • The Blue Gymnast stamp

    The Blue Gymnast stamp


    The stamp, known as the "Blue Gymnast", was released to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the Soviet circus. It was newer put into circulation because of disagreements, what year to consider as the year of the circus creation: 1920-1921 or 1934. Many years later the date was set (1919), and the stamp was issued to mark the 60th anniversary of the circus in 1979. A copy of unused but collectible stamp was sold at the Cherrystone auction for $13,800 in 2008.