Welcome to Sterling Stamps

Brighton, Michigan (810) 220-6000

Sterling Stamps is one of the largest retailers in the Midwest, with an aggressive 30+ show schedule and a 1200 sq. ft. store in Brighton, Michigan. Please give me a call for your philatelic needs, whether it is supplies, collections, or that single elusive stamp. I find time to list just a small part of my inventory. You will find some interesting new items on this site, and please visit my eBay store STERLINGMV.  I am currently a dealer member of APS, ATA, and MSDA. I answer all questions and welcome your want list – please send any correspondence to mark@sterlingstamps.com

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Harmer-Schau Auction Rep

Mark Vervaeke of Sterling Stamps is now your representative for Harmer-Schau Auction Galleries, Inc.  For over 20 years, Harmer-Schau has been a premier west coast auction firm recognized for integrity, knowledge and diverse offerings. Auctions are held 3-4 times per year between their 2 locations. Visit here for information on their latest sale.

Belgium Philately is our Specialty

My heritage is Belgian. My parents were both born in Belgium and came to this country in 1952. My father, Gilbert, was an avid Belgian stamp collector (and from whom I acquired my philatelic interests) and basically had everything that was Scott listed. With my help, we started acquiring the weird and esoteric unlisted stamps, post cards, covers, and anything else we thought was interesting. Dad left us several years ago, but I continue to build upon what we built together as father and son.

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The History of Sterling Stamps

I caught the philatelic bug from my father at the young age of 5. After dinner my brother and I would sit with my Dad at the kitchen table almost every evening after dinner sorting stamps that we acquired through the mail, at the five and dime stores, and from relatives in Belgium and Canada. I mounted my stamps on construction pages with hinges and tried to get as many different stamps as possible from all over the world. I as grew into my teenage years, I put my stamps aside as school and other activities took over.

I graduated in 1984 with an Engineering degree from Wayne State University in Detroit in 1984 and started my engineering career with American Motors Corporation in Detroit. A few years later my parents brought over my stamp collection and I caught that bug all over again – and now I had some spending money! I started attending some local Michigan shows, focusing mostly on USA stamps but soon accumulated so much foreign stuff that by 1991, I decided to start stamp-dealing part-time. At the time I was living in Sterling Heights, Michigan and thought that the name “Sterling Stamps” had a nice ring to it. Although the family relocated out to the Brighton, Michigan area, I kept the name.

Sterling Stamps has been in business for about 25 years, and full time since 2008, with a brick and mortar location in Brighton, Michigan. We now do about 25-30 shows per year – mostly in the Midwest but also some nationally-accredited shows in Baltimore, Atlanta, Boston, and many other locations. Occasionally you might even see us at an APS show! We serve philatelists, beginner to advanced, with one of the largest retail inventories in the country and hope to keep doing so for many years to come!