Jewish National Fund Collection Formed by Dr. Abrham Polay, 1902-60, a noteworthy, largely mint collection of stamps and labels, by one of the founders of the S.I.P.; housed in two Elbe Roosevelt albums, with proofs, booklets, Interim overprints, covers, and many issues complete; includes 1902-07 Zion stamps in 5 blocks of four and larger; 1909 Herzl 5m imperforate color trials in six different colors; 1934 Kremeneyzky booklet (...
Sale 749 The Leo Malz Specialized Collections of Israel and Palestine
By: Daniel F. Kelleher Auctions
Daniel F. Kelleher Auctions Sale 749 The Leo Malz Specialized Collections of Israel and Palestine
The Leo Malz Specialized Collection
of Palestine and Israel
Haiti Philatelic Society members who attended the NY2016 World Stamp Show had an opportunity to
meet and chat with Leo at the HPS presentation
Leo Malz is second from the right. Leo Malz (1948-2020)
Leo was born in a displaced persons camp in Germany in 1948. Soon after, he and his parents emigrated to America, settling in New
York City. Leo’s father established a very successful business that sold plastics to various companies throughout Latin America.
Like many of his generation, Leo’s interest in Latin America was directly related to the stamps he acquired from the incoming mail
that his father brought home from work. Like many philatelists, Leo had a strong and deep intellectual curiosity to learn about the
stamps and when he reached adulthood, he had the ability to afford the valuable stamps, covers and proofs that he needed in order to
build an important collection. Leo purchased his stamps, covers and proofs from numerous dealers and auctioneers, including many
name sales, for over half a century. Many of his items have been off the market for years.
Viewers will notice that the strength of this catalog is Haitian philately. In 1979, at age 33, Leo joined the Haiti Philatelic Society,
becoming member #82. He became a Life Member in 2010. In his eulogy for Leo in the current issue of HPS Journal, his good longtime friend Peter C. Jeannopoulos, wrote, “The stamps and postal history of Haiti were of special interest to Leo. Haiti fascinated
him because of its exoticness and the fact that so little was published…Every facet of Haitian philately was well represented in his
collection. Overall, it was one of the finest that the writer has ever seen. It ranges from prephilatelic to the modern. It encompassed
essays, proofs, multiples, postal history and sheets…If he had been interested in exhibiting the many different aspects of his Haiti
collection would certainly have garnered gold medals.”
In addition to Latin America, Leo collected other areas that will appear in future Kelleher auctions. Leo also was a dealer in
Astrophilately, advertising in the pages of Linn’s Stamp News for many decades.
While in his 50’s, Leo was asked by Sam Malamud of Ideal Stamp Co. to travel to Mongolia to negotiate the contract for Ideal to sell
the new issues of Mongolia. The Mongolian government assigned a young woman to be his interpreter. They fell in love and married.
She emigrated and they have three young children. Very sadly, soon after their first child was born, Leo was diagnosed with
pancreatic cancer. Because it was caught early, his life was prolonged, but the treatments made daily life very difficult. He lost his
battle on February 3