Charles F. Shreve (Director of Robert A. Siegel Auction Galleries, Inc. ) has been in the rare stamp business for over 40 years. Mr. Shreve started collecting stamps at age 12 and soon after started his first job in the industry for Roger Koerber Stamp Auctions in Detroit, Michigan. Climbing the corporate ladder Mr. Shreve took a position with the well known international auction house Sotheby's, in New York City in their stamp auction department and quickly became known as "bright light" in the business.
In 1980 Mr. Shreve was hired by Steve Ivy of Heritage Rare Coin Galleries, to start-up and head a rare stamp auction company that would rival the largest auction houses nationwide. Steve Ivy Philatelic Auctions, Inc. was born and in 1990 expanded their Dallas based headquarters to mid-town Manhattan. Touting a New York address and a new name, (Ivy, Shreve and Mader) Mr. Shreve directed this company into one of the largest stamp auction houses in the country. Ivy, Shreve and Mader Philatelic Auctions, Inc. was sold to a publicly held company based in New Jersey in 1993.
In 1994, Mr. Shreve left his position at I.S.M.P.A. to start a new philatelic auction company. Out of those endeavors came Shreves Philatelic Galleries, Inc. which over the course of 14 years grew to be certainly one of the two largest rare stamp auction houses in the country with over $150 million in sales.
In 2007, Shreves was acquired by Spink and Son Ltd. of London – for the highest price ever paid for a stamp auction company - and again Mr. Shreve was asked to take the helm as President of the new entity - Spink Shreves Galleries.
Then in late 2012, Charles joined forces with the largest and most famous stamp auction company in the United States (and one of the largest in the world) – Robert A. Siegel Auction Galleries, Inc., located in New York City - as a Director of the company and placed in charge of the growth of their new International Division. Together with Scott Trepel, the owner of Siegel Auction Galleries, Charles and Scott form a formidable duo in the rare stamp business.
In addition to his involvement with the Siegel firm, Charles continues to advise clients in the building of important stamp collections, including being the philatelic adviser to William Gross (the founder and Co-CIO of PIMCO, the famous global investment management firm). With the assistance of Charles, Mr. Gross has assembled one of the most valuable – and most significant – stamp collections in the world.
Charles is a member of the Board of Governors for the New York Collector's Club, serves on the Board for the Philatelic Foundation and also holds a seat on the Council of Philatelists for the Smithsonian's National Postal Museum. He is also a life member of the American Stamp Dealers Association and American Philatelic Society.