Owner Biography

Scott R Trepel

Scott Trepel is president of Robert A. Siegel Auction Galleries in New York City. He has been personally involved in the sale of one-half billion dollars worth of stamps since starting his career more than 35 years ago. Scott held the gavel when many records were broken, including the Inverted Jenny plate block at $2.97 million, the Brazil Pack strip at $2.185 million, the Hawaiian 2c Missionary cover at $2.242 million, the Inverted Jenny single at $1.35 million and the 1c Z Grill at $935,000.

Scott’s interest in philately runs much deeper than buying and selling stamps. He has published numerous research articles in well-respected journals and has been the 1869 Section Editor of the U.S. Classics Society’s journal for many years. He authored Rarity Revealed: The Benjamin K. Miller Collection for the Smithsonian National Postal Museum and The New York Public Library. Scott has also self-published books on the City Despatch Post and the Pony Express.

For his research work in U.S. philately, the U.S. Classics Society awarded Scott the Chase Cup on four separate occasions (1989, 1994, 2003 and 2006). He also won the society’s 1987 Neinken Award and 1996 Distinguished Philatelist Award.

Scott’s proudest contribution to philately has been the development of auction catalogues that incorporate a high level of research, including census data and historical background for the items offered. The catalogues he and his team produced for the Honolulu Advertiser Hawaii collection, the Robert Zoellner U.S. collection, the David Golden Carriers and Locals collection (and more recently, Hawaii), the Alan B. Whitman U.S. collection, the Twigg-Smith Pony Express collection and the Steven C. Walske Civil War Special Routes collection are all considered valuable information sources. During the past twenty years, the Siegel firm has led the way in developing internet resources for collectors at the firm’s website siegelauctions.com and InvertedJenny.com

Scott lives in New York City. He has a daughter and enjoys watching his wife Katie Hayes on the popular television show TMZ. When he’s not working on philatelic projects, Scott likes to study quantum mechanics and physics.

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