The Mare Balticum exhibition and Hellman auctions have entered into a sponsorship agreement, which includes, in addition to financial support, versatile cooperation in marketing and advertising. The parties are particularly investing in being visible on social media to also reach the younger generations of collectors. The common goal of the parties is to make philately visible and to encourage people to participate in a great and significant exhibition Mare Balticum 2024.


Hellman auctions is an almost 50-year-old auction house, whose operation started already in the 1970s. Today, it holds two large auctions each year, as well as a changing number of smaller special auctions. The auctions sell a wide variety of collectibles, such as stamps, money, militaria, jewellery, watches, trading cards, art glass, badges, postcards and much more. The group also includes Suomen Filateliapalvelu, whose online store offers a wide range of collectibles. It also publishes the Lape stamp catalogue and the Keräilyuutiset (Collecting News) magazine. You can familiarize yourself with the operations of Hellman auctions and the Finnish Philatelic Service at the Mare Balticum exhibition, where the group has its own exhibition stand.
Estonia and Estonians are also particularly meaningful on a personal level to the current owners of Hellman auctions. Two of its three partners were actively involved in the philatelic youth cooperation between Finland and Estonia already during the Soviet occupation in the 1980s. The cooperation continued well into the 1990s, when young Finns, e.g. visited the first Mare Balticum exhibition organized in 1993. Some of the Finnish-Estonian friendships have continued to this day.
Because of these reasons, Hellman auctions is particularly happy to support the new Mare Balticum exhibition. At the same time, we hope that this exhibition in Tartu will be the starting point for a new series of Mare Balticum exhibitions, which has been on hiatus since 2005.


International Mare Balticum 2024 Exhibition in Tartu, Estonia. The exhibition will take place in the Estonian National Museum from 26 to 28 July, 2024.
In 2024 Tartu, together with the whole of Southern Estonia, will be the European Capital of Culture ( Mare Balticum 2024 is part of the versatile program and the main philatelic involvement of the Capital of Culture year.
Mare Balticum exhibitions were established by the Baltic Sea countries in the early 1990s. The first Mare Balticum exhibition was held in Tallinn, Estonia, in November 1993. Right after that came in 1995 the exhibition in Mariehamn, Åland. Followed by the exhibition in 1997 Kalmar, Sweden. Then came a little break and the series returned in 2003 Kiel, Germany. And the last Mare Balticum exhibition was again in 2005 Mariehamn, Åland.
Federations and exhibitors of the following 11 countries will participate in Mare Balticum 2024: Estonia, Finland, Sweden, Norway, Denmark, Germany, Poland, Latvia, Lithuania, United Kingdom and USA – the latter two invited from outside the countries belonging to the Mare Balticum community. In addition, all exhibits dealing with Estonia, as well as literature exhibits from all over the world are entitled to participate.
The size of Mare Balticum 2024 will be about 480 frames. The exhibition will be judged by an international jury consisting of about ten jurors, all FIP accredited and representing the participating countries. It will be the most important philatelic exhibition in the Baltic area for many years. The website of the exhibition can be found at