American Philatelic Society – September AP and new stamps announced!

Ultima actualizare la data: 31 august 2022

‘Virgin and Child’ Painting Adorns New Forever Stamp

The U.S. Postal Service is dedicating a new Christmas stamp featuring “Virgin and Child,” an oil-on-panel painting from the first half of the 16th century by an unidentified Florentine artist known as “the Master of Scandicci Lamentation.” The first-day-of-issue event for the Forever stamp is free and open to the public for those who have RSVP’d. News of the stamps is being shared with the hashtag #VirginAndChildStamp.


Pony Cars Forever Stamps Issued at the Great American Stamp Show

Today, adventurous young — and young-at-heart — drivers enjoy the thrill of driving pony cars. The Pony Cars Commemorative Forever pane of 20 stamps will always be equal in value to the current First-Class Mail 1- ounce price. News of the Pony Cars stamps is being shared with the hashtag #PonyCarsStamps.

September AP Now Available Online

The latest issue of The American Philatelist is now available to read online here for APS members. The American Philatelist is the oldest continuously published philatelic journal in the world, the first issue having appeared in January 1887. All of our articles are written by our members and feature colorful illustrations. The magazine is available in print and in digital formats for maximum flexibility and access.

My APS Story – Lawrence Fisher (Stories behind the stamps)

Lawrence Fisher has been an APS member since 2022, recently returned to stamp collecting after over a decade of hiatus. He is also the owner of the Stories Behind the Stamps blog and YouTube channel. APS reached out to Lawrence to learn more about his background in the hobby and his plans for the future.

Click here to read the interview.

Holiday Elves to Decorate Seasonal Greeting Cards

The U.S. Postal Service is getting ready for the holidays by holding the first day of issue ceremony for its Holidays Elves Forever stamps at Santa Claus House in North Pole, AK.

The event is free and open to the public. News of the stamps is being shared with the hashtag #HolidayElvesStamps. Click here to learn more about these holiday stamps.

HipStamp and the American Philatelic Society announce strategic partnership

HipStamp and the American Philatelic Society announce a strategic partnership, bringing the APS’s StampStore marketplace exclusively to the HipStamp platform enabling world-class browse and search capabilities custom built from the ground up for stamp collectors. Click here to learn more about this exciting partnership and make sure to visit HipStamp on their website.

This Day in History – First Airmail Stamps of Ecuador and more

On this day in 1807, Curacao was occupied by the British, who established a post office at Willemstad to serve the islands of Curacao, Aruba, and Bonaire. Posal markings were introduced and were the first used in the islands. To learn more about other philatelic events that happened on this day throughout the years, click here.

Editing Philately – Fame and Fortune Await You

It’s the glitter, the glitz, and the glam. Film buffs, Disney fans, and rock ‘n’ rollers alike will find something for them in this issue, all about Hollywood, the entertainment industry, and the stars. Join Susanna Mills as she reviews the articles from this months issue of the American Philatelist, including „The Election That Shook Up America”, the latest New World Issues and Collecting Coast to Coast, and more!

It’s a Larger World After All

To infinity and beyond. That must have been how it seemed (way) last century as the Disney Company had deals in place and postage stamps flowed seeming unendingly from places like Dominica and Guyana. But as the 21st century dawned, Disney was ready for a whole new world. Click here to learn about Disney themed stamps from around the world.

Circuit Sales Clearance Special

Request a Clearance Circuit from the list below and there will be no postage or 5 % buyers fee charged on any purchase.*

British West Indies, Great Britain, British Europe, Australia, Ireland, British Empire, Japan-modern, Mexico, South America, Latin America, Global General, Austria, Germany, Scandinavia, Europe

Questions? Call Carol Hoffman at (814) 933-3803 ext. 270 or email

To learn more about selling through circuit sales, click here.

The Election That Shook Up America

On Monday, February 24, 1992, at the Las Vegas Hilton, where Elvis Presley had played a then-record 839 sold-out performances, Postmaster General Anthony M. Frank, a former savings and loan executive, announced that a U.S. postage stamp commemorating Elvis Presley would be issued in 1993. Click here to learn more about the election that determined the design of the stamp.

Membership Special

Membership in the APS comes with benefits designed to help you better enjoy the hobby. These include a subscription to our monthly magazine, The American Philatelist, buying and selling opportunities, access to the American Philatelic Research Library, discounts on services and more. Join the APS today for 15 months for the price of 12. No coupon is necessary to take advantage of this special!

C3a course highlight -Forgeries

One popular aspect of stamp collecting is learning how to identify forged and counterfeit stamps, Click here to see a few courses from our C3a learning platform as well as some presentations from the APS YouTube and Conversations with Philatelists channels that would be of interest to those looking to learn more about this fascinating topic.

Newspaper Icon and Geometry on High-Value Stamps

In those months that new stamps are issued, it’s a rarity when the releases don’t include at least one new domestic-rate first-class postage stamp. But such was the case in June. Join Jeff Stage as he reviews the new stamps issued last month, including a 2-ounce rate stamp with Katherine Graham, two Floral Geometry stamps valued at $2 and $5, and duck stamps.

Collecting Coast to Coast: Brushes With Celebrity

Autographs and stamps, autographs on stamps and autographs on covers are all popular collectibles, and not just within our own hobby. Autograph collectors like them as well. It’s hard to know exactly when the collecting of autographs fully took off as a hobby, as there is evidence that people were saving manuscripts and autographs many centuries ago. Click here to learn more.

Buy and Sell – Adding to your Collection

As a stamp collector, you are always in search of items to add to your collection. You probably shop online, visit with local dealers, or attend nearby stamp shows. But have you ever considered having stamp selections based on your collecting interests delivered right to your front door? You purchase what you want and return what you don’t – it’s that easy! No minimum purchase is required. Click here to learn more.

U.S. Postal Service Announces Proposed Temporary Rate Adjustments for 2022 Peak Holiday Season

The United States Postal Service filed notice today with the Postal Regulatory Commission (PRC) regarding a temporary price adjustment for key package products for the 2022 peak holiday season. This temporary rate adjustment is similar to ones in past years that help cover extra handling costs to ensure a successful peak season. Click here for more information about the adjustments.

Stamp of the Week!

The stamp of this week is Panama Scott 11. It is one of the first stamps released by the country, issued in 1887. The design is a map of Panama, and the denomination of the stamp is 10 cents. The stamp is part of a series that features Issues of Colombia for use in the department of Panama, since Panama was a part of Colombia until a revolt in 1903. All of the stamps in the set have a perforation of 12.5 except two variants with a perforation of 13. The main difference between the forgery and the genuine stamp is in the color. The genuine stamp is black and yellow, while the reprint is black and straw. Visit the Forged or Genuine page to see if you can tell the difference, and visit the StampStore to add the stamp to your collection.

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