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Ultima actualizare la data: 5 septembrie 2022

USPS Celebrates Centennial of Cartoonist Charles M. Schulz’s Birth With New Forever Stamps

The U.S. Postal Service will celebrate the centennial of the birth of cartoonist Charles M. Schulz with 10 new fun-filled stamps. In a commemorative mode, characters from his beloved comic strip “Peanuts” adorn the 10 designs on this pane of 20 stamps. The first-day-of-issue event for the Charles M. Schulz Forever stamps is free and open to the public. Click here to learn more about these new stamps.

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.

An Introduction to British Empire Collecting

There’s an adage that is so well known to have become a cliché: “The sun never sets on the British empire.” The phrase refers to the vastness of Great Britain’s colonialist reach, such that even today, with the British empire largely disintegrated, it is still always daylight somewhere in the British empire. Click here to learn more about collecting this topic.

‘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.

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.

The Four Philatelic Eras of Pitcairn Island

Pitcairn Island was discovered in 1767, but not landed upon. At that time it was uninhabited, but historically the island had a small Polynesian population. Upon its discovery, someone made a mistake in plotting its location; it was placed on maps a number of miles from its true position. Click here to learn more about the four different philatelic eras of the island.

Romfilatelia releases Fantasies of the Fauna Stamps

Romfilatelia continues the series of postage stamps issues dedicated to Fauna and introduces into circulation, on Wednesday, August 31st this year, an issue registered as a philatelic premiere theme entitled Fantasies of the Fauna.The issue consists of four stamps, four minisheets, a First Day Cover and a special philatelic folder. Click here to learn about these new stamps.

Guyana: Where Overprints Blossomed

Guyana, the only (official) English-speaking country in South America, has always been of oversized interest to philatelists for such a small country. As British Guiana it issued what’s known as the world’s rarest stamp, the 1-Cent Magenta, in 1856; even before that, the “Cottonreels” of 1850-51 attracted great interest among collectors and are now regarded as “classics” of the British empire. Click here to learn more.

Resource of the Month – German Philatelic Society Reference Manual of Forgeries

As the beginner collector matures from intermediate hobbyist to serious philatelist the desire to add intelligently to one’s collection increases, so too does the need to verify those additions. One of these areas of collecting that has seen a proliferation of forged issues is that of Germany, German States and German Colonies. Click here to learn more about a resource that will help a collector detect these forgeries.


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.

The Philatelic Traders’ Society and Stampex News August 2022

With less than a month to go until Stampex International, sponsored by Spink, opens it doors. In this newsletter we reveal some of the talks we have scheduled so you can secure your seat. We also have handy links to buy your Showguide and Stampex Bug which you can pick up at the welcome desk at the show. Click here for the latest news about the show.

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.

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.

Read the interview here.

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.

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.Liberia Scott 27. It is part of the 1886 issue, which are some of the first stamps to be issued by the country. A total of 10 stamps were issued in the set (including variants of the stamps with the same denomination). Values of the stamps ranged from 1 to 16 Liberian cents. The design of the stamp is very simple, with the value of the stamp surrounded by a hexagon ( with a more complex deign with the stamps valued above 8 cents). All stamps in the set are lithographed. Unlike the genuine stamp, the forgery has a notch at the bottom where the bar attaches to the four. 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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