Summit on the Future of Philately Report

The Summit on the Future of Philately was held on Friday, October 28, 2016 at the American Philatelic Center. We had 56 leaders within the industry participating in the summit in person or by phone and hundreds more have viewed the summit online since then.

There was a very positive and balanced conversation that took place and it focused forward on the hobby. Here is a link to the report from the event providing a summary of the meeting.

There were three key takeaway items that dictate the group’s next steps:
1. The branding of the hobby to be more inclusive and descriptive of the hobby, especially for non-collectors.

2. Increasing our technological capabilities to reach a larger audience of collectors.

3. Strengthening our ability to improve the marketplace, including preparing the next generation of dealers today.

Details about future meetings will be provided when available.

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  1. My abbreviated 8-point response to The Summit on the Future of Philately report.
    1. I did not know Ron Wood collected stamps – very cool. (His cohort, Rod Stewart, is a model railroader, which the model railroading community has used to attract potential modelers.)
    2. Stamp collecting IS NOT inexpensive. A simple US album is expensive. Stamps, if not purchased at face-value, are expensive; and even so, who want to pay $22.95 for a single Columbia River Gorge stamp? Supplies and materials for collecting are expensive.
    3. One cannot purchase a mint never hinged (MNH) stamp from a dealer for less than double the face value, usually three to four times face value.
    4. Collecting foreign stamps is difficult and expensive. US dealers just don’t provide the service and those who do charge a premium.
    5. Advertising mailers NEVER use stamps, making most used stamps hard to collect. Further, most of the modern stamps do not soak, meaning it has to be collected with a backing (sometimes cardboard) which is a major detraction.
    6. The USPS (in particular) issues far too many different stamps each year (2014, 108 stamps, plus a stamp you could only get in the Yearbook; 2015, 82; and 2016, 134). This adds to the cost of collecting. Plus the USPS has that nasty habit of issuing various versions of a stamp in booklet and/or coil and/or pane. My primary heartburn was the 1999 Flag and City issue: 12 different stamps in 14 formats — not even Linn’s ever got that right. (Linn’s claimed 6 stamps in 12 formats.)
    7. The USPS Stamp Store is NOT collector friendly. It used to be. But now, for instance, if I want a plate block strip of the 5-cent Grape I can only purchase a full coil for $500? Or the 10-cent Pears for $1000? Insane. Also, the USA Philatelic magazine is less than useful. Most stamps are not even listed, just the seemingly “popular” and “collectable” ones. And who thinks advertising the USA Philatelic magazine is a good idea? There’s NO advertising in the magazine!
    8. Relating to point 1 — why is there no stamp issue for the 75th birthday of the Pere Marquette 1225 (and/or some of the other great classic steam locomotives)? PM 1225 was built Dec 6, 1941 by Lima Locomotive Works, Lima OH. It was used as the model for the Polar Express, and is still actively operated. The Berkshire class of locomotives could arguably be considered one of the most attractive and efficient machines of the steam era. …and so on.
    Oh well, we can have 20 useless stamps graced by pets instead.

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