On the Road Course: Damaged, Altered, Repaired Stamps February 16, 2017

The American Philatelic Society will offer a one-day On the Road Course February 16, 2017 titled “Detecting Damaged, Altered, and Repaired Stamps.” The course, taught by Michael Ball and Scott Murphy, takes place just prior to the Aripex at the Mesa Convention Center in Mesa, Arizona.

The course will teach participants how to protect themselves when acquiring stamps. The course will strengthen your collecting know how by helping you answer questions such as:
• Is that mark across the corner of your stamp a repair or was it made by the printer?
• Is your stamp really a used Scott 315 ($1,250 value) or is it a trimmed 304 ($2.25 value)?
• Are the crackled markings on the back of your stamp from being regummed?

The course runs from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. (lunch on your own) and the registration deadline is January 20. Register early because class sizes are limited.

For the full course description, which costs $95 for APS Members and $145 for non-members, visit the APS website. Note that the registration fee does not include housing or meals.

On the Road Course: Mastering Postal History January 26, 2017

The American Philatelic Society will offer an On the Road Course January 26, 2017 titled “Mastering Postal History: How to Read and Interpret a Cover” (One Day Course). The course, by instructor Gary Wayne Loew, takes place just prior to the Southeastern Stamp Expo show in Norcross, Georgia (an Atlanta suburb).

The purpose of this course is to enable participants to fully understand their postal history collections.
• What is the story that each cover can tell?
• How to organize your covers into a more meaningful postal history collection.
• How to maximize the value of your covers.
• How to become a more informed buyer and learn what to pay for a cover.

The course runs from 9 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. (lunch on your own) and the registration deadline is January 7, 2017. Register early because class sizes are limited.

For the full course description, which costs $65 for APS Members and $105 for Non-members, visit the APS website. Some of the costs for this course are being underwritten by the Southeastern Stamp Expo
Note that the registration fee does not include housing or meals.

Exhibit Entries Sought for AmeriStamp Expo in Reno

The upcoming AmeriStamp Expo show, March 3–5, in Reno, Nevada, focuses on single frame and non-traditional types of exhibits and features the annual Single Frame Champion of Champions and the Most Popular Champion of Champions.

Exhibit entry forms and a prospectus are available for those who wish to exhibit at the show. E-mail completed forms to stampshow@stamps.org.

The extended deadline for entries is December 29, 2016.

For additional information on the stamp show, visit stamps.org/stampexpo. AmeriStamp Expo will be held at the AAA four-diamond Atlantis Casino Resort Spa and the adjacent Reno-Sparks Convention Center. Additional travel tips are also available here.

Thank You Veterans From the APS

Famed author, Bernard Malamud once wrote, “Without heroes, we are all plain people and don’t know how far we can go.” His comment reflects that there are individuals who make the rest of us aspire to do better. These words are particularly fitting as the United States pauses for Veterans Day to honor those who have served our nation.

scott-940-veterans-wwiiOn behalf of the members of the American Philatelic Society, the Board and the staff, we offer words of thanks to each man and woman who served in defense of our freedom at home and abroad. And although this is a day of honoring our veterans, we also express our thanks to the spouses and children who have supported, missed, or lost a loved one serving in our nation’s military.

President Abraham Lincoln once said, “Honor to the soldier and sailor everywhere, who bravely bears his country’s cause. Honor, also, to the citizen who cares for his brother in the field and serves, as he best can, the same cause.”

Today, almost 22 million veterans live in the United States, some long since left active duty, others still just recently returned home. If you have a chance, please say thank you to a veteran you know today. With nearly 250,000 men and women returning home each year, you may consider inviting them to your next stamp club meeting or stamp show. For those who may be in a local veterans’ hospital, a gift of stamps can be a positive hobby for those recuperating.

To all our veterans — thank you for all you have done on our behalf. You are the heroes that show us how far we can go. We wish the best to you and your families on Veterans Day and throughout the year.

— Your friends from the American Philatelic Society

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.