Giving Tuesday This November 29

The American Philatelic Society has joined with organizations around the world to support Giving Tuesday. After Black Friday and Cyber Monday, #GivingTuesday helps kick off the charitable season on holiday and end-of-the-year giving. Last year, more than 45,000 organizations came together to make a difference and now we are joining this effort to make a difference for the hobby.

The American Philatelic Society and American Philatelic Research Library welcome gifts of all kinds — but we have a very special opportunity to grow the APS and the hobby. Thanks to the success of World Stamp Show-NY 2016 — we have received a challenge.

That challenge is an offer to match dollar-for-dollar donations for two purposes:

  1. Modern Member Outreach: Collecting is different for newer collectors. Technology through the internet has opened new doors to finding stamps and learning about the hobby. With your help, we can connect with collectors and promote the hobby and the APS with greater technology than ever before. (Goal: $25,000 for a total of $50,000)
  2. A Team for the Hobby: Recently, we convened the Summit for the Future of Philately in Bellefonte. From that Summit, a dream team of collectors, dealers, the U.S. Postal Service and the National Postal Museum will form the Council on Postal Collectors to promote the hobby for the next generation. See the report from the October 28, 2016 meeting here. (Goal: $25,000 for a total of $50,000)

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The American Philatelic Society and American Philatelic Research Library are both IRS recognized 501(c)(3) public charities. Gifts may be tax deductible for U.S. taxpayers. Written acknowledgments are provided for all gifts of $5 or more.

More 2017 U.S. Stamps Revealed

The United States Postal Service announced another grouping of stamps to be issued in 2017. Here is a link to the other 2017 stamps previously revealed. No issue dates have been announced for any of the 2017 stamps as of today.

A slide show of the images is provided along with the USPS press release below.

[USPS Press Release]

WASHINGTON — The Postal Service today announced more subjects that will be featured on Forever stamps in the new year.

“2017 will be an exciting year for the Postal Service’s stamp program,” said Mary-Anne Penner, U.S. Postal Service Director, Stamp Services. “This amazing collection of stamps features beautiful art, distinguished Americans and historic events.”

Here are the latest additions:

Continue reading “More 2017 U.S. Stamps Revealed”

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.

Two Changes Coming for Danish and Swedish Stamps

Swedish Northern Lights stamps issued in November with marginal markings of color circles and a plate number.
Swedish Northern Lights stamps issued in November with marginal markings of color circles and a plate number.

The APS recently received an e-mail from Bo Overgaard-Hoeifeldt, Head of Sales and Marketing for PostNord Stamps, about upcoming changes related to Danish and Swedish stamps affecting stamp soaking and special markings.

“As always, when it comes to the philatelic part of our business, changes in production and postal use of our stamps are always reflected directly in our philatelic products,” said Overgaard-Hoeifeldt.

“The changes are expected to take place within the first half of 2017 when Cartor/Walsall Security Printers (WSP) will print the first stamps for us. As soon as I know which issue will be the first I will inform you. The reason for this uncertainty is, that we try to print as much as possible at our existing print house in Stockholm simply to use all the raw materials we already have in stock there,” said Overgaard-Hoeifeldt.

The changes noted by PostNord specifically included the following for stamp soaking:
“It will no longer be possible to remove the stamps from envelopes and postcards. This change is introduced to reduce fraud, where stamps are being reused. This change is only related to self adhesive stamps — until further notice our minisheet will be printed on gummed paper and thus they will still be removable after soaking.”

And this in regards to special markings:
“There will no more be special markings on sheets and rolls (cylinder numbers, colour markings etc.). This change is made simply because these features are not needed at Cartor/WSP’s production.”

New Holiday Wreath Vended Stamp

Holiday Wreath SSK vended stamp.
Holiday Wreath SSK vended stamp.

A new Holiday Wreath vended stamp was loaded into self-service kiosk vending machines at post office in the United States in early November. The labels temporarily replace the flag design for the holiday season.

The design for the stamp features the Holiday Windows stamp design of a wreath that was created by artist William Low.

These vended stamps are listed by Scott catalog editors in the computer vended postage stamps category. Those interested in learning more about these stamps can visit the Meter Stamp Society, an affiliate of the American Philatelic Society.