Philatelic Association - Founded 1886
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What is the American Philatelic
With 55,000+ members in more than 110 countries, APS is the
largest, nonprofit membership society in the world for stamp collectors.
It is supported entirely by membership dues, gifts and the sale of its
publications and services. Founded in 1886, the APS is now in its second
century of service to stamp collectors and postal historians.
Whether you are a beginning collector or have years of
philatelic experience, the American Philatelic Society offers you a number
of services and educational opportunities to broaden your personal
collection and enhance your special collecting interests! No matter what
you collect -- worldwide, the stamps or postal history of a particular
country, or by topic -- APS membership will help you gain more enjoyment
from your hobby and places you among a well-organized and long-established
group of collectors associated for mutual benefit.
Major APS Member
In addition to a subscription to The American Philatelist,
one of the premier stamp magazines in the world, the major APS services
APS Sales Circuits -- build your collection from the
hundreds of thousands of competitively priced stamps offered by other
members, or sell some of your own material. Inventory value exceeds
$9,000,000 and most items are priced from less than $1.00 to $5.00.
Borrow reference items by mail or in person from the
American Philatelic Research Library. More than 100,000 books,
catalogues, and magazines are available. Literature searches for a
specific philatelic interest and photocopies of articles may be obtained
for nominal fees.
Save on APS-sponsored stamp insurance -- simple
application procedures and extensive coverage you would be hard-pressed
to obtain elsewhere at any price! More than 13,000 policies exceeding
$800,000,000 of coverage are in force.
Learn more about philately at APS seminars or through
correspondence courses offered by the APS in cooperation with Penn State
-- through direct inquiries to our education department or library -- or
through the APS Mentor Program.
Obtain authoritative opinions on the genuineness of stamps
and covers at member-discount fees. The American Philatelic Expertizing
Service(APEX) is operated jointly by the APS and the American Stamp
And Much, Much More.
APS STATEMENT OF
to promote stamp collecting for people of all ages,
to offer services to its membership and to philately in
general, including knowledge and education, which enhance the pleasure
and friendliness of stamp collecting
to initiate and coordinate new programs for the benefit of
stamp collecting and of all collectors
to represent the United States of America in the world
body of philately
to assist its members in acquiring and disposing of
If you're still not convinced, surf on over to the APS website and get more details.
The 55,000+ APS Members Invite you to
Use this online application form to apply for membership
immediately. Payment must be made with Visa or Mastercard. If you wish to
apply by regular mail, use the printable
form or the .pdf version
at the APS website.
If you previously were an APS member and would like to receive
information about reinstating your former membership, please complete the
request form and APS will provide you information about your
prior membership and explain reinstatement options.