America's Largest Philatelic Association -
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What is the American Philatelic Society
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 Services
In addition to a subscription to The American
Philatelist, one of the premier stamp magazines in the world, the
major APS services are:
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
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
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 PURPOSE
to promote stamp collecting for people of
to offer services to its membership and
to philately in general, including knowledge and
education, which enhance the pleasure and friendliness of
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 philatelic materials.
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 Join Today!
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 Reinstatement request form and APS will provide you information
about your prior membership and explain reinstatement options.