American Philatelic Society
The American Philatelic Society is the world’s largest non-profit society for stamp collectors.
It has around 35,000 members in over 110 countries around the world.
The society was founded in 1886 and is supported entirely by membership dues, gifts and the sales of its publications and services.
Statement of purpose
The APS website features its statement of purpose as follows:
- 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 philatelic materials.
The APS provides many services and benefits for their members. They are as follows:
- The American Philatelist – a stamp magazine written by members for members.
- APEX Expertizing Service – a service which offers guidance on the genuineness of all stamps by a committee of experts.
- American Philatelic Research Library – featuring book loans, copy service, reference assistance and an online catalogue.
- Stamp Insurance Plan – comprehensive, low cost coverage.
- Education Programs – Summer seminars, youth programs, internet & correspondence courses.
- Quick I.D. – Help identifying stamps at a low cost compared to formal certifications processes.
- Sales Division – Acts as an agent for members wishing to sell philatelic material.
- Online StampStore.
- Mailings – receive regular information related to your particular areas of interest.
- Find dealers, local stamp clubs and speciality societies.