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Posted 10/12/2017   9:06 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this topic Add kirks to your friends list  Get a Link to this Message
I have been thinking about Philatelic Societies today.

I didn't want to hijack LOKUS' thread about APS http://goscf.com/t/56761 so I'll start a new rambling thought here.

I belong to the following societies. Each has a niche and/or adds value to my collecting interests.

United States Stamp Society (USSS) [http://www.usstamps.org]. I really enjoy their monthly journal. The online archive of journals (members only) is large and impressive. I will definitely continue to renew my membership.

U.S. Philatelic Classics Society (USPCS) [https://www.uspcs.org]. This is also a good society with quarterly journal. There is also an online archive of past issues. I enjoy my membership, but less than USSS. I will probably renew, but I will reevaluate first.

American Philatelic Society (APS) [https://stamps.org]. This is my "general interest" society. As mentioned in the other thread, the monthly journal is well-done. It has a wide variety of articles covering worldwide classic and modern stamps. I will renew, but if I had to choose only one society, I would keep USSS and leave APS.

Royal Philatelic Society of Canada (RPSC) [https://www.rpsc.org]. I am a former member of RPSC, which I found to be duplicative of APS, but for Canadians. By that, I mean it covers worldwide classic and modern stamps. When I joined, I mistakenly thought the focus was Canadian philately. I chose to remain in APS and drop RPSC.

British North America Philatelic Society (BNAPS) [http://www.bnaps.org]. This is the society for learning about Canadian philately. The quarterly journal is excellent. It covers mostly classic-era material and a little modern stuff (usually pre-1970s). I will definitely continue my membership in BNAPS. If I had to choose between BNAPS and USSS, I'd get another job.

If I were to join a new society, it would probably be something related to Polar Philately, especially Antarctica. Any suggestions for me?

How about the rest of you? What society is your "must-have" resource?

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Posted 10/12/2017   9:37 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add angore to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
I focus more modern US and my favorites for useful information is PNC3 and USSS mainly because of their information available through the web (self-serve).

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Posted 10/12/2017   9:54 pm  Show Profile Check Petert4522's eBay Listings Bookmark this reply Add Petert4522 to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
I am a member of both PNC3 and of the USSS.

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Posted 10/13/2017   04:59 am  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add Stampman2002 to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
As a strictly U.S. collector, with an emphasis on 20th Century, I belong to:

American Philatelic Society. As kirks said, this is my "general" philatelic group.

United States Stamp Society. This group is dedicated to U.S. stamps, so it's a must for U.S. collectors once they get beyond the album pages. They do have a great journal, too.

United Postal Stationery Society. One area I really like chasing is the Postal Stationery, so this society is a great choice for that. It is not a strictly U.S. organization, so anyone who is looking at Postal Stationery might want to consider them. They have an outstanding journal.

Precancel Stamp Society. As a collector of these, the society is a wealth of information with a nice little journal.

Postal History Society. This group doesn't seem to do much except for their journal. I'm not sure what's going on with them, though, as I just received the June issue of the Journal yesterday (10/12). This is the only one I'm considering dropping.

American Philatelic Congress. The only reason for this is the outstanding book which is issued after the APS StampShow each year. The books have detailed articles, written by invitation only. That's the only correspondence I receive from them.


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Precancel Stamp Society (PSS) [http://www.precancels.com]
Postal History Society [http://www.postalhistorysociety.org]
American Philatelic Congress [http://www.americanphilateliccongress.org]
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Posted 10/13/2017   05:18 am  Show Profile Check kcaramat's eBay Listings Bookmark this reply Add kcaramat to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
By far the USSS.

I look forward to their publication, The Specialist, every month.

Members have access to the digital archives of The Specialist, that span 70 years of US stamp articles. It's searchable and a treasure trove of information for collectors.



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Posted 10/13/2017   08:40 am  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add dudley to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
My only must-have is USPCS. I also belong to APS, but if given a choice of only one society to belong to I would drop it. I used to belong to USSS but found my interests moving away from this area so I dropped it. I also used to belong to the Collector's Club of New York (which has a very good journal), but it was too expensive.

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Posted 10/13/2017   10:26 am  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add Climber Steve to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Base society: APS

Specialist societies:

International Society for Portuguese Philately: http://portugalstamps.com Thinking of joining Portuguese Philatelic Society http://pps-uk.net
Mexico Elmhurst Philatelic Society International http://mepsi.org
Polonus Philatelic Society (for Poland) http://polonus.org
British North America Philatelic Society (for an occasional passing interest in Newfoundland -- I belong also to the Newfoundland study group)
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Posted 10/13/2017   10:29 am  Show Profile Check Stamps1962's eBay Listings Bookmark this reply Add Stamps1962 to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
I rejoined the BNAPS last year, one reason being I wanted to have access to their sales division. I then ran into too many hoops to jump through. It seems oriented to Canadian members, they wont accept PayPal, you have to send the administrator a check for purchases in Canadian funds and that adds two weeks- for me- to the process- it takes that long currently for mail from Canada to reach me. It's a fine society with many benefits, I will probably renew. It does seem inconvenient at times for those of us this side of the border.
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Posted 10/13/2017   11:31 am  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add txstamp to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
I'm a life member of the APS, and the US Philatelic Classics Society.

I enjoy the APS for the monthly magazine, and the Classics society, since my primary focus has always been early US.

Years back, for many years, I belonged to and/or supported:
Collectors Club of NY
Postal History Society
American Philatelic Congress
BIA -> now USSS
CSA - Confederate Stamp Alliance
and a few others

When I became less active, I dropped those memberships, because it was just too much to keep up with. I really enjoyed all of them, however. Each society does bring a lot to the table. More so - if its what your primary focus is.
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Posted 10/13/2017   11:39 am  Show Profile Check 51studebaker's eBay Listings Bookmark this reply Add 51studebaker to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
I am a member of SCF.
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Posted 10/13/2017   12:15 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add angore to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
I consider SCF my local stamp club.
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Posted 10/13/2017   12:33 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add blcjr to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply

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I consider SCF my local stamp club.


Ditto that.

I do belong to APS, AFDCS and AAMS.

I'm thinking about joining USSS to gain access to their digital collection of back issues.

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Posted 10/13/2017   9:12 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add Hal to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
I belong to the three local stamp clubs within a 25mi radius of my home, plus the following:
United States Stamp Society (USSS) [http://www.usstamps.org]
THE PREXIE ERA COMMITTEE https://www.prexie-era.org/
U.S. Philatelic Classics Society (USPCS) [https://www.uspcs.org]
Precancel Stamp Society (PSS) [http://www.precancels.com]
The International Machine Cancel Society (MCS) http://www.machinecancel.org/
The Pennsylvania Postal History Society (http://paphs.org/)

And a previous member of the following when I exhibited, which are all excellent groups:
ISJP: International Society of Japanese Philately http://isjp.org/
BSJP: British Society for Japanese Philately http://japanphilatelicsociety.co.uk/
KSS: Korea Stamp Society http://pennfamily.org
CSS: China Stamp Society http://chinastampsociety.org/
APS: American Philatelic Society http://stamps.org/
APRL: American Philatelic Research Library http://stamplibrary.org/
PHS: Postal History Society http://postalhistorysociety.org/
UPSS: The United Postal Stationery Society http://upss.org
PF: Philatelic Foundation http://philatelicfoundation.org/
JPS: Japan Philatelic Society: http://yushu.or.jp/english/
American Philatelic Congress

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Posted 10/13/2017   9:24 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add Renden to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
I am member of APS and as already posted will not renew as I am not from the US and cannot benefit from all its programs etc.
I am a member of Royal Philatelic Society of Canada and I like it, being a good Canadian. BNAPS is of interest and will join soon. As for other Societies, SCF is my # 1 - amongst friends from all over the World !
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Posted Yesterday   12:22 pm  Show Profile Check gportch's eBay Listings Bookmark this reply Add gportch to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
There are lots of good reasons for becoming a member of your National Philatelic Society whether it be the American Philatelic Society or the Royal Philatelic Society of Canada. In many cases it is sufficient to be a member within your own country as many services are interrupted by the international border (circuit books and insurance to name two).

Beyond the national society, members who specialize should become members of the specialist society. For example, if specializing in Canadian stamps and/or postal history one should give full consideration to a membership in the British North American Philatelic Society (BNAPS), the Postal History Society of Canada (PHSC) and the Canadian Philatelic Society of Great Britain (CPSGB). Each of these societies offers something that will enhance the collecting experience. I am sure that similar opportunities for specialist societies are available around the globe.

Virtual stamp clubs such as SCF are fine, but there is nothing that matches the face-to-face contact with other collectors that is available when joining a local or community stamp club. Don't sit at home hugging your stamps in the privacy of your den - get out there and mix and communicate with the real world of stamp collecting.

There is more to stamp collecting than simply collecting stamps.

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Posted Yesterday   12:28 pm  Show Profile Check 51studebaker's eBay Listings Bookmark this reply Add 51studebaker to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply

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...Virtual stamp clubs such as SCF are fine, but there is nothing that matches the face-to-face contact with other collectors that is available when joining a local or community stamp club. Don't sit at home hugging your stamps in the privacy of your den - get out there and mix and communicate with the real world of stamp collecting.
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That's great for those who can travel, but note that some of us cannot (or takes an act of God to arrange the required medical care like dialysis). Our hobby has a substantial number of older adults.
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