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Contact:
Tom Horn,
Expertizing Director
814-933-3803
ext. 205



Become a Philatelic Expert


Have You Considered Philatelic Expertizing?

The art and science of expertizing is a challenging and sometimes daunting aspiration. Qualified individuals may shy away from offering their expertise to APEX for a variety of reasons. But we ask that you consider the important contribution you can provide to the hobby by applying to become a member of the APEX committee of examiners.

If you are an APS member who specializes in a particular country or area, maintains a reference collection, has a knowledge of forgeries and the ability to offer qualified opinions on condition, repairs and alterations, APEX can use your assistance. Or if you are a professional dealer who maintains membership in the APS, ASDA or NSDA, you also can contribute to the benefit of stamp collectors by applying your unique qualifications in the field of philatelic expertizing.

An opinion on an APEX certificate not only identifies a stamp by a catalogue number, it reveals the actual physical condition of the item, including hidden flaws, alterations and repairs. Collectors and exhibitors can address the identification and historic background, but the professional dealer, in establishing market value, possesses the knowledge to properly evaluate condition. Since expertizing addresses both identification and condition, this is why APEX needs your input.

We are always seeking additional examiners and we invite you to apply, especially if your expertise includes one or more of the areas listed below. Please review the list and contact us if you are interested in participating:

U.S. post 1920s
Afghanistan
Australian States
Baltic States
Bermuda
Bulgaria
Canadian Provinces
China
Republic of China
People’s Republic of China
Cuba
Czechoslovakia (1919 overprints)
Danzig
France
French Colonies (classic overprints/surcharges)
Bavaria
Germany (post 1922) and Berlin
Guatemala

Hong Kong
Iceland (the “prir” overprints)
Italy
Italian States
Japan
Liechtenstein
Malaya and States
Nepal
Paraguay
Poland (1919 overprints/surcharges)
Ryukyu Islands (early surcharges)
Saar
Somalia Coast and Obock
Turkey
Ukraine (Trident overprints)
Uruguay
Venezuela
 



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