Membership Benefits & Services

The American Philatelic Society, the largest stamp collecting organization in the world, has something for every collector. Whether you are a beginner or an experienced philatelist, membership in the APS will help you grow your knowledge and your enjoyment of the hobby. Since 1886, APS members have shared their experience with stamps and postal history, as well as their lifelong accumulations, with fellow collectors around the world. Along the way, these collectors have built friendships to last a lifetime.

The APS focuses on making stamp collecting an experience to be savored by all collectors. Membership in the Society is an easy and certain way to enhance your philatelic experience. The benefits described below offer APS members ways to grow their knowledge, expand their collections and connect with other resources in the hobby. Click here to join today.

The American Philatelist
The oldest continuously published philatelic journal in the world. Each 100-page monthly issue includes colorful articles, society news, collecting resources and sources for stamps. The AP is also available in digital format. Explore our FREE sample issue online and discover a wealth of collecting knowledge delivered monthly to your mailbox or inbox.
With Circuit Mail Sales and, the American Philatelic Society offers one of the most comprehensive solutions for buying and selling philatelic materials. Members enjoy buy-and-sell privileges as well as discounts on a stamps, services and supplies. Non-members can buy online and quickly see the value of membership.
APS members enjoy access to the world’s largest collection of global philatelic literature. Nearly three miles of shelf space and an extensive digital library of material make the American Philatelic Research Library the most comprehensive resource for philatelic content.
Rely on the American Philatelic Expertizing Service (APEX) for guaranteed opinions on the genuineness of stamps and covers. APS members receive a discount on this valuable service.
A mission founded on education makes the APS a lifelong resource for every collector. Whether you need beginner tips or are conducting groundbreaking research, the APS Education Department offers a variety of useful programs.
Member Newsletter

APS Newsletter

The weekly member newsletter arrives in your email inbox and brings with it contests, announcements, offers and a variety of Society information. Learn about new articles and resources, while keeping up-to-date with the hobby.
Members can save with APS-sponsored stamp insurance. A simple application process and very attractive rates make extensive coverage available for collections of virtually any size and value.
Estate planning services from the APS helps collectors and their heirs plan for a legacy in philately. Members have access to advice on planning for the future of their collections, while families can rely on a trustworthy resource for preserving a lifetime’s memories.
APS members have access to the Translation Committee – a group of collectors experienced in the translation of philatelic materials. Translation services are very affordable and open an even broader array of learning materials.
APS Member Dealers are listed with full contact information on These dealers offer a variety of services and adhere to the APS Code of Ethics.
Hundreds of local stamp clubs have joined with the APS as Chapters and nearly 200 groups are APS Affiliates. These organizations understand the importance of the philatelic experience and stand ready to help you expand your collecting horizons.
Whether you are a beginning collector or have collected for years, we welcome you to join the more than 27,000 members of the American Philatelic Society. The APS offers unmatched educational opportunities and resources for collectors that will broaden your knowledge and enhance your enjoyment of the philatelic experience. Click here to join today.

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