On-The-Road Courses

Courses are held at the APC and prior to WSP shows throughout the year. Topics vary, but have included identifying fakes and forgeries, how to become a dealer, stamp technology, and more. If you would like to request an On-The-Road Course for your event please fill out this form.

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The Summer Seminar on Philately features four days of classes, workshops, general sessions, and camaraderie. It offers attendees the opportunity to learn more about the hobby from knowledgeable collectors - authors, judges, exhibitors, expertizers, etc.

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On The Road Course: Identifying Washinton Franklins

Investigate the different designs, perforations, printing methods, and watermarks of the 1908-1922 series of U.S. Definitives known as the Washington-Franklins. Learn to identify different varieties with hands-on practice. 

Learn how to: 

  • Recognize face-different designs
  • Sort by perforation, printing method, and watermark
  • Differentiate 2c and 3c design types
  • Determine Scott Catalog numbers for all major series varieties

Students should bring the basic tools needed to handle and identify stamps, as well as any W/F they wish to identify.

  • Lunch is on your own.


About the Instructor:

A West Point graduate and career Army man, Guy Gasser retired after 30 years of service for his country. He has been collecting stamps on and off for nearly 40 years and enjoys helping others learn about and enjoy philately. Guy has been a member of the APS since 2006 and also holds memberships in the ASDA, NSAD, MSDA, the U.S. Philatelic Classics Society, the U.S. Stamp Society, the Collector’s Club of New York, and two St. Louis area stamp clubs.

Day of Course: Wed, 19 Aug 2020, 10am- 4pm

Taught by: Guy Gasser

Location: Connecticut Convention Center, Hartford, CT - Prior to the Great American Stamp Show 2020

Cost: $45 for members, $95 for non-members

Registration Deadline: 07/31/20 11:59 p.m.

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