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Summer Seminar on Philately is a once-a-year opportunity to expand your philatelic knowledge and meet others who share your passion and interests. All courses are led by philatelic experts who are accomplished writers, exhibitors, experts, dealers, and specialized collectors.


June 21-25, 2020


Early Bird Registration runs until March 31st.

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A 4-Day Course Presented by T.G. Rehkop

Monday, June 22 – Thursday, June 25, 2020

“I like precancels because of the many ways that they can be collected and their affordability.”

Course Description:

Precancel collecting is a field large enough to suit the fancy of any collector. Whether you choose bureau prints, state or town precancels, or one of the 42,300 types listed in the Precancel Stamp Society’s Town & Type Catalogue of the United States and Territories, there will certainly be an area that piques your interest.
The idea of precanceling stamps dates back to the very beginning of using stamps as prepayment of postage, with the earliest documented U.S. precancel produced in 1844 by Hale & Co. During an in-depth study into U.S. and foreign precancels, live their history and discover their many facets. Enjoy examining their many types: U.S. bureaus, locals, classics, electrotypes, printed dateds, handstamp dateds, silents, and more. Find out how to use a variety of catalogs and computer programs as you develop the ability to distinguish among similar items.
Don’t miss this opportunity to discover a new collecting specialty.

Intended Audience:

No prior knowledge of precancels is required.  Come and learn about the different precancels and pick the area you want to collect!

Meet the Instructor

T.G. Rehkop

T.G. was introduced to stamp collecting fifty years ago by his grandmother, who started him on a worldwide stamp collection. His interest in fakes and forgeries led him to study with Varro Tyler and has grown into a passion for, not only collecting them, but for learning and teaching about them as well.
Rehkop is currently the secretary of the Precancel Stamp Society, as well as a past president.

There are 8 spaces left in this course

Course Listing

4-Day Courses Monday-Thursday (June 22-25)

Important Information

Distinguished Philatelist

Distinguished Philatelist Dennis Gilson

The Summer Seminar Distinguished Philatelist award recognizes an individual who has demonstrated dedication, leadership, and commitment to the hobby. 

Dennis has been a member of the American Philatelic Society since January 1977 and received the 2016 Luff Award and the Century Award Plaque. He is a member of the APEX Expert committee, volunteers regularly at the APC and is an esteemed Summer Seminar Instructor.

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