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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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Stamp Technology

A 4-Day Course Presented by Wayne Youngblood

Monday, June 22 – Thursday, June 25, 2020

Acquire or refine the skills needed to differentiate postage stamps by their printing types, papers and inks; while gaining an understanding of the technology used to print and process them.

Course Description:

A collector who is knowledgeable about how stamps are produced is better able to properly identify them and make informed decisions when buying and selling. Learn to differentiate stamps and detect some types of fakes and forgeries by the printing technologies used in their production. Fundamentals to be covered during this course include; basic printing processes, stamp separation types, stamp design, the use of color, features of paper, tagging, and principles of papermaking.
If you have a question about stamp technology, it will certainly be addressed during this four-day “deep-dive”. Basic background information, intermediate principles, and advanced details of stamp technology learned by participants will certainly add to their philatelic knowledge and skill.

Intended Audience:

Collectors of all levels, ranging from semi-beginners to advanced specialists.

Meet the Instructor

Wayne Youngblood

Wayne is a lifelong stamp collector who began at age 8 and never stopped. He has been a member of the APS for more than 40 years and is the longest-term instructor at the APS Summer Seminar on Philately, having taught stamp technology courses for over 25 years. He is a past APS director, serves as an expertizer for the American Philatelic Society’s APEX, is an inducted member of the Writer’s Unit and Wisconsin Federation of Stamp Clubs Halls of Fame and the current president of the Errors, Freaks & Oddities Collectors Club. In August, 2018, Mr. Youngblood was awarded the Luff Award for Outstanding Service to the APS. Additionally, he was recognized as the 2019 Summer Seminar Distinguished Philatelist.
Youngblood currently spends his time writing, editing, dealing and exhibiting. He edits the American Stamp Dealer & Collector magazine, as well as society publications; Collectors Club Philatelist (N.Y.), Duck Tracks (a publication of the National Duck Stamp Collectors Society), Confederate Philatelist (Confederate Stamp Alliance) and Topical Time (the journal of the American Topical Association). Wayne is a prolific writer; the author of 10 books and is a regular columnist for The American Philatelist, Linn’s Stamp News, Philatelic Exporter and others.

There are 13 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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