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All links below were last verified and updated 8-28-21.
Helpful for Beginning Collectors
A Custom Guide for Kids and Adults: Stamp Collecting and Philately! - A Custom Guide for Kids and Adults: Stamp Collecting and Philately! Many useful links.
Stamp collecting from a young collector's viewpoint. - Read about our hobby through a youngsters eyes.
Stamp Collecting Software and Resources - Great source for free and for sale programs for stamp collecting. Also links to stamp organizations. Thanks to new stamp collector, Jake, for suggesting this website.
Dutch Country Auctions - The Stamp Center opened for business on August 4, 1979, acquiring Dutch Country Auctions in 1983. As a result of this growth and the addition of Dutch Country (which dates back to the 1950’s) a comprehensive selection of services covering the ENTIRE philatelic, numismatic, and related fields are offered to a worldwide clientele.
eBay - Ebay is probably the best known auction site on the web and has a well organized section of stamps.
Eric Jackson Revenue Stamps - Eric Jackson's current online auction features a large array of very desirable material. Every 21 days their site offers a new online auction. Also, on this site you can view color images and actually bid online for Revenue stamps and related material.
Robert Siegel Auctions - Robert Siegel's Auctions are held approximately twelve times a year, covering stamps, postal history, autographs and ephemera. Many of their auctions are specialized (including Confederate States, Postal History, Foreign and United States stamps), or are single-owner sales in specialized collecting areas.
Stamp Auction Network - a website that carries all of the major stamp auctions, with links to on-line auction catalogues, prices realized lists, etc.
Spinks Stamp Auctions - Every year the Spinks Stamp Department offers a wide-ranging series of exciting auctions with general sales, specialist one-country and single-owner sales, many resulting in record-breaking prices.
American Philatelic Society - Serving stamp collectors since 1886. With nearly 35,000+ members in more than 110 countries, the APS is the largest, nonprofit society in the world for stamp collectors.
American Topical Association - Serves members in 60 countries. It is the largest philatelic society devoted to this specific area of stamp collecting. Organized in 1949, the ATA has over 60 years of service to its members. It is the best source of information, fellowship and authority in the topical stamp collecting field.
American First Day Cover Society - The American First Day Cover Society (AFDCS) is a volunteer non-profit and non-commerical organization serving the needs of First Day Cover collectors, cachetmakers, and dealers. Founded in 1955, the society has a membership of over 1,100 active first day cover collectors, including many who design and manufacture their own cacheted FDCs.
Precancel Stamp Society - The Precancel Stamp Society, Inc. is the outgrowth of two earlier organizations of collectors of precanceled stamps. The International Precancel Club was organized in 1910. The IPC held several conventions in conjunction with other stamp gatherings. By 1921 it had 111 members, but was relatively inactive. At about this time, a rival precancel organization was formed under the name: Precancel Club of America. This group had an initial rapid growth and changed its name to The Precancel Stamp Society at what is now considered to be the first PSS convention in Denver in 1922.
The British Air Mail Society - The BAMS, formerly the British Aerophilatelic Federation (BAeF) was founded in 1985 and incorporates the Aero Philatelic Club, London (1923) and the British Air Mail Society (1958).
Civil War Philatelic Society - is a non-sectional, non-political organization for fraternity, research and cooperation among a choice group of hundreds of collectors of Confederate stamps, covers, and postal history. Its members' interests cover all possible phases of the stamps and postal history of the War Between the States, both North and South.
International Federation of Aero-Philatelic Societies - The FISA is the international representative of the interests of the Aerophilatelic and Astrophilatelic community.
The German Philatelic Society of the USA - provides information on joining the GPS, past issues of “The German Postal Specialist” (the GPS monthly magazine), the GPS Library, translation help, internet chat room and more. Check it out!
Southeast Federation of Stamp Clubs - All organized stamp clubs, postal societies, and other philatelic organizations may seek membership in the Federation. To be eligible, a stamp club or other philatelic organization (hereinafter referred to as a "member unit") must maintain at least six bona fide members and have elected officers.
Mobile Post Office Society (MPOS) - was founded in 1950 by a group of philatelists interested in the study of United States Highway Post Offices. It soon expanded to focus on Railway Post Offices, and eventually to the enroute distribution and postmarking of mail all over the world. It is a nonprofit organization, affiliate #64 of the American Philatelic Society.
The U S Cancellation Club (USCC) - was organized in 1938. It is the leading philatelic society devoted to the study and publication of information on obliterators used on 19th century United States stamps. The USCC is APS Affiliate #75. If you have an interest in the study of United States postal history and, in particular, the various obliterators found on 19th century United States stamps, then you should consider joining the USCC.
U.S. Philatelic Classics Society - is the successor of "The Three Cent 1851-57 Unit" (Unit Number 11) of the American Philatelic Society. Since its founding, the Society has broadened its scope to include postal issues and postal history from the Stampless era up to the Bureau Issues. We emphasize the need to share the results of our studies and research with fellow students and collectors. But most of all, we are here to promote enjoyment and fun from a hobby that has given us many hours of pleasure.
United Stamps Stamp Society - Welcome to the official web site for the United States Stamp Society. We are a non-profit, volunteer-run association of collectors to promote the study of the philatelic output of the Bureau of Engraving and Printing and of postage and revenue stamped paper produced by others for use in the United States and U.S. administered areas.
The Wreck & Crash Mail Society - The Wreck & Crash Mail Society is devoted to the collecting and study of all aspects of delayed and/or damaged mail and interrupted mail services. Currently the Society is composed of four study groups, namely: the Air Crash Study Group, The Railroad Wreck Study Group, the Ship Wreck Study Group, and the Suspended Mail/Conflicts Study Group.
History of Postcards - Tracing back the origins of the picture postcard is difficult because postcards were not simply invented — instead, they evolved. Their history is inevitably linked with the development of the postal service, but also features innovations in printing and photography, daring proposals... and even a 300-meter tower!
Arkansas Postal History - This site is dedicated to the accumulation and dissemination of information about the Postal System in Arkansas and in Indian Territory.
Philatelic Literature and Reference
Western Philatelic Library - This library has a specialized collection of over 8,000 books and monographs focused on: Stamp Collecting, Postal History, Postal Operations, and Topical Collecting. Most materials can be checked out with a library card from any Bay Area Library. Inter-library loans can also be made. About 10,000 Tear Sheets are for sale. You can search these on line files for any Key Words.
Counterfeits and Fakes of Confederate Stamps - This site features counterfeits and fakes of Confederate stamps. A detailed page is provided for each counterfeit that points out some of the characteristics that can be used to identify the counterfeit. (verified 051919)
Linns Stamp News - Each week Linn's staff of stamp-collector journalists provides accurate, timely and detailed news coverage as well as a wide variety of columns and features of interest to stamp collectors all over the globe. In addition to this wide-ranging editorial content, each issue of Linn's features many hundreds of display and classified advertisements.
Filatelia - The Filatelia website provides a good background as to how the “signing” of stamps started; dealers, experts and forgers who have signed stamps (by name & by country); some of the symbols that have been used in place of signatures, as well as much forgery reference information. This site is updated regularly and is considered the primary reference site for “signed” stamp information by many European philatelists.
U.S. Post Offices Present and Past - this site allows you to select a state and get an alphabetical listing of its post offices, including those no longer in operation. For some, it gives the opening and closing dates. Under Tennessee, it gives the opening date of the Knoxville post office as August 21, 1794.
U.S. Revenue Plate Varieties - This site has over 200 images of US Revenues with Cracked Plates, Plate Scratches, double transfers, etc. Some of these are priced in Scott but no illustrated; others are not priced in Scott. Very useful if you have a Revenue with a plate variety and wonder if it is the same as that in Scott.
Specimen Stamps of the British Commonwealth - This site deals with “specimen” stamps of British colonies. Those were issued stamps that had an overprint or perforated design that said “Specimen” and were distributed to member countries of the Universal Postal Union as reference material.
Machin Reference Guide - This site provides a comprehensive list and other resources to identify the Machin editions of Great Britain.
USA Stamp Identification - This site will guide you with its stamp identifier or listings by year or by the Scott#.
1847USA - This site is a great place to start when identifying stamps from the USA. Easy to use and navigate its a must see site.
Museums, Exhibitions and Exhibits
FIP Exhibits - this the 694-page pdf of philatelic literature, is a treasure trove of information about early philatelic publications, worldwide.
National Postal Museum - The Smithsonian’s National Postal Museum is dedicated to the preservation, study and presentation of postal history and philately. The museum uses exhibitions, educational public programs and research to make this rich history available to scholars, philatelists, collectors and visitors from around the world.
The Spellman Museum - In 1921 at the North American College in Rome, Italy, Cardinal Spellman was introduced to the wonderful world of stamps by seminarian Lawrence Killian. Cardinal Spellman loved to use stamps as souvenirs, having stamps signed to commemorate events in the church and in the world.