American Philatelic Society

Wendy Masorti,
Circuit/Internet Sales Director
ext. 270

Carol Hoffman,
Circuit Sales Coordinator
ext. 231

Sell your retired sales books on our Clearance Circuits. See Details

Selling with Circuit Mail Sales

Circuit Sales acts as an agent for APS members who wish to sell their philatelic material through our mail sales program which offers a hands-on shopping experience to buyers. If you are not a member, we invite you to join today!

Submitting items through sales books constitutes agreement of our Circuit Mail Terms of Sale.

Selling is Easy!

  1. Purchase Supplies - Special sales books are used for selling thru the APS. The sales books measure 5 x 8-inches and are available in five different styles depending on the type material you are submitting (singles, blocks, or cover). Items larger than the book size of 5 x 8 inches cannot be accepted. You may also purchase low-cost mounts for use in the sales books.
  2. Prepare and submit your items - The seller mounts, describes, and prices items within each sales book, and sends the completed book(s) to Circuit Sales via insured or registered mail, depending on the seller’s preference for mail security.
  3. Items are received and prepared for circulation - Circuit Sales checks each sales book for pricing, clarity of description, and proper mounting. Each book is then assigned to a category; given a unique APS book number; photographed (each page is photographed for the protection of our members); and an acknowledgement is sent to the seller.
  4. Circulation Time - Sales books are circulated for approximately 18 months, after which, they are automatically processed for retirement and returned to the owner with payment for items sold. A book will be retired before eighteen months if there is less than $10 in unsold material remaining. NOTE: BOOKS MAY TAKE LONGER THAN 18 MONTHS TO BE PAID OUT AS THE CIRCUIT MEMBERS MAY NOT HAVE THEM RETURNED TO US IN ORDER TO RETIRE AT EXACTLY 18 MONTHS. Some may pay out in 20+ months.

Payment and Charges

Payment is made to the seller upon retirement of the sales book, and after deduction of appropriate charges:

20% commission on material sold, with a $3.00 minimum per book.

1% insurance charge, based on the original value submitted. (This provides complete coverage against loss or damage while the material is in the hands of Circuit Sales.)

Return postage.

Any fines levied by examiners for improperly identified items.

All Circuit Sales charges are deducted at the time of retirement and are itemized on the retirement statement.

Refer to our Terms of Sale for full details.

Still have questions about Selling?

Below are frequently asked question, simply click on the question to see the answer. Or feel free to contact our staff by calling (814) 933-3803 ext. 231 or by email

I think one of the stamps in my retired sales book has been substituted or damaged on a circuit. What recourse do I have?

What do the entries on the backs of sales books mean?

Which catalogue should I use to price my stamps?

What percentage of catalogue value should I charge for my stamps?

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