American Philatelic Society

Tips and Links

We are pleased to offer substantial content on general questions and challenges that collectors routinely experience. Please contact us with other subjects you would like to see covered.

How do I remove self-adhesive stamps from envelopes? - Through the 1990s, with the increasing numbers of self-adhesive stamps being issued came an increase in the dissatisfaction of collectors who couldn't find acceptable ways of successfully removing them from paper. Watch a video or read an article on how one APS member solved the problem. Also read the follow-up article - Please note that caution should be used when using any type of chemical.

Understanding Auctions - Auctions are a very popular way to buy and sell stamps; but they may not always be the best option. We provide some advice to help you with understanding the auction process as a buyer or seller at auction.

Preservation and Care of Philatelic Items - here you will find 28 preservation and care tips. Tips range from dealing with scotch tape on philatelic items to water mark detectors. You know what they say; scotch tape should remain in the kitchen and should never be seen in the stamp den.

Useful Links - We have provided a gathering of links we feel may help you - either as a beginner, an expert or just looking for some general information.

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