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UPCOMING EVENTS

Always: Orders being taken for the 2018 edition of Hebert's Catalog of Plate Number Singles. Price is $36 to non-members plus $4.92 for Media Mail delivery; or $33 to APNSS members, postpaid to U.S. addresses via Media Mail. Actual shipping to non-U.S. addresses.

Always: Order items from our APNSS Net Price Sale. Click here for details.

Now: Renew your APNSS dues if your mailing label expiration date says December 2020 or earlier.

APNSS membership application forms will be available at the MSDA show in Prospect Heights, Illinois, a northwest suburb of Chicago. This show is frequently attended by several dealers with good stock of classic and modern plate number material. Shows are currently suspended due to COVID-19, but we will be there as soon as it's safe and a show can be held.

December 2020: Plate Numbers issue #4 for 2020.

 

NOVEMBER 2020

** NEW ** November 27: The Great Americans page has been redone with additional images.

** NEW ** November 24: USPS has announced small price increases for Priority Mail and Express Mail, effectinve in January 2021. No word on whether new stamps will be issued, but they have traditionally provided new stamps for the two most popular rates.

** NEW ** November 20: Closing date for the mail auction in the October issue of Plate Numbers.

** NEW ** November 15: USPS has announced the 2021 stamp program, or at least part of it. Details on the 2021 page.

 

OCTOBER 2020

** NEW ** October 30: The October issue of Plate Numbers is in the mail to all APNSS members. Mail auction closes November 20..

October 14: Additional plate numbers and Scott catalog numbers reported for recent and upcoming issues. Details on the 2020 page.

October 9: USPS announces rate changes for 2021. Summary: first class remains at 55¢, additional ounce increases from 15¢ to 20¢, postcard rate increases from 35¢ to 36¢.

SEPTEMBER 2020

September 19: Additional plate numbers and Scott catalog numbers reported for recent and upcoming issues. Details on the 2020 page.

AUGUST 2020

August 23: Additional plate numbers and Scott catalog numbers reported for recent and upcoming issues. Details on the 2020 page.

August 22: The Five Cent Commemoratives page has been redone with additional images.

August 20: The AMG - American Military Government page has been redone with additional images, as well as counting number examples for Soviet sector issues.

August 12: Another Kansas-Nebraska PNS with a fake overprint has been added to our Rogues' Gallery. Check it out on the Kansas-Nebraska page, along with the clues that prove it's a fake.

 

JULY 2020

July 27: Within days of the report of new plate number F8168T, two APNSS members provided images of seven (!) examples: three mint Scott 498's, three used Scott 498's, and a mint example of F8168T on the Shanghai overprint, Scott K1. Who has an example of the imperforate variety, Scott 481, hiding in their collection? There are still discoveries to be made, so keep your eyes peeled!

July 20: The family of the late Jim Ragsdale has announced that his extensive plate number single holdings will be offered through a Rasdale Auctions sale scheduled for August. Jim served APNSS in many capacities over the years, from president and treasurer to auction director and Hebert's editor. Check Rasdale Auctions online for listings and conditions.

July 17: The July issue of Plate Numbers is now available. Members subscribing by email or by both email and regular mail will receive an email with a pdf attachment. Members subscribing by regular mail will receive a printed copy of Plate Numbers.

July 15: Additional plate numbers and Scott catalog numbers reported for recent and upcoming issues. Details on the 2020 page.

 

JUNE 2020

June 24: The image of the Guam Guard Mail M1 plate number single illustrated on our web page has been proven to have a fake overprint. I have added a genuine example and a summary of the information proving the fake overprint. Details on the Guam page.

June 16: The early and modern Postage Due web pages have been redone with additional images. Check it out on the Early Postage Dues and Modern Postage Dues pages.

June 15: Additional plate numbers and Scott catalog numbers reported for recent and upcoming issues. Details on the 2020 page.

MAY 2020

May 28: Additional plate numbers and Scott catalog numbers reported for recent and upcoming issues. Details on the 2020 page.

APRIL 2020

April 5: Announcing the discovery copy of 1¢ Washington unwmk perf 11 plate #8168, the F Top position. Previously, all F plates were thought to start with plate #8377. This discovery illustrates that BEP engravers marked at least one earlier plate as "Finished" by adding an F to a top position plate number. Plate #8168 was also used to print the unwatermarked imperforate stamp, Scott 481. An F Top position is likely out there but is waiting to be reported.

MARCH 2020

March 24: A copy of the latest Net Price Sale is also available on our web site, here, as a PDF of an Excel file. You can download, print, search, scan to find what you need. To buy, just fill in the price and add them up, and send in your check. Add 55¢ for orders under $5.00. Mailing is free to U.S. addresses for orders over $5.00. Click here for more details. For best results, email first to reserve "Must Have" items!

March 24: The March issue of Plate Numbers is now available. Members subscribing by email or by both email and regular mail will receive an email attachment for both the newsletter and the Net Price List. Members subscribing by regular mail only will receive a printed copy of Plate Numbers. A copy of the Net Price List can be viewed or or downloaded from here, or can be requested by dropping the editor a note or an email.

March 23: Additional plate numbers reported for recent and upcoming issues. Details on the 2020 page.

March 9: I have added images of very unusual Customs Fee plate number singles to the Revenues page.

 

FEBRUARY 2020

February 17: Additional plate numbers and Scott Catalogue numbers reported for recent and upcoming issues. Details on the 2020 page.

 

JANUARY 2020

January 22: New plate number confirmed for Scott 409, 2¢ Washington Additional plate numbers reported for recent and upcoming issues. Details on the 2020 page.

January 22: Additional plate numbers reported for recent and upcoming issues. Details on the 2020 page.

January 21: We have a second plate number for the reprint of a recent issue! PNC3 reports that B2222 for the 2019 BCA Flag coil has been found in several North Carolina post offices. Unclear yet if there are any differences in paper, tagging or other production details between the B1111 first printing and B2222 reprint, or if Scott might assign a different catalogue number. Details on the 2019 page and PNC3.

January 15: Unlike previous Lunar New Year issues, the January Year of the Rat will have plate numbers in the LL and LR corners. Details on the 2020 page.

January 5: A new Spotlight page helps sort out the various (49¢) Forever Star Spangled Banner coil and booklet stamps of 2014.

January 4: USPS has announced more 2020 issues, and we have some plate number information. Details about upcoming issues with plate numbers appear on the 2020 page.

January 3: Scott Catalogue numbers finalized for the remaining issues of last year. Details on the 2019 page.

 

DECEMBER 2019

December 26: The December issue of Plate Numbers is now in the mail to all members. The auction closing date is January 20, 2020. The mailing also includes your 2020 dues notice.

December 26: A copy of the APNSS December Net Price Sale is in the mail to all members. To buy, just fill in the price and add them up, and send in your check. Add 60¢ for orders under $5.00. Mailing is free to U.S. addresses for orders over $5.00. Several ways to order by mail or by email. Click here for more details.

December 26: A copy of the latest Net Price Sale is also available on our web site, here, as a PDF of an Excel file. You can download, print, search, scan to find what you need. To buy, just fill in the price and add them up, and send in your check. Add 60¢ for orders under $5.00. Mailing is free to U.S. addresses for orders over $5.00. Click here for more details.

December 16: USPS has published a partial list of expected 2020 issues. Details about upcoming issues with plate numbers appear on the 2020 page.

December 15: New Scott Catalogue numbers reported for September and October issues. Details on the 2019 page.

NOVEMBER 2019

November 28: New Scott Catalogue numbers reported for September and October issues. Details on the 2019 page.

November 28: The Prominent Americans page has been redone with new images, and now includes a number of additional plate number varieties. Check it out at Prominent Americans Series.

OCTOBER 2019

October 30: New Scott Catalogue numbers reported for August and some September issues. Details on the 2019 page.

October 26: The 10¢ Commemoratives page has been redone with new images, and now includes a number of additional plate number varieties. Check it out at 10¢ Commemoratives.

October 13: New plate numbers reported for some upcoming new issues. Details on the 2019 page.

October 8: New Scott Catalogue numbers reported for June and July issues. Details on the 2019 page.

SEPTEMBER 2019

September 23: The 4¢ Commemoratives page has been redone with new images, and now includes a number of additional plate number varieties. Check it out at 4¢ Commemoratives.

September 21: The 5¢ Commemoratives page has been redone with new images, and now includes a number of additional plate number varieties. Check it out at 5¢ Commemoratives.

September 9: The SPOTLIGHT page for the 39¢ Flag & Statue of Liberty definitives has been redone with new images. Check it out at 39¢ Flags.

September 1: The 15¢ Commemoratives page has been redone with new images, and now includes a number of additional plate number varieties. Check it out at 15¢ Commemoratives.

September 1: New plate numbers reported for some upcoming new issues. Details on the 2019 page.

September 1: The 25¢ Commemoratives page has been redone with new images, and now includes a number of additional plate number varieties. Check it out at 25¢ Commemoratives.

AUGUST 2019

August 10: New plate numbers reported for some upcoming new issues. Details on the 2019 page.

August 10: The Americana Series page has been redone with new images, and now includes a number of additional plate number varieties. Check it out at Americana.

August 8: New Scott Catalogue numbers reported for June and July issues. Details on the 2019 page.

JULY 2019

July 8: New Scott Catalogue numbers and plate numbers reported for May and some upcoming new issues. Details on the 2019 page.

JUNE 2019

June 23: The web page for 6¢ commemoratives of 1968-1972 has been redone with new images. As with the 8¢ images loaded earlier, it appears BEP had a difficult time adjusting to the new multicolor printers and perforators, given the number of freaks, errors and oddities produced. The web page features a huge number of missing color errors, color shifts, imperforate errors, misperforations, foldovers and other plate number curiosities, so check out the 6 cent Commemoratives page.

June 21: Closing date for the auction appearing in the May issue of Plate Numbers.

June 1: The web page for 8¢ commemoratives of the early 1970's has been redone with new images. Based on the huge numbers of misprints and errors, BEP apparently had a difficult time adjusting to the new multicolor printers and perforators. The web page features a huge number of missing color errors, color shifts, imperforate errors, misperforations, foldovers and other plate number curiosities, so check out the 8 cent Commemoratives page.

MAY 2019

May 30: The May 2019 issue of Plate Numbers is in the mail to all members. The duck stamp PNS were so popular in the January auction that we are offering another round. Check it out, and get your bids in early as the last auction had to resolve a couple of tie bids.

May 20: A new web page features the Champions of Liberty issues of 1957-1961. Check out the Champions of Liberty page.

May 19: New plate numbers reported for April and some upcoming new issues. Details on the 2019 page.

May 17: The web page for 4¢ commemoratives of the late 1950's and early 1960's has been redone with new images.Check out the 20¢ Commemoartives page.

May 5: The web page for 3¢ commemoratives of the 1940's has been redone with new images. Other than the Overrun Countries, this was a time when only single-color stamps were printed, and there were remarkably few errors in nearly 100 stamps. Still, we have been able to show a few plate number items for misperfs, part-imperfs and other unusual items, along with one PNS for every stamp issued during that time, so check out the 1940's Commemoratives page.

APRIL 2019

April 26: New plate numbers reported for April and some upcoming new issues. Details on the 2019 page.

April 25: News has reached us of the death of APNSS Vice President Jim Ragsdale on April 22. Jim was a lifelong collector of plate number singles and a Life Member of APNSS. At various time, Jim also served APNSS as president, treasurer, auction director and newsletter editor, sometimes for multiple terms at different times. An acknowledged expert in plate number singles, Jim was also editor of the Hebert's Catalogue of Plate Number Singles for editions from the 1980's to 2003. He will be missed.

April 24: The web page for 20¢ commemoratives of the early 1980's has been redone with new images. This was a time of new printing methods and new presses, as well as a transition from BEP to private printers. As a result, many issues have plate number singles containing color shifts, color omissions, misperforations, tagging errors, and imperforate errors. Check out the 20¢ Commemoartives page.

April 12: Another counterfeit Kansas-Nebraska overprint PNS has been discovered on eBay. Check out the Rogues' Gallery on the Kansas-Nebraska page for details on how this fifth example was spotted.

April 5: The web page for Savings, Postal Savings and War Savings stamps has been redone with new images. Check out the Postal Savings page.

April 4: The web page for American Scenes coils of 1995-2005 has been redone with new images. Check out the American Scenes page.

MARCH 2019

March 31: New Scott catalog numbers reported for February new issues. Details on the 2019 page.

March 8: New Scott catalog numbers reported for January new issues. Details on the 2019 page.

March 2: The web page for the Liberty issues of 1954-1965 has been redone with new images. Check out the Liberty Series page.

March 2: The web page for the Guam issues of 1898 has been redone with new images. This now includes the Guam Guard Mail overprints on Philippines issues in the early 1930's. Check out the Guam page.

FEBRUARY 2019

February 15: Closing date for the auction appearing in the January issue of Plate Numbers.

February 1: The web page for the 42¢ commemoratives of 2008-2009 has been redone with new images. Check out the 42 cent commemoratives page.

JANUARY 2019

January 19: The January 2019 issue of Plate Numbers is in the mail to all members. The mailing also includes dues renewal notices, plus your ballot for electing officers and directors for 2019-2021.

January 19: The web page for the $3, $5 and $7.50 Duck Stamps has been redone with new images. Check out the Ducks page.

January 4: The web page for the American Culture series has been redone with new images. Check out the American Culture page.

January 3: The web page for the 22¢ commemoratives issued from 1985 to 1988 has been redone with new images. Check out the 22 cent commemoratives page.

 

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This page last updated November 27, 2020.