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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, $33 to APNSS members, postpaid to U.S. addresses via Media Mail.

Now: Renew your APNSS dues if your mailing label expiration date says September 2018 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.

August 2018: Plate Numbers issue #4 for 2018.

 

JULY 2018

** NEW ** July 30: The web page for the 41¢ issues of 2007-2008 has been redone. Check out the 41-cent Commems page.

** NEW ** July 29: The web page for the Distinguished Americans series has been redone. Examples include PNS of a number of die cutting omitted (imperforate) and color omitted errors. Check out the Distinguished Americans page for this frequently overlooked series.

** NEW ** July 28: New Scott catalog numbers reported for May and June new issues. Plate numbers reported for recent and upcoming issues. Details on the 2018 page.

JUNE 2018

** NEW ** June 28: The July issue of Plate Numbers is in the mail to all members. If you subscribe by electronic delivery, check your email inbox. The closing date for the auction is July 25 to allow time for members who might be on vacation to have a chance to get their bids in.

June 28: The web page for 2012-2013 45¢ issues has been redone. Check out the New 2012 page.

June 27: The web page for 2015 issues has been redone. Check out the New 2015 page.

June 24: The Spotlight page for the 2007-2011 Liberty Bell booklet and ATM Forever stamps has been redone. Check out the Liberty Bell Forever page.

June 24: The web page for Modern Airmail stamps issued since 1945 has been redone, including numerous PNS for misperfs, paper folds, misregistered colors, imperfs and other modern errors, freaks and oddities. Check out the Modern Airmail page.

June 16: The web page for the Postal Note stamps has been redone. Thanks to Chris Steenerman for his study of plate proofs. Plate number singles have been photographically cropped to illustrate plate number singles. Check out the Postal Note page.

June 12: New Scott catalog numbers reported for April and early May new issues. Details on the 2018 page.

MAY 2018

May 29: New Scott catalog numbers reported for March new issues. Details on the 2018 page.

May 13: The web page for issues from 34¢ era of 2001-2003 has been redone. Check out the 34-cent Commemoratives page.

May 13: The web page for the 1962-65 "Sixth-and-a-half" Bureau Series has been redone. Check out the Sixth-and-a-Half Series page.

May 9: The web page for the 1929 Kansas-Nebraska overprint issues has been redone. Also illustrated are four fakes, along with an analysis of why they are not genuine overprints. Check out the Kansas-Nebraska page.

May 7: Closing date for the auction appearing in the April Plate numbers.

May 4: The web page for the 2005-2007 39¢ issues has been redone. Check out the 39-cent Commemoratives page.

May 3: The web page for the early Airmail issues has been redone. Check out the Early Airmails page.

May 3: The web page for the Postage Due and Parcel Post Postage Due issues has been redone. Check out the Postage Due page.

May 2: ChangeDetection, the company that supported free monitoring of our web site for many years, and could send you an automatic email whenever it was updated, has been absorbed by another company. You no longer sign up for monitoring via a link from the site you want to monitor. Rather, now you sign up with the company that provides the monitoring service, and specify the site you want to monitor. It's still free, at least for the first 62 change messages per month. You can also set it to track image changes rather than text changes. I use VisualPing.io, the company that absorbed ChangeDetection, but there are other companies that can provide a similar service. Just choose one, and enter www.apnss.org as the url of APNSS that you want to receive notices about when there are changes.

May 2: The web page for the overprinted stamps of Cuba has been redone. Check out the Cuba page.

APRIL 2018

April 29: The April issue of Plate Numbers, the APNSS newsletter, is in the mail to all members. Be sure to check out the mail auction of plate number items..

April 28: The web page for the Transportation coils has been redone. Check out the Transportation Coils page.

April 15: New Scott catalog numbers reported for early February's new issues. Details on the 2018 page.

MARCH 2018

March 12: New Scott catalog numbers reported for early February's new issues. Details on the 2018 page.

March 5: The web page for the various 37¢ Flag issues has been redone. Check out the 37 cent Flags page.

March 5: The web page for the rotary press issues of the Fourth Bureau Series has been redone. Check out the Fourth - Rotary page.

FEBRUARY 2018

February 19: New Scott catalog numbers reported for January's new issues. Details on the 2018 page.

February 19: The web page for the flat plate issues of the Fourth Bureau Series has been redone. Check out the Fourth - Flat page.

February 11: The web page for the 1938-39 Presidential series has been redone. Check out the Prexy page.

February 10: The February issue of Plate Numbers, the APNSS newsletter, is in the mail to all members. Be sure to check out the mail auction of plate number items..

February 10: Well, that was an interesting experience. The company that had hosted our web site since 2003 apparently went out of business. Would not renew our web hosting, would not accept payments, did not answer emails or help tickets or support requests. Suddenly, I got an automatic email stating that our site was gone. So I've just renewed our domain name for another 10 years, and signed up for web hosting with a new company, eNom. I have uploaded the web pages and images and will continue until the entire site is restored. Please report any missing images, dead links or other problems and I'll try to figure them out. Many thanks to Mike Lampson of USSS for putting me on the right path to setting things up again.

February 9: New Scott catalog numbers reported for final 2017 issues. Details on the 2017 page.

DECEMBER 2017

Time to renew your APNSS dues if your due date is December 2017.

OCTOBER 2017

October 15: New plate number reported for an unannounced reprint of the 2014 (F) Purple Heart stamp, Scott 5035. The new plate number was necessary because the reprint is by a different printer. Additional details on the the 2017 page and on the Spotlight on Purple Heart stamps page.

October 10: USPS announced the proposed rate hikes for 2018. Some stay the same, but the basic first class rate would go to 50¢ (from 49), and the post card rate would go to 35¢ (from 34). Most of the priority mail, express mail and related package rates would go up 5¢ each. Most basic stamps are Forever stamps nowadays, but USPS would still have to introduce new stamps for priority and express services, and for those large mailers who like their customers to know exactly how much they paid to mail to them.

SEPTEMBER 2017

September 30: The web page for 13-cent commemoratives of 1975-78 has been redone, with all new examples. Check out the 13 cent Commemoratives page.

September 20: The web page for 2014's Forever issues has been redone, with all new examples. Check out the 2014 Commemoratives page.

September 13: The web page for 1981's 18-cent commemoratives has been redone. Check out the 18¢ Commemoratives page.

New Scott catalog numbers reported for recent 2017 issues, plate numbers for upcoming issues. Details on the 2017 page.

September 12: The web page for Offices in China issues of 1919-1922 has been redone. Check out the Offices in China page.

September 10: The entire section of Officials has been redone. APNSS now illustrates dozens of plate number single examples of specimens, proofs, special printings and other varieties. Check out the Officials page.

September 3: The web page for APNSS Publications has been updated. Check out the Publications page.

September 3: The web page for Parcel Post issues of 1912-13 has been redone, with several new examples of precanceled PNS. Check out the Parcel Post page.

September 2: The web page for 2011's 44-cent issues has been redone, with all new examples. Check out the 2011 44-cent Commemoratives page.

AUGUST 2017

August 27: The web page for 2013's 46-cent issues has been redone, with all new examples. Check out the 2013 46-cent Commemoratives page.

August 20: The web page for 2012's 45-cent issues has been redone. Check out the 2012 45-cent Commemoratives page.

August 19: The web page for plate number singles of the Two Cent Reds commemorative issues of 1926 - 1932 has been redone. Check out the Two Cent Reds page.

August 19: The web page for plate number singles of the early 1920's commemorative issues has been redone. Check out the Early 1920's page.

August 19: The web page for plate number singles of the offset and coil waste Washington-Franklin issues has been redone. Check out the Washington-Franklin Offset page.

August 18: New plate numbers announced for upcoming issues. Details on the 2017 page.

JULY 2017

July 21: The July issue of Plate Numbers is in the mail to all members. The closing date for the mail auction is August 1.

July 6: The web page for plate number singles of the unwatermarked Washington-Franklin issues has been redone. Check out the Washington-Franklin Unwatermarked page.

July 4: The web page for plate number singles of the single-line watermarked Washington-Franklin issues has been redone. Check out the Washington-Franklin Single Line Watermark page.

July 2: New Scott catalog numbers reported for recent 2017 issues, plate numbers for upcoming issues. Details on the 2017 page.

JUNE 2017

June 18: The web page for plate number singles of the Guam overprint issues has been redone, including several examples of the special printings for the 1900 Paris Exhibition. Check out the Guam page.

June 10: New Scott catalog numbers reported for recent 2017 issues. Details on the 2017 page.

June 10: The web page for plate number singles of the Puerto Rico overprint issues has been redone. Check out the Puerto-Rico page.

June 4: The web page for plate number singles of the Americana series has been redone. Check out the Americana page.

June 3: The first printing of the 2018 Hebert's Catalogue is being delivered from the printer today! If you pre-ordered, watch for yours in the mail soon.

June 3: The web page for plate number singles of the early 20th Century commemoratives has been redone. Now illustrates PNS of private vending machine coils. Check out the Early-20th-Century-Commemoratives page.

June 2: The web page for plate number singles of the 1902-03 Second Bureau series has been redone. Check out the Second-Bureau page.

June 1: The webpage for plate number singles of the UPU reissues of the First Bureau series has been redone. Check out the First-Bureau-Series-New-colors page.

MAY 2017

May 31: The web page for plate number singles of the watermarked First Bureau series has been redone. Check out the First-1895 page.

May 30: New Scott catalog numbers reported for recent 2017 issues. Details on the 2017 page.

May 29: The web page for plate number singles of Dummy and Test stamps has been redone. Check out the Dummy and Test page.

May 29: The web page for plate number singles of the Columbian series has been redone, with additional examples of proofs illustrated. Check out the Columbians page.

May 29: The web page for plate number singles of the Small Banknote series has been redone, with additional examples of proofs and trial colors illustrated. Check out the Small Banknotes pages.

May 29: The web pages for plate number singles of the Banknote issues have been redone, with additional examples illustrated. Check out the Banknotes pages.

May 24: The 2018 Hebert's Catalogue is at the printer! If you pre-ordered a copy, it will be shipped as soon as they are delivered from the printer. To order one, the list price is $36, or $33 discounted to APNSS members, postpaid via Media Mail. For orders shipped outside the U.S., please email first for shipping quote.

May 7: New Scott catalog numbers reported for recent 2017 issues. Details on the 2017 page.

APRIL 2017

April 12: The web page for plate number singles of the Philippines overprints of the First and Second Bureau Series issues has been redone, with additional examples illustrated. The examples are now complete. Check out the Philippines page.

April 12: The web page for plate number singles of the unwatermarked First Bureau Series has been redone, with additional examples illustrated. Check out the First Burea Series - Unwatermarked page.

April 10: New Scott catalog numbers reported for recent 2017 issues. Details on the 2017 page.

MARCH 2017

March 27: The March issue of Plate Numbers is in the mail to all members. The closing date for the mail auction is April 10.

March 27: New Scott catalog numbers reported for recent 2017 issues. Details on the 2017 page.

March 6: The web pages for plate number singles of Revenue stamps have been redone, with additional examples illustrated. Check out the Revenues, Documentary, Proprietary, and Stock Transfer and Other pages.

FEBRUARY 2017

February 19: The web page for Special Delivery issues has been redone, with color varieties and misperf examples added. Details on the SpecDel page.

February 6: New Scott catalog numbers reported for recent 2017 issues. Details on the 2017 page.

February 6: The name change of longtime stamp printer Sennett to BCA has caused some recent reprints to be issued with new plate numbers. There's a new plate number for the Breast Cancer Awareness semipostal, Scott B5, and for the Stars and Stripes bulk rate presort coil, Scott 4963a (with the plate number appearing on Scott 4962). Details on the 2017 page.

JANUARY 2017

January 29: New plate numbers, additional information about upcoming 2017 issues. Details on the 2017 page.

January 22: Postage rates go back up, restored to the previous Forever rate of 49¢ for a one-ounce first-class letter.

January 19: The ending date for the auction in the January issue of Plate Numbers has been extended to January 25.

January 8: Plate Numbers issue #1 for 2017 in the mail to all APNSS members. Members who subscribe to an electronic version can check their email inbox for the latest issue. The ending date for the auction is January 20.

January 8: New plate number reported for 2¢ Washington offset perf 11, Scott 528B. APNSS member Eric Chaulsett sent a scan of the discovery copy, a used bottom PNS of plate number 12397. This plate number had previously been listed as "unreported" in Durland and Hebert's.

January 8: New plate numbers, new Scott catalogue numbers assigned, additional information about upcoming 2017 issues. Details on the 2017 page.

January 8: Plate numbers, new Scott catalogue numbers assigned, additional information about final 2016 issues. Details on the 2016 page.

 

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This page last updated July 30, 2018.