News about APNSS and plate number singles
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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 were suspended in 2020 and early 2021 due to COVID-19, but we will be there as soon as it's safe and a show can be held.
June 2021: Plate Numbers issue #3 for 2021
** NEW ** June 6: A new Spotlight page has been created to illustrate all of the (10¢) Eagle and Shield bulk rate coil varieties. Check it out at Eaghe and Shield..
** NEW ** June 5: The 29¢ Commemoratives page has been redone with additional images of plate number singles, errors, misprints and other U.S. issues from the early 1990's.
** NEW ** May 29: Postmaster General DeJoy has announced new postal rates to take effect in August. First class will go from 55¢ to 58¢, postcards from 36¢ to 40¢, and similar hikes are planned for priority mail, additional ounces and other services. Media Mail will go up by 40¢ to start, increasing the cost of mailing our Hebert's Catalogues.
These are apparently just proposals, not final. All indications are that Congress, the Biden administration, businesses, consumers, economists and the postal workers union are against rate hikes just as the U.S. ecomony is coming out of the COVID slump. We'll see if the proposals survive Congressional hearings, lawsuits and public pressure -- as well as whether DeJoy keeps his job.
** NEW ** May 28: New plate numbers reported for upcoming issues. Details on the 2021 page.
** NEW ** May 27: APNSS member Dave Gill has reported the use of plate number 10782 for the imperforate 1¢ Washington stamp, Scott 481. This plate number was previously only known on the perf 11 variety, Scott 498. Details will appear in the next edition of Hebert's.
** NEW ** May 27: APNSS member Dave Gill has reported the discovery of an UL plate block 466-1 of the 25¢ Bill of Rights stamp. That leaves only the LL position unreported for this elusive plate number.
May 2: The May issue of Plate Numbers is in the mail (or email) to all APNSS members.
May 1: New Scott catalog numbers assigned to April issues. Details on the 2021 page.
April 7: New Scott catalog numbers assigned to March issues. Details on the 2021 page.
April 4: There are no known plate number examples of the 6¢ Transport airmail with R.F. overprint. But someone recently offered a used C25 plate block with a counterfeit R.F. overprint and faked French Navy cancellation. Details on the AMG-France page.
April 1: New Scott catalog numbers assigned to Love and other early 2021 issues. Details on the 2021 page.
February 1: APNSS Member Mike Pauly of Iowa reports two corrections to the plate number data for recent issues. First, the plate numbe rintervale for the Brush Rabbit extra ounce coil is 31, not 32 as stated in the December Postal Bulletin announcement. Also, the plate number on the Barns postcard rate coil appears on the right side of the stamp, not in the traditional bottom position as stated in the Postal Bulletin announcement. Corrections will appear in the next issue of Plate Numbers.
January 24: The January issue of Plate Numbers is in the mail to all APNSS members. To renew your membership by PayPal, follow the instructions in the email.
January 23: The Spotlight page for Sea Coast coils has been updated with information on new varieties.
January 22: New plate numbers assigned to Love and other early 2021 issues. Details on the 2021 page.
January 22: USPS has announced additional issues planned for the 2021 stamp program.
January 20: Scott has assigned catalogue numbers to the final issues from last year. Details on the 2020 page.
December 4: The Phillippines page has been redone with additional images of overprints on U.S. issues from the turn of the (last) century..
November 27: The Great Americans page has been redone with additional images.
November 24: USPS has announced small price increases for Priority Mail and Express Mail, effectinve in January 2021. Stamps will be issued for the two most popular rates.
November 20: Closing date for the mail auction in the October issue of Plate Numbers.
November 15: USPS has announced the 2021 stamp program, or at least part of it. Details on the 2021 page.
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 19: Additional plate numbers and Scott catalog numbers reported for recent and upcoming issues. Details on the 2020 page.
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 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 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 28: Additional plate numbers and Scott catalog numbers reported for recent and upcoming issues. Details on the 2020 page.
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 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 17: Additional plate numbers and Scott Catalogue numbers reported for recent and upcoming issues. Details on the 2020 page.
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.
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This page last updated June 6, 2021.