APNSS Membership




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Officers and Directors


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APNSS membership is open to anyone interested in the collecting and study of US plate number singles. Junior membership is open to responsible minors with the approval of their parent or guardian.

To request a membership packet, email the Secretary at

or mail your request to Rick Burdsall, APNSS Secretary, P.O. Box 1023, Palatine, IL  60078-1023.

Dues are $10 per year in US and Canada, or $18 for two years. Electronic delivery (by email) is available and encouraged to hold down society expenses. Dues for members in other countries, $10 per year by electronic delivery. Life membership is $125 if over age 60 at conversion, or $150 if under age 60.

Dues can be mailed to the Secretary at P.O. Box 1023, Palatine, IL  60078-1023. Make checks payable to APNSS. Payment of dues may also be made in mint U.S. plate number singles in any denomination at face.

Member Address Changes

To change or correct your address, email your new address details to the Secretary at .

For seasonal or temporary address changes, be sure to mention the effective dates.

APNSS Officers

President:                          Bruce Wilson, Idaho

Vice President:                     vacant

Secretary:                          Rick Burdsall, Illinois

Treasurer:                          Rick Burdsall, Illinois

Director:                           Eric Chaulsett, California

Director:                           James Cochrane, Kansas

Director:                           Jack Salyer, California

Director:                           Merle Wright, Texas


Plate Numbers Editor:               Rick Burdsall, Illinois

Acting Auction Director:            Rick Burdsall, Illinois

Librarian and Historian:            Juan Riera, Florida

ZIP, Mail Early, Copyright:         Rick Burdsall, Illinois

Estate Planning Consultant:         Open - contact the Secretary if interested

Hebert's Catalog Publisher/Editor,
   2018, 2011 and 2007 Editions:    Rick Burdsall, Illinois

Hebert's Catalog Publisher/Editor,
   1998-2005 Editions:             
Jim Ragsdale, formerly of Arizona

Webmaster:                          Rick Burdsall, Illinois

APNSS is strictly a nonprofit organization. We have no full-time paid staff. The members and officers who produce Plate Numbers and the Hebert's Catalog, prepare and fulfill the regular auction, recruit new members and keep the web site updated receive no compensation except the satisfaction of working for a worthwhile cause.


APNSS is always interested in new members. For publicity and recruitment:

  • We frequently have booths at APS shows -- such as at Phoenix in 2017, ARIPEX in Phoenix in 2016, Milwaukee in 2013, Riverside in February 2007, Chicago in August 2006, Grand Rapids in August 2005, and Sacramento in August 2004. We are always looking for volunteer members to help with a booth at a local or regional show.
  • Members distribute our APNSS application form at the entrance table of many local shows
    • CHICAGOPEX '19, Itasca, IL - November 2019
    • COMPEX '19, River Grove IL - May 2019
    • CHICAGOPEX '18, Itasca, IL - November 2018
    • COMPEX '18, River Grove IL - May 2018
    • CHICAGOPEX '17, Itasca, IL - November 2017
    • COMPEX '17, Arlington Heights IL - May 2017
    • CHICAGOPEX '16, Itasca, IL - November 2016
    • COMPEX '16, Arlington Heights IL - May 2016
    • CHICAGOPEX '15, Itasca, IL - November 2015
    • COMPEX '15, Arlington Heights IL - May 2015
    • CHICAGOPEX '14, Itasca, IL - November 2014
    • COMPEX '14, Arlington Heights IL - May 2014
    • CHICAGOPEX '13, Itasca, IL - November 2013
    • COMPEX '13, Arlington Heights IL - May 2013
    • CHICAGOPEX '12, Itasca, IL - November 2012
    • COMPEX '12, Arlington Heights IL - May 2012
    • CHICAGOPEX '11, Itasca, IL - November 2011
    • COMPEX '11, Arlington Heights IL - May 2011
    • CHICAGOPEX '10, Itasca, IL - November 2010
    • COMPEX '10, Arlington Heights IL - May 2010
    • CHICAGOPEX '10, Itasca, IL - November 2010
    • COMPEX '09, Arlington Heights IL - May 2009
    • CHICAGOPEX '08, Arlington Heights IL - November 2008
    • COMPEX '07, Arlington Heights IL - May 2007
    • CHICAGOPEX '06, Arlington Heights IL - November 2006
    • Fort Hays Stamp Show, Hays KS - October 2004
    • Glenexpo, Niles IL - 2004; Glen Ellyn IL - 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2014, 2015
    • Midwest Stamp Dealers show, Oakbrook IL - 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018
    • SUPEX (Suburban Collectors of Chicago) show, Countryside IL - November 2006
    • Local show in Prospect Heights IL - 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020
    • Local show in Buffalo, 2005
    • Local show in New Orleans, 2005
  • Many new members find us through this web site
  • There are links to the APNSS web site from APS, USSS, PNC3, and a number of other philatelic web sites
  • In March 2007, we supplanted entries for the Analog Private Network Signaling System and now occupy the top several "hits" in searches for "APNSS" in Google. As of February 2019, we remain the top search hit. As of June 2016, we occupied the top three search hits, plus the primary spot in the dictionary of abbreviations.
  • We were featured in  the "Affiliates" column of the February 2004 issue of American Philatelist and had an ad in the October 2004 issue
  • We were featured in the "Glassine Surfer" column of the June 2005 issue of American Philatelist
  • APNSS and Hebert's Catalogue of Plate Number Singles were both mentioned in an article on stamp collecting formats by Rick Miller, which appeared in the Nov. 14, 2005 issue of Linn's Stamp News (page 36)
  • Regular ads in philatelic publications
  • We frequently advertise in the Philatelic Societies section of Linn's Stamp News  and Stamps
  • We place frequent membership notices and classified ads in the USSS's monthly journal The United States Specialist
  • APNSS was included in a listing of specialist societies in the November 2004 U.S. Stamp News
  • APNSS is listed in the Encyclopedia of Associations
  • Individual members include APNSS membership information when buying or selling plate number single lots on eBay, BidStart and other internet auctions
  • Several libraries are members and receive copies of Plate Numbers for their archives, including the Library of Congress in Washington, DC; the American Philatelic Research Library in Bellefonte, PA; and the Postal History Foundation in Tucson, AZ

Our steadiest and most popular recruitment method is direct referrals of philatelic friends by current APNSS members. To request some blank application forms, or to request a membership packet for yourself or to be sent to a prospective member, write or email the Secretary at


One of the significant benefits of APNSS membership is the mail auction. Selected issues of Plate Numbers include a mail auction of 100-200 lots of plate number singles, as well as plate blocks and other marginal markings. Prices realized are published in the following issue of Plate Numbers. See the Auction page for more details.

Call for Lost Members

We occasionally lose track of a member, most often because a post office box is closed and no forwarding address is given, or the forwarding expires. If you are listed below, or have a new address or email address for a member listed below, please contact the Secretary at

  • Sam Wilkinson LM#1 formerly of Dallas, TX - found!

  • Paul Kuehn #518 formerly of Naples, FL - found!

  • Larry Hale #572  formerly of Cincinnati

  • Dennis Lemke #568  formerly of Elgin, IL
  • William Loeffler #578  found! And welcome back.

  • Robert Meeker #433  formerly of Mansfield, OH
  • Jay Dennis of Perrysburg, OH
  • Damon Smith formerly of Baltimore, MD

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  This page last updated March 6, 2020.