Wednesday, October 26, 2005

Stamp Campus

The American Philatelic Society is currently offering (through their virtual 'stamp campus') four online and correspondence courses designed for both the beginning and the advanced collector.

These are...

Basic Stamp Collecting: An Introduction to the Hobby covers all the basic hobby how-to's: from where to get stamps, to how to store them, to figuring out what they're worth. You'll even get a beginner's kit -- with all the tools and materials you'll need to get started in the hobby.

Collecting First Day Covers covers an introduction to FDC's, history of FDC collecting, history and types of cancellations, types of cachets, techniques for identifying cachets, developing a specialized collection, more ways to collect FDCs, and care of your FDC collection.

Using the Internet to Collect Stamps covers communicating on the Internet, a guide to researching online, and buying and selling via the Net.

Keys to Exhibiting covers everything you've always wanted to know about exhibiting — from the nuts and bolts of a successful exhibit to understanding the new classes of exhibiting.

You don't have to be an APS member to take a class. Members do get priority and the tuition (which varies) is less.

Collectors can also register their interests in upcoming courses, like Intermediate Philately, Introduction to Printing and Stamp Technology, and Philatelic Research and Writing, by filling out an online survey .

For more information, click here.

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posted by Don Schilling at 12:01 AM