American Philatelic Society
StampBuddy Service

Stamp collecting usually is considered a singular hobby, but there are times when you need information/direction or just want to share the excitement, challenges, fun, and thrills with a friend who understands the hobby. The Stamp Buddy Service was created just for you. The service caters to adults of all interests and levels of collecting.

For the New Collector
Stamp collecting is a worldwide hobby that spans all age groups, professions, levels of education, and social backgrounds. With its special mix of structured and unstructured activities, stamp collecting is an activity where everyone can find a comfortable place to make the hobby their own. The StampBuddy Service goal is to make your stamp collecting experience enjoyable. A StampBuddy mentor who has similar interests and the desire to help fellow collectors will be matched with you. A mentor can accompany you to a show, club meeting, or dealer. Your mentor can also advise you on how to store your stamps and covers, where to buy your supplies, and much more. StampBuddy mentors have a wealth of information and are eager to share it with the new collector.

 

For the Returning Collector
The hobby might not be the same as it was, but the enjoyment is still there. Today’s collector has stepped outside of their album, exploring postal history, incorporating ephemera, creating their own album pages, surfing the internet, exhibiting, participating in blogs, etc. The hobby, today, has unlimited possibilities. A StampBuddy mentor will be there to assist you as you decide which direction to take. In addition to being a great support system, your mentor can guide you through some of the newest aspects of the hobby and introduce you to the many educational opportunities available online and in person.

 

For the Longtime Collector
Who says an “old” dog can’t learn new tricks. The computer has become a valuable tool in the collector’s toolbox. If you are uncertain of the new technologies available and how they can enhance your collecting experience, a StampBuddy mentor can be a valuable asset. Are you interested in breaking into a new area of the hobby? A mentor can help here, too. As longtime collectors, most of us have accumulated items that we need to “weed out” of our collections. A StampBuddy mentor can aid in selecting the best avenue to take — dealer, auction, online, etc.





The StampBuddy Mentors
APS members, who enjoy accumulating, collecting, organizing, and showing their collections, have volunteered to mentor other APS members. They look forward to sharing their collecting experiences as well as exposing others to the wonderful world of collecting.

How to Join
Currently, the StampBuddy service is being piloted in local APS clubs throughout the U.S. Once the service has received feedback from these clubs, the StampBuddy Service will be offered to all APS members.

The Current Pilot Clubs are:

ATA Chapter 5, Milwuakee, Wisconsin

Mid-Cities Stamp Club, Arlington, Irving, and Granbury, Texas

Oklahoma City Stamp Club, Oklahoma

Oregon Stamp Society, Portland, Oregon

Phoenix Philatelic Assoc., Arizona

Waukesha County Philatelic Society, Wisconsin


StampBuddy Resources

A presentation for an experienced stamp collector to give to a group of retirees.

StampBuddy Kit for World Series of Philately Shows - Learn how easy it is to offer a StampBuddy booth for beginners at your WSP show. See details and request a kit.

 



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