Stamp Clubs and Societies are a great resource for collectors

Stamp clubs are a great place to discover your local stamp collecting community, both in-person and online.

If you live in an area with a large population of active collectors, you're likely to find a traditional club within driving distance. If not, computers let us connect from anywhere.

The easiest way to find your nearest stamp collecting group is Google search with the toolbar at the bottom of this page.

If you live in Chicago, you might try "Chicago Stamp Collecting Club".

If that doesn't work, try entering synonyms or expanding the search area. For the above example, perhaps adding "philatelic", "Illinois", or other amplifying information.

Local stamp clubs can be a great resource to find fellow collectors and become part of a community. This can be an introspective and individual hobby so it's always nice to get out and meet some fellow collectors!

Gone are the days when large cities had dozens of independent, vibrant stamp associations but there are still strong communities to be found - especially if you live in a metro area or large population center.

In addition to meeting new friends and collectors, stamp clubs frequently provide great access to stamp dealers and stamp auctions if you are looking to buy or sell stamps.

What if there aren't any near me?

National, regional, and online societies are available no matter where you live to make this hobby even more fun.

The most well known collector society in the world is the American Philatelic Society, or APS, located in Bellefonte, PA.

American Philatelic Society logo

The APS is, in my opinion, the best society available to collectors. Their reference library is public (open to members) and unparalleled. They have online sales, mail approvals and circuit book sales plus a host of other member benefits.

If you are a collector or just interested in stamps, I highly recommend becoming a member. If nothing else you'll get a copy of the American Philatelist, the APS monthly magazine, that is worth the price of annual membership.

Leave comments below about your experiences. Do you have any best practices for getting involved with like-minded collectors? Have you managed to find others that share a particularly obscure specialization? Let us know how!

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