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Statement of Purpose

The American Association of Philatelic Exhibitors exists to share and discuss ideas and techniques for improving standards of exhibit preparation, judging, and the management of exhibitions. We serve the entire range of people who work or have an interest in one or more of these fields; whether novice, experienced, or just beginning to think about getting involved. Through pursuit of our purposes, it is our goal to encourage your increasing participation and enjoyment of philatelic exhibiting, and to ensure the health of this part of our hobby.

Founded in 1986, the American Association of Philatelic Exhibitors is a worldwide organization of stamp collectors who exhibit their collections competitively and work together for the betterment of philatelic exhibiting and judging standards and practices. AAPE membership is open to all philatelists who love, and participate in, the world of stamp shows.

Chicago Pex 2021

Let's Get Back to Philately...Safely

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Since March 2020, our hobby and the rest of the world have been changed by the worldwide COVID pandemic. As a result, nearly every stamp club and stamp shows were shut down for more than a year, leaving us to practice philately online and in isolation. Yet, our hobby didn't just survive; it thrived.

Recently, with the introduction of vaccines, we've watched a sharp decline in cases and hospitalizations. With those positive signs, government restrictions are lifted, and we're finally getting back to normal.

As we're getting back to normal, everyone in our hobby can make a big difference to not only curb the spread but help ends the threat. So, we're encouraging collectors to get back to philately, visit stamp shows, go to stamp club meetings, and visit philatelic friends and dealers and please remain safe as we work to end the threat of COVID.

Our philatelic partners representing all facets of the hobby have joined us in using this badge to spread the message. We look forward to seeing you at a stamp club or stamp show soon!

If your organization would like to join, please contact Scott English, APS Executive Director at scott@stamps.org.

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American Air Mail SocietyCivil War Philatelic Society
American First Day Cover SocietyCollectors Club of New York
American Revenue AssociationUnited States Stamp Society
American Stamp Dealers AssociationU.S. Philatelic Classics Society
American Topical AssociationVirtual Stamp Club
American Association of Philatelic Exhibitors