a magazine for the next generation of stamp collectors




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APS’s new digital magazine, StampEd will be released on a quarterly basis, online-only, and is completely free, easy to access (no log-in required), and sharable.

StampEd’s mission is to reach a new generation of stamp collectors – online, community-oriented, curious, and engaged with stamp collecting in new and exciting ways. The magazine will share entry-level practical collecting advice, explore the many ways people come to collecting, and how stamp collecting intertwines and intersects with other interests and hobbies. Finally, StampEd embraces the future of stamp collecting and celebrates the existing and growing online stamp collecting community.

StampEd is the result of many conversations the APS has been having over the years – familiar ones, about how to grow the hobby, reach people other than our current audience of members, and build a strong next generation of collectors. We realized that the APS’s current benefits and services aren’t providing the answer to the questions: “What do younger generations of collectors want? Why should they become APS members?” So, we decided that the time was ripe to build something new, as an investment into the future and that community of younger collectors.





FAQ

Why StampEd and why now?

StampEd is the result of many conversations the APS has been having over the years – familiar ones, about how to grow the hobby, reach people other than our current audience of members, and build a strong next generation of collectors. We realized that the APS’s current benefits and services aren’t providing the answer to the questions: “What do younger generations of collectors want? Why should they become APS members?” So, we decided that the time was ripe to build something new, as an investment into the future and that community of younger collectors.

What kind of topics does the magazine cover?

The magazine will be divided into three major sections, called “DesignEd,” “ConnectEd” and “SkillEd.” DesignEd is art and design-focused; ConnectEd is focused on human interest and community building; and SkillEd will offer general collecting knowledge and skill-building opportunities, as well as mentorship.

What does the “new generation of stamp collectors” mean?

Our target audience for the new magazine is the people who we aren’t currently reaching with our normal APS benefits. Let’s be real – APS members, as a rule, have very specific demographics. They tend to be above the age of 50 or 60, and most are men. Our target audience for StampEd is therefore a younger crowd – say 20-50 – and more targeted towards women then men. But more important than demographics is the type of collector we think will enjoy the magazine. Collecting beginners and non-traditional collectors are welcome. Non-traditional might mean digital-focused collectors, people who enjoy stamps or mail but don’t accumulate them, snail mail fans, stamp artists, people interested in genealogy, historians – the list goes on.

I’m over the age of 50. Does that mean StampEd isn’t for me?

StampEd is much more about embracing curiosity, being engaged and connected, and opening yourself to looking at stamp collecting in new ways. If that sounds like you, whether you’re 80 or 20 years old, you are so welcome.





about the aps

StampEd is powered by the American Philatelic Society. The APS is the largest, non-profit organization for stamp collectors in the world. Founded in 1886, the APS serves collectors, educators, postal historians and the general public by providing a wide variety of programs and services. Our members enjoy access to the one of the world’s largest philatelic libraries, a monthly award-winning magazine and safe avenues for buying and selling philatelic materials. Learn more and sign up to join the APS here.