Philately is the collection and study of postage and imprinted stamps.  The United States Postal Service® provides a number of opportunities for customers to purchase stamps for collecting as well as other postal products related to stamps.  The following publications provide additional information on philatelic opportunities:

  • USA Philatelic Catalog

    The USA Philatelic Catalog is a comprehensive, quarterly catalog that illustrates products offered by Stamp Fulfillment Services. The catalog is divided into section titles along the edge of each page to help guide customers/philatelists to a section of interest. A form is available in the catalog to assist you. A source code, found in the upper right corner above your name, is used to record and help determine (for marketing purposes) what mailing piece you are using for your purchase.

    Please Note:  All items listed in this catalog are subject to availability. Stamp Fulfillment Services (SFS) reserves the right to withdraw any item from sale without prior notice.

  • The Postal Service™ Guide to U.S. Stamps

     The 36th Edition of The Postal Service™ Guide

    The only fully illustrated, four-color guide to U.S. stamps, this official publication provides the most comprehensive information available about the U.S. stamp program and its vivid history. Beginning with the first stamps issued in 1847, The Postal Service Guide to U.S. Stamps covers more than 4,000 stamps issued up to the present, as well as:

    • An updated Stamp Series section that lists stamps categorized by their respective series, such as Legends of Hollywood, Black Heritage, and Nature of America
    • Every category of U.S. Stamp—definitive, commemorative, airmail, duck stamps, stamped envelopes, and more—all organized into easy-to-use, color-coded sections for quick access.
    • Detailed listings for each stamp, with color illustrations, Scott catalog numbers, dates of issue, used and unused prices, quantities issued (when known), and separate listings for design variations.
    • A complete guide to the 2009 commemorative stamp program.
    • Advice on how to start your own stamp collection
    • A resource section, a glossary of important terms, and much more!

    The guide is available at most Post Office™ locations, Postal retail stores, philatelic centers, and online through The Postal Store.




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