A bit about Wystamps...

I am a lifelong collector and 30+-year philatelic professional, who is one of the most trusted and recognized names in the U.S. philatelic community. I began collecting at age 8 and never stopped, and have been been an APS member for more than 40 years, serving nearly a decade on its board of directors. I also serves as an expertizer for American Philatelic Expertizing (for more than 25 years), and am the longest-term instructor at the APS Summer Seminar on Philately, teaching the Stamp Technology course for more than 25 years. I began my professional involvement with the hobby as a writer at Linn’s Stamp News, became Editor of Scott Stamp Monthly and later Editor-Publisher of Stamp Collector newspaper, as well as serving as publisher of other collectibles titles spanning from comics and toys to records and movies. I am the author of 10 books (including 8 on history and historical photography) and have had thousands of articles published throughout the philatelic world. I currently edit Topical Time (for the American Topical Association), Duck Tracks (for the National Duck Stamp Collectos Society) and continue to write for Linn's, American Philatelist and Britain's Philatelic Exporter (among others). I also and speak extensively on the hobby. In addition to belonging to numerous philatelic organizations, I serve on the board of directors of the Arizona Philatelic Rangers, previously served on the American First Day Cover Society board. I exhibit and and have been a philatelic judge. I have also been inducted into the APS Writers Unit #30 Hall of Fame and the Wisconsin Federation of Stamp Clubs Hall of Fame. Although my primary expertise lies in stamps, I also have a strong interest and knowledge base in historical documents, autographs and vintage photographs and has served at numerous appraisal fairs in these areas for about 20 years.

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