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** NEW ** February 18: There are reports from some postmasters that they are running out of the $1 Waves of Color stamps, and cannot order more. Apparently, they are told that there will not be a second printing, and future orders for this denomination will be filled using the $1 Wisdom stamps. If you've been delaying buying your plate number singles of the Waves of Color stamps, now might be a good time.
** NEW ** February 5: Many new plate numbers reported for the flood of new issues related to the rate change. Details on the 2013 page.
** NEW ** February 4: New plate number S2222 reported for the 3¢ Silver Coffeepot coil, Scott 3759.
** NEW ** December 4: I have new software that replaces FrontPage, which Microsoft is no longer supporting. This means that I can once again edit my web pages and upload images! So watch for more changes over the next few weeks.
** NEW ** December 1: New plate numbers reported for recent issues. Details on the 2012 page.
October 21: Ballots are in the mail for voting on APNSS Officers and Directors for 2013-2015 terms. All members in good standing are entitled to vote.
October 15: New plate numbers reported for upcoming new issues. Details on the 2012 page.
June 10: The latest issue of Plate Numbers is in the mail to all members. Members with electronic subscriptions should check their email inbox for the latest issue. Note that the auction closes on June 30. Mail and email bids are accepted.
June 3: New plate numbers reported for upcoming new issues. Details on the 2012 page.
May 15: Scott catalogue numbers announced for new issues. Details on the 2012 page.
April 4: The Four Flags ATM pane has been canceled, likely because there are sufficient stocks of the Liberty Bell (Forever) ATM panel. The Major League Baseball Stars was planned as four designs in a pane of 20, and will now be issued in that format as well as individual panes of 20 for each design, in a treatment similar to the 32¢ Football Coaches issue. Details on the 2012 page.
March 30: Scott catalogue numbers reported for new issues. Also, die cut and design difference that distinguish the various Four Flags coil and booklet stamps. Details on the 2012 page.
March 25: Plate numbers reported for new issues. Details on the 2012 page.
March 15: New plate number P22222 has been reported for the 20¢ Washington coil issued in 2011. Please share any additional details you may have (why, any production differences between the new plate number and the earlier P11111, size of print run, availability or distribution…). Details on the 2012 page.
March 4: The first 2012 edition of Plate Numbers is in the mail to all members of record. Be sure to check out the auction.
P.S. March 4 is “Invasion Day.” More invasions have started on this date than any other date in history. (Say it out loud…)
February 29: Plate numbers reported for new issues. The $18.95 Carmel Mission express mail stamp is in a new format—panes of 10, two wide x five deep. Thus far, all reported plate numbers have been in the UL and LR positions. Keep your eyes peeled for panes with plate numbers in the other two positions—the only precedent for this configuration is the 32¢ Riverboats stamp, which had UL & LR plate numbers in odd-numbered pane positions, and UR & LL plate numbers in even-numbered pane positions. Details on the 2012 page.
February 25: Linn’s Stamp News is reporting that the Athletes In Motion stamps that were planned for release around the time of the London Olympics will not be issued. The reason is apparently disagreement over payment for the use of Olympic symbols. The designs may be reused for a later issue. Details on the 2012 page.
February 15: Progress is continuing on the transition to our new editor and auction director, additional hats that APNSS president Eric Chaulsett will be wearing. We plan to have the first 2012 edition in the mail the first week of March.
February 9: USPS has quietly dropped any mention of the proposed “Athletes in Motion” stamps originally scheduled for later this year. The proposed images have also disappeared from their web site.
February 7: A question arose on VSC about the legitimacy of the deep-violet shade variety of the 1942 Win the War stamp, Scott 905b. It seems the entire print run for this shade was Bureau precanceled with Los Angeles or Fremont, Ohio precancels. Durland does not list the shade variety nor any plate numbers that might have been used for it. Does anyone have a plate number example?
February 7: Plate numbers reported for (25¢) Spectrum Eagle, 65¢ Wedding Cake, (45¢) Love Ribbons issues. Scott numbers assigned to Spectrum Eagle and New Mexico Statehood stamps. Details on the 2012 page.
February 5: Plate numbers reported for new issues. Details on the 2012 page. Scott has not yet announced new catalog numbers, but that is expected shortly.
January 28: APNSS board member Jim Cochrane reports the discovery of a pane of 20 of the $1.05 Lancaster County airmail stamp with die cutting omitted. This is the self-adhesive equivalent of an imperforate error. More details on new issues on the 2012 page.
January 20: Plate numbers reported for new issues. Details on the 2012 page.
December 20: New plate numbers and Scott catalog numbers reported for new issues. Details on the 2011 page.
November 20: The rate change to 45¢ for first class mail will be effective January 22, 2012. Although most 2011 stamps have been issued as “forever” stamps, a host of rate-change stamps is expected to meet the new post card, two ounce and airmail rates. Details on the 2012 page.
November 15: The November/December issue of Plate Numbers is in the mail to all APNSS members. For subscribers to the electronic edition, please check your Inbox.
September 15: The September/October issue of Plate Numbers is in the mail to all APNSS members. For subscribers to the electronic edition, check your Inbox.
September 20: New plate numbers and Scott catalog numbers reported for new issues. Details on the 2011 page.
July: New plate number P5555 has been reported for the 10¢ American Clock stamp, Scott 3757. Not clear when this unannounced new number first appeared, or what the print run may have been. Additional details on the American Design page.
We are looking for information on when plate numbers P2222, P3333 and P4444 first appeared, as well as print run details for each plate number. P1111 was the original number first issued in 2003.
July 10: Plate V22222 has been reported for the 98¢ Grand Tetons National Park airmail stamp, Scott C147. This is a new plate number from the original V11111 issued in 2009. No differences in the design, die cutting, dates, tagging or other features have been reported to distinguish the two.
July 10: New plate numbers and Scott catalog numbers reported for new issues. Details on the 2011 page.
May 30: New plate numbers and Scott catalog numbers reported for new issues. Details on the 2011 page.
May 15: The all-new 2011 edition of the Hebert's Catalog of Plate Number Singles is available. Two formats - comb-bound or 3-hole punched. Pricing and ordering details on the Publications page.
April 15: New plate numbers and final Scott catalog numbers reported for 2010 issues. Details on the 2010 page.
Always: Orders being taken for 2011 edition of Hebert's Catalog of Plate Number Singles
Now: Renew your APNSS dues if your mailing label expiration date says April 2012 or earlier.
April 15, 2012: APNSS membership application forms will be available at the MSDA show in Prospect Heights, Illinois. This show is frequently attended by several dealers with good stock of classic and modern plate number material.
May 2012: Plate Numbers issue #2 for 2012.
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