Several years ago I received a large number of mostly used Australian (and other countries) commemorative stamps from the American Philatelic Society (APS) that are to be given away free of charge for "recreational & educational" purposes. To me that means if you are a beginning or youth collector, you qualify (or if you happen to collect worldwide stamps)!
----> June 4, 2017 UPDATE: all previous Australian stamps (sets #1 - #10) are now gone! A few sets #11 (~35x used USA) are still available!
There is now a new set #12: a selection of 35+ used Great Britain "Machin" definitives !
(see picture below); the stamps are all used Great Britain "Machin" definitive stamps.
See instructions below for requesting the free stamps!
Above is a photo of the actual Machin stamps that are in the set #12. All stamps are postally used, and the ones you will receive will generally have fairly light to medium postmarks and cancellations. Each of these stamps came in little bundles of approx. 100 alike stamps, and I created 75 sets (after discarding damaged and heavily canceled stamps). You can also see some of the above stamp bundles in the picture below (the box in the lower right corner).
(The picture above shows the large box of stamps that I received from the APS in April 2012, after I had it partially sorted it out... Not all stamps are from Australia. The left black box contains common worldwide definitives, the 2nd and 3rd black boxes are Australian, the right black box is Great Britain Machin stamps. The big Priority Mail box contains loose stamps from around the world, 99% were from Australia. Each of those little black boxes contain about 7,000 stamps...).
As I get packets of stamps ready, I will post notices on the various stamp collecting groups at Yahoo!
Instructions for obtaining a packet of free GB Machin stamps (set #12):
The key thing to remember is that these stamps are free to anyone, and people at our local stamp club and beginning-collector tables at the local shows (Dallas / Ft. Worth area) will receive these free of charge as well; everyone else not local to me will have to reimburse me for the postage to mail these (sorry, but I'm not going to pay postage for everyone on the planet... my budget doesn't allow for it).
--> The information below may seem lengthy, but everything you need to know is there, so there's no need to e-mail me with questions!
1) If you reside in the United States:
2) If you reside outside the United States:
I realize that people outside the USA will have more difficulties to provide a way to pay for return postage (which is presently $1.20 for basic airmail service), so here are the only choices that I deem acceptable:
Important Notes regarding obtaining the free stamps:
How I made the previous packets of stamps (not the current USA ones):
Here I am around midnight (over 10 years ago!), preparing a set of 100 packets of stamps into sets that each contain about 55 to 60 Australian commemoratives! That works out to over 5,500 repetitive wrist motions in creating the piles, not to mention putting them into glassine envelopes. It took me about 3+ hours to do the 100 packets. If you were to look at this from a business perspective, each packet represents at least $2 of labor! So: My free labor = your free stamps....
As a side note, somebody had to soak all of these stamps off the original envelopes to begin with! Since my box contained well over 40,000 stamps, and the APS mentioned that they gave away over 25 such boxes containing Australian, German, British and other stamps, that means that "somebody" out there got to soak off well over 1 million stamps! Mind-boggling! It takes me a couple of hours to soak off just a couple of hundred stamps...
(Here's a view of the packets of 55 stamps from a set that I gave away in the year 2008)
(March 23, 2008 - Here's set#2 of 55 different Australian stamps from an earlier set, awaiting collectors, it was a bit easier to make these 100 sets since I made a box to sort them faster..)
In total, I have now given away over 1,000 sets of Australian stamps! This is over 55,000 individual stamps!
I do also have duplicate USA & Foreign stamps from my own collection available for only 9¢ per stamp, please click here to order.
I am generally not interested in any sort of trading, since my own collecting & exhibiting specialties are outside of what the average collector has to offer... To get an idea of what I collect and exhibit, please feel free to browse around the rest of this website and the links to the other philatelic websites that I run; this should give you a good idea of what I am interested in...
The International Society of Worldwide Stamp Collectors also has free stamps to give away to youth collectors. It does require sending return postage or an SASE. More details at:
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