The Oregon Stamp Society
Founded 1916

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We are located at:

4828 NE 33rd Avenue

(about 4 blocks south of Killingsworth)

(east side of 33rd Avenue)

Tri-Met Line #70 (North) Stops at our Building!

Visitors are always Welcome

Regular meetings are held in the Oregon Stamp Society (OSS) clubhouse on the second and fourth Tuesdays of each month at 8 PM, unless otherwise stated in the monthly calendar.

The Rose City Stamp Fair is an official OSS bourse and is held at the clubhouse on the second Saturday of each month from 10 AM to 4 PM.

The Stamp Collectors Corner is an official OSS bourse and is held at the clubhouse on the fourth Saturday of each month, except December, from 10 AM to 4 PM.

The Northwest Philatelic Library (, a charitable non-profit corporation, is open before meetings and during bourses. Check the calendar for open times.

Our membership forms are online

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The Album Page

is the monthly newsletter of the Oregon Stamp Society. Click here for current and back issues

Future Programs at
OSS General Membership Meetings:
Weather Permitting:

November 12th.

Topic To Be Announced. Stay Tuned for updates

By:Niko Courtelis

Next O.S.S. Board Meeting
October 22nd. 6:00 P.M. 

The next Oregon Stamp Society Foundation Meeting
will be held at the clubhouse on November 12th. @4:30 P.M.

Clubhouse opens at usual time.
See Current Album Page for details.
All events subject to last minute changes


Watch Here For Future Events in Portland:

Oregon Stamp Society

Rose City Stamp Fair 

2nd Saturday 10 AM - 4 PM - Every Month.

Collector's Corner 

 4th Saturday 10 AM - 4 PM - Every Month Except December

Both Stamp Shows are at the OSS Clubhouse

 4828 NE 33rd Ave Portland, OR

503 - 284 - 6770

Stamp Fest

Presented by Gary Hoecker

October 19th.

Shilo Inn Convention Center

Willamette 1 Room

 10:00 A.M. - 5:00 P.M.

Scheduled Dealers:

     Gary Hoecker, Bob Beal and David Markow        

Next Stamp Fest: TBA

Recent Articles
Harriet Quimby
My First Stamp

We have some excellent articles for helping you plan an exhibit:

PIPEX 2020

PIPEX 2020 Will be held on May 8, 9 and 10.This is Mother's Day weekend. Please note our new location, The Holiday Inn located near the Portland Airport 8439 N.E. Columbia Blvd. near I-205. Check the website found below for more details as they become available.



2016 Library Exhibit

2016 Auction Archive

2015 Auction Archive

2014 Auction Archive

PIPEX 2013
   Exhibit Results Here

2013 Auction Archive

PIPEX 2012
   Exhibit Results Here

2012 Auction Archive

2011 Auction Archive

2009 Auction Archive

PIPEX 2009
   Exhibit Results Here

2007 Auction Results

2006 Metro Show
     Exhibit Results

2006 Auction Results

2005 OSS Auction

PIPEX 2005
    - Exhibit Results Here

2004 OSS Auction

2004 Christmas Party


Perhaps the most frequently asked question in Philately (Stamp/Cover Collecting)

 To have your stamp and cover collection evaluated,

Please Call For an Appointment -
503.283.4770 (M-F 10am - 5pm)
or email     ==>>

We look at collections at our Collectors Corner Stamp Show
on the 4th Saturday of each month - EXCEPT DECEMBER
1 PM to 4 PM.

Other dates might be arranged - but we are a
volunteer based organization
a 9-5 business.

If the collection is in more than two large moving boxes
Please make an appointment
a very large collection can not be assessed in half an hour.


===> September 28, 2019 <===
(Cancelled - NO APPOINTMENTS.)
===> October 26, 2019 <===
(Firm as of 9/17/19)

A knowledgeable Club Member will look over your stamp and cover collections (remember, no one knows everything). An evaluation can usually be done in 20 - 30 minutes. Depending on its value and your intentions, we will try to give a list of options/recommendations on how to continue the collection or to find it a new home, if you have no long term interest in stamp collecting as a hobby.

There is no charge.

    We are at 4828 NE 33rd Ave - about 6 blocks south of Killingsworth. Our building is old Fire Station #34. It is a distinctive brick building with 5 white columns in front. A tall white Flag Pole marks the entrance to our parking lot at the south side of the building.

Some Basic Points

 Does The Oregon Stamp Society buy stamp collections?

    At this time we are only buying United States stamps which are unused - in the same condition as purchased from the post office - with full gum on the reverse (stamps before 2000) or self adhesive stamps since 2000 which are on the original USPS paper. We are now paying 35% of the face value of the stamps. Damaged stamps, stamps stuck together, stamps stuck down on paper or stamps without gum on the reverse are of no interest to us.

Stamp Collecting - Hobby or Investment?

    Historically (prior to 1940), stamp collecting (unused stamps and used stamps on envelopes or removed from envelopes), was a form of intellectual endeavor or entertainment. It evolved into educational and bonding experiences between children, parents and grandparents - learning about history, geography, people, etc. In general - inflation adjusted stamp prices probably peaked by the mid 1980s. Stamp collecting is not a growth industry. Stamp values are strictly a matter of Supply and Demand. At this time stamp collecting is a buyers market. Wholesale and retail prices are "soft" for most stamps and stamp collections. Only the scarest stamps of Top Quality and the Best Condition, command high prices. 

Stamps of exceptional high value are:

(1) Very Rare,
(2) in exceptional condition by Philatelic Standards, and
(3) are in high demand by individuals who have a lot of money to spend.

Stamp Collecting - Many Shapes and Sizes

    There are many categories and sub-specialties that make up stamp collecting. The main categories are "stamps" and "covers". Sub-specialties of "stamps" include: unused (singles, plate blocks, sheets), used off-paper (stamps which have been removed from envelopes) and used on piece (corners torn from envelopes with the stamps attached - generally “Kiloware” - sells by the pound). "Cover" specialties include: postal history, military mail (naval covers, censored war time mail), First Day Covers and special event commemorative covers like First Flights, Post Office Dedications, etc. Some people also include picture post cards - especially those between 1905 and 1920.

    There are many more specialties than those listed here - most of which non-collectors probably have never heard of. Some of these, though very popular in the past, no longer have a following.

    One general rule - used stamps still attached to the envelope are more valuable than those stamps which have been soaked from a cover. When in doubt, leave stamps on envelopes until you can have a knowledgeable person look at them.

Some Options

    If you have no interest in continuing a stamp collection, some options may include:

1. A collection with substantial cash value ($1000+) may be sold at auction.

2. A collection with some cash value may be sold in whole or in part to a stamp dealer or collector.

3. A collection with minimal value may be donated to an IRS 501(c)(3) charity generating a tax deduction, IF you are able to itemize deductions. The recent change in Federal Tax Law appears to have negated this option for most individuals on their Federal Return. It may still be viable on your State Tax return. As of February 1, 2018, this situation is very fluid - solid answers may take some time to develop.

4. Donation regardless of a tax benefit - putting the collection or a portion of it into the hands of people who would use and appreciate the items.

First Step

    Have the collection evaluated. You may try to use the internet - but unless you know exactly what you own, you will probably find this to be frustrating  and miss-leading.

Affiliated Philatelic Organizations

Oregon Stamp Society Foundation (OSSF)

The OSSF is a tax-exempt organization under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. The Foundation can accept donations which may be tax-deductible for you, including cash, philatelic materials, or other properties. Our goal is to promote philatelic activities primarily through support to the Oregon Stamp Society.

To obtain additional information on how to make your donations and receive a tax benefit please contact:
Win Bohme ( or 503.668.6265)

First Stamps

(a tax exempt organization under Section 501(c)(3) of the IRS Code)

Upcoming Events

visit; for latest information

 A Note From Phil (503) 939 - 0544 at First Stamps a 501 C(3):

     We generally pick up donated collections at the location of your choice. First stamps has more 2019 events planned with Ronald McDonald Houses, scouting, three middle schools, the Marine Corps Museum and are assisting young exhibitors. We are accepting the following material for the remainder of 2019;

      Whole estates without stress of fixing up the condition or  oranization of the material.

      Combinations of postcards, letters ephemera and coins can be included without regret.

    Donated stamps/covers covering medieval times and mythology (7th graders), inventions (8th), sports & wildlife (9th), and seals, postage, mounts etc. to support these activities.

      At several museums we are focused on wars, space, and stamps from foreign countries.  

     Any duplicates, or donations, will be quickly donated to local scouts, kids and the next generation of philately.

First Stamps has 2019 fall events every Monday, Thursday and Saturday.  Most need volunteers.  


Thank you. 






Old Portland Fire Station #34

The Oregon Stamp Society (OSS) purchased the building from the City of Portland in 1960. It is our permanent home and we are very proud of it. Over the years it has grown to be a center for Stamp Collectors and a Community Resource for a number of other non-profit organizations:

Oregon Stamp Society Foundation

Northwest Philatelic Library

First Stamps

Vintage Chevrolet Club - Columbia River Region (VCCA)

Corvair Society of America - Corsa Oregon Chapter

Studebaker Drivers Club - NW Chapter

The Portland Society of Magicians

All Ireland Culture Society

Oregon Historical Model Society

Sojourn Church PDX

See All of the Upcoming Events
at Our Building

The Building is available for one-time short rentals and long term periodic rentals.
We are located in a residental neighborhood and any use of the premises must be in keeping with being a good neighbor.

No parties. No alcoholic beverege consumption.

Basic rates are:

$125 per day for one-time rentals;
$65 per day under an annual lease.
Plus refundable cleaning and key deposits.


If you would like to discuss
your possible use of the building
please contact our

Property Manager: Ula Mae Neligh


Synopsis Of Our Most Recent Program