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For broadcast on CBS Radio Network stations 
March 20-21, 1999:

Free Membership in the Nation's Stamp Club

The Stamp Collecting Report, I'm Lloyd de Vries.

Maybe there's no such thing as a free lunch... but by the 
end of this summer, the American Philatelic Society will 
be offering new members a deal that's darn close: Discount 
coupons for the same amount as the dues they pay, good at 
participating dealers. Someone paying a full year's dues 
will get five five-dollar coupons.

A-P-S Secretary Janet Klug, who came up with the idea, 
says members are taking a chance when they pay their 
dues... why not take some of the gamble out of it?

Membership in many stamp societies is declining, as 
members grow older. And there's more competition these 
days for leisure-time activities. This gives another 
reason to join the A-P-S, of use to everyone from 
beginners to advanced.

Most dealers extend twenty per cent discounts to fellow 
dealers, and five dollars off on a twenty-five dollar 
purchase IS twenty per cent. You won't be able to 
combine the coupons with other offers, or give them to 
someone else.

Another discount program is in the works for 
RENEWING members.

And that's stamp collecting this week. 

I'm Lloyd de Vries, CBS News. 

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