Expertizer Bill Weiss has announced his retirement on his website, www.stampexpertizing.com.
“After several decades of philatelic service, effective immediately, Bill has decided to retire,” the notice states. “He feels it has been a great pleasure serving you over the last decade. And he would like to wish all of you good luck in your future endeavors, whether they be personal or philatelic.
“This web site will remain open as a source of information but Bill is currently not accepting new requests for certifications.”
The Weiss website contains more than 25 articles on details of philately, postal history and stamp handling.
Weiss ruminated on his long career and his love of the stamp hobby in an article published in the Feb. 2 Linn's Stamp News.
"It is a great hobby that we all should treasure and nurture by our participation in it and by our support for our national stamp society," Weiss wrote.
Weiss has also contributed a Linn's blog entry on the subject of stamp expertizing.
Weiss is the author of the books The Foreign Mail Cancellations of New York City, 1870-1878, The United States 15¢ Stamp of 1870-1890, The Catalog of Union Civil War Patriotic Covers, Confederate States General Issue Stamps Used on Adversity Covers, 1861-1865, and Collecting United States Covers and Postal History. He has also authored numerous articles in various philatelic publications.