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Charles Snee

American Philatelic Society selects Markovits, Mueller, Weinberg as 2017 hall of fame class

June 12, 2017 10:30 AM

  • The APS announced June 12 the selection of Robert Markovits (1937-2015), Barbara Mueller (1925-2016), and Irwin Weinberg (1928-2016) to the society’s hall of fame. (American Philatelic Society image)

By Charles Snee

The American Philatelic Society announced June 12 the selection of Robert Markovits, Barbara Mueller, and Irwin Wienberg as the 2017 inductees into the society’s hall of fame.

“The Hall honors deceased philatelists who made outstanding contributions to philately,” the APS said.

Bob Markovits (1937-2015) made his mark on the hobby as a respected dealer and keen student of United States special delivery and Official stamps, and postal stationery. Among his many recognitions is the 1999 Champion of Champions award for his splendid exhibit of “U.S. Official Stamps, 1873-1884.”

Barbara Mueller (1925-2016) was a prolific researcher and writer. Common Sense Philately, her first book, was published in 1956. A life member of the APS, Mueller was inducted into the hall of fame of the United States Stamp Society in 2006.

Irwin Weinberg (1928-2016) was perhaps best known as the 1970s face of the British Guiana 1856 1¢ Magenta, the world’s most valuable stamp. In 1970, as part of a consortium of investors, Weinberg purchased the iconic stamp for $280,000. A decade later, the consortium realized a handsome profit when the stamp sold for $935,000 at auction.

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