Topical Time is the 92-page, bi-monthly journal of the ATA and is mailed to all members worldwide. It has been in continuous publication since 1949 and is currently edited by Wayne Youngblood.
The ATA releases a Membership Directory so that its members can connect with other collectors around the world who share their collecting interests. Nearly 1,000 topical codes can be chosen to pinpoint interest areas.
One of the most valuable ATA services is the Checklist Service, for members starting a new topical collection. More than 550 checklists are currently offered. The member-to-member service is available at nominal cost. Checklists are emailed to members in Excel format or paper copies are mailed.
The ATA has published many handbooks on popular topics. Members receive a discount from list prices when purchasing handbooks. The link to the right leads to a complete list.
Copies of articles which have appeared in Topical Time, categorized by topic, are available to anyone.
Thirty DVDs, on a plethora of popular collecting topics, are available. They are suitable for beginning to intermediate collectors, stamp clubs, youth groups or community groups.
National Topical Stamp Show & ATA Convention (NTSS)
Every year since 1952, the ATA has held its annual convention in a different location around the United States and Canada. That convention is now part of NTSS, the largest all-topical show in the United States, sponsored by the ATA.
Stamp shows which have a topical section in their prospectus can obtain at minimal cost the ATA Best in Topical Award certificate or Best in Topical First Medal for the best topical exhibit in the show. The ATA Second Place Award and Third Place Award medals are also available at a nominal cost. ATA Novice and Youth Awards are also available free of charge to shows having novice and youth entries. Contact the ATA Central Office, firstname.lastname@example.org, for more information.
Information Specialty Board
The ATA provides an information board to its members. This board is made up of dozens of topical specialists who will answer questions on well over 100 different topics by email or for the cost of return postage.
ATA members have access to a translation service for philatelic items or articles. Please contact the ATA Central Office for more information.
The ATA provides an estate and heirs assistance service. Please contact the Central Office regarding this service.
The ATA has 47 major topic Study Units comprised of worldwide collectors of similar topical interests.
The ATA has 32 affiliated chapters in both the U.S. and worldwide. Chapters are local stamp clubs that have several members who are interested in topical collecting.