Stamp Madness Stampionship Begins

Two contemporary stamps from Canada and New Zealand issued in the same year in the aftermath of World War II have reached the championship round of the American Philatelic Society’s inaugural Stamp Madness contest. The finalists prevailed over 14 other stamps via popular votes in the bracket-style contest held over the past few weeks through Facebook and Twitter.

The public and APS members are encouraged to vote for their favorite through this link. Those voting in this round will be eligible for philatelic prizes after the contest ends at midnight April 10. A random draw will be made from those picking the winning stamp. Prizes also will be rewarded from our Predict the Winner Preview contest. Prizes include books with stamps from the U.S. Postal Service and copies of the new APS book, Cataloging U.S. Commemorative Stamps (2016), by Charles Posner.

Both the Canada and New Zealand stamps overcame some negative odds to reach the finals, including both scoring triumphs over entries from the United States.

Please vote to make your favorite the 2017 Stamp Madness champion.

Canada, from our Americas bracket, is the Eastern (sometimes Ontario) Farm scene stamp (Scott catalog No. 268) of 1946. The stamp defeated Chad Crafts stamp in the first round, the India Taj Mahal in the second, and just bested the U.S. World’s Fair stamp in the semifinals by securing a solid 63 percent of the vote. The stamp illustrates vital farm products and activities. The scene is a composite from four photographs. The farm house is from a photograph taken in Eastern Ontario, the barn from a farm in Western Ontario, the silo from Central Ontario, and the ploughmen and horses from Quebec. Designed by Herman Herbert Schwartz, vignette engraved by Warrell Hauck, and printed by Canadian Bank Note Co.

New Zealand, which we had seeded No. 4 in the Pacific Division, features the Southern Alps and Chapel (Scott 256) and is part of the New Zealand Peace and Victory stamps, a set of 11 produced by Bradbury Wilkinson. The 9-cent stamp, dubbed A Spirit of Thankfulness, shows the chapel window at Waiho Gorge. The Franz Josef Glacier can be seen through the window. This stamp has done very well in Stamp Madness. In the opening round, it defeated a Switzerland showing alpine viaducts, and it followed with a somewhat stunning victory over the pre-tournament favorite, the U.S. Project Mercury of 1962. In a close semifinal, New Zealand turned back the Laos Elephants stamp of 1958 by capturing 53 percent.

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APS Announces Dealer Advisory Council Results

Today, the American Philatelic Society released the results of the first-ever Dealer Advisory Council. The APS Board of Directors created the Council at its December 6, 2016 meeting to:

Serve as an advisory group to the APS Board of Directors and staff on matters that impact the dealer community, including show locations, membership initiatives, and growth of the hobby.

The Council will be made up of: APS Vice President Trish Kaufmann, APS Dealer Representative Eric Jackson, Kim Kellerman (Rasdale Stamps), Roy DeLafosse (Roy E. DeLafosse, Ltd.), Irving Miller (Miller’s Stamp Company), Telah Smith (Telah W. Smith), Bob Sazama (Robert M. Sazama), and Jim Dempsey (A&D Stamp & Coins). Mark Reasoner, President, American Stamp Dealers Association and Dick Kostka, President, National Stamp Dealers Association will serve as ex officio members of the Council.

“Stamp dealers have a unique view within our hobby from recognizing market trends to building personal relationships with collectors of all walks,” said APS President Mick Zais, “They have invested in the long-term health of the hobby and on behalf of the Board, we thank the candidates for their leadership.”

APS Vice President Trish Kaufmann, the only dealer serving on the APS Board, will be the Chair of the Dealer Advisory Council. “The APS and its membership is one of the strongest forces in the health of the hobby. The Council will work to identify, prioritize, and offer specific recommendations to the Board to help improve the market,” Kaufmann stated.

“As a dealer, I want to thank the APS Board for taking several great steps to bring dealers to the table. It won’t be easy work, but I’m sure dealers are ready and able to do their part.” added APS Dealer Representative Eric Jackson.

The first meeting of the Council will be in May. Date and call-in information will be provided, along with an agenda and meeting minutes for APS members. For more information, contact Scott English, Executive Director at scott@stamps.org or 814-933-3814.