Great Britain Hibernating Animals Post & Go Stamps

Great Britain’s Royal Mail issued four new pictorial Post & Go: Hibernating Animals stamps, overprinted with First Class, First Large, Second Class and Second Large values, today, November 14.

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Royal Mail provided the following description of the four stamps:

Hedgehogs like to hibernate in piles of dead leaves and vegetation, though this can make them vulnerable to garden bonfires.

Grass snakes are cold-blooded and rely on sunlight for warmth. When the days grow too short, they crawl into vegetation or cracks in banks to hibernate.

Dormouse are proverbially sleepy, dormice can spend more than half the year in hibernation, within carefully woven woodland nests.

The Brown long-eared bat needs a steady supply of insects, so when this food source disappears, they hibernate.

Exhibit Entries Sought for AmeriStamp Expo in Reno

The upcoming AmeriStamp Expo show, March 3–5, in Reno, Nevada, focuses on single frame and non-traditional types of exhibits and features the annual Single Frame Champion of Champions and the Most Popular Champion of Champions.

Exhibit entry forms and a prospectus are available for those who wish to exhibit at the show. E-mail completed forms to stampshow@stamps.org.

The extended deadline for entries is December 29, 2016.

For additional information on the stamp show, visit stamps.org/stampexpo. AmeriStamp Expo will be held at the AAA four-diamond Atlantis Casino Resort Spa and the adjacent Reno-Sparks Convention Center. Additional travel tips are also available here.

Thank You Veterans From the APS

Famed author, Bernard Malamud once wrote, “Without heroes, we are all plain people and don’t know how far we can go.” His comment reflects that there are individuals who make the rest of us aspire to do better. These words are particularly fitting as the United States pauses for Veterans Day to honor those who have served our nation.

scott-940-veterans-wwiiOn behalf of the members of the American Philatelic Society, the Board and the staff, we offer words of thanks to each man and woman who served in defense of our freedom at home and abroad. And although this is a day of honoring our veterans, we also express our thanks to the spouses and children who have supported, missed, or lost a loved one serving in our nation’s military.

President Abraham Lincoln once said, “Honor to the soldier and sailor everywhere, who bravely bears his country’s cause. Honor, also, to the citizen who cares for his brother in the field and serves, as he best can, the same cause.”

Today, almost 22 million veterans live in the United States, some long since left active duty, others still just recently returned home. If you have a chance, please say thank you to a veteran you know today. With nearly 250,000 men and women returning home each year, you may consider inviting them to your next stamp club meeting or stamp show. For those who may be in a local veterans’ hospital, a gift of stamps can be a positive hobby for those recuperating.

To all our veterans — thank you for all you have done on our behalf. You are the heroes that show us how far we can go. We wish the best to you and your families on Veterans Day and throughout the year.

— Your friends from the American Philatelic Society

Summit on the Future of Philately Report

The Summit on the Future of Philately was held on Friday, October 28, 2016 at the American Philatelic Center. We had 56 leaders within the industry participating in the summit in person or by phone and hundreds more have viewed the summit online since then.

There was a very positive and balanced conversation that took place and it focused forward on the hobby. Here is a link to the report from the event providing a summary of the meeting.

There were three key takeaway items that dictate the group’s next steps:
1. The branding of the hobby to be more inclusive and descriptive of the hobby, especially for non-collectors.

2. Increasing our technological capabilities to reach a larger audience of collectors.

3. Strengthening our ability to improve the marketplace, including preparing the next generation of dealers today.

Details about future meetings will be provided when available.

San Jose, CA Stamp Show, November 12–13

Filatelic Fiesta Stamp Show, sponsored by San Jose Stamp Club, will be held November 12–13 at the Elks Lodge, 444 West Alma Avenue, San Jose, CA 95110 (this is a new venue). Show hours are Saturday 10 a.m.–6 p.m. and Sunday 10 a.m.–4 p.m. Admission and parking are free.

The American Philatelic Society World Series of Philately show will feature:
25 dealers
120 frames of exhibits
Boy Scout Stamp Collecting Merit Badge workshop on Saturday
• Buying/Selling • Door Prizes • Raffles • Free Appraisals
• Youth Area • Hospitality Area • Live Auction • Guest Speakers
• Live Auction, Sunday
U.S. Philatelic Classics Society meeting on Saturday

Ken Martin, APS Chief Operating Officer, will be staffing the APS booth and will hold a Town Hall meeting.

For more information and directions, go to the Filatelic Fiesta website.