StampTour 2017: APS Around the Nation

For the rest of this month through June, the American Philatelic Society travel schedule is filling up! We will continue to be representing the Society throughout the country visiting clubs and stamp shows during our #StampTour2017.

Here’s a list of upcoming stops with links to the club/show/meeting locations. We look forward to seeing you soon!

April 25: Sequoia Stamp Club — Scott English, speaker

April 26: Sacramento Philatelic Society — Scott English, speaker

April 28-30: Westpex in San Francisco— Scott English
April 29: APS Town Hall at Westpex, 11 a.m.

May 3: Collectors Club of New York — Scott English

May 5-7: Philatelic Show in the Boston area— Scott English
May 6: APS Town Hall, 11 a.m.

May 6-7: Wiscopex Stamp Show in Central Wisconsin — Jay Bigalke
May 6: APS Happenings, 3 p.m.; Banquet 6:30 p.m. (Bigalke speaker)

May 19-20: Ropex in the Rochester, New York area— Jeff Stage; Ken Martin, Exhibit Jury

May 19-21: Rocky Mountain Stamp Show in Denver — Tara Murray

May 20: Compex in the Chicago area — Tom Horn

June 9-11: Napex in Northern Virginia — Scott English
June 9 Ambassador Forum — Tom Horn
June 10 APS Town Hall Meeting — Scott English

June 16-17: Okpex in Oklahoma City — Scott Tiffney

June 23-25: National Topical Stamp Show in Milwaukee, Wisconsin — Scott English

USPS Federal Credit Union and the APS

Representatives from the United States Postal Service Federal Credit Union, a working partner with the American Philatelic Society, visited the American Philatelic Center on April 20 to discuss upcoming promotions and partnerships for the year.

Steve Cimino and Sandy Rose visited from the Washington D.C. area and gave a brief presentation about the credit union’s services, including savings and checking accounts, loans, certificates of deposit, financial counseling services, and 24-hour online service.

All APS members are eligible to join the credit union. Anyone can learn more about the credit union’s services by visiting its website (www.uspsfcu.com), or by calling 800-877-7328.

As part of the day, the USPSFCU treated APS staff and volunteers to lunch. Pictured above from left to right: Steve Cimino (USPS FCU), Mary Walizer, Megan Crater, Stephanie Frankhouser, Cathy Brachbill, John Gonzales (APS Volunteer), Janet Houser, Betsy Gamble, and Sandy Rose (USPS FCU).

Seeking Future Young Philatelic Leaders

Calling all philatelists between the ages of 16 and 24! Applications for the Young Philatelic Leaders Fellowship Class of 2018 are due by May 15.

The Young Philatelic Leaders Fellowship (YPLF) program provides Fellows with a year-long experience traveling to three APS national shows and opportunities to learn from seasoned collectors, exhibitors, writers and dealers.

For application materials and more about the YPLF program go to the website. Or contact us via the form below:

Oh, It’s Canada! Stamp Madness Champion

Congratulations to Canada for winning the American Philatelic Society’s 2017 Stamp Madness contest, our bracket-style popularity contest.

Our Stampionship paired stamps from two Peace issues of 1946 — Canada’s 8-cent Eastern (sometimes Ontario) Farm scene stamp and a 9-cent New Zealand Southern Alps and Chapel. Canada won 59 percent of the vote in the fourth and final round of the balloting, which concluded at midnight April 10.

Voting was open to members of the APS and public.

It seems fitting that the Canada stamp was victorious in that 2017 marks the 150th anniversary of the Confederation of Canada. To celebrate that milestone, this July’s edition of The American Philatelist will be dedicated to Canada with special articles about Canadian philately.

To reach the final round, the Canada Farm stamp, part of the Americas Division in our 16-stamp competition, defeated stamps from Chad, India and the U.S. (World’s Fair). New Zealand, originally in the Pacific Division, triumphed over Switzerland, scored a big upset over the U.S. Project Mercury stamp, and then barely beat an Elephant stamp from Laos in the semifinal.

Prizes are being rewarded via random draws in the contest, including from those who chose the winning stamp and a pre-tournament Predict the Winner contest in which registrants tried to pick the eventual winner from the field of 16. (By the way, only four entries predicted Canada would win, while 19 picked New Zealand.)

John Perquin, of Pennsylvania, from the Preview contest, was chosen as our grand prize winner of a 2005 U.S. Postal Service Yearbook, which includes $51.43 in face-value stamps.

Jerry Derr, of Colorado, was among those who voted for Canada in the championship round. His name was chosen to win a The Civil War (1994) commemorative stamp book from the U.S. Postal Service.

Two contestants, one from the preview and one from the championship, were selected to win copies of the APS-published book, Cataloging U.S. Commemorative Stamps: 1950 (2016) by Charles Posner. Congratulations to John Murphy, of New York, and Blair Stannard, of Ontario, Canada.

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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