Eight stamps have advanced to the second round of the 2017 American Philatelic Society’s inaugural 2017 Stamp Madness head-to-head bracket contest.
Matchups for Round 2 will be:
The U.S. Project Mercury stamp (which won the most votes in Round 1) from 1962 against New Zealand’s Southern Alps and Chapel (1946).
Japan’s Suigo Quasi-National Park stamp of 1962 against the 1958 Elephant stamp from Laos.
India’s Taj Mahal stamp of 1949 against the Eastern Farm stamp (1946) from Canada.
The U.S. World’s Fair stamp of 1964 vs. the Greece’s Grapes and Bread stamp of 1953.
The stamps, chosen from the years 1946 to 1970, advanced via public voting on social media platforms Facebook and Twitter. The eventual champion will be crowned via three more rounds of public voting. Round 2 voting begins Friday.
Some fun philatelic prizes based on our pre-tournament Pick the Winner contest and the championship round will be awarded at the end of the tournament.
Stamps returned to the national news this week when CBS This Morning broadcast a feature story on the British Guiana 1-Cent Magenta.
Reporter Jan Crawford went to the National Postal Museum in Washington, D.C., where she showed the exhibit now housing the prized rarity, and interviewed its owner, show designer Stuart Weitzman, and James Barron, the author of a new book about the stamp.
Weitzman purchased the stamp in 2014 for $9.5 million and has loaned it to the postal museum for the exhibit.
Barron, a New York Times reporter, this week released his new book, The One-Cent Magenta: Inside the Quest to Own the Most Valuable Stamp in the World. The book chronicles the stamp’s history and travels by following its nine owners.
Stamp collectors heading to the upcoming Garfield-Perry Stamp Club’s March Party March 23 to 25 in Cleveland will have a chance to hear more, as Barron will be on hand to speak. Barron is scheduled to speak at 10:30 a.m. on March 25.
For more about the stamp show, visit garfieldperry.org. The original CBS story can be found on YouTube here:
AmeriStamp Expo, the nation’s second largest postage stamp and postal history show, will take place March 3–5 in the Reno-Sparks Convention Center at 4590 South Virginia Street, Reno, Nevada. Show hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday. Admission is free and open to the public. Details are available on the show website: stamps.org/StampExpo.
Postal historians as well stamp collectors, dealers, artisans, and the general public can learn about stamps and postal history, buy and sell stamps, and have stamp collections evaluated. Displays include letter carriers’ museum artifacts, an historic postal vehicle, an historic post office window, and a few of America’s rarest postal items — including the earliest known U.S. Presidential “Free Frank” from 1789. More than 130 private collections of stamps, postal history, and philatelic material will be exhibited.
Among the most popular reasons to attend the Expo is the “Stamps In Your Attic” program, a free service to identify and evaluate stamps and postal history. The public is encouraged to bring along inherited collections of stamps or old family correspondence to receive input as to their uniqueness and care.
Youth can learn about stamp collecting through microscopes, design their own stamps, fill a stamp passport, play games, and pick up items for their collections in the Youth Area — all for free. Adults interested in learning more about the hobby can attend free Beginning Collectors seminars and other workshops.
Friday, March 3, ceremonies will be held at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m., respectively, for the new Barn Swallow Stamped Envelope and Flora stamps being issued by the United States Postal Service® and Marshall Islands Postal Service, respectively. Saturday, March 4, a special ceremony will be held at 11 a.m. to celebrate the national kick-off to the 25th anniversary National Association of Letter Carriers’ “Stamp Out Hunger®” Food Drive. Artist Jeff Keane of the Family Circus comic strip will help dedicate a personalized postage souvenir sheet featuring the iconic campaign artwork, printed by PhotoStamps.com. Autograph sessions will follow each ceremony. Proceeds from postage sheet sales will benefit the Food Bank of Northern Nevada, who will also have a booth at the show to accept contributions and donations of canned goods.
AmeriStamp Expo 2017 is hosted by the American Philatelic Society, in partnership with the National Association of Letter Carriers and the United States Postal Service. Event details are available at stamps.org/StampExpo. For details, call (814) 933-3803 ext. 217 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
The great state of Texas is about to host a great stamp show. Texpex 2017 will be held Friday through Sunday (February 24–26) at the Hilton DFW Lakes Executive Conference Center, in Grapevine, not far from the Dallas-Fort Worth airport.
Parking and admission are free, as are show exhibits, seminars, and a beginners’ center. A first-day-of-issue ceremony will be held at 10 a.m. Friday for a new variety of the 5-cent Grapes stamp being issued in a pane of 20 format. There will be more than 130 frames of exhibits and about 30 dealers.
APS Director of Special Projects Tom Horn will be on hand throughout the show and lead a forum about the APS Chapter Ambassador program at 1 p.m. Saturday.
The show has a theme of Railroads and the Mail in Texas, which will be featured on a commemorative show cover. Lectures for the theme include “Postal History Across the Red River” by Joe Crosby on Friday and “Texas Railroads in Philately — Searches Yield Scarce Items” by Bill Halstead on Saturday.
The show is sponsored by the Texas Philatelic Association and the Texas Postal History Society and is sanctioned as a World Series of Philately by the American Philatelic Society.
Other societies and groups on hand at booths and conducting workshops and seminars will be the APS, the United States Philatelic Classics Society, the United Postal Stationery Society, the Texas Philatelic Society, the Sawyer Chapter of the American First Day Cover Society, and the American Topical Association’s Space Unit, which will host artist and space stamp designer Chris Calle.
Hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday. The conference center address is 1800 Highway 26 East, Grapevine, Texas. A full schedule of events, participants and other details can be found at the show website, www.texpex.org.
Aripex Stamp, Post Card, and Postal History Show, sponsored by Arizona Federation of Stamp Clubs, will be held at the Mesa Convention Center, 263 North Center Street, Mesa, Arizona 85201 February 17–19. Parking is free and admission is $5 for all three days. The show hours are Friday and Saturday 10 a.m.–6 p.m. and Sunday 10 a.m.–3 p.m.
The APS World Series of Philately show will feature:
• 36 dealers.
• 248 frames of exhibits.
• a Boy Scout merit badge program will be offered Saturday/Sunday.
• the U.S. Postal Service first day of issue ceremony for Uncle Sam’s Hat will be Saturday, February 18 at 11:45 a.m.
• the USPS and United Nations Postal Administration will be selling current items.
• Stamps in your Attic free appraisal service with paid admission.
• Workshops and Seminars during the show.
• Native American Artisans in attendance demonstrating the art of Hopi Kachina Woodcarving. and Decorating Zia Pottery.
• Show Cachet and Hopi Kachina Raffle.
• Youth and beginners area with free stamps.
• Ken Martin, APS Chief Operating Officer, will be judging at the show.
Court of Honor featuring:
• APRL recovered C3a Inverted Jenny single from the original stolen McCoy block.
• Eight frame Grand Prix National: Gordon Eubanks (United States) for “The United States Imperforate Issues of 1851-1856 & Their Importance in an Expanding Postal System”.
Convening Societies will be:
• Mexico Elmhurst Philatelic society International (MEPSI)
• Canal Zone Study Group (CZSG)
• American Ceremonial Program Society (ACPS)
• Arizona & New Mexico Postal History Society
• Plate Number Coil Collectors Club (PNC3)