National Postal History & Stamp Show Coming to Reno March 3–5

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.

Barn Swallow Stamped Envelope
Barn Swallow Stamped Envelope

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 stampshow@stamps.org.

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Texpex Stamp Show February 24–26 in Dallas Area

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.

Uncle Sam Stamp at Mesa, Arizona Stamp Show, February 17-19

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.

Uncle Sam’s Hat
Uncle Sam’s Hat

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)

For more information visit the show website.

Ft. Lauderdale Stamp Bourse Feb. 10–12

The American Stamp Dealers Association’s (ASDA) Winter Postage Stamp Show will be held February 10–12 at the War Memorial Auditorium, 800 NE 8th Street, Ft. Lauderdale, FL 33304. Show hours are Friday and Saturday 10 a.m.–5 p.m. and Sunday 10 a.m.–3 p.m. Admission is free.

Patriotic Nonprofit stamp.
Patriotic Nonprofit stamp.

The show will feature:
• 14 dealers from across the nation that will be buying and selling.
• the United States Postal Service will issue the nondenominated Patriotic Nonprofit definitive stamp Friday morning at 11 a.m. The stamp is being issued in a coil of 10,000 format.
• USPS and the United Nations Postal Agency Booths for the latest new issues.
• a free appraisal service will be available Friday and Saturday, 10 a.m.–3 p.m., and Sunday 10 a.m.–2 p.m. Bring in those stamps/collections that you have inherited or been storing for years and they will put a value on your material and advise you on what to do.

For more information visit the ASDA website.

International Summit Focuses on Philatelic Importance

The Philatelic Summit 2017 to be held April 7 to 9 in Stockholm, Sweden will offer presentations and workshops by some of the world’s leading philatelists. There are spaces that remain available for those interested in participating.

The summit is aimed at exhibitors, judges, and experts, especially those who are targeting participation in the Stockholmia 2019 international show.

A summit focus will be on choice of material based on philatelic importance. Through workshops and presentations, the summit will cover areas such as postal history, thematic philately, and traditional philately.

One keynote presentation is “Fathers of Philately and London as the Stronghold of Organized Philately,” by Brian John Birch, Tomas Bjäringer. Another is “Philatelic Importance Reflected Through the History of Philatelic Exhibiting and Glanced Through the Today’s Context,” by Christopher G. Harman.

Others offering presentations include Gordon Eubanks, Jamie Gough, Lawrence Haber, and Jonas Hällström.

The summit is organized by Corinphila, Köhler and their partners in the Global Philatelic Network.

For more information, visit https://hrharmer.com/en/philatelicsummit2017/#.