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.
Souvenir Postage Commemorates
25th Anniversary “Stamp Out Hunger®” Campaign
The American Philatelic Society (APS), in partnership with the National Association of Letter Carriers (NALC), is pleased to unveil a commemorative postage sheet for the 25th Anniversary of the “Stamp Out Hunger®” Food Drive. This personalized postage souvenir sheet, printed by PhotoStamps, will be available beginning Saturday, March 4 at AmeriStamp Expo — the nation’s second largest annual stamp and postal history show — being held at the Reno-Sparks Convention Center in Reno, Nevada.
The souvenir sheet features some of the iconic “Stamp Out Hunger®” campaign artwork, designed by artists Bil and Jeff Keane of the Family Circus comic strip, now synonymous with the campaign. Jeff Keane will join representatives from the NALC to dedicate this personalized postage at a special ceremony on Saturday, March 4 at 11 a.m. to celebrate the national kick-off to this 25th anniversary food drive.
Prior to 1991, there had been efforts by a few branches of the NALC to collect food for those in need. In the fall of 1991, an organized effort was held in 10 cities. Two years later, the NALC held its first national drive in mid-May, a time between holidays when the food banks’ donations are often waning. The initial goal was to have one branch in every state participate. That year, more than 11 million pounds of food was collected. In 2016, 80.1 million pounds of food was gathered, bringing the grand total donation to date to 1.5 billion pounds of food.
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)
Customers can now use PayPal when purchasing items through the American Philatelic Society website.
PayPal service is available for purchases from StampStore and APS specialty items, including books, souvenirs, and other merchandise.
There are currently more than 300,000 stamps and covers for sale on StampStore. More than 60 books, plus DVDs, neckties, polo shorts, hobby supplies, and event souvenirs are sold through the APS Specialty Shop.
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.
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.