Stamps, covers, postal history and plenty of connections can be made at this coming weekend’s AmeriStamp Expo in Birmingham, Alabama.
The show, which is admission free and open to the public, is set for Friday through Sunday at the Birmingham-Jefferson Convention Complex.
The show serves as the society’s 61st winter meeting and convention, with a general and town meeting set for 9 a.m. on the show Saturday. Otherwise, AmeriStamp will present dealers, international-caliber judged exhibits, displays of rarities, meetings of stamp societies and specialty groups, lectures and a designated youth area.
Though there is no charge for admittance, all visitors must register, which can be completed at the show entrance.
Shoppers should find plenty of variety. Thirty dealers will be on hand specializing in everything from U.S. and worldwide to revenues, stampless and dollar covers.
More than 100 national-caliber exhibits in more than 250 frames will be on display. AmeriStamp is host to the annual Champion of Champions Single Frame Championship as well as the Most Popular Exhibit Championship. Eligible exhibits are drawn from more than 30 annual World Series of Philately shows. AmeriStamp also presents a team competition featuring national-caliber exhibits. In addition, there are multiframe exhibits that will compete for a grand award, with the winner eligible for this summer’s Champion of Champions at StampShow in Columbus, Ohio.
A few of the exhibit titles on show at AmeriStamp (a full list is available online) include “The 10-Cent Prexie, Common Stamp, Uncommon Usages,” “U.S. Army Small Watercraft of World War II,” “The Dagger Issue of Bundi,” and “Vinegar – History and Uses.”
The American Mobile Postal Museum will be on hand with an exhibit presenting artifacts and philately of the U.S. postal service dating back to the 18th century.
The show will offer a show cachet and special cancellations for all three days. On consecutive days, the cancellations will honor the city of Birmingham, black history and the state of Alabama. The APS booth also will offer a selection of books, apparel, and other assorted gifts.
Rarities from the APS – including the Inverted Jenny, a George Washington free frank and the autographed discovery sheet of the Dag Hammarskjöld Inverts.
APS staff members and officers will offer guided exhibit tours Friday and Sunday, and the APS education staff presents an overview for new collectors on Friday and Saturday.
Other presentations scheduled include those reviewing Rowland Hill’s postal reforms of 1837, the works of Scandinavian stamp engraver Martin Mörck, judging international level postal history exhibits, collecting perfins, stratospheric and balloon flights and a look at the Postmark Collectors Club Museum.
The APS youth area, with activities geared toward young collectors, will be open during show hours all three days. Karen Cartier, author of Tales by Mail Book 2, a youth-oriented book, will be on hand all three days to sign and talk about her book.
Cartier will sign books as will Ed Bergen, author of Walt Disney’s First Super Star: Mickey Mouse; and Steve Zwillinger, author of The Path to Gold: 175 Proven Stamp Exhibiting Tips.
The APS general membership meeting is set for 9 a.m. Saturday. An awards banquet is scheduled for Saturday night.
Several societies will meet, have booths, or make presentations during the show. Among those expected to be on hand are representatives of the American Topical Association, Scandinavian Collectors Club, Royal Philatelic Society, Ebony Society Philatelic Events and Reflections, Women Exhibitors, American First Day Cover Society, the Gastronomy on Stamps Study Unit and Penguins on Stamps Study Unit.
The Birmingham Philatelic Society, Alabama’s oldest stamp collecting club, is the local sponsor.