On the Road Course: Mastering Postal History January 26, 2017

The American Philatelic Society will offer an On the Road Course January 26, 2017 titled “Mastering Postal History: How to Read and Interpret a Cover” (One Day Course). The course, by instructor Gary Wayne Loew, takes place just prior to the Southeastern Stamp Expo show in Norcross, Georgia (an Atlanta suburb).

The purpose of this course is to enable participants to fully understand their postal history collections.
• What is the story that each cover can tell?
• How to organize your covers into a more meaningful postal history collection.
• How to maximize the value of your covers.
• How to become a more informed buyer and learn what to pay for a cover.

The course runs from 9 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. (lunch on your own) and the registration deadline is January 7, 2017. Register early because class sizes are limited.

For the full course description, which costs $65 for APS Members and $105 for Non-members, visit the APS website. Some of the costs for this course are being underwritten by the Southeastern Stamp Expo
Note that the registration fee does not include housing or meals.

CHICAGOPEX 2016 Stamp Show Nov. 18–20

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CHICAGO, Nov. 15, 2016 — The annual stamp show CHICAGOPEX takes place Nov. 18-20, 2016, at the Westin Chicago Northwest, 400 Park Blvd., Itasca, Ill. In addition to hobby-related attractions, attendees enjoy free admission, free parking and complimentary stamps for kids.

2016 marks the 130th year of the Chicago Philatelic Society (CPS), whose show committee has organized the event. CPS began in 1886, the same year as the national organization, the American Philatelic Society (APS), which is sending several staff members to serve as representatives at the show. CPS holds the distinction of being chapter no. 1 of APS, which today has hundreds of chapters and affiliates nationwide. CPS will hold its monthly meeting at the show on 1 p.m. Saturday. The meeting is open to the public.

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Great Britain Hibernating Animals Post & Go Stamps

Great Britain’s Royal Mail issued four new pictorial Post & Go: Hibernating Animals stamps, overprinted with First Class, First Large, Second Class and Second Large values, today, November 14.

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Royal Mail provided the following description of the four stamps:

Hedgehogs like to hibernate in piles of dead leaves and vegetation, though this can make them vulnerable to garden bonfires.

Grass snakes are cold-blooded and rely on sunlight for warmth. When the days grow too short, they crawl into vegetation or cracks in banks to hibernate.

Dormouse are proverbially sleepy, dormice can spend more than half the year in hibernation, within carefully woven woodland nests.

The Brown long-eared bat needs a steady supply of insects, so when this food source disappears, they hibernate.

Exhibit Entries Sought for AmeriStamp Expo in Reno

The upcoming AmeriStamp Expo show, March 3–5, in Reno, Nevada, focuses on single frame and non-traditional types of exhibits and features the annual Single Frame Champion of Champions and the Most Popular Champion of Champions.

Exhibit entry forms and a prospectus are available for those who wish to exhibit at the show. E-mail completed forms to stampshow@stamps.org.

The extended deadline for entries is December 29, 2016.

For additional information on the stamp show, visit stamps.org/stampexpo. AmeriStamp Expo will be held at the AAA four-diamond Atlantis Casino Resort Spa and the adjacent Reno-Sparks Convention Center. Additional travel tips are also available here.

Summit on the Future of Philately Report

The Summit on the Future of Philately was held on Friday, October 28, 2016 at the American Philatelic Center. We had 56 leaders within the industry participating in the summit in person or by phone and hundreds more have viewed the summit online since then.

There was a very positive and balanced conversation that took place and it focused forward on the hobby. Here is a link to the report from the event providing a summary of the meeting.

There were three key takeaway items that dictate the group’s next steps:
1. The branding of the hobby to be more inclusive and descriptive of the hobby, especially for non-collectors.

2. Increasing our technological capabilities to reach a larger audience of collectors.

3. Strengthening our ability to improve the marketplace, including preparing the next generation of dealers today.

Details about future meetings will be provided when available.