The legacy of last year’s World Stamp Show-NY 2016 continues, thanks to $200,000 in grants from the show to help philatelic groups. Donations include a $25,000 matching grant to the American Philatelic Society to support the society website and marketing, as well as $100,000 to the next U.S. international show.
Today, March 14, the American Philatelic Society released the results of a survey of more than 3,000 members and 800 non-members looking at services provided by the APS and giving insight into what collectors want to see.
The survey was conducted through Survey Monkey and the results were analyzed by David Paddock, a long-time APS member and expert in the field of market research. Paddock agreed to donate his time to lead focus groups at StampShow 2016 in Portland, Oregon and producing the report of more than 120 pages for the APS leadership and members. The key takeaway from the report was a desire to see greater education services provided on-demand through the APS website.
“There are some great insights into how our members and the collecting community at large view APS services,” said Scott English, APS Executive Director, “We have some work to do to better promote some services, like expertizing, circuit sales, and the library, and make sure they meeting the needs of our members.”
The results were presented to the APS Board of Directors at the AmeriStamp Expo in Reno, Nevada, held earlier this month.
“Thank you to David for donating his time and to all those who contributed to this survey,” said English. “The results will help us bring positive changes to the way we serve our members.”
This is the first survey performed by the APS since 2006.
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 email@example.com.
The Sarasota National Stamp Exhibition — which brings dealers, world-class exhibits, specialty societies, and philatelic friendship all under one roof — begins its three-day run Friday, February 3, at the Sarasota Municipal Auditorium in Florida.
The show, sponsored by the Sarasota Philatelic Club, opens at 10 a.m. Friday through Sunday, closing at 5:30 p.m. the first two days and at 3 p.m. Sunday at the auditorium, 801 N. Tamiami Trail. There’s free parking and admission.
The show, featuring 200 frames of exhibits, is part of the American Philatelic Society’s World Series of Philately so winning single- and multi-frame exhibits are eligible for the final World Series competition set for August at StampShow in Richmond, Virginia.
The sold-out bourse will have 40 dealers carrying all collecting specialties. Clubs and societies scheduled to take part are the Auxiliary Markings Club, the Canal Zone Study Group, United States Possessions Society. The United Nations Postal Administration and U.S. Postal Service will be on hand.
Several lectures and meetings are scheduled, including an open forum on exhibiting sponsored by the American Association of Philatelic Exhibitors, “Finland Figure Cancels,” “Exhibiting in Iceland,” and a meeting of women exhibitors. There will be an awards banquet Saturday night.
Novice youth and adult collectors will find special areas just for them. Free appraisals of collections will be available. For more information, visit the club’s website, www.sarasotastampclub.com/show.html.