How to Prepare for a Visit to a Stamp Show

Assuming you are a collector, review and copy your want list into a simple easy-to-carry and easy-to-read format, and BRING it with you. There’s nothing worse than being at show surrounded by millions of stamps and not knowing what you would like to buy. Be sure to bring any other collecting tools you’ll need, and a couple of pens (they get lost) to scratch off your purchases.

Check to see what exhibits will capture your interest. You might be able to do this ahead of time if exhibit titles and descriptions are available through the show’s website or exhibit committee. Or, check the program as soon as you arrive.

For a very large show, such as StampShow sponsored by the American Philatelic Society, check the official website ahead of time to learn of special events, workshops, or meetings you might be interested in.

If you specialize in specific areas, you might be able to obtain a dealer’s list ahead of time to see if dealers specializing in those areas will be on hand. If that is not possible, ask at the registration desk or speak to the bourse chair, who might be able to guide you.

If you are new to collecting and attending a big show, like an international or national show, take a deep breath and don’t get overwhelmed. There should be a show program. Look it over carefully to match your interests with workshops, exhibits, meetings, dealers, and special events.

For a schedule of stamp shows taking place in your area you can visit the APS’s calendar of events online and search by date or location.

New Flag Stamp to Unfurl January 27

U.S. Flag
U.S. Flag forever stamp.

The new United States U.S. Flag forever stamp will debut January 27 nationwide. The first-day ceremony is scheduled for 11 a.m. during the Southeastern Stamp Expo show at the Hilton Atlanta Northeast in Norcross, Georgia.

Here is the USPS media advisory on the stamp:

U.S. Flag Forever Stamp
To be Dedicated at Atlanta Area Stamp Show

WHAT: First Day of Issue ceremony for the U.S. Flag Forever Stamp
WHO: USPS Chief Human Resources Officer and Executive Vice President Jeff Williamson
American Philatelic Society President Mick Zais, Brigadier General, U.S. Army (ret.).
USPS Director of Stamp Services Mary-Anne Penner
WHEN: Fri., Jan. 27 at 11 a.m.
WHERE: Southeastern Stamp Expo, American Philatelic Society Stamp Show, Hilton Atlanta Northeast, 5993 Peachtree Industrial Blvd., Norcross, GA  30092
BACKGROUND: With the new U.S. Flag stamp, the Postal Service continues its tradition of celebrating patriotism with one of the most recognizable symbols of our nation. The stamp, sold in booklets of 10 and 20 and coils, features a detail from a photograph of the billowing Stars and Stripes. Terrence W. McCaffrey was the art director of the project and Greg Breeding of Charlottesville, VA, designed the stamp with an existing photograph of the flag taken by Tom Grill of New York. The credit line “© Tom Grill/Corbis” should appear in profile text associated with the stamp in accordance with standard practice.

Florida Stamp Show December 2–4 in Orlando

Florex 2016 — the Florida State Stamp Show and the final World Series of Philately show of 2016 — will be Friday through Sunday, December 2–4, in Orlando.

The show, which bills itself as the largest WSP show in the Southeast, will be held at the Central Florida Fairgrounds, state Route 50 (Commercial Exhibit Hall 4603 West Colonial Drive), 3½ miles west of downtown Orlando.

Parking and admission to the show are free. Hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday; 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday; and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday.

The show will feature about 45 dealers from all over North America, occupying 63 booths, along with 184 frames of competitive exhibits, representing nearly 2,900 pages of material.

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CHICAGOPEX 2016 Stamp Show Nov. 18–20

[Press Release]

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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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.