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.
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)
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.
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.
The U.S. Postal Service will walk boldly down the runway next month as it hosts its most fashionable first-day ceremony ever when it honors fashion designer Oscar de la Renta on a set of new forever stamps.
The 11 stamps — 10 featuring details from dresses and gowns designed by de la Renta — along with a single stamp of the designer’s black-and-white portrait – will be formally released at 11 a.m. February 16 Vanderbilt Hall East at Grand Central Terminal in Manhattan.
The ceremony occurs during what is known as Fashion Week when designers release their latest collections, often to the glitz and glamour of special showings.
Those scheduled to be on hand for the stamp ceremony include former presidential candidate Hillary Clinton; Anna Wintour, artistic director of Condé Nast and editor in chief of Vogue magazine; Alexander L. Bolen, chief executive officer, Oscar de la Renta, LLC; Anderson Cooper, journalist, author, and son of designer Gloria Vanderbilt; and Janice D. Walker, vice president, Corporate Communications, U.S. Postal Service.
The Postal Service notes that there will be no autograph session, something typically held at many first-days allowing those in attendance to briefly interact with those taking part in the ceremony.
Internet glimpses of appreciations for the designer inevitably include the words “pioneer,” “elegant,” and “gentleman.”