Oh, It’s Canada! Stamp Madness Champion

Congratulations to Canada for winning the American Philatelic Society’s 2017 Stamp Madness contest, our bracket-style popularity contest.

Our Stampionship paired stamps from two Peace issues of 1946 — Canada’s 8-cent Eastern (sometimes Ontario) Farm scene stamp and a 9-cent New Zealand Southern Alps and Chapel. Canada won 59 percent of the vote in the fourth and final round of the balloting, which concluded at midnight April 10.

Voting was open to members of the APS and public.

It seems fitting that the Canada stamp was victorious in that 2017 marks the 150th anniversary of the Confederation of Canada. To celebrate that milestone, this July’s edition of The American Philatelist will be dedicated to Canada with special articles about Canadian philately.

To reach the final round, the Canada Farm stamp, part of the Americas Division in our 16-stamp competition, defeated stamps from Chad, India and the U.S. (World’s Fair). New Zealand, originally in the Pacific Division, triumphed over Switzerland, scored a big upset over the U.S. Project Mercury stamp, and then barely beat an Elephant stamp from Laos in the semifinal.

Prizes are being rewarded via random draws in the contest, including from those who chose the winning stamp and a pre-tournament Predict the Winner contest in which registrants tried to pick the eventual winner from the field of 16. (By the way, only four entries predicted Canada would win, while 19 picked New Zealand.)

John Perquin, of Pennsylvania, from the Preview contest, was chosen as our grand prize winner of a 2005 U.S. Postal Service Yearbook, which includes $51.43 in face-value stamps.

Jerry Derr, of Colorado, was among those who voted for Canada in the championship round. His name was chosen to win a The Civil War (1994) commemorative stamp book from the U.S. Postal Service.

Two contestants, one from the preview and one from the championship, were selected to win copies of the APS-published book, Cataloging U.S. Commemorative Stamps: 1950 (2016) by Charles Posner. Congratulations to John Murphy, of New York, and Blair Stannard, of Ontario, Canada.

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