American Philatelic Society’s Winter Show Arrives in Alabama

Stamps, covers, postal history and plenty of connections can be made at this coming weekend’s AmeriStamp Expo in Birmingham, Alabama.

The show, which is admission free and open to the public, is set for Friday through Sunday at the Birmingham-Jefferson Convention Complex.

The show serves as the society’s 61st winter meeting and convention, with a general and town meeting set for 9 a.m. on the show Saturday. Otherwise, AmeriStamp will present dealers, international-caliber judged exhibits, displays of rarities, meetings of stamp societies and specialty groups, lectures and a designated youth area.

Though there is no charge for admittance, all visitors must register, which can be completed at the show entrance.

Basic information for AmeriStamp Expo can be found online at the APS website and includes the show’s full schedule of events and the show program.

Shoppers should find plenty of variety. Thirty dealers will be on hand specializing in everything from U.S. and worldwide to revenues, stampless and dollar covers.

More than 100 national-caliber exhibits in more than 250 frames will be on display. AmeriStamp is host to the annual Champion of Champions Single Frame Championship as well as the Most Popular Exhibit Championship. Eligible exhibits are drawn from more than 30 annual World Series of Philately shows. AmeriStamp also presents a team competition featuring national-caliber exhibits. In addition, there are multiframe exhibits that will compete for a grand award, with the winner eligible for this summer’s Champion of Champions at StampShow in Columbus, Ohio.

A few of the exhibit titles on show at AmeriStamp (a full list is available online) include “The 10-Cent Prexie, Common Stamp, Uncommon Usages,” “U.S. Army Small Watercraft of World War II,” “The Dagger Issue of Bundi,” and “Vinegar – History and Uses.”

The American Mobile Postal Museum will be on hand with an exhibit presenting artifacts and philately of the U.S. postal service dating back to the 18th century.

The show will offer a show cachet and special cancellations for all three days. On consecutive days, the cancellations will honor the city of Birmingham, black history and the state of Alabama. The APS booth also will offer a selection of books, apparel, and other assorted gifts.

Inverted Jenny, Position 76.
Inverted Jenny, Position 76.

Rarities from the APS – including the Inverted Jenny, a George Washington free frank and the autographed discovery sheet of the Dag Hammarskjöld Inverts.

APS staff members and officers will offer guided exhibit tours Friday and Sunday, and the APS education staff presents an overview for new collectors on Friday and Saturday.

Other presentations scheduled include those reviewing Rowland Hill’s postal reforms of 1837, the works of Scandinavian stamp engraver Martin Mörck, judging international level postal history exhibits, collecting perfins, stratospheric and balloon flights and a look at the Postmark Collectors Club Museum.

The APS youth area, with activities geared toward young collectors, will be open during show hours all three days. Karen Cartier, author of Tales by Mail Book 2, a youth-oriented book, will be on hand all three days to sign and talk about her book.

Cartier will sign books as will Ed Bergen, author of Walt Disney’s First Super Star: Mickey Mouse; and Steve Zwillinger, author of The Path to Gold: 175 Proven Stamp Exhibiting Tips.

The APS general membership meeting is set for 9 a.m. Saturday. An awards banquet is scheduled for Saturday night.

Several societies will meet, have booths, or make presentations during the show. Among those expected to be on hand are representatives of the American Topical Association, Scandinavian Collectors Club, Royal Philatelic Society, Ebony Society Philatelic Events and Reflections, Women Exhibitors, American First Day Cover Society, the Gastronomy on Stamps Study Unit and Penguins on Stamps Study Unit.

The Birmingham Philatelic Society, Alabama’s oldest stamp collecting club, is the local sponsor.

Chicagopex Features Three Book Signings, Two Convening Societies

The blockbuster Chicagopex 2017 show will feature nearly 300 frames of competitive exhibits, 75 dealers, a literature competition, two convening societies, book presentations and signings, and more when it meets November 17 to 19 at the Westin Chicago Northwest.

Here is a glimpse of the highlights, submitted by Melanie Rogers, publicity chair.

The annual philatelic exhibition celebrates 131 years of the Chicago Philatelic Society (

Columbian Expo TicketThis year’s show theme is “Celebrating the 525th Anniversary of Columbus’ Sailing.” Special souvenir show cachets and cancellation will be available for all three days of the show. There also will be an exhibit of material from the 1893 World’s Columbian Exposition, which took place in Chicago.

There will be 290 frames of philatelic material on display with something of interest for all attendees. This year marks the 51st anniversary of the philatelic literature competition with the books and other materials on display. Chicagopex judges also evaluate electronic literature such as websites, blogs and online articles.

The show bourse will feature 75 dealers from the United States and Europe. They will offer an array of material to interest everyone from the beginning collector to the advanced collector and exhibitor. The U.S. Postal Service and the U.N. Postal Administration will attend.

Two societies will convene: the Society of Israel Philatelists and the British Caribbean Philatelic Study Group. These groups will present special exhibits of stamps and postal history as well as hold meetings open to the public.

The following groups also will meet at the show (all are open to the public):
Chicago Philatelic Society (Saturday)
Germany Philatelic Society Chapter No. 5 (Saturday)
Illinois Postal History Society (Sunday)
• North Shore Philatelic Society (Sunday)

Many of these groups feature expert guest speakers giving talks open to the public. The full schedule will appear in the show program, which will be available at the hospitality desk in the hotel’s atrium. It’s also available at the show website.

There is one book signing each day:

• 1 p.m. November 17 – The Pictorial History of Walt Disney’s First Superstar: Mickey Mouse, Volume One, by Edward Bergen
• 2 p.m. November 18 – U.S. Contract Mail Routes by Railroad (1832-1875), by Hugh V. Feldman
• 11 a.m. November 19 – Holocaust Postal History, by Justin Gordon

Facebook PageCopies of the books will be available for sale. Visit the Chicago Philatelic Society’s Facebook page ( to find specific events and the show program, including specific conference rooms.

The show includes a youth booth with free stamps and supplies.

Attendees are asked to contact the hotel to make reservations and to mention Chicagopex for the special room rate. Admission and parking are free. Show hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday and Saturday; and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday.

Saturday night will feature a catered awards banquet. Tickets must be purchased in advance ($60 each) and dress is business casual. Please see the Chicagopex website for the reservation form. Special diets can be accommodated upon request.

Three-Day SESCAL Show in Southern California Opens Friday

SESCAL MedallionThe 73rd annual Stamp Exhibition of Southern California, a three-day show popularly known as SESCAL, opens Friday at a new venue.

The show – presenting dealers, exhibits, and presentations – will be held at the Ontario Convention Center, 2000 E. Convention Center Way in Ontario. World War I is the show theme.

The U.S. Postal Service and United Nations Postal Administration will be on hand offering their latest products. Thirty-four dealers will have booths, along with the Rossica (Russian) Society, the United States Cancellation Club, and the American Philatelic Society, which will be represented by Executive Director Scott English.

Schuyler Rumsey Philatelic Auctions is the official auctioneer and will have auctions every day.

Meetings or presentations are planned from members of the Éire Philatelic Association, Mexico Philatelic Society, Hawaiian Philatelic Society, U.S. Cancellation Society, U.S. Philatelic Classics Society, American First Day Cover Society, Rossica Society, the Plate Number Coil Club, and Iran and Japanese study groups. John Hotchner, of the American Association of Philatelic Exhibitors, will lead a forum on exhibiting. Anyone interested in these groups is invited to attend.

Forty-one exhibitors have submitted 200 frames of material for the show, which is part of the World Series of Philately. The titles include “The Coronation Year of King George V,” “The First Modern U.S. Postage Stamp,” “Liberia Ship Letters and Stampless Mail, 1830-1880” and “California Express Companies, 1849-1895.” The grand award exhibit winner will be eligible to compete in the APS’s Champion of Champions competition.

Youth activities are scheduled every day.Facebook Page

Admission every day is free, though there is an $8 daily charge for parking at the convention center.

For more information, visit the show website at

Compex 2017 Show, May 19–21, in Chicago Area

Compex 2017 is being held on the weekend before Memorial Day, May 19, 20, and 21, at the Forest View Educational Center, 2121 S. Goebbert Road, Arlington Heights, Illinois (Chicago area). Hours of the show are: Friday and Saturday — 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Sunday — 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission and parking are free.

Compex 2017 (Combined Philatelic Exhibition of Chicagoland) is comprised of nine Chicago area clubs holding their individual exhibits under the same roof at the same time.  Member clubs of Compex 2017 will presents a wide variety of exhibits for the viewing pleasure of all in attendance.

For the second time, Collectors Club of Chicago members have been invited to provide a special section of exhibits at Compex. At present, CCC members will have approximately 150 frames of exhibits on display.   Please be sure to view these exhibits in addition to the Compex club exhibits that will be on display. There will be something of interest for everyone to see.

This year’s theme is, “Honoring the United States Armed Forces.”  The show will have a total of approximately 180 frames of exhibits. Be sure to see the 10-frame special exhibit highlighting the show theme with a potpourri of American military mail from World War I in the Collectors Club of Chicago section.

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Westpex Stamp Show in California April 28–30

The 57th annual Westpex stamp show, April 28–30 will salute the 50th anniversary of the Summer of Love, host a first-day of issue ceremony for a new U.S. stamp, present nearly 300 frames of top-class competitive exhibits, host meetings for several societies and specialty groups, offer a youth area, and feature more than 70 dealers.

An opening ceremony is set for 9:30 a.m. Friday, and the show runs through Sunday at the San Francisco Airport Marriott Waterfront.

A first-day ceremony is set for 1 p.m. April 28 to celebrate the U.S. Postal Service’s new Succulent Global Forever international rate stamp.

The show salutes the Summer of Love, which combined many social movements, particularly those supported by younger society, such as anti-war, alternative and rock arts, long-hair fashion, and experimentation.

Guest societies on hand will be the Scandinavian Collectors Club, International Philippine Philatelic Society, and Polonus Polish Philatelic Society. Others on hand having meetings, lectures, or booths will include the Netherlands Philatelists of California, Great Britain Collectors Club, Western Cover Society, Ryukyu Philatelic Specialist Society, China Stamp Society, Universal Ship Cancellation Society, British North America Philatelic Society, Smithsonian National Postal Museum, and the Western Philatelic Library.

More than 50 exhibits include a world of diversity, from “The First 60 Years of the Mongolian Postal Service” and “Polish Refugees in Africa, World War II” to “Hollboll’s Danish Christmas Seals: 1904–1927” and “The Telegraph in America.”

The show formally opens at 10 a.m. each day and closes at 6 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 4 p.m. Sunday. A $5 admission is good for all three days; age 15 and younger are free when accompanying an adult.

American Philatelic Society Executive Director Scott English, as well as several other APS board members, will be at the show. On April 29, Scott will host an APS Town Hall at 11 a.m.

The official show website includes all details, including a full schedule, at