Americover 2020 to be with APS StampShow 2020

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The Most Fun Stamp Collecting Show in North America Joins with the Country’s Biggest

The American First Day Cover Society, the world’s largest non-profit organization of FDC collectors, will hold its Americover 2020 stamp and cover show in conjunction with the American Philatelic Society’s StampShow 2020 in Hartford, Conn., August 20-23.

All the familiar features that make an Americover show special will be included: A strong emphasis on first day cover exhibits, dealers specializing in FDCs, a pre-show tour of sites and attractions in the Hartford area, a post-show dinner, the AFDCS President’s Banquet, announcement of the annual cachet contest winners, a hospitality suite, FDC auctions, and a busy program of meetings and seminars.

“The AFDCS hopes to share the fun of Americover with the larger audience that attends StampShow, while taking advantage of all that a large convention center show has to offer,” said Americover programming chair Foster Miller. “We look forward to a successful joint show in 2020.”

“I hope the AFDCS will bring a unique social experience [to StampShow] that we don’t usually get at a stamp show,” said APS executive director Scott English.

For the past decade, the Americover show has often been held the weekend before or after StampShow, allowing collectors to take a “road trip” between the two events. However, some could not afford the time or money to go to both shows. This arrangement solves that problem for 2020.

The agreement between the AFDCS and APS, announced at the APS’ General Membership Meeting at AmeriStamp Expo in Birmingham, Ala., on February 24, 2018, is only for 2020. It is similar to the one between the APS and the American Topical Association for 2018, when StampShow and National Topical Stamp Show are held jointly in Columbus, Ohio, August 9-12.

The AFDCS has been holding its own standalone show and convention continuously since 1992. The event’s name was changed to “Americover” the following year. It is held in a different part of the country each year. Americover 2018 is being held in the Atlanta area August 3-5; 2017 was near Cleveland, and 2019 will be held in Saint Louis.

The Americover exhibitions have had full World Series of Philately status since 2005, and emphasize exhibits with predominantly first day covers.

For more information on any of the Americover shows, visit the AFDCS website at, send e-mail to or write the AFDCS at PO Box 16277, Tucson, AZ 85732-6277.

Ganz Wins Single-Frame Exhibit Title

Cheryl R. Ganz, the former philatelic curator of the Smithsonian Postal Museum, has won the Single Frame Champion of Champions competition for her exhibit, “Zeppelin LZ-129 Hindenburg Onboard Postmarks.”

The award was presented at the AmeriStamp Expo 2018 banquet in Birmingham, Alabama, by American Philatelic Society president Mick Zais.

Ganz is the first woman to win the Single Frame Champion of Champions competition.

The Single Frame Champion of Champions competition involved the single-frame grand award winners from stamp shows in the past year. Ganz’s exhibit won at StampShow 2017.

Rick Gibson’s exhibit “The Forest Conservation Issue of 1958” won the Most Popular Champion of Champions competition. It had won the Most Popular vote at Minnesota Stamp Expo 2017. Gibson is shown with his “trophy.”

Robert Mayo won AmeriStamp Expo 2018’s Single Frame Grand for “The Straightlines of Richmond, VA, 1782-1800.” “Georgia Bicentennial” by Charles J. O’Brien, III, won the Best Multiframe award. Both exhibits received Large Gold medals as well.

The complete palmares (list of exhibit awards) should be on the APS website soon.

NAPEX 2018 Announces Jury

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The Board of Directors of NAPEX is pleased to announce the composition of the jury that will judge the exhibits at this year’s show.

    • Mark Banchik, New York (Chairman of the Jury)
    • Elizabeth M. Hisey, Florida
    • Stephen Reinhard, New York
    • Charles J.G. Verge, Ontario
    • Timothy G. Wait, Illinois

Those interested in exhibiting can find the show prospectus and application at The deadline for submitting an application is April 15, but prospective exhibitors are urged to apply as soon as possible. All of the 230 frames at NAPEX 2017 were filled several weeks before the official deadline.

NAPEX 2018 will be held June 8-10, 2018, at the Tysons McLean Hilton Hotel, 7920 Jones Branch Drive, McLean, Virginia, 22102, just off exit 46A of the Washington Beltway.

NAPEX was founded in 1949 as the National Stamp Exhibitions of Washington, DC, Inc. It is the premier stamp show of the Nation’s Capital and an American Philatelic Society World Series of Philately show.

More information about NAPEX can be found at

Americover 2018: Another Hotel Bargain

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Hotel Savings Also in Mind for Annual Stamp & Cover Show

Collectors and dealers attending Americover 2018 in the Atlanta area will be treated to one of the biggest bargains in stamp collecting shows: The official show room rate is $99, and it includes free breakfast for two at the hotel’s excellent buffet.

Americover 2018 will be held at the Hilton Atlanta Northeast August 3-5, 2018. The hotel’s address is Hilton Atlanta Northeast, 5993 Peachtree Industrial Boulevard, Peachtree Corners, GA 30092. The annual stamp and cover show is sponsored by the American First Day Cover Society.

The $99 rate is good from Wednesday through Sunday nights; additional nights at that rate may be available if guests contact the hotel directly. Although Americovers run for three days, there will be a special tour on the preceding Thursday and a post-show dinner event Sunday evening after the show closes. The group code is AFDCS2 or reservations at the Americover 2018 rate can be made using this link. There is also a direct link for reservations on the Americover 2018 website:

Parking is free, as is the complimentary shuttle to nearby attractions and the MARTA transit system.

“I was just at the Hilton Atlanta Northeast for Southeastern Stamp Expo, and this is an excellent venue with an outstanding staff,” said Lloyd A. de Vries, president of the AFDCS. “And I’m very pleased that this is the 28th consecutive year with an Americover room rate right around $100.”

All Americovers are World Series of Philately shows dedicated to first day covers and the fun of stamp collecting. Locations move around the country: 2017’s show was held in the Cleveland area and Americover 2016 was in Falls Church, Va., near Washington, D.C. Other recent locations have included Somerset, N.J., Oak Brook, Ill., Irvine, Calif., and Indianapolis, Ind. Americover 2019 is set for Saint Louis, Mo.

For more information on any of the Americover shows, visit the AFDCS website at, send e-mail to or write the AFDCS at PO Box 16277, Tucson, AZ 85732-6277.

No ASDA New York City Shows in 2018

For the first time in decades, there will not be a stamp collecting show in New York City organized by the American Stamp Dealers Association.

“Right now I haven’t found a venue that isn’t pricing me out of New York City,” ASDA executive director Dana Guyer told The Virtual Stamp Club. Instead, “we just joined forces with NOJEX for our October show.” NOJEX 2018 will be held October 19-21, 2018, at the Meadowlands Hilton Hotel in East Rutherford, NJ. The U.S. Postal Service has already expressed its support of the combined show.

In recent years, the ASDA shows in New York have been held at the New York Hilton, one of the more expensive hotels in Manhattan, just half a mile from Times Square. It had plenty of space, unlike the previous show location at The New Yorker Hotel, across from Penn Station.

A hotel on West 57th Street between 9th and 10th Avenues has been used by smaller stamp shows, but none is currently scheduled there.

However, Guyer says the days of a big Manhattan show may not yet be over. “i am working on a spring New York show for 2019,” she said.

New York may have been the last major city with a stamp show “downtown.” The Boston-area show moved years ago to Boxborough, Mass., 29 miles away. SESCAL in Southern California is now held in Ontario, Calif., 35 miles to the east. Chicagopex could really be called Itscapex, because it is held in that suburb. NAPEX moved years ago from Washington, D.C. to McLean, Va. Philadelphia no longer has a show at all.

The only major show now regularly held in downtown venues is the American Philatelic Society’s StampShow, which moves to a different city each year, but even the APS can’t touch downtown NYC, LA or Chicago. The 2017 edition was in Richmond, Va., this year’s is in Columbus, Ohio, and 2019 will be in Omaha, Nebraska (albeit with a tie-in to the 150th anniversary of the completion of the Transcontinental Railroad).

Photos and News from APS StampShow 2017

The unveiling of the U.S. Protect Pollinators stamps on Thursday, August 3rd. American Philatelic Society chief operating officer Ken Martin taking a photo of the Pollinators ceremony. That’s Barb Boal, former editor of the American Philatelist and now a volunteer for the American Stamp Dealers Association, in the white jacket standing in the neighboring National Stamp Dealers Association booth. Got all those affiliations straight? There will be a quiz later. Citizens’ Stamp Advisory Committee members before the Pollinators ceremony. Two views of the standing-room-only crowd at the Protect Pollinators ceremony. Below, APS president Mick Zais is speaking. There were intentionally not enough chairs at this ceremony for the anticipated crowd, to make it look well-attended — which it was.

AFDCS Shows Its Independence For Americover 2017

The American First Day Cover Society brings Americover 2017, its annual show and convention, to the Hall of Fame Corridor this year — Interstate 77, which runs from Cleveland (Rock ‘n Roll) to Canton, Ohio (Pro Football)

The show is being held August 11-13, 2017, at the Embassy Suites by Hilton Cleveland-Rockside, 5800 Rockside Woods Boulevard, Independence, Ohio 44131. Admission and parking are free. The bourse hours are Friday and Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., and there is a cachetmakers bourse Saturday evening from 4:30 to 8 p.m., followed by a special Cachetmakers Moonlight Meal, open to cachetmakers, collectors and friends. Among the highlights during the show are the first-day ceremony for the Azulillo stamped card (postcard); the largest collection at any one venue all year of first day cover dealers; stamp dealers; the largest cachetmakers (new issue FDC producers) bourse of the year; a World Series of Philately national-level exhibition of rare and unusual first day covers; and the announcement of the winners of the annual AFDCS Cachet Contest, complete with visual displays.

The annual meetings of the AFDCS, the American Ceremony Program Society, Cachet Makers Association (Chapter #65), the 7-1-71 Affair (Chapter #50), ATA Halloween Study Unit, and the Art Cover Exchange (Chapter #79) will be held during Americover 2017. Also meeting at the show are the. The American Association of Philatelic Exhibitors is also holding an open forum. In addition to its meetings, the ACPS will hold an auction of ceremony programs.

The first-day ceremony will be held at 10 a.m. Friday in the hotel’s atrium. Many of the dealers will be selling FDCs for the new stamped card, among other recent issues.

The seminars include Chris Lazaroff on attending first-day ceremonies in all 50 states; Charles O’Brien on First Day Cover Terminology; and Phil Kumler presents a new approach to helping kids collect FDCs.

There are also two fund-raising auctions, which will include bulk lots and unique items produced especially for the AFDCS. There are hospitality suites each evening

There is a special cachet for Americover 2017, and a different pictorial postmark for each day of the show.

As a WSP show, the winner of the Grand Award at Americover 2017 will be part of the Champion of Champions competition at StampShow 2017. The jury is chaired by Ken Nilsestuen and includes Mark Banchik, Chris Dahle, Tony Dewey, and Tom Fortunato.

The day before the show, many of those attending Americover 2017 will spend travel down Ohio’s “Hall of Fame Corridor,” Interstate 77, to the First Ladies National Historic Site, the Pro Football Hall of Fame, and Harry London’s Chocolate Factory. (The latter isn’t a hall of fame, but perhaps should be.) On Sunday evening, quite a few show participants will dine at Melt Bar & Grilled, famous for its grilled cheese sandwiches and craft beers. These two events are open to the public. There is a fee involved, however.

More information on Americover 2017 is available on the AFDCS Web site,, by e-mail from or by regular mail from the AFDCS, PO Box 16277
Tucson, AZ 85732.

Collectors Club Exhibits at COMPEX 2017

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This year at COMPEX, we are once again privileged to announce that the esteemed Collectors Club of Chicago has been invited to present over 140 frames of exhibits by its members in a special section of the show. Many of these members have received high awards nationally and internationally. This is the second year that the Collectors Club of Chicago will be participating in COMPEX, and we are delighted that our visitors will have the opportunity to view these wonderful exhibits. Please be sure to stop by to see them.

COMPEX 2017 will be held on the weekend of May 19, 20 and 21, at the Forest View Educational Center, 2121 S. Goebbert Road, Arlington Heights, IL. Please note that this is the weekend before Memorial Day weekend.

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 9 Chicago area clubs holding their individual exhibits under the same roof at the same time. Member clubs of COMPEX will present a wide variety of exhibits for the viewing pleasure of all in attendance.

This special exhibit by the Collectors Club of Chicago is in addition to the regular exhibits by the members of the COMPEX clubs.

Once again, COMPEX will have its traditional Youth/Beginners Booth with free stamps and activities for new collectors of all ages, whether they are new to the hobby or just started on their collections. Information about collecting is also available for those wanting to get started in the hobby, regardless of age.

A bourse of approximately 40 dealers, including a few postcard dealers, will be participating to fill the needs of all levels of collecting interests. The United States Postal Service and the United National Postal Administration will participate with their respective postal products available for purchase. We will also welcome post card and coin dealers. Contact Charles Berg for details (see below for contact information).

In addition to exhibits and dealers, several local area clubs will be holding their society meetings during COMPEX, including the Chicago Philatelic Society with a program by Tom Horn. Tom is in charge of Special Projects at the American Philatelic Society, and the Chicagoland Chapter No. 5, Germany Philatelic Society will also present a program still in the planning stage. Other societies have not finalized their plans as yet and details will be announced at a later date. Please be sure to check the show program and this website for details.

Make your plans now to attend COMPEX 2017 on the weekend of May 19, 20 and 21. There will be something of interest for all attendees!!

For further information regarding COMPEX 2017, please contact Show President Charles Berg, email, Phone 773-775-2100 or Stamp King Facebook. The COMPEX website is here.

An Open Letter to the Philatelic Community

June 23, 2016

by Wade Saadi
President, World Stamp Show-NY 2016

wsslogoWell, the big show is over and many of us who have been planning this extravaganza for more than decade are finally catching our breath. It gives us all a chance to reflect on what we planned and how it all turned out, with the goal of sharing that knowledge and experience with the Boston 2026 team preparing America’s next international philatelic exhibition.

We know you have some immediate questions of us, so allow me to let you know what’s what.

Did the show make money? The simple answer at this time is that it looks like we will make a modest surplus when all is said and done. Just how much is yet to be determined, as we still await invoices from the Javits Center, Freeman our decorators, and several other major suppliers. Really! Final bills can take several months to receive and confirm, or dispute their charges, as our colleagues running Washington 2006 well know. Nothing different here. But initial estimates definitely have us in the black.

How many people came to the show? While thousands of people took advantage of online pre-registration through our web site (thank you!), many thousands more were walk-ins. That wasn’t unexpected. Their hand-written registration slips are being processed now and being added to the attendance database, which will be cleansed of duplication and reported on when ready. Keying these additional registrations into the database on people’s arrival would have caused much longer lines and required additional manpower and equipment that would have been cost prohibitive. So doing this afterwards made sense, and kept thousands more dollars to our bottom line. Hiring help or lining up volunteers to get a “click count” of people going onto the show floor would not have given us accurate numbers. How many times do you think people went in and out over their visit to get food or see the Jenny on display in the lobby, go downstairs to attend first day ceremonies or meetings or auctions, visit the NYC sites and then returning? You get the idea. Waiting for a true count will be worth the delay in getting these legitimate numbers out in just a few more weeks.

What are attendees saying? You can probably imagine the hundreds of emails I have been receiving from visitors around the world congratulating the show committee on putting on a spectacular show. It was a once-in-a-lifetime experience for many and truly appreciated by everyone. Several show-goers passed along suggestions for improvements that we are reviewing and will get these to the Boston team. All feedback continues to be much appreciated.

Were dealers pleased? In the song “Home on the Range” there’s a line that goes, “Where seldom is heard a discouraging word.” That pretty well sums it up. Several dealers reported recouping their booth and show costs after the first two days of the show. I saw patrons three-deep at one dealer’s booth continually that first weekend. That wasn’t every dealer’s experience, but those I’ve reached out to or contacted me were extremely happy with the turnout and the results. The same can be said for the many postal administrations manning booths.

Our Committee is in the process of preparing an official report that will be presented to the APS Board in August at Stampshow in Portland. I will be giving attendees to Saturday’s APS membership meeting a brief review of the show, answering some of the remaining questions above.

The biggest challenge awaits us: How do we capitalize on this great event for the good of philately’s future? Every one of us should be working on that now. Can we find an easy way to inform casual collectors of upcoming shows in their area on a regular basis to help bolster attendance? How about inviting them to attend a local stamp club meeting to foster their budding philatelic passion, or join the APS or a specialty society? Can we help them start a new stamp collecting club?

I can’t end this message without giving a heart-felt thanks to everyone who assisted making World Stamp Show-NY 2016 such a success. Hundreds of collectors (and some of their family members!) came forth before, during and after the show offering their time and talents in a variety of roles for a few hours or days on end. And remember—everyone was a volunteer! That fact was even more impressive to the professionals at the Javits Center, Freeman Decorating and others who put on shows like this all the time and get paid for doing the many tasks our volunteers took upon their yoke, albeit a happy burden.

Isn’t that our ultimate legacy? The people we meet along the way who become our friends and share our philatelic passion eventually eclipse the very pieces of paper we so eagerly seek.

See you in Portland,

Wade Saadi