Stamp Show 2017 – APS National Summer Convention

StampShow 2017 will be August 3–6 at the Greater Richmond Convention Center, 403 N. Third Street, Richmond, Virginia.

StampShow 2017 marks the debut of a recently revised exhibit for the 24-cent Inverted Jenny stamp.

The Smithsonian’s National Postal Museum will show two full plate proofs of the United States 4-cent Dag Hammarskjöld stamp of 1962. Hammarskjöld, of Sweden, was the second secretary general of the United Nations. Certified plate proofs are the last printed proof of the plate before printing the stamps at the Bureau of Engraving and Printing. These plate proofs are each unique, with the approval signatures and date.

The 1962 Dag Hammarskjold 4-cent invert was the first such error to elude postal inspectors since the Jenny Invert in 1918. The appearance of the error prompted Postmaster General J. Edward Day to order 40 million more errors (the yellow background is inverted and shifted to the right) to be printed by the Bureau of Engraving and Printing.

Leonard Sherman, the New Jersey jeweler whose dreams of wealth were shattered by Day’s action, donated his discovery sheet to the APS in 1987.

Also, the museum will show several artistic endeavors that stamp designer Howard Koslow used to create the U.N. architecture stamp in the 1940s Celebrate the Century series, issued in 1999.

StampShow 2017 Overview

World-class philatelic exhibits, scores of dealers, rarities, three first-day-of-issue ceremonies, educational presentations, high-tech youth activities, and much more are available on-site at your visit to StampShow.

This marks the 131st annual show hosted by the American Philatelic Society, the world’s largest association devoted to the hobby of stamp collecting. In addition to offering the nation’s signature event for philately, StampShow serves as the annual summer convention of the 29,000-member strong APS, which was formed in 1886.

A keyword associated with StampShow is diversity as the show offers something for every collecting level, from the beginner to the expert. Download Download the App for a complete schedule and many details of major events:

Philatelic Exhibits: More than 600 frames of world-class exhibits showcase rare and interesting aspects of international philately, from postal history to stamps. Exhibits are diverse with sample titles including, “Backyard Chickens,” “Confederate Mails on the Rails,” “U.S. Ten Cent Issue of 1861,” and “Cuba: Varieties and Errors, 1899–1962.”

About three dozen of the exhibits are eligible to compete for the 50th Benjamin and Naomi Wishnietsky World Series Champion of Champions competition. Only the grand award winners from 30 World Series of Philately exhibitions over the preceding 12 months and a half dozen from national exhibitions in Canada are eligible for America’s most prestigious award in philatelic exhibiting.

Dealers and Auctions: About 100 dealers and two auction houses are on hand, offering everything from bargain boxes of stamps and covers (envelopes or postal wrappings) to rarer items that might cost thousands of dollars. A few dealers are selling collection materials, such as albums, stockbooks, and catalogs.

The U.S. Postal Service is on hand with a full array of its latest products. Also, Nordica, which represents several Scandinavian and northern European postal agencies, and IGPC/Israel Philatelic Agency, which has new issues, souvenir sheets, booklets and first day covers, are participating at this show.

Harmer-Schau auction house is offering about 4,000 lots, with three auction start times: 6:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 10:30 a.m. Sunday. H.R. Harmer is holding a five-hour auction starting at 1 p.m. Saturday.

The APS has merchandise of all types for sale, including books, specialty items (from neckties to magnifiers), plus Circuit Books of stamps and covers — both regular and clearance materials. Also, the Young Philatelic Leadership Fellows is selling philatelic material, with all sales going to help the youth program.

First Days, Souvenirs and a Giveaway: Three first-day-of-issue ceremonies are planned.