Upcoming events

    • March 06, 2021
    • (EST)
    • March 07, 2021
    • (EST)
    • Rothschild Catering and Convention Center, Knoxville TN


    Knoxpex stamp show sponsored by the Knoxville, TN, Philatelic Society, March 6 and 7, Rothschild Catering and Convention Center, Knoxville. Virtual exhibits online at www.knoxstamps.com.

    On-Site Show Highlights

    • 13 dealer bourse including one auction firm
    • Commemorative cachet and USPS pictorial cancel
    • Beginning collectors area
    • Door prize drawing every hour
    • FREE admission and parking

    Virtual Show Highlights

    • Exhibits will be available for viewing online
    • Philatelic Talks

    • March 09, 2021
    • 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM (EST)

    Ideas for Involving Youth in Stamp Collecting

    With Aimée Devine

    Tuesday, March 9, 6:00 p.m. (Eastern Time)

    Aimée will show us how she is inspired to create interactive experiences for young collectors. She is the author and designer of the popular Topical Tidbits series on the ATA website and is assistant to ATA youth coordinator MaryAnn Bowman. Following her talk, participants will be invited to share ideas for youth activities.

    Aimée is the talented author of nearly 500 pages of youth activities on the ATA website. She wrote and designed The Magical Kingdom of Stamp Collecting, a colorful Disney-themed booklet, which is available from ATA. In 2016, she was extensively involved in creating materials for the youth area at the World Stamp Show in New York City. In 2019 she received the ATA’s highest award, Distinguished Topical Philatelist.

    • March 13, 2021
    • 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM (EST)

    Have Fun With a Mini Topic!

    With Michele Bresso, Susan Jones and Jennifer Miller

    Saturday, March 13, 4:00 p.m. Eastern

    Three creative collectors will show how they formed interesting and fun small collections on unusual topics. Get your creativity flowing with ideas from three short presentations followed by discussion of mini-topics participants enjoy.

    Michele Bresso, who will show us a collection based on a tongue-in-cheek suggestion that became a reality: Guinea Pigs on stamps. Michele is a college professor of communication who collects US and Pitcairn Island stamps as well as a variety of topics including Maine Coon cats, women’s fencing in the 1984 Olympics, tigers, the Calgary Stampede. Her most active topical collection is typewriters on stamps, around which she is building an exhibit. She’s a member of Women Collectors, APS, the Cats on Stamps Study Unit, and the Knoxville Philatelic Society. 

    Susan Jones will show us how interesting it is to learn about both a topic and related stamps with her presentation on Maria Sibylla Merian: Artist, Scientist, Explorer. Susan is a retired geologist with eclectic collecting interests including the African coelacanth, medieval illuminated manuscripts and paleontology. An ATA board member, she exhibits competitively, and is president of the Spring Hill Stamp Club, West Dundee, Ill.

    ATA executive director Jennifer Miller has had a love for Winnie the Pooh since she was a child. Join her as she shares her small smackerel of a topic. Although her primary topic is sheep, she also has several mini collections including potatoes, coffee, and teapots.

    • March 20, 2021
    • 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM (EDT)

    The Bird That Cries, “HELP!”

    With Carol Edholm

    Saturday, March 20, 4:00 p.m. Eastern

    Join us as we explore a fascinating species of ornamental birds that are beloved, and hated, around the world: The peafowl.  Who are they?  Where did they originate?  Why are they so beloved and hated at the same time?  Find out why people who are unaware of these birds often call the police when their early morning slumbers are shattered by shrill cries of, “Help, help!”

    Carol is a lifelong stamp collector who enjoys both country and topical collections. She has been extensively involved in youth philately, and more recently she has concentrated on researching, collecting and exhibiting peafowl. She is president of the Seattle Philatelic Exhibition (SEAPEX), an annual World Series of Philately (WSP) stamp show. In 2009 she was awarded the APS Kehr Future of Philately Award, and in 2010 she received the Meritorious Achievement Award from the Northwest Federation of Stamp Clubs.

    • March 23, 2021
    • 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM (EDT)

    My Mom's Favorite Stamp - The 150th Anniversary of Mississippi

    With Félix L. Pérez-Folch, Jr.

    Tuesday, March 23, 6:00 p.m. Eastern

    This presentation will take us on a journey with the world's greatest traveler and teacher - The Stamp! Félix will discuss the history of the stamp and its numerous connections, including other topical stamps, ephemera, covers, cachets, books, postcards, maxi-cards, EFOs, postal history and more. The presentation is for both non-collectors and collectors, regardless of level of experience, age or budget.  Félixwill share the many ways you can enhance your stamp collection for presentations, exhibits and displays. We will learn, travel, connect and most importantly we will Have Fun!

    Félix became a stamp collector in 1998 while serving in the U.S. Air Force; he later served in the U.S. Army and in 2018 retired after 29 years of service. His topical stamp collections include Mississippi, Puerto Rico, Black Heritage, Native Americans, African Americans, Women, Penguins, Ships, Flags, Asian/Pacific Americans and Perú. Félix currently serves as an ATA director and senior ambassador for the ATA Adventure Hub.   

    • March 25, 2021
    • (EDT)
    • March 27, 2021
    • (EDT)

    The Philatelic Traders’ Society are delighted to announce that we have opened registrations for the next Virtual Stampex.

    To register just head to stampex.vfairs.com

    Please note, we do not keep your details, so to attend the next show you will need to register again.

    Reasons why too register? The show has got bigger and better. To enhance your in show experience, we are asking you to tell us your area of interest upon registration.

    Officially sponsored by Spink, the March show is set to be even more exciting. The live show will run for 72 hours from 8am (London time) on 25th March with the on demand period finishing towards the end of April.

    This show will include

    • NEW! The Collectors Lounge. Sponsored by Corinphila and Heinrich Kohler. This space will allow collectors to meet chat and connect. Arrange to meet friends, join a relaxed session on collecting from one of the experts and meet the teams who are showing in the booth hall.
    • The Spink Auditorium. Sponsored by Spink, the auditorium will be home to 10 talks. These will include talks from APS, NY Collectors Club, FIAP and The Royal Philatelic Society London.
    • NEW! The Gold Membership Hall. A new hall will include PTS Gold Members including the likes of Mark Bloxham, BB Stamps, Stanley Gibbons, Bill Barrell and more.
    • NEW! Exhibitors Hub. This area will be available for those exhibitors who want to see the exhibitions run by the ABPS and award winning collections presented by the Museum of Philately.
    • NEW! Social Chat including the likes of Punk Philatelist, The Digital Philatelist and Exploring Stamps. The Conversation with Philatelists will also be present.
    • NEW! Dealers have signed up including Grosvenor, W4 Stamps and Collectables, Samwells and Purves Philatelics, which can be seen next to the likes of Martin Townsend, Guernsey Post, Glasgow Stamp Shop, Catawiki, Cherrystone, Andrew G Lajer, David Feldman and more.

    We also have a wonderful host of show partners including American Philatelic Society, The Royal Philatelic Society London and eBay. eBay will be on hand to help answer questions about buying safe and selling professionally online.

    Lots to do for all the family as well, with StampIT and Stamp Active providing games and activities for youth philatelists.

    The show will have a live chat function for the full 72 hours allowing you to connect with your favourite PTS Members, auction houses, philatelic societies, postal administrants, museums, experts and social influencers - all free of charge. We will also be including Stamps in the Attic, Smiler Booth and the chance to get some great deals from the booth holders.

    Don’t forget you can forward to a friend, family and fellow philatelists so they can sign up too.

    Follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Linkedin and Instagram @ptsandstampex

    From The Philatelic Traders’ Society - The International Society for Philatelic Professionals

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    • April 09, 2021
    • 10:00 AM (EDT)
    • April 11, 2021
    • 3:00 PM (EDT)
    • Strongsville Holiday Inn

    The 131st annual March Party of the Cleveland-based Garfield-Perry Stamp Club is going ahead as planned.

    Club members are making plans for the Ohio's largest stamp show April 9-11, but with some changes from the traditionally popular event.

    Show co-chairman Rocco Caponi said 34 dealers will be on hand for the bourse-only show. Because of the coronavirus pandemic no exhibits will be on display for showgoers to enjoy.

    In line with Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and Ohio public health guidelines, all attendees will be required to wear a mask. And all people will have their temperature checked before entry. Anyone with a temperature above 101 Fahrenheit will not be admitted.

    Each visitor also will be required to sign a waiver confirming that he or she does not have COVID-19 symptoms and agreeing that they will not hold the club or others liable should the virus be contracted at the show. In addition, each person will be asked for contact information that can be used to notify all attendees should a confirmed COVID-19 case occur.

    Caponi said the requirements are designed to protect everyone who participates in the March Party. The event is at the Strongsville Holiday Inn, 15471 Royalton Rd., in suburban Strongsville, Ohio. Hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday.

    Full details are online at www.garfieldperry.org.

    • July 30, 2021
    • 10:00 AM (PDT)
    • August 01, 2021
    • 4:00 PM (PDT)
    • San Francisco Airport Marriot Waterfront Hotel

    WESTPEX 2021

    July 30 - August 1, 2021

    San Francisco Airport Marriot Waterfront Hotel.

    Admission is $5 and good for all three days. Children under 15 free with an adult. 

    • August 12, 2021
    • 10:00 AM (CDT)
    • August 15, 2021
    • 3:00 PM (CDT)
    • Rosemont, Illinois

    In August 2021, the ATA will again host NTSS in conjunction with the American Philatelic Society — and this year, the event is being joined by the American First Day Cover Society making this year's show the Great American Stamp Show. Currently planned for August 12 - 15 in Rosemont, IL.

    The show hotel is:

    Donald G. Stephens Convention Center
    5555 N River Rd
    Rosemont, Illinois 60018

    In early 2021, you'll be able to pre-register online for the show and find more details on the event page here. ATA Members are invited to attend the Association's Annual Meeting and President's Reception (tickets required).

Past events

February 23, 2021 Extraordinary, Ordinary Black Women on U.S. Postal Stamps
February 20, 2021 Do You Think You Might Like to Try a Thematic Exhibit?
February 09, 2021 Let's Get Social! Connecting with Collectors Through Social Media
February 06, 2021 Art Deco! The 1925 Paris Exposition
January 26, 2021 100 Year Journey: The Story of Eastern Europe Through Philately
January 23, 2021 Navigating DelCampe.net for Topical and Thematic Collectors
January 19, 2021 Navigating eBay.com for Topical and Thematic Collectors
January 05, 2021 Say it with PowerPoint: How to Present your Collection like a Pro
October 29, 2020 Fall for Topicals: From Me to You: The Philatelic History of Roberto Clemente on Stamps
October 27, 2020 Fall for Topicals: COVID-19-Related Philately
October 24, 2020 Fall for Topicals: Telling Stories with Postcards
October 22, 2020 Fall for Topicals: Indigenous Peoples of the World - on Stamps!
October 20, 2020 Fall for Topicals: Innovations Seen in US Railroad Topical Stamps
October 17, 2020 Fall for Topicals: Stamping in Sequim
October 15, 2020 Fall for Topicals: Nurse Philatelic Stories with a Sampling of Exhibit Elements
October 13, 2020 Fall for Topicals: Presidential Grab Bag: The Variety You Can Collect
October 10, 2020 Fall for Topicals: Maps, Politics and Stamps: Some Examples from the Middle East
October 10, 2020 Kazoopex Stamp Show
October 08, 2020 Fall for Topicals: The Most Beautiful Bridge in Paris
October 06, 2020 Fall for Topicals: Integrating Errors, Freaks & Oddities into Your Collection
October 03, 2020 Fall for Topicals: Topical Collecting 101
October 01, 2020 Virtual Stampex
September 11, 2020 SEAPEX Virtual Philatelic Exposition
March 06, 2020 Garfield-Perry March Party
February 07, 2020 Sarasota National Stamp Exhibition
January 31, 2020 Southeastern Stamp Expo
January 18, 2020 Columbia Philatelic Society - Winter Show

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