• February 11, 2021 7:41 PM | Alyn Lunt (Administrator)

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

    To register just head to

    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.

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  • January 22, 2021 6:48 PM | Alyn Lunt (Administrator)

    Charlene Blair will be presenting Extraordinary, Ordinary Black Women on U.S. Postage Stamps on Tuesday, February 23 at 6:00 pm Eastern. Register here.

  • January 22, 2021 6:47 PM | Alyn Lunt (Administrator)

    We are closely monitoring things in advance of making a decision in late March whether we can hold the show on-site in Chicago. Currently Illinois is in tier one (tightest) Covid restrictions. It must be tier three for our show to be held there. If we have to cancel, we will again be offering virtual meetings and programs.

  • January 22, 2021 6:43 PM | Alyn Lunt (Administrator)

    Hurry! Taste of Topicals Sale! Buy 3 and get 1 free. Pick them up here.

  • January 22, 2021 6:39 PM | Alyn Lunt (Administrator)

    Explore Ireland with the newest issue of Topical Tidbits. Click here to start your adventure!

  • January 12, 2021 5:18 PM | Alyn Lunt (Administrator)

    Sarasota National Stamp Exhibition, Virtual Stamp Show, January 22-24, 2021. The show will feature webinars and exhibits. Register  at

  • November 14, 2020 1:33 PM | Alyn Lunt (Administrator)

    The BTA is excited to announce its first-ever ‘One-Page Competition’.

    They have launched this to encourage people, regardless of age and experience, to exhibit something from their thematic collection that excites them and will be of wide interest to BTA members as well as other thematic and topical collectors. The rules are simple, you do not need to have exhibited before to enter.

    For more information please click here.

  • September 20, 2020 8:22 AM | Martin Miller (Administrator)

    The USPS recently shared a file with us that shows stamp issues the planned postmarks. You can enjoy the file with this link: 2020StampIssueMashup.pdf

  • September 13, 2020 1:49 PM | Alyn Lunt (Administrator)

    The One Frame Champion of Champions competition will be held online this year, according to Mike Ley, president of the American Association of Philatelic Exhibitors (AAPE). The competition, which selects the top exhibit from one frame grand winners at WSP shows during the year, was to have been held in November at Chicagopex. That show has been canceled.

    “Beginning Nov. 8 all the exhibits will be available for viewing on the AAPE website at,” said Ley. “They will be judged by the same jury that would have judged at Chicagopex, and the winner will be announced Nov. 21.”

    The exhibits will be shown on a full-frame view in pdf. format. The synopsis for each exhibit, normally only seen by judges, will also be shown. “These top-award-winning exhibits will provide enjoyable and educational opportunities for other exhibitors as well as those contemplating exhibiting,” said Ley. He added that this is the first time a major North American exhibiting award will be determined in a virtual competition.

    “AAPE started this championship in 2000 and very much wanted in to continue this year,” said Ley. “We knew that Chicagopex might be canceled, so we planned ahead to take the competition virtual if necessary.”

    For more information contact Mike Ley,, 402-984-5010.

  • September 09, 2020 6:25 PM | Alyn Lunt (Administrator)

    It is the hope of the DTP Selection Team that individuals, study units and chapters will actively consider nominating an individual for this very prestigious recognition. The Distinguished Topical Philatelist for 2021 will be the highest award ATA presented in Great American Stamp Show scheduled for August 12-15, 2021, in Rosemont, (Chicago) IL. This is a joint show of the American Philatelic Society, The American Topical Association and the American First Day Cover Society.

    This recognition is bestowed upon a person who has made significant contributions to topical philately and to ATA in particular. The letter of nomination should detail the person’s contribution to philately – in particular, topical philately. You are particularly urged to consider a person who has been active in one of the ATA Units.

    The Distinguished Topical Philatelist award was established in 1952 by the late ATA founder Jerome (Jerry) Husak. Since then 122 people have received the honor. Recipients have included residents of the United States, Canada, Great Britain, and Italy. Find a complete listing of past winners at our website. The special url is:

    There were two winners for the 2020 award. They were Wayne Youngblood of Prairie du Sac, WI, and Jack Congrove (deceased) of Fort Lewis, WA.

    Wayne is the editor of Topical Time and is responsible for guiding the magazine to an increase in the philatelic content and a new fresh look. He has lead the way to making Topical Time into a true electronic basis making electronic publication possible including a magazine archive, full color and electronic subscriptions. He is also editor or on the board of numerous philatelic publications.

    Jack was very active in many different philatelic activities. He was instrumental in obtaining World Series of Philately status for the Seattle Philatelic Exhibition (SEAPEX) and served as president of the SEAPEX board. He was an accomplished editor and edited Biophilately, Federated Philatelist, and other publications. He had a Grand Award exhibit on Alexander Hamilton.

    Nominations for the 2021 award should be sent to DTP Chairperson, Myron Molnau – 1616 E 32nd Court – Spokane, WA 99203-3918. Deadline for nomination is December 31, 2020.

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