January 24, 2007

St. Louis Stamp Expo 2007

ST. LOUIS, MISSOURI - The St. Louis Stamp Expo will be held the weekend of February 23-25 at the Renaissance St. Louis Airport Hotel, 9801 Natural Bridge Road, St. Louis, Missouri. Show hours are 11am to 6pm Friday, 10am to 6pm Saturday, and 10am to 4pm Sunday. The Expo is an official APS World Series of Philately Exposition. The Grand Award winner is eligible to compete in the APS Champion of Champions competition in August.

The Expo features 50 national stamp dealers, a public stamp auction held by Regency-Superior, over 3,200 pages of exhibits, a Youth Room, a USPS substation, an Awards Banquet, and speakers & seminars. 

This year the Expo is honoring the 150th anniversary of the St. Louis Fire Department. Curator and historian for the St. Louis Fire Department, Robert Pauly has amassed a special exhibit of firefighting antiquities, including uniforms and equipment. This exhibit will be on display on the floor of the main ballroom.

The Expo is hosting the annual meeting of the American Helvetia (Swiss) Philatelic Society. In addition, the following societies will conduct meetings and presentations throughout the weekend: Illinois Postal History Society; Missouri Postal History Society; the Mobile Post Office Society; and the China Stamp Society. Each society has members throughout the country exhibiting at the Expo.

This year’s Exhibition jury consists of Ann Triggle, Arthur Jensen, Michael Peter, Dr. Roger Schnell, Robert
G. Zeigler, and Steven Zwillinger. The Exhibitors’ Awards Banquet will take place at the show hotel on Saturday evening, February 24th at 6:30pm. Awards will be presented by Ann Triggle, chief judge. The keynote speaker for the Awards Banquet will be Richard E. Drews, accredited APS & IFSDA philatelic judge, award-winning exhibitor, and former owner of Stamp King of Chicago. Ticket prices are $35 per person, and may be reserved by calling (800) 782-0066.

Featured in this year’s Court of Honor is an award-winning Swiss exhibit by Steve P. Turchik entitled The Usage of Switzerland’s Imperforate “Sitting Helvetia” issue of 1854-1863. This ten-frame exhibit shows used examples of 31 basic varieties, destinations, production varieties, postmarks, frankings and cancels. Mr. Turchik’s exhibit has garnished several gold medals in the past year, plus the Grand Award at the Minnesota Stamp Expo in July.

A three-day stamp auction will be held on Friday, Saturday and Sunday by Regency-Superior of St. Louis and Beverly Hills. The auction is open to the public. Viewing of the 3,200 lots will take place at their gallery in the Central West End through Tuesday, February 20th, and at the Stamp Expo during show hours. Regency-Superior’s stamp auction is currently online at www.RegencySuperior.com, complete with full lot descriptions, estimates, color photographs and opening bids. Collectors may view and bid directly at Regency-Superior’s website. Complimentary auction catalogs are available by calling toll-free 1-800-782-0066.

Once again, the St. Louis Stamp Expo will welcome hundreds of school children from local elementary schools on Friday, February 23rd. Activities, videos, games, and informative guided tours of the philatelic exhibits are planned for the children. The children will receive a free bag full of giveaways including stamps, albums and literature. Everything needed to start the youth in stamp collecting. As a special bonus, the St. Louis Fire Department will present a history of the fire department to the children. A retired fireman will dress in a period uniform and demonstrate the techniques used to fight fires in earlier days. Lastly, the children will be treated to a tour of a firetruck upon their departure.

In addition, a full day seminar on Saturday, February 24th is scheduled for the Boy Scouts Merit Badge program that will be conducted by local philatelists. Last year’s program was a tremendous success, and reservations are required by any scouts who wish to attend. For further details on the merit badge seminar, please contact David Straight at (314) 935-5465.

The Expo is presenting a new Adult Beginners seminar on Saturday afternoon for those 18-years of age and older who want to learn more about stamp collecting or just how to get started. This hands-on presentation will cover topics such as basic identification of stamps, how to use a catalog, tools of the trade, how to obtain stamps, and more.

2007 Official USPS Show Cancel

The Expo has commissioned local architect and stamp collector, Tom Minor to design a special cachet and cancel honoring the 150th Anniversary of the St. Louis Fire Department. Each cachet will be franked with the Heroes of 2001 Semi-postal stamps, and a 3¢ Scott #971. The full color cachet cost $3 each or $8 for a set of three. Cachets are available at the Expo, or by sending a self-addressed stamped envelope along with payment to: St. Louis Stamp Expo, 229 N. Euclid Avenue, St. Louis, Missouri 63108.
All children under the age of 16 will be admitted into the Expo free of charge. The admission fee for adults will be $5 per person good for all three days of the show. Free parking is available with validation at the show hotel.

For more information on the Expo, or an advance copy of the show program, please call the St. Louis Stamp Expo at (800) 782-0066 or (314) 361-5699. Email expo@regencystamps.com. Or visit their website at www.stlstampexpo.org.

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