Monday Morning Brief | APS Stampshow

July 04, 2016 08:00 AM

Watch as Linn’s Stamp News associate editor Michael Baadke discusses the American Philatelic Society’s upcoming Stampshow taking place Aug. 4-7 in Portland, Ore., and the new U.S. Songbirds in Snow stamps to be issued at the show.

Welcome to the Monday Morning Brief for July 4, 2016.

The American Philatelic Society is making final preparations for its annual APS Stampshow, which is taking place this year in Portland, Oregon, at the Oregon Convention Center.

The doors open on Thursday, August 4 and the stamp show runs through Sunday, August 7. The show is open to the public with free admission for everyone.

The APS Stampshow includes a large number of stamp and postal history exhibits, plus the championship competition that completes the annual World Series of Philately. All of the past year’s top award winners from the 31 APS national-level exhibitions will be on display and competing for the annual Champion of Champions title.

The show will feature a wide range of dealers offering stamps, covers, postal history, essays and proofs, collections and much more. The Harmer-Schau and Regency-Superior auction firms will both conduct public auction sessions during the course of the show.

A large number of collecting societies will be participating at the show and welcoming show visitors, and there will also be meetings and seminars with stamp experts on a wide variety of subjects.

At 11 a.m. on Thursday, August 4, the United States Postal Service will host a first-day ceremony for its new Songbirds in Snow forever stamps. That ceremony is also free and open to the public.

The designs for these previously unannounced stamps were just revealed by the Postal Service on June 28, and feature four appealing songbirds painted by artist Robert Guisti. The birds shown are the golden-crowned kinglet, the cedar waxwing, the northern cardinal and the red-breasted nuthatch.

The artist’s bird illustrations have appeared on a number of earlier U.S. stamps, including the 86¢ Tufted Puffins stamp issued in 2013, and the set of 10 Songbirds stamps issued in 2014.

The show will also include a beginner’s area to help out anyone who is just getting started in the stamp hobby, assessments of existing collections, and much more.

You can learn more about the American Philatelic Society and the APS Stampshow by visiting the APS online at You can also visit for additional information.

For Linn’s Stamp News and the Scott catalogs, I’m Michael Baadke.