Monday Morning Brief | Ameristamp Expo

March 13, 2017 08:00 AM

Watch as Linn’s Stamp News associate editor Michael Baadke reports on the recent Ameristamp Expo stamp show and exhibition in Reno, Nev., including news of the winner of the 2017 single-frame Champion of Champions award.

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Welcome to the Monday Morning Brief for March 13, 2017.

The American Philatelic Society held its annual Winter stamp show and convention over the first weekend in March. The show, known as Ameristamp Expo, takes place in a different city each year, and this year it was held in Reno, Nevada.

Along with a bourse of stamp dealers offering stamps, covers, collections and supplies for sale, the show included dozens of great exhibits showing all sorts of specialized collections.

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Ameristamp Expo also features the annual single-frame Champion of Champions competition, which chooses the top exhibit out of all of the single-frame champions that have been chosen at national shows over the past year.

This year’s top winner was Michael T. Mahler, who took the prize with his revenue stamp exhibit titled “Big Rug, Small Rug, Baby Rug: U.S. Civil War Era $200 and $500 Revenues, Their Purpose Illustrated.”

His exhibit, which won the single-frame grand award last year at the Southern California Sescal show, includes the only known example of the $500 revenue stamp affixed to a document.

Ameristamp Expo also included a first-day ceremony on March 3, welcoming the new Barn Swallow forever stamped envelopes that are now available from the U.S. Postal Service.

The envelope design is the third in recent years to feature an imprinted stamp with a bird portrait by artist Matthew Frey.

The American Philatelic Society teamed up with the National Association of Letter Carriers and Family Circus comic strip artist Jeff Keane to kick off the annual Stamp Out Hunger event, which included sales of a Photostamps souvenir sheet featuring the kids from Family Circus. Proceeds from the sales of the stamp, and a $1,000 donation from the APS benefited the Food Bank of Northern Nevada. Jeff Keane remained at the show to autograph stamps and other memorabilia for collectors and fans.

Collectors can still buy the Family Circus photostamps sheet by visiting the APS website at and looking under the link for Specialty Shops and event souvenirs.

Next up for the APS is the annual APS Stampshow, scheduled for August 3-6 in Richmond, Virginia. You can also find out about local stamp shows that are taking place near you by checking the Events Calendar listing published each week in Linn’s Stamp News.

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