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Event preview: Don't miss Spring Stampex International 2018

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Now with a new name to reflect the ‘global reach of this much-loved and well attended show’, Stampex International offers a huge range of stamp and postal history traders, a variety of stamp launches, and philatelic displays from some of the world’s finest collections.

There’s a sense of history at the event this time, with new stamps recalling the ‘votes for women’ campaign and maritime vessels, while the Smilers Sheet showcases aircraft as we prepare to mark 100 years of the RAF. The Smilers Sheet will be available from the Information Stand (Stand #117 at the front of the hall on the ‘Village Green’ area) for £18.95, while stocks last.

Featuring the iconic ‘Machin’ image of the Queen, seen on countless definitive stamps and on the cover of this guide, the Stampex postcard will be given away free to visitors. You can see the Smiler Sheets issued at Stampex since 2011 on The PTS website, just visit: thephilatelictraderssociety.co.uk/smilers-sheets

Penny Reds made easy
During the show, experts Bill Barrell and Mike Williams will be inviting people to come along to stand 69 to find out more about the often complex 1d red.

Come along on the Friday, between 10am and 4pm to discover much more about the Great Britain QV 1d red (SG7-SG44). Collectors’ questions are welcomed or why not bring along your difficult items for discussion – no plate 77s on part cover from Victor Hugo to Bruxelles please!

Learn how to identify your 1d reds, the basics of plate identification, shading and most other aspects. Plating of stamps can be done on the stand in the presence of the collector if time allows.

Court of Honour
The childhood stamp collection of singer and performer Sophie Ellis Bextor will be on show throughout Stampex at the Court of Honour (stand 105). Sophie collected stamps as a child, encouraged by her father’s collection, and has mentioned her love of stamps in a number of interviews over the years.

Add to your collection
The international exhibition offers collectors a huge range of material from postal history to postcards, and first day covers to classic stamps. Auction houses and philatelic bureaux are also present, offering the chance to view forthcoming lots and pick up the latest new stamp issues, respectively.

£10 cashback!
For some stamp-related reading on your way home, don’t forget to drop by the Stamp & Coin Mart stand (#G18B) where the £10 cashback offer returns due to public demand! Join Stamp & Coin Mart by Direct Debit, with an initial payment of just £4.99, and you’ll receive £10 cashback as well as a miniature sheet and other stamp gifts.

New stamps
The Thursday of Stampex always sees a brand new stamp issue from Royal Mail, giving visitors the chance to get the stamps ‘hot off the press’ and create a few ‘first day’ souvenirs. The ‘Votes for Women’ stamps mark the centenary of the Representation of the People Act 1918, which gave women over the age of thirty the right to vote, and feature photographs of the campaigns that took place 100 years ago.

Royal Mail’s Post & Go stamps will continue the ‘Royal Mail Heritage’ series, this time focussing on ‘Mail by Sea’. Jersey will also issue maritime-themed Post & Go stamps on the Wednesday, with their own ‘Naval Vessels’ set and Guernsey will issue Post & Go designs depicting some of the flowers found in the Bailiwick of Guernsey, along with Guernsey flag stamp strips with a Valentine’s Day overprint message. Guernsey will also be issuing a special miniature sheet with a romantic theme, to coincide with St Valentine’s Day. The Post & Go stamps will be available from the machines located on the Royal Mail stand.

ABPS Exhibition
The national exhibition will offer visitors plenty to feast their eyes on with over 220 frames of top quality material on show.

There will be a special display by the Channel Islands Philatelic Society and a range of exhibits covering all the philatelic classes including Traditional, Postal History, Aerophilately, Thematic and the very popular Open Class. For the very first time, there will also be an experimental class on Ephemera, defined as ‘the minor transient, printed or handwritten documents of everyday life that are generally expected to be discarded.’ 

This description is sufficiently broad to cover almost any printed or handwritten material that is of suitable size and thin enough to be exhibited in the frames.

Find out more about collecting and exhibiting ephemera in our special guide.

Regular visitors will also notice the brand new frames being used at the exhibition, replacing the standard display frames which had been in use for more than thirty years.

Don’t forget, you can also see many of the ABPS exhibits up close, and find out more about the background of the exhibit, in the popular ‘Stamp showcase’ article in every issue of Stamp & Coin Mart magazine, produced in association with the ABPS.

Young collectors
Youngsters attending Stampex should make their way up to the Gallery Bays 14 and 15 and to the Kids Corner run by Stamp Active Network. The Kids Corner will be a hive of activity throughout the show, with ‘Transport’ as the chosen theme. Fun activities and the Saturday auction will no doubt keep younger collectors occupied!

Societies at Stampex
As ever, specialist philatelic societies will meet at Stampex, and you can see the list of Saturday meetings below. While the meetings give members a chance to catch up and share their latest finds, non-members are very welcome to attend, so do pop by and find out more about these vital organisations.

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