Great American Stamp Show kicks off next month

After a more than year-long show hiatus, the American Philatelic Society (APS) will host its 2021 Great American Stamp Show (GASS) in an open public venue this summer.

With three convening societies, including the APS, American Topical Association and American First Day Cover Society, the first GASS is scheduled for Aug. 12-15 in the Chicago suburb of Rosemont, Ill. While the show’s original debut – slated for last August – was cancelled due to COVID-19, U.S. vaccination efforts saw officials across that country roll back their pandemic regulations this spring.

The 2021 GASS includes a thematic, first-day cover and open competition for multi-frame and single-frame exhibits plus the annual World Series of Philately “Champion of Champions” and “Most Popular Champion of Champions” competitions.

The show also features the 53rd Annual Literature Exhibition, whose jury includes Royal Philatelic Society of Canada President Ed Kroft, of Vancouver, B.C., serving as an apprentice judge.

The GASS venue, the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center, re-opened its 840,000-square-foot complex for trade shows and public events in July after sitting empty since March 2020.

The U.S. land border remains closed to non-essential Canadian travel until at least Aug. 21; however, the Canadian government will open its land border to fully vaccinated U.S. citizens on Aug. 9 (and to fully vaccinated travellers from other countries on Sept. 7).

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