The American First Day Cover Society (AFDCS) pre-Americover 2018 tour will provide an opportunity for participants to visit some of Atlanta’s best tourist attractions.
It will drop off Americover attendees within two blocks of the College Football Hall of Fame, the Georgia Aquarium, the World of Coca-Cola, the Center for Civil and Human Rights, and CNN World Headquarters.
Americover 2018 will be held Aug. 3-5 at the Hilton Atlanta Northeast, which is only 32 kilometres from downtown Atlanta. The tour bus will depart from the hotel on Aug. 2 and return later that afternoon. Participants will be able to choose any of the nearby venues or spend time in Centennial Olympic Park. The price of the tour, which includes bus transportation, is $25 if purchased on or before June 30 and $30 after that date, if space is still available.
Tickets may be purchased online at afdcs.org/register or by mail using the insert in the March-April issue of First Days, the official journal of the AFDCS. Non-members are welcome on the tour and can use the website or request a copy of the Americover 2018 event order form by sending a self-addressed stamped envelope to the AFDCS at PO Box 44, Annapolis Jct., MD 20701-0044.
As is customary, those attending the Americover tour and food events receive special cover souvenirs designed by leading cachet-makers.
Americover 2018 is the AFDCS’ annual show, convention and celebration of first-day cover collecting. Each year, it is held in a different part of the country. In 2017, it was in the Cleveland area; in 2019, it will be in St. Louis.
Americover is part of the American Philatelic Society World Series of Philately, and the winners of its competitive exhibitions are automatically entered in the annual Champion of Champions competitions.
There is a special Americover room rate of $99 at the Hilton Atlanta Northeast. There also will be two bourses at the show (commercial dealers and cachet-makers), a banquet, meetings, award-winning cover exhibits, a youth table, a hospitality suite, live and silent auctions, seminars, a forum by a U.S. Postal Service official involved with first-day covers and possibly a U.S. first day ceremony, according to organizers.