McLaughlin’s ‘Maple Leaf Issue’ wins Grand at Royal

Exhibitor David McLaughlin (right) won the Grand Award at the 2018 Royal Philatelic Society of Canada Convention. His exhibit, ‘The Maple Leaf Issue of Canada 1897-1898,’ was a ‘thorough, in-depth study,’ according to Chief Judge Joel Weiner (left).

David McLaughlin’s eight-frame exhibit, “The Maple Leaf Issue of Canada 1897-1898,” won the Grand Award at the 160-frame exhibition held during The Royal Philatelic Society of Canada (RPSC) Convention this June. The exhibit also earned the RPSC Excellence Award (Title Page/Synopsis); the American Philatelic Society (APS) Medal of Excellence (Research); the British North America Philatelic Society (BNAPS) Best BNA Exhibit Award; and the BNAPS Best BNA Research Award. Continue reading →

Strip of 10 three-penny beavers brings $27K

A mint block of nine five-cent vermilion stamps – one of only three comparable five-cent beaver multiples – brought $16,000 at the June 8-9 sale.

A mint vertical strip of 10 three-pence red beaver stamps (Scott #1) nearly tripled its pre-sale estimate of $10,000-plus when it hammered down for $27,000 during a sale by New Brunswick’s Eastern Auctions this June. Offered as Lot 289, the strip of 10 stamps – despite its various described faults – displayed “large margins, excellent colour and an unusually bright impression, nearly full brownish original gum showing only a hint of disturbance and a few mild hinge marks,” according to auction catalogue describer Yohann Tanguay.  Continue reading →

Exhibiting beyond local level a matter of perseverance

North Toronto Stamp Club Exhibition co-chairs John Wilson (left) and Jean Wang explain the importance of perseverance in philatelic exhibiting.

It’s easy to learn but difficult to master. Progressing through the local, regional, national and international waters of philatelic exhibiting requires careful skill, attention to detail and committed passion for the hobby. Beyond the local level, it becomes increasingly difficult to stand out from the competition, but according to a trio of award-winning exhibitors and members of the North Toronto Stamp Club (NTSC), it’s all about perseverance. “It’s not one and done,” said NTSC Exhibition co-chair John Wilson, who was joined by fellow exhibition co-chair Jean Wang and website administrator Leon Matthys for an hour-long presentation at the recent National Postage Stamp and Coin Show. “It’s about repeated iterations.” Continue reading →

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