Orapex’s 60th also ‘the best,’ says longtime show dealer

The judges at Orapex 2023 had a challenging task as the 60th anniversary of the national show drew numerous impressive exhibits.

Orapex 2023 not only drew “high-calibre” exhibits, but also crushed past attendance and set sales records for stamp dealers during the May 6-7 show at Ottawa’s Nepean Sportsplex. “Orapex 2023 was very successful in terms of the general public attending, dealer satisfaction, great exhibits, and well-attended philatelic meetings and open-to-the-public philatelic presentations,” said committee chair John Tooth. “The planning that was undertaken by the Orapex committee of 18 individuals addressed many if not all of the problems of Orapex 22. Stamp shows are detail-driven and when all of these pieces come together as they did with this year’s show, the result was an outstanding two days.” Chief judge Sam Chiu had high praise for this year’s exhibition. Continue reading →

War Issue plate set, SPM collection hit auction block

A ‘remarkable trio in immaculate condition,’ Lot 42 features a set of three single-franking provisionals and is expected to bring at least $7,500 from James R. Taylor’s St. Pierre and Miquelon collection.

A comprehensive collection on St. Pierre and Miquelon formed over decades by prolific author James R. Taylor will be featured in Eastern Auctions’ May 25-27 sale. “James Taylor is an authority on the subject,” according to Yohann Tanguay, Eastern’s chief describer. “Many years of diligent collecting and research by Taylor have culminated in several gold-medal awards for his wide-ranging collections: from traditional eight-frame to one-frame exhibits pertaining to 20th-century definitive series.” More than 140 lots on the French territory of St. Pierre and Miquelon are being offered, from the early stampless period and French colonies issues used in St. Pierre and Miquelon to elusive classics, modern stamps and postal history, said Tanguay. Continue reading →

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