At a recent board meeting of the Royal Philatelic Society of Canada (RPSC), director and dealer Chris McFetridge, of Saint John, N.B., reported “brisk business” in modern Canadian material, including varieties.
The president of Brixton-Chrome, McFetridge believes the market strength stems from new collectors, some of whom are beginners. RPSC past president Sam Chiu, of Toronto, also noted COVID-19 helped boost the hobby’s popularity over the past three years, citing the busy youth booth at the Edmonton Stamp Club’s “Spring National” show this March, where the young show-goers “seemed quite passionate,” he said.
“We need to plant the seed because they go through the same cycle as everyone else, but they will come back to the hobby later in life. … Overall, big crowds are coming back, and that’s a reality, so we need to facilitate the youth.”