Canadians shine at Thailand 2023 exhibition

Canadian exhibitors made their mark at the recent Thailand 2023 Specialized World Stamp Championship Exhibition.

Among the 2,500 frames of exhibits, Canada was represented with eight exhibits totalling 26 frames and one literature exhibit.

“Canadian exhibitors did well at Thailand 2023,” says David McLaughlin, who attended the Bangkok show as Canada’s commissioner. “Of the six exhibits entered in the one-frame and multi-frame competitive classes, there were two personal bests and two exhibits that met the Large Vermeil threshold, which allows the exhibit to be expanded to eight frames for future FIP (Fédération Internationale de Philatélie) exhibitions.”

Results in the one frame classes were Walter Dziemianczuk, Aerophilately (72 points); John McEntyre, Revenues (88 pts); and a personal best for Ingo Nessel, Postal History (91 pts). Results in the multi-frame classes were Michael Croy, Aerophilately, Large Silver (78 pts); Brenda Hoyles, Picture Post Cards, Large Vermeil (85 pts); and a personal best for Mark Stelmacovich, Large Vermeil (85 pts). In the literature class, Yohann Tanguay was awarded a Large Silver (76 pts) for the Brigham Estate, Province of Canada Part I auction catalogue.

McLaughlin entered his multi-frame exhibit in the World Stamp Championship (WSC) class, which requires one previous FIP Large Gold medal to enter. Entries in the WSC class are not scored; only an overall WSC champion is selected.

“Overall the exhibition was good,” says McLaughlin, who was recently named president of the Vincent Graves Green Philatelic Research Foundation. “In general there was a high standard for the exhibits. There were over 40 Large Golds (95 points or above) with 18 at the 96-97-point level required for consideration for Grand Prix awards.”

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