RPSC launches free online course to help get collectors exhibiting

The Royal Philatelic Society of Canada’s inaugural web course aims to provide a welcoming entry point for aspiring exhibitors. Presented over three weeks in May, the free course will feature expert guidance from Gregg Redner, left, Andrew Kelly, centre and Andrew McFarlane.

The Royal Philatelic Society of Canada (RPSC) is introducing a new initiative aimed at advancing education and bolstering philatelic exhibitions. Aligned with the RPSC’s dedication to prioritizing education, Canada’s stamp club is launching a free web course designed to provide collectors of all levels and interests with a fun introduction to the world of stamp... Continue reading →

12-Penny Black sells for $740,625, sets record for stamps sold in Canada

Eastern Auctions’ owner Gary Lyon oversees the bidding for the glorious mint pair of the famous 12-Penny Black, setting a Canadian auction record.

It’s an auction moment that in-person and online viewers will likely never forget. It all began when auctioneer Gary Lyon opened Lot 6 of Ron Brigham’s revered Pence and Cents collection on March 8. “There are things you’ve always wanted to sell, well this is one of them for me,” the owner of New Brunswick’s... Continue reading →

RPSC panellists explore innovations in exhibiting

Two pages of exhibit on letter paper.

The Royal Philatelic Society of Canada (RPSC)’s latest Stamp Panel featured ideas on how to make exhibits visually inviting. Kathy Johnson, both an exhibitor and a philatelic judge, created and competitively exhibited 28 multi-frame and 14 single-frame exhibits across the classes of exhibit types, and countries of origin. She had tips on how planning storylines... Continue reading →

Lundeen Admiral collection offers bidders ‘last chance’ to acquire ‘prized items’

Described in the auction catalogue as ‘a spectacular, unique’ composite die essay, Lot 501 sold for $105,000 plus the 18.5 per cent buyer's premium.

Collectors will have one last chance to own “some of the most prized items” in the legendary Glen Lundeen Admiral collection, including two “one-of-a-kind” latheworks and an “incredible” composite essay. “This is the third and final portion of Glen Lundeen’s Admiral collection,” says Eastern Auctions’ chief describer Yohann Tanguay. “It will be your last chance... Continue reading →

Maresches mark a century in the stamp business

Richard A.R. Maresch and William Maresch in 1965 at their Toronto store location, 628 Temperance St. (1956-1968).

“Love, passion, and trust.” That, according to auctioneer Peter Maresch, is the secret sauce to the company’s success as it celebrates its 100th anniversary this year. It’s “the trust our customers give us,” which has seen three generations of Maresches build the Ontario-based company into Canada’s oldest philatelic auction business. “One day a customer brought... Continue reading →

World of 1,000 Stamps inspires St. Catharines club

St. Catharines Stamp Club member Ian Gillespie is spearheading a club project entitled, World of 1,000 Stamps. (Photo submitted)

In November 2019 the St Catharines Stamp Club launched a club project – World of 1000 Stamps. The idea came from a web search while looking for lists of stamp-issuing entities of the world which sourced the concept at the Smithsonian National Postal Museum’s “A Stamp For Every Country”. Their work has established an album... Continue reading →

Canadian just the second judge to earn cross-accreditation in postcard class

From the left, Canada’s Sam Chiu is with jurors of the picture postcard class including team leader Bernard Jiminez of France; Dr. Seija-Rita Laakso, of Finland, the world’s first accredited juror to judge the picture postcard class; Francisc Ambrus of Romania; and, apprentice Bruce Chadderton from Australia. Absent is Roger Tan of Singapore. The judging took place at the 2023 Thailand World Exhibition where FIP awarded Chiu cross-accreditation as the world’s second picture postcard juror. Photo submitted.

Canada’s Sam Chiu is only the second exhibition judge in the world to earn the Fédération Internationale de Philatélie (FIP) cross-accreditation in the newly created postcard class. Chiu, who was already an FIP-accredited postal history, postal stationery and traditional international juror, received his new class after serving as a cross-accreditation candidate at November’s Thailand 2023... Continue reading →

Organized Philately looks to build on momentum in 2024

Attendance was brisk, especially on the opening day of the National Postage Stamp and Coin Show sponsored by Canadian Stamp News and Canadian Coin News. The Sept. 9-10, 2023 show, featuring more than 50 dealers from across Canada, drew hundreds of philatelic and numismatic collectors over the two days it was held at the Mississauga Hilton in Mississauga, Ont.

The second half of 2023 continued the positive trends of earlier months and years as Organized Philately honed in on the state of the hobby in Canada. Nearing the mid-point of the year, the Royal Philatelic Society of Canada (RPSC) held its annual general (AGM) meeting on June 11 with more than 70 members tuning... Continue reading →

Busy shows, strong sales ignite 2023

This year saw Canadian philately continue to build on the advances it made over the prior three pandemic-stricken years as COVID-19 became less of an everyday concern and more of a past predicament. As the world marked the third anniversary of the COVID-19 pandemic in March, the hobby remained well-positioned to move forward after years... Continue reading →

RPSC names four new Fellows

Representing the RPSC, Ingo Nessel, far left, welcomes the newest Fellows, including (sitting from left) Hugo Deshaye, Roy Houtby, and Gregg Redner. Michel Houde was absent. Photos courtesy of Sam Chiu.

Four Canadian philatelists who “have actively worked for the betterment” of the Royal Philatelic Society of Canada (RPSC) and Canadian philately have been named fellows of the esteemed national society. Dealers Hugo Deshaye of Quebec and Roy Houtby of St. Catharines, Ont., along with RPSC president Greg Redner, of London, Ont., and Toronto philatelic author... Continue reading →

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