Chicagopex, originally slated for late November, cancelled due to COVID-19

Officials with the Chicago Philatelic Society (CPS) have decided to cancel the 2020 Chicagopex show due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

On July 7, the club’s board of directors voted to cancel the in-person show slated for Nov. 20-22 in Itasca, Ill.

Despite the cancellation, however, Chicagopex literature chair Ken Trettin has arranged to go ahead with the 54th annual philatelic literature competition. Prospective exhibitors are invited to submit applications for the show’s literature competition to Trettin via by the Sept. 15 deadline. The prospectus and application are available online via the Chicagopex website.

This literature competition accepts nearly all forms of philatelic literature, including books, journals (excluding local club newsletters), catalogues, columns and individual major articles. They may be printed or digital depending on how they are made available for public consumption. Digital entries can include websites, blogs and message boards that either.

The judges will work remotely using online video conferences to decide on submissions, and judging will take place remotely, with written evaluations sent to all exhibitors after the original show dates.


Chicagopex 2020 was also slated to be held in conjunction with AmeriStamp Expo, which is hosted by the American Association of Philatelic Exhibitors (AAPE).

The AmeriStamp event includes the Single-Frame Champion of Champions competition, which highlights the top single-frame exhibits from World Series of Philately (WSP) shows in the United States and Canada during the previous year.

The 2020 Single-Frame Champion of Champion qualifiers from the five Canadian WSP shows in 2019 include:

  • Neil Donen (“Neil Donen,” Edmonton Spring National Show);
  • John McIntyre (“1930 Canadian Weights and Measures 95 Revenue Issue,” Orapex);
  • Jean-Jacques Tillard (“St. Pierre et Miquelon, le 20F ‘Montagne et arbres’ de 1947,” Royal*2019*Royale);
  • Alexander Globe (“Digital Analysis of Canada’s 2-Ring Stamp Obliterators of 1896-99,” Vanpex); and
  • Sam Chiu (“Detained in Hong Kong,” Canpex).

The AAPE plans to virtually host the Single-Frame Champion of Champions competition. More details are forthcoming.

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