Volume 47 – #25

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Volume 47#25

March 28 – April 10, 2023

Past guests on the Conversations with Philatelists podcast include (clockwise from top left) Australian-born philatelist Peter Congreve, Doobie Brothers founder Pat Simmons, senior Republican presidential advisor Karl Rove and organizers of the Westpex show in California.

Conversations with Philatelists united collectors during pandemic

With the early days of the COVID-19 pandemic spreading illness, fear and uncertainty, the cancellation of virtually all in-person events spurred two U.S. collectors to fill the social void in the philatelic community. Trying to match the camaraderie of mingling with people at stamp shows, Michael Cortese and Charles Epting launched Conversations with Philatelists, a video podcast featuring guests both directly and tangentially tied to the hobby. The hosts both graduated from the Young Philatelic Leaders Fellowship (YPLF), founded by the American Philatelic Society in 2009, and crossed paths at international shows before launching the podcast in mid-2020. Since then, it has garnered about 120,000 views on YouTube, as well as thousands more on other platforms, with nearly 100 episodes airing as often as every week. “It started pretty innocently like that: we just wanted to talk to people,” said Cortese, of Pittsfield, N.H., the co-owner and executive vice-president of NobleSpirit, a family-run company specializing in stamps, coins and other collectibles. “But as we put up more and more episodes, something happened that we didn’t really expect.” Continue reading →

Exhibition coming to spring National Show
Page 1
Maresch opens 2023 with ‘more bidders than usual’
Page 10
Three named collections, 2,100 lots up next for Sparks
Page 16

Pick Our Brain
Do you have a collecting question?
Page 4
CSN Marketplace
Are you buying or selling?
Page 20
Show & Bourse
Check out the shows in your area
Page 23
Ian Robertson
Looking Back
Canada Post cast collectors into fly fishing twice in eight
Page 6
Everett Parker
Philatelic Journals
London Philatelist celebrates its longevity
Page 8

Ian Robertson
Stamping Grounds
Stamps miniaturize Audubon’s pioneering bird art
Page 14
Robin Harris
New Issues
From around the world
Page 18

Jesse Robitaille
People & Philately
SPM stamp, postcard prove power of partnership
Page 23

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