Kapex 2018 celebrates 62nd annual show

The Kawartha Stamp Club (KSC) held its 62nd annual stamp show, Kapex 2018, last week at Peterborough’s Evinrude Centre.

This year marked “another successful show with great weather,” according to Rick Stankiewicz, Kapex 2018 publicity chair, who added there were “lots of options for the collecting public with live auctions, club books and free hourly draws.”

“With 12 dealers from across Ontario, plus Canada Post and hundreds of public in attendance, including a few young collectors, it made for another great show. Thanks to all who participated,” said Stankiewicz.

There were also 72 frames of “excellent-calibre” exhibits at the April 21 show. With a cross-section of competitive exhibits, including multi-frame exhibits on Canada and Great Britain; a variety of topical exhibits; several one-frame exhibits; and a selection of one-page exhibits.

“Our judges were Garfield Portch and Robert Pinet, who both did an excellent job for us,” said Stankiewicz. “It is this aspect of KAPEX that sets us apart from many other shows and we are proud of it.”

KAPEX SHOW COVER

As they has for the past 15 years, the show’s organizers offered attendees special-edition Kapex 2018 show covers. This year, there were three versions to collect, and each version was cancelled with the date of the show and offered for $3. This year’s themes were the 100th anniversary of end of the First World War and the death of Lieutenant Colonel John McCrae, author of the famous war memorial poem “In Flanders Fields.” The covers also features a cancel specially designed by Canada Post.

The covers incorporate an original cachet by artist Chrissie Wysotski and are complemented by the 1939 War Memorial stamp (Scott #247) or the 1968 McCrae stamp (SC #487). A sleeve insert also describes the background of the cover commemorations.

“This is the annual fundraiser for the KSC, so with only limited quantities of covers still available, if you are interested in copies they are now only available through the KSC via Karl Wysotski at kingfisher@nexicom.net, while supplies last,” said Stankiewicz. “Unfortunately, there are very few show covers left from previous years.”

“We are already looking forward to next year’s 63rd annual philatelic exhibition in Peterborough, tentatively set for April of 2019. Hope to see you there!”

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