National Postage Stamp Show opens today in GTA

The Greater Toronto Area’s largest postage stamp show opens this morning, offering collectors the chance to visit scores of dealers from around the world while admiring a stamp exhibit by the North Toronto Stamp Club (NTSC).

Sponsored by the Canadian Stamp Dealers’ Association (CSDA), the Spring 2015 National Postage Stamp Show is the first of the CSDA’s biannual national shows (the second is scheduled for early November).

John Sheffield, a director with the CSDA and organizer of the National Postage Stamp Show, said the weekend will allow collectors to meet with dealers who they don’t often get to see.

“The show is the largest in the region, and it gives collectors a chance to meet with dealers they otherwise wouldn’t see at any of the local club shows in the Toronto area,” said Sheffield. “Like I said, we believe bigger is better.”

The National Postage Stamp Show is being held in Hall Four of Mississauga’s International Centre at 6900 Airport Rd. between now and Sunday, April 19.

The show opens today with an early-bird bourse at 10 a.m. Admission to the early-bird bourse costs $10; however, free admission begins after 11 a.m. today and is free for the remainder of the weekend.

After opening at 10 a.m., the bourse floor will run until 6 p.m. today, 5 p.m. on Saturday and 3 p.m. on Sunday.

One highlight will be the NTSC’s 72nd annual exhibit, said Sheffield.

“We partner with the NTSC to host their annual exhibit, so it gives those collectors a chance to show off what they’ve done and the collecting public a chance to take a peek at these collections, what’s being collected and how it’s being exhibited.”

The NTSC exhibit will feature the collections and materials of its various members.

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