Spring Stampex going virtual following success of first online event

Forced to cancel its Spring Stampex show slated for next February, the Philatelic Traders’ Society (PTS), a U.K.-based dealers association, has unveiled plans for a second Virtual Stampex show in March.

The PTS held its first Virtual Stampex this October in what Chris Green – the sole Canadian dealer to take a booth at the online-only event – called “the future of philately” (“Virtual Stampex the future of philately,” CSN Vol. 45 #15).

“I found it to be a great platform to connect with collectors and was incredibly pleased with the traffic it generated to my website and social media,” Green told CSN in late October.

Looking ahead to the next event on March 25-27, the second Virtual Stampex will be “even bigger and better,” according to PTS Chair Suzanne Rae.

“Our long-term vision for the Stampex brand is to ensure it is globally recognized and that it grows and connects philatelists all over the world,” she said, adding the pandemic’s unpredictability, “even with a possible vaccine in place and with a tiered lockdown system,” made it “impossible to move forward” with an in-person event.

To register for the free virtual show, visit stampex.vfairs.com.

The next in-person Stampex is scheduled for September 2021, depending on the pandemic.

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