Trajan’s ‘National Show’ returns this weekend after COVID hiatus

By Jesse Robitaille

For the first time in more than two years, collectors will be treated to a major stamp and coin show.

Trajan Publishing’s next National Postage Stamp & Coin Show is scheduled for April 9-10 at its usual venue, the Hilton Mississauga/Meadowvale hotel in northwestern Mississauga, Ont. While organizers have been forced to forgo some of the show’s usual events, including the seminars and young collectors program, attendees can expect a roughly 50-dealer stamp and coin bourse plus a competitive philatelic exhibition from the North Toronto Stamp Club (NTSC).

“No doubt, there is a pent-up demand for the shows to return, and after a two-year absence, we are looking forward to bringing the show back,” said Mike Walsh, Trajan’s managing partner and CSN’s editor, who added the provincial government’s regulations – mostly pulled back in mid-March – will determine exactly how the show is held. “Unfortunately, due to the uncertainly still created by COVID, there will be no seminars or young collectors table and auction at the spring show.”

Hosted each spring and fall before COVID-19, the two-day National Show typically includes 50 dealers on the bourse. Walsh expects this spring’s bourse will be sold out.

A full list of attending dealers, complete with brief biographies, is published on stampandcoinshow.com/dealers.

“I’m excited to see friends, clients and colleague dealers after more than two years,” said Hugo Deshaye, the Québec-based owner of Hugo Deshaye (Philatelist) Inc., one of the dealers who will have a booth on the bourse. “2022 is promising and will be a great, if not the best, philatelic year in decades.”

Also of note, R. Maresch & Son Auctions, the official CAPEX 22 auctioneer, will show material from the upcoming CAPEX auction at its booth during this April’s show.

NTSC EXHIBITION

Returning to a pre-pandemic tradition, the NTSC will once again host its annual springtime exhibition at this April’s show.

“Exhibiting is a really important part of stamp collecting because we’re able to see things we might never be able to acquire, and the exhibitor has deeply studied and organized their material and found out what material might be needed to go forward,” NTSC Exhibition Committee Chair John Wilson told CSN in February 2020, just weeks before that year’s spring show and exhibition were cancelled due to COVID-19.

This year’s showing will be the club’s 79th annual exhibition after it held a virtual competition for the past two years.

TWO-SESSION AUCTION

Trajan’s upcoming show will also feature a two-session “Premier Auction” presented by Colonial Acres on April 8-9.

Mostly a numismatic auction featuring rarities such as key-date decimal coins, paper money, tokens and “spectacular errors,” according to auctioneers, it was previewed in Canadian Coin News (Vol. 59 #26), which Trajan also publishes.

For further details on the auction, visit colonialacres.com/Auction-s/325.htm.

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