The Week in Shows (March 12-18)

There are a handful of shows taking place across the country this week.

Today is the final day of Nuphilex, the largest coin and stamp show in Canada. The show, which opened on March 10, is being held at Complex EVO on 420 Sherbooke St. W., in Montreal, Que. The bourse will be open from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. today, and admission is free.

Later this week, on March 17-19, Richpex 2017—Vancouver’s largest stamp show—will be held at the Executive Suits Hotel Burnaby on 4201 Lougheed Hwy., in Burnaby, B.C. The show is slated to feature “17 of the top Western Canada dealer tables” as well as the Ron Leith Annual Auction. The bourse hours and auction viewing are 10 a.m.-5 p.m. on March 17 and 18.


The Ron Leith postal history auction will began at 6 p.m. on March 18.

Postal history auction highlights include a fabulous collection of 1873-1891 New Westminster, B.C. cork cancels (Lots 237-266); rare Canada territorial covers from Assiniboia, North-West Territories and Saskatchewan (Lots 180-184, 378-396, 405-408); “good” Canada Small Queen illustrated advertising covers (Lots 43-78); an 1874 Fort Garry, Man. cover to Scotland (Lot 413); a rare Canada Lacrosse All-Star Team postcard taken during the 1907 Australia exhibition tour (Lot 1095); the earliest-known Yukon Territory registered cover mailed to Dawson during the Klondike Gold Rush (Lot 184); a collection of more than 4,800 different Canada Slogans 1919-2009 in seven deluxe albums (Lots 1352-1358); three Karl Lewis-painted cachet covers (Lots 790-792); an 1850 U.S. cover signed by James Buchanan who was elected President in 1857 (Lot 455); the earliest-known use of U.S. Scott #35 on cover (Lot 464); a “nice” group of 1860s hand-tinted Charles Magnus U.S. engravings (Lots 1713-1718); a mounted collection of 758 worldwide French Consular covers ranging from 1948-69, all addressed to Paris (Lots 1501-1511); a mounted collection of 185 German Second World War censored covers (Lots 951-965); a “marvellous” collection of 2,700 different German four-digit 1953-1990s town cancels in seven “massive” albums (Lots 1528-1534); a collection of more than 83 Zeppelin covers and cards (Lots 873-896); a Western Canada dealer stock of 6,000 topical and Canada postcards sleeved and priced to more than $80,000 (Lots 1118-1191); the entire Bill Bartlett ephemera and stock certificate inventory (Lots 1719-1781); the second part of the Ken Barlow collection of First World War Canadian Militia covers (Lots 919-931); more than 1,300 railroad covers, postcards, and ephemera items (Lots 984-847); and the section closes with an “amazing” 870 wholesale cover and postcard collection lots “that are bound to satisfy philatelists and dealers alike,” according to auctioneers.

The stamp auction starts at 1 p.m. on March 19.

Stamp auction highlights include the Don Wilson Collection of 19th-century Worldwide Stamps (1840-1900), with a Scott catalog value exceeding $250,000, to be sold in 169 country lots (Lots 2310-2473); the David Campbell Lifetime Worldwide Collection with $270,000 in stamps to be sold in 158 country lots; the final instalment of the Kevin Clarke Collection of U.S. Fancy Cancels (Lots 2609-2643); unusual Canada Admiral colour varieties (Lots 1902, 1912); a “fabulous” collection of Admiral lathework stamps (Lots 1929-1951); Canada fancy cork cancels (Lots 2002-2018); NYFM fancy cancels on high-value U.S. Large Banknote issues (Lots 2174-2227), and 610 worldwide stamp collection lots with extensive collections of Canada, Newfoundland, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Chile, China, France, Germany, Great Britain, Hong Kong, India, Italy, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea, Russia, the U.S. and more.


On March 18, the Okanagan Mainline Philatelic Association (OMPA) Stamp Show and Bourse will be held at the People Place on 3402 27 Ave., in Vernon, B.C. Hosted by the OMPA, the show will be open from 10 a.m.-2 p.m., and include an auction as well as a door prize. Admission is free.


Also on March 18, the monthly Burloak Stamp Fair will return to Burlington, Ont.’s Seniors’ Centre on 2285 New St. The show—a regular monthly gathering for the past two decades—is slated to feature upwards of 10 dealers buying and selling a range of philatelic material from 9 a.m.-1:30 p.m.

Rounding out the week in shows is OXPEX/OTEX 2017, which will be held March 18 at the Woodstock Christian School on 800 Juliana Dr., in Woodstock, Ont. Hosted by the Oxford Philatelic Society, the show will feature a number of stamp dealers, competitive exhibits, club circuit books, youth stamp gift bags, free parking and door prizes. Admission is free.

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