The Week in Shows (May 14-20)

There are three major stamp shows on the philatelic calendar this week.

Today, the 58th Annual Collectors Show will be held at the Chinese Culture Centre on Coburg St. in Saint John, N.B. The show, sponsored by the Saint John Stamp Club as well as the Saint John Coin Club, will feature nearly 40 dealer tables of stamps, coins, sport cards and militaria. A draw for a 2017 Royal Canadian Mint Proof set will be held, and tickets will be sold for $1 each or $5 for six tickets. Two other prizes will also be drawn. Doors open to the public at 9:30 a.m. until 3:30 p.m. Admission and parking are both free.


Later this week, on May 19-21, the 60th Annual Compex will be held in Arlington Heights, Ill. The annual Combined Philatelic Exhibition of Chicagoland, staged by nine Chicago-area stamp clubs, will be held at Forest View Educational Center on 2121 S. Goebbert Rd. in Arlington Heights (only about five hours west of the Detroit-Windsor Tunnel). This year’s show theme is “Honouring the U.S. Armed Forces.”

The three-day show will include a 150-frame exhibition featuring award-winning exhibits from the Collectors Club of Chicago as well as 50 dealer booths; U.S. and United Nations postal services; USPS show cancels; a youth area with free stamps; a beginners’ booth; and society meetings and speakers.

The show will be open on Friday and Saturday from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. and on Sunday from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Admission and parking are both free.

The Compex show committee is comprised of members of the following nine clubs:

  • the Austin Philatelic Club;
  • the Baden-Powell Philatelic Association of Illinois;
  • the Chicagoland First Day Cover Society;
  • the Evanston-New Trier Philatelic Society;
  • the Germany Philatelic Society;
  • the Israel-Palestine Philatelic Society of America;
  • the North Shore Philatelic Society;
  • the Scandinavian Collectors Club; and
  • the United Nations Collectors of Chicagoland.


Rounding out the week in shows is the monthly Burloak Stamp Fair, which will be held May 20 at the Burlington Senior Centre on 2285 New St. The monthly show has been held for the past 19 years. It boasts upwards of nine dealers as well as active buyers. The bourse is open from 9 a.m.-2 p.m.


There are also two stamp unveilings slated to take place across the country this week.

Tomorrow, Canada Post and Octane Racing Group will bring together five decades from the world of Formula 1 (F1) racing to unveil a set of stamps commemorating the 50th anniversary of the F1 Grand Prix du Canada.

The following day, on May 16, Canada Post will continue its celebration of Canada’s sesquicentennial with the unveiling of its fifth Canada 150 stamp. Country music star Dean Brody, who will be in town for a stop on his cross-country Beautiful Freakshow tour, is slated to attend the May 16 unveiling, which will take place at Brandt Customer Support Centre in Regina, Sask. at 10 a.m.

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