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Bill Hedley, Chairman, ABPS exhibitions joined us at Stampex and gave us his insight into how to exhibit competitively
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The smiling faces of the children who were there and who clearly enjoyed themselves was appreciated.
On an even more encouraging note, a school stamp club organiser came along with the Head Teacher from the school and was so impressed that they are looking to organise a school visit next year to the show.
Stamp Active again raised some funds by the sale of stamps, £930, to help finance their various projects including the free postal club for children, KIDSTAMPS.
In an attempt to attract greater numbers, it is intended to offer a voucher to each youngster under 18, a voucher for £20 to spend at the show (limited to the first 100 children). This will be possible through our Dealer Patrons and additional support from the Philatelic Traders’ Society.
Youngsters visiting the Kids Zone at Stampex complete various activities in order to win points to take part in the free children’s auction on Saturday afternoon. Every youngster who takes part in the auction, is given a free draw ticket with the opportunity to win a Penny Black, donated by Robin Cassell of Mulready Phialtelics
The winner of the Penny Black at Autumn Stampex was Amal Usman from Southend-on-Sea, aged 12.
Leopold Marie received a Trophy as the “Young Collector of the Year 2019” from Susan Henderson, Chairman of Stamp Active. He was also presented with a smaller cup as a memento and a framed set of Harry Potter stamps, sponsored by Royal Mail.
He is pictured with Sophie Moyon, his stamp club leader who runs his successful school stamp club. and Susan Henderson, Chairman of Stamps Active.
Steve Pye was presented with the Bill Hart Award for outstanding service to youth philately. He signed the Roll of Honour and received a framed certificate and gifts including a limited edition prestige stamp case, cufflinks and a tie, sponsored by Royal Mail.
Steve has run a very successful stamp club in Liverpool and has a huge passion for the hobby and helping young people.
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Spink showcased Inverted Jenny which went on to sell for nearly $1.8million dollars
Josh Barber, Specialist at Spink comments
"Thanks to the organisers of stampex for ensuring another successful show, the assistance we received with issues along the way was faultless and very much appreciated. There was much attention and an excited atmosphere surrounding The Centre line Block of Inverted Jenny stamps which we had on show ahead of the sale of them in New York, a huge success with many visitors coming to see this great rarity and have their photograph taken with them, thanks again for the assistance of the organisers in getting some press coverage for this unique item."