America’s Stamp Club and the Nation’s Largest Annual Stamp Collecting Show Are Heading to Sacramento, California

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The American Philatelic Society invites one and all to attend APS STAMPSHOW — August 16–19

The "Inverted Jenny," stamp collecting's most famous upside down airplane.

APS STAMPSHOW is America's largest annual stamp show covering postage stamps, envelopes, postcards, postal history and more!

America’s Stamp Club is packing its bags and traveling west this year, taking STAMPSHOW to northern California. The show will be held at the Sacramento Convention Center, 1400 J Street. The doors open daily at 10 a.m. and admission is free! Thursday, Friday, and Saturday the show runs until 6 p.m.; Sunday until 4 p.m.

STAMPSHOW is America’s largest annual stamp show covering postage stamps, covers (envelopes), postcards, postal history, and more! At an astounding 120,000 square feet, comfortable shoes are a must. There is something for everyone from the experienced to the non-collector — exhibits, dealers, specialty collecting groups, seminars, and much more. Visit for additional show information — hotel and travel, schedule of events, list of participating dealers, and more. Be sure to download the NorCalGuide App to discover the very best that Sacramento has to offer.

What to do at STAMPSHOW —

  • See Rare Stamps on Display — The “Inverted Jenny” is the nation’s most famous upside down airplane. Learn how the stamp took a wrong turn.
  • Get Into Collecting in the Stamp Zone — The Zone is a kids-only fun area with games, puzzles, activities, stamps, and more stamps.
  • “Shop ’til You Drop” — More than 120 dealers will be selling stamps from around the world, hobby supplies, and other stamp-related materials — postcards, items of postal history, illustrated envelopes, etc. Prices will range from a dime to a dollar and up. Dealers also will be buying. (
  • Buy Stamps from the United States Postal Service — The USPS will have a stamp counter, merchandise area, and First Day cancels.
  • Bid Early and Often at the Live Auctions — Regency Superior and Harmer-Schau auction houses will bring the hammer down on several live auctions during the show.
  • Attend Five First Day Ceremonies — A First Day Ceremony is the official unveiling of a new stamp release. The United States Postal Service will issue the last installment of the Flags of Our Nation Series. The set of stamps depict the flags of Texas, Utah, Vermont, Virgin Islands, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia, Wisconsin, and Wyoming. The set also features a stamp with the American Flag. The USPS will also have two First Day of Sales Ceremonies for the Edgar Rice Burroughs and the USS Constitution War of 1812 stamps. The United Nations will issue the Sport for Peace stamps and the Marshall Islands will debut the American Indian Dances stamps (
  • Visit “What’s In Your Attic!” — Don’t know what to do with Uncle Charlie’s stamp collection? The experienced collectors at this booth will offer advice — whether or not to donate the collection, contact a dealer or auction house to sell the collection, or to just keep it in the family as a memento or for a future collector.
  • Meet Stamp Designer, Chris Calle — Chris has designed stamps for the USPS and the Marshall Islands and he has created the illustrated souvenir cover for this year’s show. Chris will be located at the APS Booth during the show.
  • Dive Into Stamps By the Bucket — A huge pile of stamps and a pail equals a bucketful of fun for both children and adults.
  • Learn About Collecting — New to the hobby? Don’t know where to begin? A stop at the Beginner’s Booth is a must. For a more in-depth learning opportunity, sign up for Stamp Collecting 101.
  • Stop at America’s Stamp Club Booth — Staff members of the American Philatelic Society are ready to greet all attendees, share information about the Society, and answer questions.

Come to the show and explore the world of stamp collecting!

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