Got Stamps and Don’t Know What To Do with Them? America’s Stamp Club Has the Answer

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The American Philatelic Society invites one and all to attend StampShow— August 21-24 at the Connecticut Convention Center in Hartford

Got stamps? Don't know what to do with them? Come to Stamps in Your Attic!

America’s Stamp Club is traveling to Hartford, Connecticut for Stamp Show, the nation’s largest, annual postage stamp show. The show will be held at the Connecticut Convention Center, 100 Columbus Boulevard. 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.

Don’t know what to do with Uncle Charlie’s stamp collection? Visit the “What’s In Your Attic!” Booth. The experienced collectors manning 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. There is no charge for the advice. But keep in mind, this is not meant to be a formal appraisal.

There is something for everyone from the experienced to the non-collector — exhibits, dealers, specialty collecting groups, seminars, rarities, and much more.

Visit for all you need to know about the show — schedule of events, dealers in attendance, listing of exhibits, and more.

What to do at the show —

  • Download the complimentary APS App designed to assist show attendees. The app contains the daily schedule of events, a roster of dealers, their specialties and booth locations, a list of exhibits, and more. The app is sponsored by the National Stamp Dealers Association. Go to to down the app.
  • Attend a First Day Ceremony — A First Day Ceremony is the official unveiling of a new stamp release. There will be three First Day Ceremonies on Thursday, August 21. The United States Postal Service will issue the Hudson River School stamps at 11 a.m. The Cultivating Hope stamps will be unveiled by the United Nations at 12:30 p.m. The Marshall Islands ceremony at 1:30 p.m. will feature the Endangered Amphibians and Reptiles sheet.
  • Witness a Postmaster Installed – During the USPS First Day Ceremony, Leeann T. Theriault will be installed as the Postmaster of Hartford, Connecticut.
  • See Rarities on Display — The “Inverted Jenny” is the nation’s most famous upside down airplane. Learn how the stamp took a wrong turn. A folded lettersheet from President George Washington shows how free franking worked.
  • Get Into Collecting in the Kid’s Stamp Zone — The Zone is a kids-only fun area — games, puzzles, activities, stamps, and more stamps. Adults must be accompanied by a child.
  • “Shop ’til You Drop” — 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.
  • Meet Stamp Designer, Chris Calle — Chris has designed stamps for the USPS and the Marshall Islands. 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, a pail, and a shovel 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. Sign up for the StampBuddy program. Sign up for Stamp Collecting 101, an adult beginner learning experience .
  • 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 the hobby, and answer questions.

Come to the show August 21-24 at the Connecticut Convention Center. Explore the wide, world of stamp collecting – it is the hobby forf a lifetime!

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Barbara Boal
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