Americover 2018 Thursday Tour

AMERICOVER 2018 TOUR OFFERS EVERYTHING FROM FOOTBALL TO FISH

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The American First Day Cover Society's pre-Americover 2018 tour will provide an opportunity for participants to visit some of Atlanta’s best tourist attractions. It will drop off the Americover attendees within two blocks of the College Football Hall of Fame, the Georgia Aquarium, the World of Coca Cola, the Center for Civil and Human Rights museum, and CNN World Headquarters.

Americover 2018 will be held August 3-5 at the Hilton Atlanta Northeast, 5993 Peachtree Industrial Blvd., Peachtree Corners, GA 30092, just 20 miles from downtown Atlanta. The tour bus will depart from the hotel Thursday morning, August 2, and return in the afternoon. Participants will be able to choose any of the nearby venues, or even spend time in Centennial Olympic Park.

The price for the tour includes the hassle-free bus transportation, and is $25 if purchased on or before June 30, and $30 after that date, if space is still available.

Tickets may be purchased online or by mail, using the insert in the March-April issue of First Days, the official journal of the AFDCS. Non-members are welcome on the tour.

Americover 2018 is the AFDCS’s annual show, convention and celebration of first day cover collection. Each year, it is held in a different part of the country. In 2017, it was in the Cleveland area; in 2019, it will be in Saint Louis. Americover is part of the American Philatelic Society's World Series of Philately, and the winners of its competitive exhibitions are automatically entered in the annual Champion of Champions competitions.

There is also a Sunday evening event involving dinner; this year, it will be at The Crossing, a steakhouse in the former train station of Norcross, Ga.

As is customary, those attending the Americover tour and food events receive special cover souvenirs designed by leading cachetmakers.

There is a special Americover room rate of $99 at the Hilton Atlanta Northeast, which includes Wednesday and Sunday nights. There also will be two bourses at the show (commercial dealers and cachetmakers), a banquet, meetings, award-winning FDC exhibits, a youth table, a hospitality suite, live and silent auctions, seminars, a forum by a U.S. Postal Service official involved with first day covers, and possibly a U.S. first day ceremony.

Jury for Americover 2018

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Tim Bartsche of Colorado will head the exhibits jury at Americover 2018, a World Series of Philately show that will be held Aug. 3-5 in Peachtree Corners, Ga., an Atlanta suburb.

He will be joined by Bill Schultz of Pennsylvania, Douglas Clark of Massachusetts, Roger Quinby of Georgia, and William Fort of Virginia.

The prospectus is now available by clicking this link to download. The deadline for entering the Americover 2018 exhibition is June 1, 2018, or whenever the 160 available frames fill up.

The emphasis at Americover is on First Day Cover exhibits, and about three-fourths of each exhibit should consist of FDCs and related material. All three types (Postal, Illustrated Mail and Display) of the General class of exhibits will be accepted, as well as One-Frame and Youth exhibits.

Bartsche specializes in the stamps of South Africa, revenues of Ecuador and officials of Guatemala, but he also has a first day cover exhibit of the U.S. King Salmon issue of 1956 (Sc. 1079).

Schultz has been exhibiting for more than 50 years. His specialties include illustrated mail and deltiology (postcards).

Clark is a longtime officer of the Mobile Post Office Society. He also collects FDCs of the 1903 Hartford envelopes and the 1971 revalued issue.

Quinby also collects postal stationery, as well as postal history and censorship, focusing on Scandinavia. He has also exhibited FDCs of the Black Heritage series.

Fort is currently secretary of the American Air Mail Society and his primary collecting interest is airmail postal history, especially Pan American Airways and World War II trans-Pacific airmail.

Joint APS-AFDCS Show in 2020

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AMERICOVER 2020 TO BE HELD WITH APS STAMPSHOW

Most Fun Stamp Collecting Show in North America Joins with the Country's Biggest

The American First Day Cover Society, the world's largest non-profit organization of FDC collectors, will hold its Americover 2020 stamp and cover show in conjunction with the American Philatelic Society's StampShow 2020 in Hartford, Conn., August 20-23.

All the familiar features that make an Americover show special will be included: A strong emphasis on first day cover exhibits, dealers specializing in FDCs, a pre-show tour of sites and attractions in the Hartford area, a post-show dinner, the AFDCS President's Banquet, announcement of the annual cachet contest winners, a hospitality suite, a cachetmakers bourse, FDC auctions, and a busy program of meetings and seminars.

"The AFDCS hopes to share the fun of Americover with the larger audience that attends StampShow, while taking advantage of all that a large convention center show has to offer," said Americover programming chair Foster Miller. "We look forward to a successful joint show in 2020."

"I hope the AFDCS will bring a unique social experience [to StampShow] that we don't usually get at a stamp show," said APS executive director Scott English.

For the past decade, the Americover show has often been held the weekend before or after StampShow, allowing collectors to take a "road trip" between the two events. However, some could not afford the time or money to go to both shows. This arrangement solves that problem for 2020.

The agreement between the AFDCS and APS, to be formally announced at the APS General Membership Meeting at AmeriStamp Expo in Birmingham, Ala., on February 24, 2018, is only for 2020. It is similar to the one between the APS and the American Topical Association for 2018, when StampShow and National Topical Stamp Show are held jointly in Columbus, Ohio, August 9-12.

The AFDCS has been holding its own standalone show and convention continuously since 1992. The event's name was changed to "Americover" the following year. It is held in a different part of the country each year. Americover 2018 is being held in the Atlanta area; 2017 was near Cleveland, and 2019 will be held in Saint Louis.

The Americover exhibitions have had full World Series of Philately status since 2005, and emphasize exhibits with predominantly first day covers.

Exhibit at Americover 2018

Americover Seeks Exhibits for 2018 Show in Georgia

The American First Day Cover Society is seeking exhibits for Americover 2018, a World Series of Philately show to be held Aug. 3-5 in Peachtree Corners, Georgia (suburban Atlanta).

The prospectus is now available on the AFDCS Web site by clicking this link, by regular mail from Kerry Heffner, 17656 K Street, Omaha, NE 68135-3491, or e-mail at exhibits@afdcs.org. The deadline for entering the Americover 2018 exhibition is June 1, 2018, or whenever the available frames fill up, which has happened in recent years.

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The emphasis at Americover is on First Day Cover exhibits, and about three-fourths of each exhibit should consist of FDCs. Multi-frame, one-frame and youth exhibits are welcome.

As a WSP show, the winner of the Grand Award at Americover 2018 will be part of the Champion of Champions competition at APS Stampshow 2019. Charles J. O'Brien, III of Georgia, winner of the 2017 Grand with “New York World's Fair 1939," will represent Americover this summer in Columbus, Ohio.

The Americover Grand prize is again a crystal pyramid provided by the AFDCS' Claude C. Ries Chapter.

In addition, if six or more competitive single-frame exhibits are entered, the Curtis B. Patterson Award recipient for the best single-frame exhibit will be invited to enter the APS Single-Frame Champion of Champions competition at AmeriStamp Expo in 2019.

Besides its Grand and Reserve Grand awards, Americover offers special awards from both the AFDCS and other philatelic societies, including ones for best exhibits of foreign FDCs, topical FDCs, pre-1931 FDCs, best exhibits by a novice and a youth, and best single-frame exhibit.

Unlike other WSP shows, Americover's exhibit awards are not presented at its banquet (which is held Friday night), but at the AFDCS Business Meeting Saturday morning.

AFDCS Chooses Officers for 2018

The Board of Directors of the American First Day Cover Society, the largest not-for-profit organization in the world specifically for FDC collectors, has elected the Society's officers for one-year terms.

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At the same time, the Board also selected Mark Goodson of Indiana (left) for his first term as its chairman. Goodson has been serving as First Vice President.

The 2018 AFDCS officers will be Lloyd de Vries of New Jersey, president; Michael Litvak of California, executive vice president; Jim Hogg of Florida, first vice president; Ralph Nafziger of Oregon, recording secretary; and Ed Mendlowitz of New Jersey, treasurer. This will be Hogg's first term on "Exec;" he had been a member of the board for three years.

AFDCS officers are not compensated, nor reimbursed for their travel expenses. The Executive Committee, which also includes the executive secretary, immediate past president, editor, membership and education chairs, and the general counsel, conducts business throughout the year and meets annually at Americover, the society's annual show and convention, which in 2018 will be held August 3-5 in Peachtree Corners (Atlanta), Ga.

The AFDCS board will also meet at Americover and conduct other business throughout the year.

2018 Show Hotel Reservations Open

AFDCS HAS GEORGIA ON ITS MIND FOR AMERICOVER 2018
Hotel Savings Also in Mind for Annual Stamp & Cover Show

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Collectors and dealers attending Americover 2018 in the Atlanta area will be treated to one of the biggest bargains in stamp collecting shows: The official show room rate is $99, and it includes free breakfast for two at the hotel's excellent buffet.

Americover 2018 will be held at the Hilton Atlanta Northeast August 3-5, 2018. The hotel’s address is Hilton Atlanta Northeast, 5993 Peachtree Industrial Boulevard, Peachtree Corners, GA 30092. The annual stamp and cover show is sponsored by the American First Day Cover Society.

The $99 rate is good from Wednesday through Sunday nights; additional nights at that rate may be available if guests contact the hotel directly. Although Americovers run for three days, there will be a special tour on the preceding Thursday and a post-show dinner event Sunday evening after the show closes. If you call the hotel for reservations use group code AFDCS2, or reserve online using the direct link for reservations.

Parking is free, as is the complimentary shuttle to nearby attractions and the MARTA transit system.

"I was just at the Hilton Atlanta Northeast for Southeastern Stamp Expo, and this is an excellent venue with an outstanding staff," said Lloyd A. de Vries, president of the AFDCS. "And I'm very pleased that this is the 28th consecutive year with an Americover room rate right around $100."

All Americovers are World Series of Philately shows dedicated to first day covers and the fun of stamp collecting. Locations move around the country: 2017's show was held in the Cleveland area and Americover 2016 was in Falls Church, Va., near Washington, D.C. Other recent locations have included Somerset, N.J., Oak Brook, Ill., Irvine, Calif., and Indianapolis, Ind. Americover 2019 is set for Saint Louis, Mo.

Board Election Results

The results of the Board of Directors election, for a three-year terms that include 2018-2020, were tabulated by the Motor City Stamp and Cover Club:

Foster Miller
62
Gary Denis
56
Ron Klimley
49
Mark Thompson
45
James Hogg
36

There were four seats open, so Miller, Denis, Klimley and Thompson were elected.

Sixty-eight ballots were received and counted. There were no write-in votes. Although the voting deadline was pushed back, the turnout this year was greatly reduced by the production problems with the September-October 2017 issue of First Days.

On behalf of the society, I would like to thank Jim Hogg for his service on the Board, and I look forward to working with him again. I would also like to thank the MCSCC, our Detroit-area chapter, and its president Frederick C. Levantrosser, for their excellent work (and patience).

—Lloyd A. de Vries, President

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