O'Brien is Grand Again at Americover

Charles J. O'Brien, III of Georgia (at right) received the Claude C. Ries Chapter Grand Award at Americover 2018 for his exhibit Frank Lloyd Wright – First Days and Usage of the Two Cent Issue. Remarkably, it was the very first showing of the exhibit. O’Brien’s 2018 Grand marks the fourth time, and second consecutive year, he has claimed the award since it has been sponsored by the Ries Chapter. Overall, he has taken home eight Americover Grand Awards since 2001. His exhibit becomes eligible for the Champion of Champions competition at the 2019 APS Stampshow.

The Richard B. Thompson Reserve Grand Award went to Todd Ronnei of Minnesota for The U.S. Winston Churchill Memorial Stamp and its First Day Covers. It was Ronnei’s second Reserve Grand for the Churchill exhibit in just two weeks time (having also won at the Minnesota Stamp Expo in July).

The Curtis B. Patterson Best in Show Single Frame Award and a Large Vermeil went to Ronald J. Klimley of Florida for Hand-Crafted FDCs of the Sandy Hook Lighthouse Stamp. Like O’Brien, Klimley claimed the award with an exhibit shown for the first time.

A complete palmares is available here. Congratulations to all exhibitors!

The AFDCS thanks the jury of Chief Judge Tim Bartshe, Bill Schultz, Doug Clark, Steve McGill and William Fort.

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