Americover at Great American Stamp Show

AFDCS 67th Annual Convention

August 25-28, 2022

SAFE Credit Union Convention Center
Sacramento, CA

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Purchase tickets for Banquet, Make Donations, Purchase Show Covers

List of Americover Exhibits

List of Silent Auction Lots

The Silent Auction takes place in the Hospitality Suite, located in the Bataglieri Room of the Sheraton Grand Hotel. For those wishing to bid in the auction but unable to attend the show, proxy bids can be emailed to Bob Helms at or by phone/text message to Bob at 972-523-0660.

Many First Day Cover Activities at Great American Stamp Show

First day cover collectors will have many activity choices at Great American Stamp Show, which will be held August 25-28 in the SAFE Credit Union Convention Center. The American First Day Cover Society is a co-host of the event, and is holding its convention and Americover exhibition during the show.

The options include talks by U.S. Postal Service officials involved in FDCs, a cachetmakers bourse where producers will be selling their covers, the issuance of new U.S. stamps, the announcement of the annual cachetmaking contest, and talks by FDC collectors about their areas of expertise. Also, each night the AFDCS will sponsor a hospitality suite that includes snacks and a silent auction.

Here is a quick partial list of FDC-related events at GASS 2022. All are open to the public and free, unless otherwise noted:

Wednesday 8/24

  • AFDCS Board of Directors meeting (open)

Thursday 8/25
  • U.S. Pony Cars stamps first-day
  • AFDCS Seminar: The U.S. Stamp Program
  • Boston 2026 Label First Day Ceremony
  • First Day Cover Show and Tell
  • The Creative First Day Covers of Hideaki Nakano
  • United Nations Postal Administration Pre-Launch of World Heritage Stamps
  • AFDCS Banquet (fee)/Cachet Contest Results

Friday 8/26
  • AFDCS Membership Meeting
  • Art Cover Exchange (ACE, Chapter 78) Annual Meeting
  • AFDCS Seminar: USPS Stamp Fulfillment Services
  • American Ceremony Program Society (Chapter 58) Ceremony/Catalog Update
  • Carol Gordon First Day Covers and Catalog

Saturday 8/27
  • Cachetmakers Bourse
  • ACPS meeting/auction (Chapter 58)

Sunday 8/28
  • AFDCS Charter and Life Member Breakfast (invitation only)
  • AFDCS 7-1-71 Affair (Sc. 1396) Chapter 50 meeting
  • AFDCS Post Show Dinner (fee)

Monday 8/29
  • ATA-AFDCS Joint Tour (fee; sold out)

The latest version of the complete show schedule with additional details can be found at this link.


The show hotel is Sheraton Grand Sacramento Hotel, 1230 J Street, Sacramento, CA 95814. The hotel is adjacent to the convention center. Show rate is $150 a night single or double occupancy, $175 a night triple occupancy or $200 a night quad occupancy. Parking is $25 a night self-park or $32 a night valet. Reservations can be made by calling (916) 447-1700 or (888) 236-2427 and asking for the GASS rate or click here to make an online reservation. The show rate is currently available from the Monday night before the show until the Sunday night after the show.

A Day Out in Sacramento: AFDCS/ATA Tour

Monday, August 29, 2022
10 a.m. - 4 p.m.

The AFDCS and the ATA are pleased to bring a popular tradition back, a tour in conjunction with our annual conventions. This year, the AFDCS is joining the ATA for a Monday tour on the day following the Great American Stamp Show. Monday was chosen because there were too many conflicts on Wednesday, the day before the show.

We’ll board our bus at the Sheraton Grand at 9:45 a.m. for a 10:00 departure for the California State Railroad Museum.

At 10:30, we’ll begin our guided tour of the California State Railroad Museum, to experience the history of how railroads shaped people’s lives, the economy and the unique culture of California and the West. See what it was like to travel in a Pullman-style car and dine on railroad china.

At 12:00 our day continues with a visit to Old Sacramento, with restaurants and shops in an old West setting. There will be time for lunch and shopping on your own.

At 2:00 p.m. we’ll board the bus to travel to the Leland Stanford Mansion State Historic Park, where we’ll have a guided tour of the 19,000 square foot mansion once owned by the railroad magnate who was also governor of California. The magnificent mansion has just had a $22 million renovation.

At 3:30 we’ll walk back to the Sheraton Grand (estimated 6-10 minutes) through the Capitol gardens and building.

Cost of $55 per person includes transportation and admission tickets, as well as guided tours.

See you in Sacramento and on the tour.

Tour is Sold Out!

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