Americover at Great American Stamp Show

AFDCS 69th Annual Convention

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August 15-18, 2024

Connecticut Convention Center
Hartford, CT

May 6, 2024

Silent Auction Donations Sought. Once again, we plan to have our always popular Hospitality Suite Silent Auction at Americover 2024. In order to have an auction, we need covers donated.  We are looking for items with a retail value of $10.00 or more.  Donations can be single items or bulk groups of covers.  Due to the time needed to prepare the covers and lots, please send your donations by June 30th, 2024. Please look at your duplicate covers and send your donation to:
Walter Douglas George
67 Pomeroy Lane
Amherst, MA 01002
If you have any questions, you can email Doug at
Or call him at 413-727-5856 and leave him a message.

February 14, 2024

Third hotel rooms available: Don't wait! The third (and possibly final) block of GASS-rate hotel rooms is now online: CLICK HERE There aren't many of these rooms at the Capitol Hotel, near Union Station, but halfway along the shuttle route and a mile from the convention center. $114 a night.

February 2024

More hotel rooms available: The second block of rooms for Great American Stamp Show 2024 is now online: CLICK HERE or call Hilton at (800) 754-7941 and request the “APS Stamp Show" room block.
But this block at the Hilton was also getting snatched up. The APS is planning a third group of rooms, but at some point, the tap will run dry.
Remember that your credit card will not be charged until you check in and you can cancel your reservation at no charge until a few days before check-in. Never use a debit card for a hotel stay.
Stay Sunday night: The AFDCS again plans a "Dutch treat" post-show dinner at a local restaurant. It's a great social event, a chance to unwind after the show and discuss your philatelic successes or your (grand)children. We're still working on details.
No AFDCS events are planned for Monday, but travel in the summer is better during the day on a weekday during the summer anyway.
DASH around Hartford: The city has a free downtown shuttle bus service, called DASH. Normally it only runs Monday through Friday 7 to 7, but service is being extended for GASS 2024. Its stops include the convention center/Marriott, the Hilton, the art museum, the train station, and historic sites. CLICK HERE for a route map.
Inexpensive Airport Shuttle: It appears CT Transit has a $1.75 bus to and from the airport, the Bradley Flyer, with stops at the convention center and train station. We're still checking it out. (If you've used it recently, please let us know how well it works.) Shuttle Information.
Exhibit: Great American Stamp Show 2024 has a separate Americover 2024 first day cover exhibit of 156 frames. Entry forms are due May 3rd. Click here for Exhibit Entry Form.
Also, there will be a discussion of where we stand on international exhibiting of FDCs on Saturday. The outlook is good!
Connect Online: Visit us on Facebook, either the Americover page (search for "Americover") or the AFDCS group.
Also check out the APS’s GASS section.

January 2024
Have you booked your hotel rooms yet? The initial block of rooms arranged by the APS at the adjacent Marriott is all but sold out — just like last year. The APS is working on more rooms — just like last year — and most are likely to be at another hotel nearby. And — just like last year — that second hotel will sell out and you'll be on your own.

The APS prices are often better than what you can get on your own. Many of the early morning and evening events will be at the Marriott, the "show hotel."

The AFDCS doesn't get any benefit from where you stay; we just want our members to have a great time at the show, so reserve your room today. (You can always cancel or change later.) Click here to get started.

GASS 2024 Preregistration is now open. Save time (and get a better badge!) at
New Show Chair: Catherine O’Connor will steer our Americover efforts, after many years of great leadership from Foster Miller. You can still reach the committee at  Foster still heads our Sales and Membership Departments.

Exhibitors: It’s time to submit your application to enter your first day cover exhibit in the Americover competition. As always, the AFDCS will present its own awards for first day cover exhibits, including a Grand Award that will be eligible for the 2025 Champion of Champions competition. Submission deadline is May 3rd.

Click here for Exhibit Entry Form

Chris Calle will design the official show cachet and will be at the AFDCS booth during the show to autograph covers and chat with collectors. There will be at least two pictorial postmarks each day plus the first-day cancels for Pinback Buttons and Autumn Colors.
ATA is celebrating its 75th anniversary at the show. Like the AFDCS and APS, the American Topical Association is a cosponsor of GASS, and plans a two-hour celebration Friday afternoon.
Volunteer! We are looking for members to help staff the AFDCS booth. Shifts generally run about two hours. The tasks may include sales, talking about first day covers, and referring those with collections to an appropriate dealer. Contact Americover 2024 volunteer coordinator Ralph Nafziger, if interested. 

The APS is also looking for volunteers, especially in putting up exhibits and working the registration booth, and has details on its website.
Connect Online: Visit us on Facebook, either the Americover page (search for "Americover") or the AFDCS group,

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