|Posted by Randy B. on October 3, 2015 at 8:35 AM||comments (1)|
I have 2 new ideas / announcements for future postings;
First - I'm going to start posting the minutes from each meeting here - that way, if a member missed a meeting for some reason they can stay caught up with us by reading about the goings-on from the club meeting they missed. And for those of you that may be online followers only, you can see what we do at those meetings! Hopefully it will be interesting for you to see how a stamp club functions if you've never been a member of - or visitor to - a local stamp club.:)
Secondly - with Bruce D.'s permission - I would like to start posting the Quarterly Newsletter of our sister club in Florida; The Highlands Stampede is the newsletter from The Highlands Stamp Club in Sebring, Fla. Our esteemed President, Bruce D. - who winters there each year - is a member of their club and also is the editor, printer AND distributor of the Stampede. Your Greenville Stamp Club is a supporting sponsor of the club as well! (bet you didn't know that!;))
So, if he gives permission I will soon begin to post each newsletter here. As mentioned, it is published 4 times yearly, so if allowed look to see a new Newsletter every few months.
You will find some interesting articles and stories in there, I'm sure; I always do!!
VP/Sec - GSC
|Posted by Randy B. on September 20, 2015 at 9:55 AM||comments (0)|
Just a heads-up for everyone;
I've posted a new link to another article of interest under the "Documents" heading about an obscure and often forgotten time in the history of stamp collecting - the story of the life and times of the IPSA; check it out!
|Posted by Bruce D. on September 8, 2015 at 9:20 AM||comments (2)|
Hello to you all,
I've been a collector for 40+ years and never attended a national show. I must have looked like a 10-year old on Christmas Morning as I entered Devos Hall in Grand Rapids on the first day at the opening bell. To say things went well, is an understatement. I sold some plate proofs and color trial proofs. I found many fancy cancels. My greatest thrill was going thru a small box of material and finding some treasure. I found and purchased the large "R" cancel from Ridgefield, CT on Scott #65, the wreath of stars around "US" cancel from Albany, NY on a #65 and (best of all) the 'pumpkin" cancel from Waterbury, CT on a #94 (see photos - APS Show 2015).
I also purchased an unknown mint stamp. The dealer, I, nor any other dealers around us, could agree on its color. Lake, Scarlet or Rose were the possibilities which gave the stamp a CV of between $7,000 and $3. The dealer made me an offer I could not refuse (Godfather kisses were not involved). The stamp has already been submitted to APEX for Certification.
The second day of the show I attended a live auction at 3 P.M. Did not get the lot of fancy cancels I wanted, but instead won a block of four trial color proofs, Scott #74TC . What an experience.
One thing for sure, from now in you can count me in on any future trips to national stamp shows within 150 miles. With the huge number of dealers and multiple auctions available, I can almost guarantee you a treasure awaits.
|Posted by Randy B. on September 2, 2015 at 8:15 PM||comments (0)|
The A.P.S. Stamp Show in Grand Rapids, MI on August 20-23 was wonderful for this collector and I'm sure by the turnout it was the same for many other collectors as well.
I attended the first 3 days. My wife and I stayed at the host hotel - the Amway Grand. The hotel is connected to the Show venue, DeVos Hall, by an indoor walkway. So we never had to leave the premises for 3 days! (although we did go off-site for food once in a while)
All in all, it was a wonderful time for us. This was the first big show we had attended; it was a bit overwhelming at first! But after an hour or so on the first day, we "settled in".
What a fun time of treasure-hunting. I found many stamps, covers and ephemera to add to my collection. And my wife, who was not a collector, decided to begin her first stamp collection by purchasing two handpainted FDC's by one of the attending FDC artists. She decided to start collecting honeybees on stamps, since her name - Melissa - means 'honeybee' in the Greek.
I'll get some pictures posted on here of the show as soon as I am able.
All in all, it was a fantastic time; meeting up with familiar dealers, meeting new'old' friends, meeting Stamporama members, and talking stamps with many interesting people.
I also had an enjoyable time chatting with Alex Haimann, one of the A.P.S. vice-presidents. A very congenial young man, he seemed genuinely interested in talking with us and wanted to be sure that we had a good time. I was quite impressed with this young man!
If anyone else attended the show, please post your experiences!
|Posted by Randy B. on May 2, 2015 at 1:40 PM||comments (0)|
Randy is our VP and acts as President when I disappear every wnter to Florida. He also holds a full-time job. Needless to say, he is one very busy individual. Consequently, I will act as the web site manager to give Randy a bit of breathing room. I have not figured out how to offically change the site manager name, so for the time being when you see a posting by "Randy", it may in fact be me, Bruce D., your humble President.
|Posted by Randy B. on March 8, 2011 at 11:31 PM||comments (0)|
Check out the news articles that have been published about our local club so far!
The Daily News first did a story on us when we had just started back in July of 2010.
The Buzz - which is a side publication of the Daily News - did the recent one dated Feb. 28, 2011.
Unfortunately, The Buzz article had many facts wrong in the article and also made some mis-quotes. At the end of the article (page 2) they even left off the last 4 numbers of our contact phone number....!
Anyway, have a look!
|Posted by Randy B. on September 12, 2010 at 10:58 PM||comments (0)|
Well, here's goes our attempt to put our Greenville Stamp Club online and into the 21st century!
I was advised by some good friends to put our club on the 'net so people could find us....so I took their advice.
I/we hope you will eventually find something of interest here and maybe - just maybe - we can reach some of you locals and get you to visit us at our club meetings!
I don't have much to put up here yet regarding stamp-collecting news right now but I'll be posting new items as often as I can in the very near future...so stay tuned!