2018 Spring Show seminar schedule

The biannual National Postage Stamp and Coin Show is just around the corner, and we’ve finalized our seminar schedule for the two-day show.

Held at the Hilton Mississauga/Meadowvale hotel on 6750 Mississauga Rd., the April 7-8 show boasts a 47-dealer bourse, a combined coin and stamp auction, a world-class competitive philatelic exhibition and two high-profile seminars on Saturday and three informative sessions on Sunday.

On April 7, New York Times journalist James Barron and Bank of Canada Museum conservator Patricia Measures will lead separate presentations for show-goers.

SATURDAY, APRIL 7 at 11:30 A.M.

At 11:30 a.m., Measures will explore the preservation and protection of various collections by teaching attendees to make informed decisions about storage options.

“This talk will show that with a bit of thought and a small amount of effort, your collection can be preserved and protected,” said Measures, who has been working as a conservator since 2001.

“By assessing storage options, becoming aware of risks to materials, and making informed decisions, you can drastically improve the lifespan of your collection at little or no additional cost.”

SATURDAY, APRIL 7 at 2:30 P.M.

At 2:30 p.m., Barron – the author of The One-Cent Magenta: Inside the Quest to Own the Most Valuable Stamp in the World – will be sharing the historic journey of the one-cent magenta – the world’s most famous stamp – and answering questions from the audience. He will also be available to autograph his book, which will also be sold at the show, following his presentation.

“I think this stamp is known to philatelists,” said Barron. “I think every philatelist has probably heard of this stamp, but there are probably some things, if I’m lucky, that I can say that’ll pique their curiosity and interest so they might want to read it.”


As advertised by show organizers, free on-site parking is provided at the National Postage Stamp and Coin Show; however, the hotel’s policy prevents us from placing signage in the parking lot. Attendees are asked to “sign in” with their license plate number on a sheet of paper at the registration table. Do not pay the fee at the parking lot’s automated meters.

SUNDAY, APRIL 8 at 10:30 A.M.

Modern-day communication is key to the survival of both coin and stamp collecting in the modern day; in fact, some people believe the penchant for traditional methods of communication is costing both hobbies their vitality and visibility. This pressing issue will be the focus of an April 8 seminar hosted by Trajan Media, publisher of Canadian Coin News and Canadian Stamp News and host of the biannual National Postage Stamp and Coin Show, at 10:30 a.m.

Trajan Media Managing Partner Mike Walsh and CCN Consulting Editor Jeff Fournier will spearhead the seminar at the upcoming National Postage Stamp and Coin Show, to be held April 7-8 in Mississauga, Ont. The duo will explain the goals of the emerging network and gather attendees’ input, the basis of which will set the direction for future meetings.

The seminar is aimed at people who are interested in networking with like-minded individuals to enhance their writing, communication and marketing skills for the betterment of both hobbies. It is open to anyone—no matter what interests they hold—and can include writers, photographers, public relations professionals, marketing and social media managers, community managers and more.

“One thing that we feel is always important is for clubs and organizations to promote the hobby every way possible, and this is an opportunity for individuals who write for their club newsletter or who are involved with the marketing of their club to get together with others and develop and share best practices with how to best promote the hobby to existing and new collectors,” said Walsh.

“As publishers of Canadian Coin News and Canadian Stamp News, we’re already connected with a large group of philatelic and numismatic writers, so we see this as an opportunity to reach out to that group, and beyond, to provide a network of people with one thing in common, and that’s writing about and marketing their hobby,” he said, although the new network will “go beyond just writing,” he added.

SUNDAY, APRIL 8 at 11:30 A.M.

Are you new to the hobby of coin and/or stamp collecting? Or are you one of the “partners” that hangs in the lobby with a book while your significant other or friend is scouring the bourse floor?

At 11:30 a.m., two speakers very knowledgeable in collecting coins and stamps will take attendees on a fun “101” journey to better understand why coin and stamp collecting remain the most popular hobbies in the world.


Finally, at 1 p.m., the North Toronto Stamp Club, which is hosting its 75th annual exhibition at the National Postage Stamp and Coin Show, will be giving a presentation on “Exhibiting from the Local Level and Up.”

The NTSC is also celebrating its 80th anniversary this year, so stop by this special presentation for some tried-and- true exhibiting information accumulated throughout the past eight decades.

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