A sure sign spring has sprung, the biannual National Postage Stamp and Coin Show will open its doors to the public this weekend as the hobby season kicks into high gear.
This Saturday and Sunday – March 23-24 – about 50 dealers will return to the Hilton Mississauga’s 9,000-square-foot Graydon Hall for the seventh time since the popular two-day show began in 2015. The bourse and exhibition hall will both open to the public each day at 10 a.m., before closing at 5 p.m. on March 23 and 4 p.m. the following day.
“This is the best show,” said dealer John Brown, owner of The Connoisseur, following last year’s spring show.
Brown is set to return to the bourse this spring, and that’s in part thanks to the show’s strong attendance, which continues to grow year after year.
“Thanks to being well advertised, the amount of people that came through the doors was rewarding; more people translates to more sales.”
As for the venue, it’s “a great location in terms of natural light,” said John Wilson, immediate past-president of the North Toronto Stamp Club (NTSC), which is hosting its 76th annual exhibition in conjunction with the show.
Aside from the hobby related benefits, shows also offer unmatched camaraderie for collectors.
“People who know what I collect bring to those shows what I collect. I will have a parade of material to look through, and it’s something even eBay can’t match,” said Wilson.
“Every time I go to a stamp show, I meet friends. It’s a very friendly hobby, and this show specifically attracts people from a wide geographic range. I’m always surprised meeting people at a local show who have come down from Montréal or even further afield.”
If you are attending the National Postage Stamp and Coin Show, parking at the Hilton Mississauga is free while at the show. The Hilton will be placing a notice on its parking meters listing the shows and events – including our own – that are exempt from having to pay parking. Instead of paying the meters, attendees of our show are asked to sign in with their license plate number on a sheet of paper at the show admission desk. Do not pay the fee at the hotel’s automated parking meters. There are no refunds from the hotel or show organizers.
THREE SEMINARS, YOUTH PROGRAM
On March 23 at 1 p.m., Banknote Certification Service founder Steven Bell will discuss the importance and evolution of the uses of banknotes while giving an overview of the Canadian banking system from its infancy in the early 1800s to date. He will bring examples of certain design elements and banknote anatomy, and participants are also urged to bring examples from their personal collections for examination and discussion.
At 2 p.m., Yvon Marquis, who has nearly six decades of numismatic experience, will discuss the valuation and sale of various types of collections.
On March 24 at 11 a.m., members of the NTSC will explore how to tell a story, which is the main challenge of one-page exhibiting, using three philatelic elements.
Later that day at noon, award-winning exhibitor and NTSC member Derwin Mak will discuss thematic collecting and exhibiting by exploring the U.S. Postal Service’s Batman and Wonder Woman stamps.
Also on Sunday, a free youth auction will be hosted at 1:30 p.m., when nearly 30 lots of numismatic and philatelic material will be offered to children aged 17 and under. Play money will be provided to all bidders, so there is no cost to participants.
2019 FALL SHOW
The Fall 2019 National Postage Stamp and Coin Show will be held Sept. 7-8 at the same location, the Hilton Mississauga, which is located directly off Highway 401 on Mississauga Road.
As always, admission is $3 on Saturday and free on Sunday, and free on-site parking is available to show attendees.