Friday, July 13, 2012


First day covers will be the center of attention at AMERICOVER, the annual show and convention of the American First Day Cover Society. This year the three-day event is being held in Irvine, California.

A World Series of Philately show with the exhibits being nearly all FDCs. The Grand Award winners are eligible to compete for the WSP Champion of Champion trophy as the best exhibit in U.S. philately.

AMERICOVER also features the most FDC dealers of any show in the world, both in its main bourse and its Night Owl cachetmakers bourse. The latter is by far the biggest and busiest cachetmakers bourse of the year, as FDC producers showcase their latest efforts. There's also often a major auction of first day covers.

The American First Day Cover Society (AFDCS) and other philatelic organizations conduct a number of meetings and seminars during AMERICOVER. There's a youth area where children can make their own cachets and learn about stamp collecting.

According to the AMERICOVER webpage on the AFDCS website, "...for many FDC collectors, AMERICOVER is as much a social gathering as anything else, a chance to renew old acquaintances and meet new people. There's a guided tour of the area the day before the show opens, a food and entertainment event the night after it closes, and in between, a hospitality suite or two, a supper buffet, and all sorts of informal get-togethers."

For more information on Americover 2012, click here.  
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posted by Don Schilling at 12:01 AM