We hope you will join us at the StampShow in Richmond. Make sure to get a program, each dealer is listed with their specialities and you will see a large list of specialty societies, and I suspect you will find a few that share your interests. It really does help you make the most of the time you have there.
Please stop by the APS Booth - our staff will be on hand to answer questions, not only about the APS, but the show in general. The APS Circuit Sales will have items to look at and buy while you are there and our Young Philatelic Leaders Fellowship booth will also be selling covers for $.25 and have some other great material that support our education programs. We have volunteers who staff the Stamp Buddy booth and are able and willing to help newcomers to the show get familiar with the settings and help get you acquainted with the bourse and programs.
We have First Day ceremonies planned with the U.S. Postal Service on Thursday, United Nations on Friday and the Marshall Islands on Saturday. Those are always well attended and very social events with people who love to share with collectors.
Our host chapter, the Greater Richmond Stamp Club will have a booth and it is an excellent club - I have been a member since 2016. We have representatives from many of the Virginia-area clubs at the show, so no matter where you live in the state, you'll meet a collector from nearby.
Don't get me wrong -- there are some great regional and local shows out there, too. But I think the APS are done very, very well. And it's great that you'll be able to attend!
Thank you for the kind words! Our staff and volunteers are the heart of making this show a success. It's a total team effort and we are fortunate to get support from all over the country.
I will second Petert's suggestion to join a local stamp club. I just did last week and now I wonder what took me so long? Best decision I ever made to get more enjoyment out of philately and meet new people who share my passion for stamps.
We have some excellent stamp clubs around the country. I've had the honor to be a guest at nearly 40 in the past 18 months and have joined every one. They vary in what activities they support and offer to members, but most welcome new members and new ideas if you're willing and able to help make them a reality. We do offer a list of clubs near you on the website at: https://stamps.org/Local-Clubs
If you have any questions, please feel free to post here or contact me directly at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Hope to see you at the show!
Scott English, APS Executive Director