First Day Ceremony at Americover

The American First Day Cover Society plans to hold a first-day ceremony at its Americover 2017 show and convention for the Azulillo stamped card, which will be issued on the opening day of the show in the same city, Independence, Ohio. Americover 2017 will be held August 11-13 at the Embassy Suites by Hilton Cleveland-Rockside in the Cleveland suburb.

Americover is the annual World Series of Philately show dedicated to first day covers and the fun of stamp collecting. It is held in a different location each year. The American First Day Cover Society is the world's biggest non-profit organization of FDC collectors.

"Azulillo" is one of the common names for the Chilean blue crocus (Tecophilaea cyanocrocus). Loosely translated from Spanish, "azulillo" means “little blue thing.” Native to Chile, it was believed to be extinct in the wild until its rediscovery in 2001. Although it resembles one, it is not actually a crocus. This flower does best in frost-free mild climates, and is most likely to be found in the Independence, Ohio, area in greenhouses.

“I’m excited that Americover is able to hold a first day ceremony this year at our show in Independence, Ohio,” said Americover 2017 chair Chris Lazaroff. “We will definitely be putting together a ”first class" ceremony for everyone who attends.”

The official hotel rate for the stamp show will be $102, good from Wednesday through Sunday nights. Parking is free, as is a cooked-to-order breakfast, evening reception, and in-room Wi-Fi service. There is also a complimentary shuttle to the airport and to other attractions within three miles of the hotel.

Although Americovers run for three days, there will be a special tour on the preceding Thursday and a post-show dinner event Sunday evening.

Exhibits Sought For Americover 2017

Americover Seeks Exhibits for 2017 Show in Ohio

The American First Day Cover Society is seeking exhibits for Americover 2017, a World Series of Philately show to be held Aug. 11-13 in Independence, Ohio. Ken Nilsestuen will head the jury.

The prospectus is now available on the AFDCS Web site by clicking this link, by regular mail from Kerry Heffner, 17656 K Street, Omaha, NE 68135-3491, or e-mail at The deadline for entering the Americover 2017 exhibition is June 1, 2017, or whenever the available frames fill up, as happened last year.

The emphasis at Americover is on First Day Cover exhibits, and about three-fourths of each exhibit should consist of FDCs. Multi-frame, one-frame and youth exhibits are welcome.

As a WSP show, the winner of the Grand Award at Americover 2017 will be part of the Champion of Champions competition at Stampshow 2018. Ronald J. Klimley, winner of the 2016 Grand with "The 1964 New York World’s Fair Commemorative," will represent Americover this summer in Richmond, Virginia.

The Americover Grand prize is again a crystal pyramid provided by the AFDCS' Claude C. Ries Chapter.

In addition, if six or more competitive single-frame exhibits are entered, the Curtis B. Patterson Award recipient for the best single-frame exhibit will be invited to enter the APS Single-Frame Champion of Champions competition at AmeriStamp Expo in 2018.

Besides its Grand and Reserve Grand awards, Americover offers special awards from both the AFDCS and other philatelic societies, including ones for best exhibits of foreign FDCs, topical FDCs, pre-1931 FDCs, best exhibits by a novice and a youth, and best single-frame exhibit.

The three-day World Series of Philately show will be held at the Embassy Suites Cleveland-Rockside, and there is a special Americover room rate of $102. There also will be two bourses (commercial dealers and cachetmakers), a banquet, meetings, a youth table, a hospitality suite, a live auction a silent auction, seminars, a pre-show tour of the area, and a post-show evening dinner event. A first day ceremony is being sought.

Unlike other WSP shows, Americover's exhibit awards are not presented at its banquet (which is held Friday night), but at the AFDCS Business Meeting Saturday morning.

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