Americover 2013 Jury

Exhibits Jury Set for Americover 2013

Ken Nilsestuen of Ohio (left) will head the exhibits jury at Americover 2013, a World Series of Philately show that will be held Aug. 16-18 in Independence, Ohio, near Cleveland.

Nilsestuen will be assisted by Charles J.G. Verge of Ontario, Allison Cusick, Bill Schultz and Ken Martin, all of Pennsylvania.

The prospectus is now available for download here, by regular mail from Kerry Heffner, 17656 K Street, Omaha, NE 68135-3491, or e-mail at The deadline for entering the Americover 2013 exhibition is June 1, 2013, or whenever the 160 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. All three divisions (Postal, Illustrated Mail and Display) of the General class of exhibits will be accepted, as well as One-Frame and Youth exhibits.

Nilsestuen exhibits FDCs of the 1949 Minnesota Territory issue. His exhibit of the postal history of Algeria has won national golds and a grand award. He is past president of the France and Colonies Philatelic Society and currently treasurer of the Institute for Analytical Philately.

Verge exhibits FDCs of the 1959 Dental Health issue, and is a past president of the Royal Philatelic Society of Canada and the American Association of Philatelic Exhibitors. Cusick is a past president of AFDCS and currently serves on the board of directors. He also manages the AFDCS archives at APRL. Schultz is past president of the Pennsylvania Postal History Society and former editor of its newsletter, and exhibits Pennsylvania postal history, postcards, and Rattlesnake Island Post. Martin, the executive director of the American Philatelic Society, collects non-denominated issues, and covers documenting the mechanization and automation of the mails. He has a thematic exhibit on blood donation, as well as a collection of blood-related FDCs.

As a WSP show, the winner of the Grand Award at Americover 2013 will be part of the Champion of Champions competition at Stampshow 2014. Charles J. O'Brien III, winner of the 2012 Grand with "The U.S. Sesquicentennial Exposition," will represent Americover this summer in Milwaukee, Wis.

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 2014.

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.

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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