Americover 2014 Jury Named

Exhibits Jury Set for Americover 2014

Nancy B. Clark of Massachusetts will head the exhibits jury at Americover 2014, a World Series of Philately show that will be held Aug. 15-17 in Somerset, N.J.

Clark will be assisted by Robert Henak of Wisconsin, Jeffrey Shapiro of Massachusetts, Hal Vogel of New Jersey and Douglas Clark of Massachusetts.

The prospectus is now available for download via this link, by regular mail from Kerry Heffner, 17656 K Street, Omaha, NE 68135-3491, or e-mail at exhibits@afdcs.org. The deadline for entering the Americover 2014 exhibition is June 1, 2014, 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 and related material. 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.

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Nancy Clark, pictured at left, exhibits FDCs of the 2007 Jamestown Settlement stamp and the U.S. Revalued Postal Stationery of 1971. She is a past treasurer of the American Philatelic Society, and a recipient of the APS Luff and Kehr awards. She also has hosted the APS StampTalk Internet radio program for ten years.

Henak collects FDCs of the Prevent Drug Abuse stamp. He is also exhibits chair for Milcopex, the Milwaukee WSP show, and is active in several Milwaukee-area philatelic organizations.

Shapiro is active in Boston area philately and has held leadership positions with the United States Stamp Society, the Northeast Federation of Stamp Clubs, Philatelic Show, the American Air Mail Society, and the Spellman Philatelic Museum.

Vogel is a recognized world authority on polar history and polar philately and received the first doctorate awarded in polar studies. An accredited APS philatelic and literature judge, he has also judged shows in France, Germany and Australia. He is a published authority on USA and foreign FDCs associated with Antarctic Treaty anniversary issues, as well as the FDCs of the 1933-35 Byrd Expedition issues.

Douglas Clark has wide experience in collecting and exhibiting in diverse fields like postal stationery, postal history, mobile post office mail, ship mail, thematics, and first day covers.

As a WSP show, the winner of the Grand Award at Americover 2014 will be part of the Champion of Champions competition at Stampshow 2015. Andrew McFarlane, winner of the 2013 Grand with "First Days of the 1929 George Rogers Clark Commemorative," will represent Americover this summer in Hartford, Conn.

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 2015.

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 DoubleTree Somerset Hotel & Conference Center, and there is a special Americover room rate of $97. There also will be two bourses (commercial dealers and cachetmakers), a banquet, meetings, a youth table, a hospitality suite, live and silent auctions, seminars, a pre-show tour of the area, a post-show evening dinner event, and possibly a U.S. first day ceremony. A forum by a postal official involved with first day covers is also on the schedule.

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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