Americover 2017 Thursday Tour


The American First Day Cover Society's pre-Americover 2017 tour will include visits down the Hall of Fame Corridor (Interstate 77) to the First Ladies National Historic Site and the Pro Football Hall of Fame, as well as a stop at Harry London’s Chocolate Factory.

Americover 2017 will be held August 11-13 at the Embassy Suites Cleveland-Rockside in Independence, Ohio, just outside Cleveland — just down Interstate 77 from the city, in fact. The tour bus will depart from the hotel Thursday morning, August 10. Tickets include transportation and all admission fees. Participants will be able to purchase lunch at the Pro Football Hall of Fame's Tailgating snack bar.

The price for the tour is $58 if purchased on or before June 30, and $63 after that date, if space is still available.

Tickets may be purchased online or by mail, using the order form in the March-April issue of First Days, the official journal of the AFDCS. Non-members are welcome on the tour and can use the website or request a copy of the Americover 2017 event order form by sending a self-addressed stamped envelope to the AFDCS, PO Box 44, Annapolis Jct., MD 20701-0044.

Americover 2017 is the AFDCS' annual show, convention and celebration of first day cover collection. Each year, it is held in a different part of the country. In 2016, it was in the Washington, D.C. area; in 2018, it will be in Atlanta. Americover is part of the American Philatelic Society's World Series of Philately, and the winners of its competitive exhibitions are automatically entered in the annual Champion of Champions competitions.

There is also a Sunday evening event involving dinner; this year, it will be in a private room at Melt Bar & Grilled, famous for its grilled cheese sandwiches and craft beers.

There is a special Americover room rate of $102 at the Embassy Suites Cleveland-Rockside, which includes Wednesday and Sunday nights. There also will be two bourses (commercial dealers and cachetmakers) at the show, a banquet, meetings, a youth table, a hospitality suite, live and silent auctions, seminars, a first day ceremony for the U.S. Postal Service's Azulillo stamped card, and a forum by a postal official involved with first day covers.

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