AMERICOVER 2012 Jury Named

David McNamee of California (pictured) will chair the exhibits jury at AMERICOVER 2012, which takes place at the Irvine Marriott Aug. 10-12. Joining him on the panel are Peter Martin of Virginia, Alan Warren of Pennsylvania, Stephen Suffet of New York, and Anthony Wawrukiewicz of Oregon. All of the jurors are accredited American Philatelic Society national judges.

AMERICOVER 2012 is a World Series of Philately show dedicated to first day covers and the annual convention of the American First Day Cover Society. It will feature 160 frames of competitive philatelic exhibits, commercial and cachetmakers bourses, seminars and meetings. Admission to the show is free and open to the public.

"AMERICOVER is the preferred venue for exhibiting illustrated mail and first day covers," Warren, who is also chairman of the AFDCS Judges Accreditation Committee, observes. "Cacheted FDCs (illustrated mail) as well as earliest known or documented uses of postage stamps (postal history) are the features of this show."

The Grand Award winner at AMERICOVER is invited to enter the annual Champion of Champions competition held at the American Philatelic Society's StampShow the following August.

McNamee is currently treasurer of the American Association of Philatelic Exhibitors and a member of the APS Committee for the Accreditation of National Exhibitions and Judges (CANEJ). David serves as an officer or board member in numerous societies representing his†collecting and exhibiting interests in British Colonial Africa and British Oceania.

Suffet has been a stamp collector since childhood, a philatelic exhibitor since 1984, and an APS accredited judge since 1993. More recently, he developed a gold medal Display Division exhibit on the life and music of American folk singer Woody Guthrie, and he literally wrote the chapter on Display Division exhibiting for the latest edition of The Philatelic Exhibitors Handbook.

Wawrukiewicz collects United States covers with auxiliary markings. He is editor of the Auxiliary Markings Club’s newsletter and author of the popular column “Modern U.S. Postal History” in Linn’s Stamp News. He is best known as co-author of U.S. Domestic Postal Rates and U.S. International Postal Rates. Tony has also exhibited and written about the United States 1954 Liberty series. He was recognized with several awards of the U.S. Philatelic Classics Society and received the APS Luff award in 2002 for distinguished philatelic research.

Martin is current Editor of the AFDCS journal First Days, is a board member of the Society, and also serves as AFDCS Historian. He is editor of The Ceremonial, journal of the American Ceremony Program Society, as well as editor of the postal history journal La Posta.

Warren is secretary of the Scandinavian Collectors Club and the American Society of Polar Philatelists. He served six years on CANEJ and is a recipient of the American Philatelic Society's John Luff and the AFDCS Distinguished Service awards. He exhibits and writes about U.S. and Scandinavian first day covers.

An exhibit prospectus and entry form can be downloaded here.

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