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The Collectors Club is a group of more than 750 people who have come together to further the study of philately, promote the hobby and provide a social, educational, and non-commercial setting for the enthusiastic enjoyment of our common passion.

The Clubhouse

Founded in 1896, the Club counted among its members the leading—even legendary—names in philately. Today's membership is no exception and includes some of the hobby's best-known collectors, exhibitors, and authors. The vast majority of our group, however, are "regular" collectors who have one thing in common—a thirst to share their enjoyment of the hobby and a desire to learn more about collecting among others who take philately seriously.

Our physical "heart" is the Club's landmark five-story brownstone, designed by famed architect Stanford White, located at 35th Street and Madison Avenue in New York City. A $1 million renovation was completed in 2001 to ensure that the Clubhouse will meet our needs now and well into the future. While the majority of our members are from the tri-state area, others come from throughout the US and many foreign countries.

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President's Message
March 2016

Congratulations to Collectors Club members who earned outstanding recognition at APS AmeriStamp Expo 2016 in Atlanta. Dr. Edwin J. Andrews won the show's Multiframe Grand Award for Hitler Youth - The Generations of Lost Innocence. Kathryn Johnson won the show's Single Frame Grand for Evolving Bishop Marks in Scotland: Postal History and both Single Frame Reserve Grand Awards also recognized Collectors Club members, Mark S. Schwartz for Boston's Paid in Grid Cancels on the U.S. Imperforate Issues and Timothy Wait for 1862 Insurance Tax.

The Collectors Club's single frame team did well with three Gold medals and two Vermeils but were beaten by a team with three other Club members. Congratulations to Kathryn Johnson, Seija-Ritta Laakso, and Timothy Wait and their winning "Good from Start to Finish" team. Special thanks to Harlan Stone for organizing the Collectors Club team on short notice this year. Looking ahead to next year I note that there is the opportunity for more than one Collectors Club team to be formed as one San Francisco club fielded three. Please consider joining the fun with a CCNY one-frame exhibit team next year.

I am happy to report that the Collectors Club and Philatelic Foundation Grand Opening and Awards Dinner honoring Dr. Cheryl Ganz (Lichtenstein Award) and Dr. Peter P. McCann (Neinken Medal) is fully subscribed and invoices have been sent to reservation holders. Don't despair however as we have a waiting list to fill cancellations, so if you do not hold a reservation, please contact Irene Bromberg at info@collectorsclub.org or 212-683-0559 to add your name. Special thanks go to Daniel F. Kelleher Auctions and Schuyler Rumsey Philatelic Auctions whose premier sponsorships along with additional support from Robert A. Siegel Auction Galleries allow us to present the best value social event of the World Stamp Show-NY2016 week.

For non-profit organizations within our hobby, volunteerism is a key to being able to deliver on our missions' common theme of promoting education through philately. The Collectors Club is a major sponsor of the upcoming World Stamp Show-NY2016 and I hope that all resident members and visiting non-resident and international members can devote some time before, during, or after the show to volunteer with set-up, show operations, or take down to help the show committee to produce a dynamite show experience for all attendees. Please visit the show website ny2016.org and click on the "Become a Volunteer" button in the "Show Info" drop down menu to learn more and register.

On the home front, three significant Committee chairs are open to volunteers in the areas of the Library, Information Technology, Publicity, and Development. While the Library and IT roles would be best filled by a resident member, the Development and publicity roles could be well served from any geography. Please contact me if you would like to explore one of these roles or if you can provide a nomination from among the membership.

Finally, I would like to thank member Alan Holyoake for his generous donation to the Club of his new book, The Mulready Postal Stationery, co-written with Alan Huggins. We will be featuring this book for sale at the Club's megabooth at World Stamp Show-NY2016 or it can be ordered for delivery in the US for $60 postpaid. Overseas members not attending World Stamp Show-NY2016 may wish to order the book from the Postal Stationery Society, http://www.postalstationery.org.uk/mulready_book/ where the shipping costs are lower than ours.

I look forward to greeting all members attending World Stamp Show-NY2016, May 28-June 4. May your hotel reservations NOW at ny2016.org to take advantage of the Show's discounted rates. They are selling out fast.

--Bruce Marsden

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WE NEED SPEAKERS

We are presently arranging the Club Program for the time period April 1, 2016-March 31, 2017. Due to the impending once in a lifetime New York 2016 World Stamp show being held from May 28-June 4, 2016 we are having difficulty signing up speakers, especially from other countries, who don’t want to commit to a second trip to New York so close to the International extravaganza.

Our meetings are usually held on the first and third Wednesday evenings, except in July and August, with a few exceptions. Most speakers use some or all of our 20 built-in exhibit frames and a PowerPoint slide program (not required) to present some aspect of their collecting interests. If you would like to consider being one of our speakers please get back to our Program Chairman, Stephen Reinhard, as soon as possible. Dates are assigned on a first come basis. Steve’s email address is sreinhard1@optonline.net.

Thank you, in advance, for your willingness to help out.

President's News - May, 2015

Greetings from Boxborough Massachusetts!

Congratulations to the winners of the Collectors Club's 2015 Multi-Frame Competition that were announced at the Philatelic Show 2015 Awards Dinner on May 2:

  • Robert G. Rose won the Classic United States competition with his exhibit, "New Jersey Stampless Covers: Handstamp Postal Markings 1775-1855".
  • Robert G. Rufe won the Modern United States competition with his exhibit, "U.S. Special handling 1925-1959: The Stamps & The Service".
  • Robert Benninghoff won the Foreign competition with his exhibit, "The Irish Coil Stamps 1922 to 1970".

Upcoming Club Meetings

Coming up next will be our Annual Lichtenstein Award dinner on May 6th at Cafe Matinique honoring past president Wade Saadi for his extensive accomplishments and service to philately. Please contact Executive Secretary Irene Bromberg at 212-683-0559 to see if overflow tickets are available if you would like to attend.

Wednesday May 20th's regular meeting will feature a presentation by Kees Adema titled "The Paper Trail - WW II in Holland and its Colonies as seen through Mail." The social hour begins at 5:00PM and the presentation will commence at 6:30PM

All China Philatelic Federation Exhibition

I am pleased to announce that on May 27-30 the Collectors Club will be hosting a 40 frame exhibition of Chinese Philately presented by the visiting All-China Philatelic Federation. The exhibition will be open to the public daily, from 12:00 noon to 4:30 PMa on Wednesday the 27th, 10:30AM-4:30PM on Thursday and Friday the 28th-29th, and 10:30 AM-4:00 PM on Saturday the 30th. Please plan to visit the club to take the opportunity to view this wonderful material on loan from China.

Clubhouse Auction News

The Collectors Club facilities are once again available for use by philatelic and related auctioneers to provide viewing and live auction opportunities to collectors. If you are, or know of, an auctioneer who seeks a convenient midtown New York auction venue, please contact me for details. Upcoming auctions include:

  • May 20 Andrew Kupersmit Philatelics - Bulgaria Specialized ex John C. DuPont
  • June 5-6 Harmers International
  • June 24-25 Archives International

Please contact the auctioneers directly for further details.

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Philatelic Show 2015 (Boxborough, MA)

Other Collectors Club News

Collectors Club Supports National Postal Museum

At the opening reception on May 2nd, Board members D.Steidley (left rear), B.Marsden (right front) and H. Scheuer (right rear) pose with Guido Craveri (left front) who was instrumental in bringing the 2 May 1840 Penny Black Cover to the National Postal Museum for a brief (May 3-11, 2014) display entitled The Genesis of Philately. The Collectors Club is proud to support the National Postal Museum.

The Collectors Club will be participating in Philatelic Show 2015 to be held at Boxborough, MA during the weekend of May 1-3, 2015. We are now soliciting exhibits for the show. Feel free to download a letter of information, an exhibit application and the prospectus. We will sponsor a booth at the show and present a Collectors Club Lecture on Saturday afternoon at 1:00 p.m. There will also be a joint dinner with The United States Stamp Society on Friday evening. Please check this site for show updates.

Edward Grabowski, Chair

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One Frame Exhibition – November 5, 2014

The Collectors Club held its annual One Frame Competition on Wednesday, November 5, 2014 at the Club House. Click here check out the report.

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