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Our Hobby’s Future – Dealer Panel ** Via Zoom
September 21 @ 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
Our Hobby’s Future – Dealer Panel
Chris Green, Andrew Titley. Charles Epting, Matt Kewriga
Canada’s first postage stamp, the 3d orange red Beaver on laid paper, this being one of the handful of remaining four-margin unused examples, an attractive and iconic classic.
A collector since childhood, Chris began his full-time career in professional philately in 2013 following graduation from Queen’s University and a time as a political advisor in Ottawa. Today, Chris runs one of Canada’s few remaining bricks-and-mortar stamp shops, dealing in all manner of philatelic material, though with a particular enthusiasm for classics and semi-classics. A Fellow of the Royal Philatelic Society London, Chris is active in organized philately, having served on the Board of Directors of the British North America Philatelic Society, the Postal History Society of Canada, and the Canadian Stamp Dealers Association. He is a Council member of the Philatelic Traders Society, and serves on the Expert Committee of the Vincent Graves Greene Philatelic Research Foundation.
Uganda 20c Fourth Issue on 1896 Missionary Folded Cover typed by Rev. Ernest Millar using the same typewriter he used to produce the typewritten stamps of Uganda with. Only eleven covers of this issue are recorded.
Andrew began his career with Spink Shreves in Dallas in 2010 after completing his degree at the University of St Andrews in Scotland. He has been a collector since the childhood and began selling early on in his youth. In 2012, he joined the team at Robert A. Siegel Auction Galleries where he is currently the Vice President of Siegel International. Andrew is responsible for all aspects of the Worldwide portion of Siegel Auctions including building collections and advising clients, procuring consignments, valuing collections, and lot describing for auctions. His particular specialty is in British Commonwealth but handles all aspects of worldwide philately. He can often be found at national and international exhibitions picking up consignments, meeting clients, and discussing clients’ collections in general. In 2022, he was named one of the Linn’s Stamp News Most Influential Philatelists.
1860 cover carried via Pony Express to Abraham Lincoln while a presidential candidate still living in Springfield, Illinois. Covers such as this transcend philately and are a part of American history.
Charles Epting began collecting stamps while a history student at the University of Southern California. Upon graduating, he joined H.R. Harmer in the spring of 2016, and was appointed President and CEO that September. Since then has overseen all aspects of the company’s operations, from attending national and international exhibitions to describing much of the material to have crossed the auction block—most notably the “Erivan” Collection of United and Confederate States Postal History, which began in 2019 and will continue through 2023. Epting currently serves as a Trustee of the American Philatelic Research Library, a Director of the American Stamp Dealers Association, and co-hosts the popular podcast Conversations With Philatelists. He currently resides in Dutchess County, New York with his fiancé Olivia in an 1850s farmhouse that they are working to restore to its former glory.
1856 Honolulu Hawaii cover to the Penny Post agent, San Francisco, California showing three different forms of postage comprising the 5¢ Hawaiian Missionary, United States 3¢ 1851 Issue, and prepaid California Penny Post Company entire. A unique combination use.
Matthew began his philatelic career in 2004 with Matthew Bennett International after working five years as an Industrial Engineering Manager at UPS. He has been a life-long collector who began collecting and exhibiting U.S. Officials and the 2c 1870-79 Bank Note Issue as a youth. His current interests include US Bank Note Issue and Danish West Indies Postal History. He became the youngest accredited US judge in 2003 and remains the youngest to this day. In 2009, he joined the team at Schuyler Rumsey Philatelic Auctions where he is currently Vice President. Matthew is responsible for all aspects of running a philatelic auction house such as advising clients, procuring consignments, valuing collections, researching and writing auction lot descriptions. His particular specialty is 19th century United States Postal History and Classics stamps. He also possesses a depth of knowledge in all aspects of United States and Worldwide philately. He can often be found at national and international exhibitions picking up consignments, meeting clients, exhibiting, judging and enjoying the hobby in general with his wife (also a philatelist) and daughter (who will hopefully become one).