In January 2018 the Collectors Club Board of Governors approved an Award of Recognition to be presented at World Series of Philately exhibitions. Currently it consists of a selected Collectors Club publication.
To date, three such awards have been presented: at SANDICAL (San Diego, January 2018), ARIPEX (Mesa, AZ, February 2018), and SNSE (Sarasota, February, 2018). Two additional shows have already requested them: WESTPEX (San Francisco, April 2018), and Philatelic Show (Boxborough, MA, May 2018).
Why give another award in an already crowded field? The Award of Recognition is bestowed at the total discretion of the show jury with one proviso: it is not a “best of,” and should not go to a Grand or Reserve Grand exhibit. It is for “merit,” as determined by the jury, however they choose to define it. We actually encourage the recipient to re-gift the award if they want, knowing full well that sharing is what this is all about.
Our first three winners were Jessica Rodriguex for her Costa Rica single-frame exhibit (SANDICAL); Gregory Shoults, Washington & Franklin Coils: Third Bureau Perforated Issue 1908 – 1922 (Sarasota); and Jon Krupnik for his 80c airmail (ARIPEX). Each of these exhibits are outstanding in many ways, a delight to explore, and deserving of recognition! Note how different each exhibit is, and we hope that this continues with future shows.
On May 2nd at our annual Awards Dinner we will also recognize our CCNY Single- and Multi-Frame Award winners, the Best Program and Best CCP Article for 2017 winners, and of course George Jay Kramer, the Lichtenstein Medal recipient.
We will also be awarding President’s Medals to Gene Fricks and Ed Grabowski for their years of service to the Club, and for supporting the hobby over the long term.
Our congratulations to all awardees!