StampShow sticks thousands downtown


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Passionate philatelists are coming to town.

Grand Rapids will host more than 5,000 stamp collectors, dealers and historians for the American Philatelic Society’s StampShow, scheduled for this Thursday through Sunday at DeVos Place. The show is the nation’s largest annual postage stamp show.

The show is free and open to the public and sponsored by the U.S. Postal Service. Hours will be 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Thursday-Saturday and 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday.

“We encourage the general public to attend this free and educational event,” said Ken Martin, executive director, American Philatelic Society. “It’s a great opportunity to learn about the history of stamps, meet a stamp designer or get an up-close view of rare and valuable things.”

There will be several live auctions held during the four-day event.

A Stamp Collecting 101 course is scheduled for 1-4:30 p.m. on Saturday. The course includes a starter collecting kit for $20.

Three rare stamps will also be on display at the StampShow, including the “Jenny Invert,” “Dag Hammarskjold Invert” and the “Free Frank” by George Washington.

Stamp exhibits around town

The Gerald R. Ford Presidential Library and Museum, Grand Rapids Public Library and Grand Rapids Public Museum will host special stamp events alongside the StampShow.

The Ford museum will show off “Selections from the President’s Collection.”

The library will display the "Alexander Calder Commemorative Stamp Collection."

The public museum will host Collecting A-Z, S is for Stamps.

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