Organizers ‘really excited’ for Royal 2019 in GTA

91st RPSC Convention to feature nearly 30 dealers, more than 200 exhibit frames, 200-lot auction plus several seminars over three days this June

With the annual convention of The Royal Philatelic Society of Canada (RPSC) only three weeks away, organizers are ready to welcome collectors back to the Greater Toronto Area (GTA) for the massive three-day show and exhibition.

Kicking off June 21 at 11 a.m., the show – organized by volunteers from the Bramalea Stamp Club, West Toronto Stamp Club (WTSC) and Canadian Stamp News (CSN) – will feature nearly 30 dealers from across Canada, the U.S. and Great Britain plus nearly 220 exhibition frames.

“I’m really excited about it, and I think we’ll have a great attendance,” said show chair Joe Trauzzi, of the Bramalea Stamp Club, who added it’s been 12 years since a “Royal” was hosted in the GTA.

“Being back in the GTA will attract a lot of people, plus we have 219 frames of exhibits, with some exhibitors from as far away as New Zealand. You’ll have the opportunity to look at fascinating material that’s from halfway around the world and understand its philatelic story.”

There will also be about five youth exhibits in this year’s exhibition—a “strong showing,” according to Trauzzi.

“I’m eager and excited,” he said, adding it’s the first time he’s served as the chair of a major show like the Royal but is “lucky to have a lot of help from other experienced committee members.”

“Things are looking very good leading up to the show,” he said on May 23, “and all the committees are meeting on a regular basis to finalize every little detail.”

Day-of volunteers, however, are still needed. Anyone wishing to volunteer in any capacity can email show chair Joe Trauzzi at jtrauzzi@yahoo.ca.

Tickets for the RPSC President’s Reception and Awards Banquet, which will be held June 22 at 5 p.m., are still available for $22 and $90, respectively. The $90 banquet ticket includes a plated dinner. For more information about tickets, contact Trauzzi.

RPSC President Ed Kroft unveiled the society’s new strategic initiative at last year’s Royal Convention in St. Catharines, Ont.

‘IT’S YOUR ROYAL’

This year’s Royal Convention – also known as Royal*2019*Royale – will be held at the prestigious four-star Hilton Mississauga located at 6750 Mississauga Rd., in Mississauga, Ont.

The bourse and exhibition hall will be open on June 21 from 11 a.m.-5:30 p.m.; on June 22 from 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; and on June 23 from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Admission is $5 on June 21 and 22, free on June 23, or $8 for a two-day pass covering both Friday and Saturday.

One of the major themes of this year’s show is “It’s Your Royal,” which ties into the scope of The RPSC’s strategic plan approved at last year’s Royal in St. Catharines, Ont.

“What the Royal wants to do is become the premier, go-to philatelic organization in Canada. It wants to be inclusive rather than being exclusive. It wants to be an organization for all to join,” said RPSC President Ed Kroft, who added, “the hobby is changing, and Canada’s national philatelic organization must follow suit.”

All RPSC members are encouraged to attend the society’s annual general meeting (AGM), where they can ask questions, raise concerns and voice their opinions, on June 22 at 10 a.m., in the hotel’s Compass Room.

The RPSC board of directors is slated to meet at 11 a.m. – immediately after the AGM – in the same room.

MUST-SEE SEMINARS, AUCTION

Award-winning postal history exhibitor Rob Leigh will be speaking on the postal development of Upper Canada’s Western District, which includes his hometown of Chatham, Ont., at the Royal Convention on June 23.

The Compass Room will also play host to a series of “must-see” seminars, Trauzzi said.

These include:

  • Garfield Portch, of the WTSC, speaking on “Forensic Philately and the Greene Foundation – A Look at Expertizing” on June 21 at 11:30 a.m.;
  • Scott Tiffney, of the American Philatelic Research Library (APRL), speaking about the APRL on June 21 at 12:30 p.m.;
  • exhibitor Dave Bartlet speaking on “The Automation of Postage Dispensing” on June 21 at 2 p.m.;
  • exhibitor Leopold Beaudet speaking on “The Admirals After Marler” on June 21 at 3:30 p.m.;
  • Michel Houde speaking on “A 29-Year Journey of Discovery of a Unique Canadian” on June 22 at 12:30 p.m.;
  • exhibitor Larry Davidson, of the American Topical Association (ATA), speaking on the ATA’s role plus resources for thematic collectors on June 22 at 2 p.m.;
  • exhibitor Jean Wang, of the North Toronto Stamp Club, speaking on “Building a Thematic Exhibit” on June 22 at 3 p.m.;
  • Portch speaking again, this time on “The Postal History of the Post Office in Toronto to January 1901,” on June 23 at 10:30 a.m.; and
  • exhibitor and American Philatelic Society (APS) life member Liz Hisey speaking on “Treatment” on June 23 at 2 p.m.

Seminars times are subject to change. Refer to the show website, rpscroyal.com/seminars, for up-to-date information.

An 1870 Large Queen cover paying 10 times the domestic rate is expected to bring $1,500 as Lot 1595.

For the first time in years, an auction will also be held in conjunction with the Royal. It will be hosted by R. Maresch and Son Auctions, led by Peter Maresch, the grandson of philatelic collector and dealer Richard Maresch.

The 197-lot auction will offer “a little bit of everything,” Maresch said, citing “some beautiful, superb items that are very desirable and some rarer items.”

“We wanted a wide range of everything.”

Highlights include:

Lot 1687, a used 1959 St. Lawrence Seaway Invert in Fine condition, has a catalogue value of $10,000.

  • a pair of mourning covers dated 1855 and 1857 (Lots 1741 and 1754);
  • a “rare” 1860 Cape of Good Hope cover with multi-coloured franking (Lot 1729);
  • a used Seaway Invert in Fine condition (Lot 1687);
  • “nicely centred” large Jubilees (Lots 1617-29);
  • three unique pieces of proof material from the American Bank Note Company (ABNC) in New York (Lot 1611); and
  • a Large Queen cover paying 10 times the domestic rate (Lot 1595).

For more information about the auction, click here.

RPSC President Ed Kroft is inviting all members to attend the society’s annual general meeting, where they can ask questions, raise concerns and voice their opinions, on June 22 at 10 a.m.

APS PARTNERSHIP

At the convention this June, The RPSC is also slated to begin a partnership it launched with the APS earlier this year.

It’s the first step in a plan set to culminate with a quasi-international show in 2021, the midpoint between the World Stamp Show in New York three years ago and the one coming to Boston in 2026.

“What we’re talking about with The RPSC is establishing what I consider to be a foothold in the worldwide community,” APS Executive Director Scott English, who began in that role about four years ago, told CSN this spring.

The partnership will “go beyond” the APS’ current ties with international organizations such as the Royal Philatelic Society London, English added.

This June, at the first of many co-promoted conventions, the APS will send Tiffney, its director of information services, to the Royal, where he will man a table on the bourse and lead a seminar about the APRL, which he also serves as library director.

Tiffney also spoke at last year’s British North America Philatelic Society Convention in Québec.

In turn, The RPSC will also send representatives to major U.S. shows beginning this fall.

For up-to-date information about this year’s Royal, visit rpscroyal.com.

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