Show Summary

2017 Perth Stamp & Coin Show

The 2017 Perth Stamp and Coin Show was the first 3-day event and the first where Australia Post was in attendance from the Melbourne Philatelic Bureau. It was a tremendous success and the best yet with nearly 900 collectors attending across the weekend. We had 26 international, interstate & local dealers from as far afield as England, America and Thailand. In addition there was another 14 collectors' tables replicating the "European" style flea markets. Those who attended confirmed it was now Perth's premier stamp and coin event with a balanced mix of both collecting fields

There was a fantastic atmosphere in the halls with a "buzz" outside as the queues formed for the Australia Post limited edition PNC and postmarked miniature sheet. These were on sale each day with a different postmark and limited to only 100 per day. As a result of being limited to one per person per day, they were in high demand and this was reflected when a set of the PNC’s sold on Ebay the week after at $600+ with an original cost price of $105!! It was refreshing to see such queues outside a WA show and the amount of socialising between collectors during the event. We had collectors from as far afield as Albany in the south and Geraldton to the north. We even had an Adelaide day tripper!

There was a fantastic atmosphere in the halls with a "buzz" outside as the queues formed for the Australia Post limited edition PNC and postmarked miniature sheet. These were on sale each day with a different postmark and limited to only 100 per day. As a result of being limited to one per person per day, they were in high demand and this was reflected when a set of the PNC’s sold on Ebay the week after at $600+ with an original cost price of $105!! It was refreshing to see such queues outside a WA show and the amount of socialising between collectors during the event. We had collectors from as far afield as Albany in the south and Geraldton to the north. We even had an Adelaide day tripper!

Bargains abounded with several collectors very pleased with their purchases and dealers re-stocking from the collectors’ tables giving a true "trading" feel to the event. The absence of an auction and exhibitor displays didn't seem to detract from the attendance or enthusiasm of the collecting public with the free valuations for stamps, coins and banknotes being very popular.

Several collectors were winners in the regular prize draws which included a Great Britain 1840 Penny Black valued at $500 and a further $1000 in prizes kindly donated by Australia Post and the Perth Mint.

Australia Post also had a range of recent products on sale highlighting the diversity of issues currently on sale. Cheryl Roy, Australia Post Philatelic Manager, commented that the passion of West Australian collectors was palatable and how enthusiastic they were in their collecting.

A special dealers' dinner was organised for the Saturday night at The Raffles Hotel where the "Michael Graber Memorial Trophy" for Dealer of the Show went to Terry Finlayson of Kenton Philatelics. As a relatively new dealer, it was refreshing to see him rewarded for his efforts by a "mystery shopper". This was also an excellent opportunity for both coin and stamp dealers to socialise together and even do the odd "deal"! Feedback on the night suggested they appreciated the genuine interest in their stock shown by WA collectors as well as the distances some of them had come to showcase their material.

Dealers must have certainly had a profitable show and enjoyed their time in Perth as we are pleased to report all the stands were re-booked immediately after the event with 5 new dealers attending in 2018 making a total of 30 dealers plus a waiting list for 2019!!

It was also clear that the South Perth Civic Centre was a superior venue to the UWA Guild Centre with plenty of parking, excellent lighting and modern facilities. Thanks too for the South Perth City Councils support with additional advertising.

We were also delighted to have the support of APTA (Australasian Philatelic Traders’ Association) and welcome their assistance in the years ahead to make this one of Australia’s leading shows that will continue to benefit the WA collector by bringing new dealers and in turn, new stock to our state.

For additional information, attending dealers at next year's show, testimonials and photos of the event, please visit www.perthstampandcoinshow.com

 


 

2013 Perth Stamp & Coin Show

The 2013 Perth Stamp and Coin Show was a hugely successful 2 day event with 22 local and interstate dealers and an additional 20 collectors with tables upstairs replicating the "European" style flea markets. Attendance was nearly 600 with many keen collectors appreciating the opportunity to see both stamp and coin dealers in the same venue with some even venturing into new collecting fields.

There was a definite "buzz" in the room and it was refreshing to see a queue outside before the show opened and the amount of socialising between collectors around the room and the café. We had collectors from as far afield as Albany in the south and Geraldton to the north. We even had an Adelaide day tripper!

Bargains were certainly scored on both floors with several collectors very pleased with their purchases and dealers re-stocking from the collectors tables giving a true "trading" feel to the event. The absence of an auction and exhibitor displays didn't seem to detract from the attendance or enthusiasm of the collecting public and the free valuation tables for stamps, coins, banknotes and postcards were rarely empty.

Several collectors were winners in the regular prize draws which included a Great Britain 1840 Penny Black and $200 in APTA vouchers. The overprinted souvenirs were popular with the PNC's sold out on the first day. A few overprinted miniature sheet and booklet pairs at $35 are still available by visiting the website www.perthstampandcoinshow.com.

Australia Post attended with a special postmark for each day of the show, the second of which celebrated the 100th Anniversary of the University of WA Student Guild, the venue for the show.

Congratulations to Stewart Robbins of Burstamp winning the "Michael Graber Memorial Trophy" for Dealer of the Show. As Dragan Udovicic relinquished the shield, he was determined to win it back again on his next visit!

Dealers enjoyed the dinner on the Saturday night and feedback suggested they appreciated the genuine interest shown by WA collectors. Their custom and enthusiasm combined with some new clients resulted in 18 of the 22 dealers already booked to return for the 2014 show on 16th and 17th August next year.

Ian Boulton, the show organiser, urged collectors who want tables for next year in the upstairs area, to sell off their excess and duplicate stocks, to visit the website and download an application form as soon as possible. This will ensure they secure a table at $40 and also enables them to be in the show an hour before it opens each day.

Ian shares the believes that the baby boomers are the future of the hobby with their disposable incomes and interest in collectables, however they need the avenues to develop these hobbies and the Perth Stamp & Coin Show is an important part of this. There were several visitors to the show from the neighbouring Save the Childrens Charity book fair and two reported, as they left, that they had made unintended purchases and enjoyed their time browsing the stands.

For additional information, attending dealers at next year's show, testimonials and photos of the event, please visit www.perthstampandcoinshow.com

The queue awaiting 10am opening! Busy, busy!
An aerial view of the interstate & local dealers Steve Hamilton looking happy with his sales!
Alan tan from Australia Post applying the UWA Guild
Anniversary postmarks
Stewart Robbins of Burstamp with his "Dealer of the Show" award
 
The popular upstairs "collectors – flea Market" area.  

 

 

2012 Inaugural Perth Stamp & Coin Show photos