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ROPEX 2015
Friday, May 15 - Sunday, May 17

The ROPEX Rochester National Stamp Exhibition
Sponsored by the Rochester Philatelic Association
--- Theme: "Elvis Presley- Return to Sender" ---
An APS "World Series of Philately" Event
See our show poster.     See our postcard and handout.     See our show program.

Welcoming the national convention of the Auxiliary Markings Club

The Greater Canandaigua Civic Center, 250 North Bloomfield Rd, Canandaigua
Daily Admission $2, Free for everyone Sunday! Free Parking.
Free all three days for RPA members and Youth under 18!

Hours: Friday 11-6, Saturday 10-5, Sunday 10-3

General inquiries about the show may be emailed here or addressed to:
ROPEX, PO Box 10206, Brighton Station, Rochester, NY 14610-0206
Phone: 585-752-6178


Welcome to The Greater Canandaigua Civic Center Handicap Accessible
GPS Latitude/Longitude Coordinates: 42.897913,-77.307821; N 43 53' 52.487", W 77 18' 28.155"


(click the map to enlarge it)


The Greater Canandaigua Civic Center on 250 North Bloomfield Road is a short 30 minute drive south east from Rochester. The facility is an ice rink from fall through spring and converts to a multi-purpose arena from May through September. It has hosted trade shows, parties, concerts and more "without ice." It offers 17,000 square feet of exhibition space, easy access to the main floor that can be driven on, several meeting rooms and a snack bar and grill. Read more about it in their promotional brochure here.

The Town of Canandaigua is in the heart of the resort Finger Lakes region of upstate New York. It is 5 miles south of the NY State Thruway (I-90) and on the north end of Canandaigua Lake. It is known as the Wine Trail for the many wineries large and small that blanket the area. Outdoor activities include hiking, camping, fishing and all sorts of water activities on and around the lake. Historical Sonnenberg Gardens and Mansion State Park is worth a visit.

Driving Instructions to The Greater Canandaigua Civic Center: Click here to view maps and driving directions. (PDF)

From the Rochester International Airport
• Take a right onto Brooks Avenue out of the airport entrance.
• Take the ramp onto I-390 S for 4.8 miles.
• Take exit 14 A-B for NY-252/Jefferson Road and New York 15A/East Henrietta Road. Take exit 14 A east for .2 miles.
• Sharp left onto NY-252/Jefferson Rd heading east in front of Marketplace Mall, continue for 6.7 miles.
• Jefferson Road turns into Route 96 South. Continue for 10.5 miles through and past Eastview Mall and later the Town of Victor.
• Just past McDonalds on the left, turn right onto NY-332 S (Rochester Rd). Drive for 5.8 miles.
• Just past Canandaigua Chrysler Dodge Jeep on the left, turn right onto North Street. Drive 0.8 miles.
• Turn left onto North Bloomfield Rd. The rink is on the right.
From Main Street, Rochester
• Head East onto I-490, drive 13.9 miles.
• Take Exit 29 for NY-Route 96 South (Pittsford-Victor Rd).
• Merge onto NY-96 S, drive for 5.9 miles, past Eastview Mall and later the Town of Victor.
• Just past McDonalds on the left, turn right onto NY-332 S (Rochester Rd). Drive for 5.8 miles.
• Just past Canandaigua Chrysler Dodge Jeep on the left, turn right onto North Street. Drive 0.8 miles.
• Turn left onto North Bloomfield Rd. The rink is on the right.

Traveling from I-90, the NYS Thruway…
• Take Exit 44 to merge onto NY-332 S toward Canandaigua. Drive 7.5 miles.
• Just past Canandaigua Chrysler Dodge Jeep on the left, turn right onto North Street. Drive 0.8 miles.
• Turn left onto North Bloomfield Rd. The rink is on the right.

Take the bus to Canandaigua! Rochester-Genesee Regional Transportation Authority can get you there! Whether you start from the Greater Rochester International Airport, the new downtown Regional Transit Center, Eastview Mall, or need to make connections through any of them, consider the bus for just a few dollars each way! Check out their routes and schedules here:
* Airport to Downtown Transit Center- Route 6 (click here)
* Downtown Transit Center to Eastview Mall- Route 102 (click here)
* Eastview Mall to Canandaigua- Route 3 (click here)
* Canandaigua Intercity- Route 202 (click here)


2015 ROPEX Show Committee

Awards: Ada Prill
Banquet: Ray Stone
Bourse: Dave Robinson
Cachet and Cancels: TBD
Cachet Sales: Rick Kase
Design-A-Stamp: Frank Tritto
Exhibits/Judges/Palmares: Tom Fortunato
Hospitality Table: Chuck Schultz
Program: Fred Haynes
Publicity: Tom Fortunato
Site Coordination: Dave Robinson
Staging: Rick Kase
Treasurer: Dave Robinson
Volunteers: Chuck Schultz
Youth Activities: Mary Iman
At-Large: John Lighthouse, Carl Miller,
Rich Spinelli (Ex Officio)


Special Events

  • "Early Bird" Bourse- Friday, 9:30-11 AM! Stamp dealers not reserving tables for ROPEX or interested collectors are invited to enter the show early for a $20 admission fee. The show opens to the public at 11 AM.
  • Meetings & Seminars- Various societies will be meeting during the show, open to everyone to come and explore different facets of our hobby.
  • Feel Lucky?- Everyone filling out the quick registration form at the show entrance gets the chance to win some great door prizes.
  • Throughout the Show- Bring your stamps and other philatelic items to the show to help identify them and get a free informal appraisal of their value.
  • Cachet Makers' Bourse- To be held Saturday between noon and 5 PM. Dealers will sell their own cachet covers for a variety of issues.

  • Just for Kids

    The ROPEX Youth Booth will be open Saturday and Sunday with fun activities, electronic games and lots of free stamps and covers for kids to enjoy.



    Nina Goyette- 1st Place
    Grade 3-5 Age 10, Grade 5
    Canterbury Elementary (WI)

    Dion Mather- 2nd Place
    Grade 3-5 Age 9, Grade 4
    East Rochester Elementary

    Ian Szemcsak- 3rd Place
    Grade 3-5 Age 10, Grade 4
    East Rochester Elementary

    Jeremiah Tennant- 1st Place
    Grade 6-8 Age 14, Grade 8
    Tennant Learning Center (Syracuse)

    Jade Cook- 2nd Place
    Grade 6-8 Age 13, Grade 7
    Hilton Middle School

    Zoe Richard- 3rd Place
    Grade 6-8 Age 11, Grade 6
    Homeschool (Jonesville, WI)

    Joshua McKinnis-1st Place (Tie)
    Grade 9-12 Age 14, Grade 9
    Homeschool (Fayetteville)

    Angelica Tennant-1st Place (Tie)
    Grade 9-12 Age 18, Grade 12
    Tennant Learning Center (Syracuse)

    Jacob McKinnis-3rd Place
    Grade 9-12 Age 15, Grade 10
    Homeschool (Fayetteville)

    ROPEX Design-A-Stamp Competition (see 2014 top 3 finalists in the grades 3-5, 6-8 and 9-12 categories above)- All students in grades 3-12 in the U.S. and Canada are eligible to enter our design competition. Entries must be postmarked by April 1. The top three entries in each grade category (3-5, 6-8, 9-12) will be awarded $50, $25, and $15 for 1st through 3rd place winners.

    2015 Design-A-Stamp Rules and Entry Form (PDF)


    2015 Schedule & Events

    Details are subject to change. All meetings are open to the public except as noted*.

    Thursday, May 14
    8 AM-6 PM......ROPEX setup (exhibitors and dealers welcome 1-6 PM)

    Friday, May 15 - Rochester Philatelic Association Day
    8 AM-6 PM.......ROPEX Judges' Deliberation Room (Judging Room 1)
    9:30-11 AM......."Early Bird" Bourse- $20 entry fee for interested collectors and dealers
    11 AM...............Show opens, Welcome and Ribbon Cutting Ceremony, show entrance
    11 AM-6 PM.....Prize drawings throughout the day, Free Stamp Evaluations
    2-4 PM..............Auxiliary Markings Club Board Meeting (Room 1*)
    6 PM.................Show closes

    Saturday, May 16 - Auxiliary Markings Club Day
    10 AM..............Show opens
    10 AM-6 PM....Prize drawings throughout the day, Free Stamp Evaluations
    11 AM-Noon....Auxiliary Markings Club General Meeting (Room 1)
    Noon-1 PM.......Empire State Postal History Society Trading Hour and Regional Meeting (Room 1)
    Noon-5 PM.......Cachet Makers' Bourse
    1-2 PM.............American Association of Philatelic Exhibitors "Open Forum on Exhibiting" (Room 1)
    2-3 PM.............ROPEX Judges’ Feedback Forum (Room 1)
    5 PM................Show closes
    6 PM................ROPEX Awards Banquet (Stoney's, cocktails 6-6:30, dinner 6:30 PM)

    Sunday, May 17 - Stamp Collectors' Day
    10 AM..............Show opens
    10 AM-6 PM....Prize drawings throughout the day, Free Stamp Evaluations
    1-1:15 PM........RPA Youth "Design-A-Stamp" Awards Presentation (show floor)
    1:30-2:30 PM..."A Visual Tour of the Postmark Collectors Club Museum" by Gary Hendren (Room 1)
    3 PM................Show closes, Exhibit Pickup


    For Exhibitors...

    Entries are now closed.

    Click here to view the ROPEX Exhibit Prospectus and Application (PDF).

    Click the diagram or here to view the ROPEX exhibits layout (PDF).

    Click here to view the ROPEX awards Palmares (PDF).

    2015 ROPEX Exhibits

    194 Total Frames - 156 Competitive, 13 Non-Competitive, 25 Court of Honor

    * Exhibiting RPA member
    -Title page - Plan page - Synopsis page

    One-Frame Division Title Description
    Zahid Muhammad Aslam Postal
    1 frame
    D.L.O. Lahore (Dead Letter Office LAHORE) Postal history and markings of Lahore, Pakistan's Dead Letter Office during the reigns of Queen Victoria and Edward VII.
    François Brisse Postal
    1 frame
    Bordeaux Postal Markings Before the French Revolution 1690-1792 The exhibit illustrates the postmarks that were used on mail from and to Bordeaux, under the "Poste-aux-lettres" administration, before 1792.
    Allison Cusick Postal
    1 frame
    Solo Usages of Canada's One Cent Small Queen: 1870-1897 The many ways a single one cent stamp could carry the mail in Canada in the late 19th century.
    George DeKornfeld Thematic
    1 frame
    Making Whitetail Venison Sausage A single frame thematic exhibit in recipe form.
    Gary G. Hendren Postal
    1 frame
    Twisted Caps–Twisted Mail An auxiliary marking exhibit that shows the problems that occur when a drink company offers a prize for mailing in a bottle cap.
    David Y. Lu Postal
    1 frame
    The International Aerogrammes of China (1948-1949) A study of the different issues, rates and uses from the first 1948 issue until the Republic of China government withdrew from China in 1949.
    Alan Moll Cinderella
    1 frame
    Wheat Ridge- The Other Christmas Seal Production and usage of the Wheat Ridge Christmas Seals in booklet format from 1910 to 1942.
    Tammy Moll Thematic
    1 frame
    Jesus The life and ministry of Jesus told with stamps.
    Hal Vogel Display
    1 frame
    1838-42 Wilkes Antarctic Expedition: Its many (often unfavorable) facets History of the "Wilkes Antarctic Expedition" (1838-42) from its posted mail, related documents and that from other contemporaneous Antarctic expeditions with which it was linked.
    Richard S. Wilson Postal
    1 frame
    Egypt- The Three Milliemes Army Post Stamps 1936-41 This traditional exhibit shows the various forms of these two special stamps and their use.
    Multi-Frame Division Title Description
    Alain Benitah Postal
    2 frames
    The Marianne de Dulac: Examples of Postal Usage 1945-1955 Examples of utilization of the different values of the Marianne de Dulac series after its withdrawal, throughout the different rate changes.
    Jeff Bennett Illustrated Mail
    10 frames
    Baseball Centennial... Every Boy a Cover Traditional first day cover exhibit for the 1939 stamp commemorating the 100th anniversary of baseball.
    François Brisse Postal
    2 frames
    Postal Markings on Mail from Saint-Pierre-et-Miquelon Early overseas mail from Saint-Pierre-et-Miquelon was routed through Halifax, North Sydney or Saint-John's. The exhibit shows examples of the postal markings: cork cancels, duplexes, paquebot, etc.
    Sam Chiu Thematic
    5 frames
    Frogs & Toads Exhibit describes family characteristics of Frogs and Toads; and their roles in science, literature, The Arts and other creative works of Man.
    Sam Chiu Postal
    5 frames
    Chefoo Local Post, China 1893-96 Exhibit aims to show that there was an actual demand and need for the stamps and services of Chefoo Local Post by foreign residents.
    Elmer Cleary Postal
    8 frames
    A Postal History of the Mexican Revolution, 1910-1917 A history of the Mexican Revolution seen through a study of the usages of its postal issues in the period 1910-1917.
    George DeKornfeld Postal
    10 frames
    The Marcophily of Hudson, New York, 1793-1919 This exhibit traces the evolution of the various postal markings (and their combinations) used in Hudson beginning in 1793, the earliest such marking known.
    David Fine Postal
    7 frames
    Guatemalan Auxiliary Markings, 1898-1967 Guatemalan postal markings of the period ca. 1898-1967 applied to mail for promotional, attributional, or directional purposes. reference
    Gary G. Hendren Postal
    5 frames
    St. Louis Street Car Mail 1892-1915 A look at the routes, markings, and usages of mail posted on the first street car mail service in the U.S.
    Regis Hoffman Display
    6 frames
    Letters to the Stars! A study of Hollywood fan mail, from the silent era to the modern day.
    William J. Johnson Display
    8 frames
    James William Denver- The Man & His Times Display exhibit traces life and importance of J.W. Denver, a 19th century attorney, politician, duelist, Civil War General via postal history, letters, and other items.
    John Lighthouse * Revenue
    6 frames
    Using the Documents of Commerce to Fund the Civil War This Revenue Fiscal History exhibit is focused on the First Issue revenue stamps and the documents taxable under the Tax Act of 1862, Schedule B.
    Andrew McFarlane Illustrated Mail
    10 frames
    First Days of the 1929 George Rogers Clark Commemorative A study of a popular commemorative through first day use.
    Alan Moll Postal
    5 frames
    U.S. Vended Postal Insurance- A Failed Experiment Production, sale, usage, and demise of Postal Insurance stamps and booklets from 1965 to 1985.
    Ralph H. Nafziger Postal
    7 frames
    Auxiliary Markings on U.S. First Day Covers The flow of FDCs through the mails, as evidenced by a wide variety of auxiliary markings and postmarks, is shown.
    David G. Nickson Postal
    8 frames
    Australia- King George V Side Faced Surface Printed Issues 1914-1937 A traditional study of all values. The many printings of these issues are identified after considering plate varieties, colour shades and dates of issue.
    Myron Palay Postal
    5 frames
    Sino-Russo-Japanese War Military Mail: Manchuria, Korea, Japan 1894-1911 Consisting of military covers and a few post cards of military origin to and from various military sites.
    Alan Parsons * Postal
    5 frames
    Corning, NY Postal History Including DPOs Now Served by the Corning Post Office An examination of mail handling from 1834 to date in the area now covered by the Corning, NY Post Office.
    Alan Parsons * Postal
    8 frames
    The Sullivan Commemorative of 1929 Background, production, FDCs (official/unofficial), and commercial uses of this U.S. commemorative issued June 17, 1929 for the American Revolution's Sullivan-Clinton Campaign 150th anniversary.
    Larry Rausch * Postal
    8 frames
    Distribution and Use of United Kingdom One Penny (1d) Perfins 1868-1880 This exhibit is intended as a study of Great Britain Penny Red commercial perfins.
    Stephen L. Suffet * Postal
    6 frames
    Rates and Usages of the U.S. 3-Cent Circular Die Stamped Envelopes: 1917-1960 This postal history exhibit shows how the United States 3¢ Circular Die stamped envelopes were used in their day.
    Stephen L. Suffet * Display
    10 frames
    Woody Guthrie: His Life and His Songs This display division exhibit recounts the life and illustrates some of the song lyrics of the great folk musician Woody Guthrie.
    Non-Competitive Division Title Description
    Edward Bailey Non-competitive
    1 frame
    Identifying Early Great Britain Letters, numbers, and watermarks on Great Britain Stamps on Scott #1-73.
    Edward Bailey Non-competitive
    1 frame
    Five Cent Blue Stamps A presentation of U.S. five cent stamps from 1851-1937.
    Edward Bailey Non-competitive
    2 frames
    Roessler First Day Covers Many examples of Albert Roessler's first day covers, including number 1.
    Robert P. Meegan * Non-competitive
    4 frames
    Identification and Usages of the Large Bank Note Issues Answering the questions of why, how, and for what reason the Large Bank Notes where the created.
    Ralph H. Nafziger Non-competitive
    1 frame
    What are Auxiliary Markings? The exhibit provides an introduction to auxiliary markings by showing a variety of examples from sending to receiving post office.
    Ada Prill * Non-competitive
    1 frame
    The East Branch of the Delaware River The East Branch of the Delaware River, including the Pepacton Reservoir, as shown in picture postcards.
    Florence Wright * Non-competitive
    3 frames
    All Aboard America Display of the U.S. 1999 locomotives stamp issue featuring items promoted and produced by the Postal Service, along with uses by postal patrons.
    Court of Honor Division Title Description
    Cardinal Spellman Museum Court of Honor
    5 frames
    Treasures from the Vault- Roman States A selection of world rarities from the Roman States issued from 1852 to 1870 when it became postally part of Italy.
    John Hotchner Court of Honor
    10 frames
    World Rarities and Uniquities A lifetime accumulation of fascinating philatelic material principally from the US but also foreign; notable for its scarcity, value, and its significance in philatelic or world history. *** Click here to view a video presentation by John about the collection at The Collectors Club in New York City, December 4, 2013 ***
    John Hotchner Court of Honor
    10 frames
    20th Century US Auxiliary Markings Documenting Delay Of, Or Inability To Deliver the Mail: The First 50 Years, 1900-1951 A comprehensive review of US auxiliary markings that documents the many reasons mail could be delayed, or failed of delivery; showing the reality of day-to-day postal operations in the world's highest volume postal system. *** Click here to read an article by John about organizing the collection, from the Virtual Stamp Club ***


    2015 ROPEX Judges


    John M. Hotchner
    Chairman
    Falls Church, VA

    Robert P. Meegan
    East Aurora, NY
     

    Rodney Paige
    Thorold, ON
     

    Henry H. Sweets III
    Hannibal, MO
     

    Alan Warren
    Exton, PA
     

    John Hotchner is a collector since age 5; specializing in all phases of US philately, but also collects 20 other countries He is a writer for Linn's Stamp News, since 1976, and also writes for several other publications. He's a former president of the APS, and is completing his second term as president of the AAPE, which he co-founded in 1986. He is also a founder of half a dozen specialty societies, including the Auxiliary Markings Club. He's a grand award-winning exhibitor and has been an accredited national level judge since 1986, and internationally since 1989.

    Robert Meegan has been an avid collector since 1973 specializing in U.S. postal history dealing with domestic postal rates and the large Banknote stamps of 1870 to 1890. An APS member since 1975 and U.S. Classics Society member for many years, Bob remains very active in Buffalo Stamp Club management, having been a member of its Board of Directors for over 30 years and its President for 11 years. He is a life member of the Rochester Philatelic Association and has both exhibited and judged at ROPEX.

    Rodney Paige is a director of the Royal Philatelic Society of Canada with duties including new recruitment and show liason. He has been a nationally accredited judge since 2006 and is an avid exhibitor, most recently at Stampex in London, UK in February. He specializes in the postal history of Great Britain, especially the various experimental cancels of the 1840-60 period, as well as the Channel Islands and the Gold Coast. Rod has memberships in several societies including the RPSC, PSS, GBPS, GBCC, SPHS, BPS and the APS.

    Henry Sweets has collected since childhood and exhibited U.S. Asiatic Fleet naval covers, covers of the Chinese inflation period 1945-1949, and philatelic terms on United States material. He also collects stamps of Shanghai, Chinese Northeastern Provinces and first day covers of Mark Twain related issues. He became an accredited APS judge in 1989, is a life member of the APS and belongs to several stamp societies. Sweets is Executive Director of the Mark Twain Museum in Hannibal, Missouri.

    Alan Warren of Exton, PA is a lifelong collector and an accredited APS judge since 1988. A charter member of the American First Day Cover Society he now specializes in FDCs of two U.S. issues from the 1920s and 30s as well as early first day covers of the Scandinavian countries. He also collects prestamp Sweden and the stamps and postal history of Tibet. He is current secretary of the Scandinavian Collectors Club and a fellow of the Royal Philatelic Society London.


    ROPEX Exhibit Awards for 2015


    Grand Award
    Best Multi-Frame in Show
    English Porcelain
    Stamp Box

    Reserve Grand Award
    Second Best in Show
    Bradley & Hubbard
    Brass Stamp Box

    One-Frame Grand Award
    Best Single Frame in Show
    Elliot Hallmarked
    Silver Stamp Box

    Most Popular Award
    Acrylic Paperweight
    (as voted on by
    ROPEX attendees)
    The Ultimate
    Encyclopedia
    of Steam and
    Rail” by C.
    Garratt and
    Max Wade-
    Matthews
    Larry R. Moriarty, Sr.
    Memorial Award
    for an Exhibit of Merit
    Carved Wooden
    Stamp Box
    Dusty Miller Award
    Best Postal
    History Exhibit
    by a RPA Member
    Brass Stamp Box
    Andy Hale Award
    Best Non-Postal
    History Exhibit by
    a RPA Member
    Book
    Norman E. Wright
    Memorial Award

    Best Railway
    Exhibit Selected by
    Florence Wright
    Train Table Book

    The Rochester Philatelic Association sponsors the major awards at ROPEX shown above. Click here to view the award criteria

    We are thankful to the many specialty societies and philatelic organizations that offer a variety of awards to national "World Series of Philately" exhibitions. Some are displayed below. Judges may chose not to award prizes if the minimum award requirements set by the donor society are not met. Clicking a society's colored name will take you to their web site. (Click on the icon to view the award criteria)


    American Philatelic Society
    Medal and Ribbon of Excellence- Pre-1900 Material
    Medal and Ribbon of Excellence- 1900-1940 Material
    Medal and Ribbon of Excellence- 1940-1980 Material
    Medal and Ribbon of Excellence- Post-1980 Material
    Medal and Ribbon for Research Excellence Click here to view the award criteria

    American Topical Association
    First Award- minimum National Bronze (medal and ribbon)
    Second Award (medal and ribbon)
    Third Award (medal and ribbon)
    Youth Award- minimum 3 exhibitors (medal and ribbon)
    One Frame Merit Ribbon (not shown) Click here to view the award criteria

    Auxiliary Markings Club
    Richard B. Graham Award
    Best Multi-Frame
    Auxiliary Markings Exhibit
    at an AMC Annual Convention
    (glass plaque) Click here to view the award criteria

    Auxiliary Markings Club
    President's award
    Best Single-Frame
    Auxiliary Markings Exhibit
    at an AMC Annual Convention
    (glass plaque) Click here to view the award criteria

    American Association of Philatelic Exhibitors
    Award of Honor- Excellence in Presentation Not Winning a Gold Medal (2- cloisonné pin)
    Creativity in Philatelic Exhibiting Award (gold pin)
    Title Page Excellence Award (magnifier dome and ribbon)
    Novice Award- Best Exhibit of a First Time Exhibitor (not shown- AAPE year membership and exhibiting book) Click here to view the award criteria
    AAPE Youth Grand- winner enters AAPE’s Youth “Champion of Champions” (certificate and ribbon)
    Youth First, Second and Third Best Exhibits Awards (ribbons) Click here to view the award criteria

    American Airmail Society
    Best Multi-frame Air Mail Exhibit
    Winning a National Vermeil or Gold
    minimum 3 entries
    (medal and ribbon) Click here to view the award criteria

    American First Day Cover Society
    Best Exhibit of First Day Covers
    with 75% or more FDC Material
    minimum 2 entries
    (plaque) Click here to view the award criteria

    American Philatelic Congress
    Excellence in Written Text
    (Congress Book) Click here to view the award criteria
     
     

    American Revenue Association
    Best Multi-frame Revenue Exhibit
    Award Winning a National Silver or Higher
    minimum 3 entries
    (medal, ribbon and certificate) Click here to view the award criteria

    ATA Space Unit
    Best Exhibit with a Space Theme
    (Gold, Silver and Bronze medals) Click here to view the award criteria
     
     
     

    Auxiliary Markings Club
    Best Exhibit of Auxiliary Markings
    Winning a National Silver or Higher
    (certificate) Click here to view the award criteria
     
     

    British North America Philatelic Society
    Best exhibit of British North America
    material, including Canada and British
    Colonies in North America Winning a
    National Silver or Higher
    (plaque and ribbon) Click here to view the award criteria

    Empire State Postal History Society
    Best New York State Postal History Exhibit
    Winning a National Vermeil or Gold
    minimum 2 entries
    (NYS historical artifact) Click here to view the award criteria
     

    Ephemera Society of America
    For Any Display, Postcard or
    Advertising Cover Exhibit with a
    Significant Amount of Ephemera
    (certificate)
     
     

    Errors, Freaks and Oddities
    Collectors' Club

    Best Exhibits of at least 25%
    Error, Freaks, Oddities Material
    minimum 3 entries
    (1st place ribbon and 1 year EFOCC
    membership, 2nd place ribbon) Click here to view the award criteria

    India Study Circle
    for Philately

    ISC Award for the Best Exhibit of
    India and Related Material Winning
    a National Bronze or Higher
    (medal)
     

    International Society of
    Worldwide Stamp Collectors

    Youth Award for the Best Display
    of Worldwide Material
    minimum 5 entries/50 pages
    (medal) Click here to view the award criteria

    Lighthouse Stamp Society
    Best Exhibit with a
    Nautical Connection
    with 1 or More Entries
    (Harbour Lights limited
    edition ceramic lighthouse) Click here to view the award criteria

    Meter Stamp Society
    Best One or Multi-Frame
    Exhibit/Literature of Meters
    or Electronic Postage in Any
    Class with 1 or More Entries
    (certificate, 2 year membership) Click here to view the award criteria

    Military Postal History Society
    Best Exhibit of Military Postal
    History Winning a National
    Silver or Higher
    minimum 3 entries
    (certificate) Click here to view the award criteria

    International Philippine
    Philatelic Society

    Eugene A. Garrett Award
    Best Philippines Area Exhibit
    prefer minimum 3 entries
    (medallion and certificate) Click here to view the award criteria

    Postal History Society
    Best Multi-frame Exhibit
    of Postal History
    minimum 6 entries
    (medal) Click here to view the award criteria
     
     

    Scandinavian Collectors Club
    3 SCC Awards for Best Multi-frame
    Traditional, Postal History and
    Research for Exhibits of 90% or
    More Scandinavian Material
    (medals) Click here to view the award criteria
     

    Philatelic Society of
    Greater Southern Africa

    Best Exhibit of Southern Africa
    Material Winning a National
    Vermeil or Gold
    minimum 3 entries
    (crystal paperweight) Click here to view the award criteria

    Sports Philatelists International
    4 Sports Best of Show Awards for
    Multi-frame (min. Silver, 3 entries),
    One Frame (min. Silver, 2 entries),
    Novice (min. Bronze),
    Youth (certificates) Click here to view the award criteria
     

    State Revenue Society
    For All Exhibits with a Significant Part
    Composed of State Revenue Material
    Available in Gold, Silver or Bronze to
    Correspond with its WSP Medal Level.
    (medal and certificate mailed to winner) Click here to view the award criteria
     
     

    United Nations Philatelists, Inc.
    For any exhibition with a minimum of
    3 one or multi-frame exhibits of UN,
    League of Nations or related agencies
    (gold, silver and bronze medals
    and ribbons for each) Click here to view the award criteria
     
     

    United Postal Stationery Society
    Marcus White Award for the Best
    Multi-frame Postal Stationery Exhibit
    Winning a National Vermeil or Gold
    Primarily of Postal Stationery and not
    Winning Their C of C Award in 5 Years
    (plaque) Click here to view the award criteria
     

    United Postal Stationery Society
    Single Frame Award for the Best
    One-frame Postal Stationery Exhibit
    Exclusively of Postal Stationery
    Winning a National Vermeil or Gold
    (paperweight) Click here to view the award criteria
     
     

    United States Philatelic Classics Society
    Best U.S. Exhibit with Greater than
    75% Material up to the First Bureau
    Issue of 1894 Winning a National
    Vermeil or Gold and Not Winning this
    Award in a 24 Month Period
    (medal) Click here to view the award criteria 

    United States Stamp Society
    Statue of Freedom Award
    Multi-frame Exhibit of Postage
    Stamps, Revenue Stamps or Stamped
    Paper Winning a National
    Vermeil or Gold
    (medal) Click here to view the award criteria

    U.S. Cancellation Club
    Best Multi-frame U.S. Cancellations
    Exhibit with a Minimum of 25% of
    the Material Focusing on the
    Cancellations
    (plaque) Click here to view the award criteria
     

    Vatican Philatelic Society
    Best Exhibit of Mostly Vatican or
    Roman States Material Winning
    a National Silver or Higher
    and Not Winning This Before
    (medal) Click here to view the award criteria
     

    Women Exhibitors
    Sterling Achievement Award
    Merit for Any Exhibit in Philatelic/Subject
    Knowledge, Material or Treatment Winning
    a National Bronze, Silver-Bronze or Silver
    (pin) Click here to view the award criteria


    For and About Dealers...

    Interested in selling at our 2015 show? We offer some
    of the lowest table fees for a national WSP show.

  • Click here to view/download 2015 ROPEX Dealer Details and Application (PDF)
  • Click here to apply using the Online ROPEX Dealer Application

    World Series national exhibitions around the same time in 2015:

  • Philatelic Show- May 1-3, Boxborough, MA
  • ROPEX- May 15-17, Rochester, NY
  • Rocky Mountain Stamp Show- May 15-17, Denver, CO
  • NOJEX- May 29-31, Secaucus, NJ
  • NAPEX- June 5-7, Washington, DC

    Come to Rochester on your northeast swing of shows!

    ROPEX visitors- Email your want lists to our dealers in advance of the show telling
    them what you'd like them to bring for you. Just click on their email address.
  • 2015 Attending Dealers

    Click the diagram to view the ROPEX Floor Plan.

    See the ROPEX Floor Plan by clicking the diagram above or here. The layout is subject to change.

    *** Visit the Sales RPA tables for a selection of US stamps, covers, collections and 10 cent worldwide stamps! ***

    1840-1950 Mostly Stamps
    Table 11
    PO Box 423,
    Milford, NH 03055-0423
    (603) 673-7180
    hstamps@jlc.net
    US, British Empire and worldwide- stamps, covers, lots
    Dave Allego
    Table 2
    PO Box 69,
    Salem, OH 44460
    (234) 567-4181
    dallego@neo.rr.com
    Worldwide covers, cinderellas, ephemera
    Amberman Postal History/
    Don Tocher, US Classics
    Table 17
    4935 Franklin Dr,
    Boulder, CO 80301
    (617) 686-0288
    dontocher@earthlink.net
    Web site: www.postalnet.com/dontocher/
    Worldwide postal history of all eras, auxiliary markings, FDCs
    Britannia Enterprises
    Table 6
    PO Box 2114,
    Orleans, MA 02653
    (508) 255-2465
    michael.e.mead@verizon.net
    Postal history, ephemera, cinderellas, postcards
    Canterbury Stamps
    Table 12
    10 Chaucer Rd,
    Nashua, NH 03062
    (603) 888-4317
    adaptron@comcast.net
    Web site: www.canterburystamps.com
    Worldwide, US (singles and mint sheets), topicals
    Collins First Day Covers
    Table 16
    PO Box 188,
    Allentown, NJ 08501
    (609) 259-0939
    collinscachets@yahoo.com
    Collins hand painted First Day Covers
    Donofrio Philatelics
    Table 13
    110 Chestnut Dr,
    Rochester, NY 14624
    (585) 747-7218
    loofer@rochester.rr.com
    US, Canada and worldwide stamps
    Doubleday Postal History
    Table 9
    PO Box 119,
    Alton, NH 03809
    (603) 875-1808
    doub@worldpath.net
    US postal history
    Al Greco Stamps & Dollar Table
    Table 3
    1190 Nolan Rd,
    Macedon, NY 14502
    (315) 986-7948
    alfredgreco@verizon.net
    US and worldwide stamps, US and Canadian revenues
    McCloud Stamps & Covers, Coins
    and Dollar Table
    Table 10
    109 Maple Center Rd,
    Hilton, NY 14468
    (585) 507-3533
    jstoltz@rochester.rr.com
    Web site: www.mccloudstampsandcoins.com
    US, Canada, Br. Commonwealth, France, US coins
    Richfield Philatelic Company
    Table 7
    113 Richfield Ave,
    Buffalo, NY 14220
    (716) 826-1242
    billwits@aol.com
    US and worldwide stamps and covers, collection lots
    S & C Resnick
    Table 8
    2783 W Lake Rd,
    Cazenovia, NY 13035
    (315) 655-2810
    resn@aol.com
    Stamps, postal stationery, ephemera
    Smitty's Coins East
    Table 15
    80 S Main St,
    Canandaigua, NY 14424
    (585) 394-3650
    smittyseast@tcland.com
    Coins
    Mr. Stampman
    Table 14
    PO Box 147,
    Watkins Glen, NY 14891
    (607) 535-xxxx
    x
    Stamps, covers, coins
    Stamp Smith
    Table 18
    1212 NE 96th Terrace,
    Kansas City, MO 64155
    (816) 734-4536
    smidale@kc.rr.com
    Topicals, US, worldwide and covers
    Suburban Stamp and Coin
    Table 5
    PO Box 2338,
    Syracuse, NY 13220
    (315) 452-0593
    merristamp@aol.com
    Coins
    Tom's Stamps
    Table 1
    PO Box 470,
    Butler, PA 16003
    (724) 287-1931
    tomsstamps@zoominternet.net
    Classic US, picture postcards, lots
    Doug Weisz U.S. Covers
    Table 4
    PO Box 1458,
    McMurray, PA 15317
    (773) 914-4332
    weiszcovers@yahoo.com
    Web site: www.douglasweisz.com
    US covers (inc. FDCs, navals, flights, events)
    Laurence L. Winum
    Table 18
    PO Box 247,
    Walden, NY 12586-0247
    (800) 914-8090
    winum@frontiernet.net
    US and Germany stamps and covers

    Postal Administrations

    United States Postal Service

    Cachet Makers Bourse

    Armstrong Cachets
    C1
    PO Box 24663
    Rochester, NY 14624-4663
    karmstr2@rochester.rr.com
    Web site: www.armstrongcachets.com


    Area Hotels and Rates

    While there is no offical show hotel for ROPEX 2015, we would like to recommend two:
  • Holiday Inn Express Canandaigua- Finger Lakes at 330 Eastern Blvd. (formerly 4420 Eastern Blvd.)
    585-396-3669, toll-free 1-888-465-4329 or Reserve online here. $94 per night and up.
  • Super 8 Canandaigua, 4450 Eastern Blvd. 585-396-7224, Reserve online here. $72 per night and up.
    They are next to one another and across from Wegmans.
    Click to read this and other Canandaigua area hotel reviews.
  • Alternative Canandaigua hotel details are listed as a convenience for show-goers with approximate 2014 nightly room rates. Add 10% tax to all prices. Many offer AAA and AARP discounts. Also check other Internet sites for possible discounts at these hotels. ROPEX is being held during the two-week Rochester Lilac Festival and graduation weekend for the Rochester Institute of Technology. Please make hotel reservations as early as possible to avoid disappointment. Click the blue astrisk to visit their web site.

    Note: State Route 5 & 20 is known as Eastern Blvd.

    Area hotels (PDF and Google interactive map)
    Area restaurants (PDF and Google interactive map)
    Trip Advisor interactive hotel and restaurant map

    * Bella Ella Bed and Breakfast, 2300 Brickyard Road  585-746-3429  info@thebellaella.com  $140
    * Bristol Harbour Lodge and Resort, 5410 Seneca Point Road  800-288-8248  info@thebellaella.com  $225 and up
    * Cedar Lodge, 4341 Lakeshore Drive  585-394-2800  $77 weekdays/$100 weekends
    * Finger Lakes Lodge, 3259 Moran Drive  585-394-2800  $89 weekdays/$115 weekends
       Georgian Motel, 2580 New York Route 332  585-394-2321  $ unknown
    * Holiday Inn Express Canandaigua- Finger Lakes, 330 Eastern Blvd  585-396-3669  kturner@visions-hotels.com  $94
    * The Inn on the Lake, 770 South Main Street  800-228-2801  theinnonthelake@hudsonhotels.com  $152 and up
    * Lafayette Motel, 408 Lakeshore Drive  585-394-5383  lafayett@rochester.rr.com  $68 and up
    * Miami Resort Motel, 4126 State Route 5 & 20  585-394-6700  miamimot@rochester.rr.com  $69–$125
    * Red Carpet Inn & Suites, 4232 State Route 5 & 20  877-587-8719  redcarpet@canandaiguamotel.com  $77 weekdays/$99 weekends
    * Super 8, 4450 Eastern Blvd  585-396-7224  $72 and up
    Nearest the Thruway (25 minute drive, west of the show) Google Map
    * Days Inn Rochester Thruway, 4853 W Henrietta Rd, Rochester, NY 14467  585-334-9300   $84
    * Microtel Inn, 905 Lehigh Station Rd, Rochester, NY 14467  585-334-3400   $82
    * Red Roof Inns, 4820 W Henrietta Rd, Rochester, NY 14467  585-359-1100   $100
    * RIT Inn, 5727 W Henrietta Rd, Rochester, NY 14586  585-359-1800   $129
    * Super 8 Motel, 1000 Lehigh Station Rd, Rochester, NY 14467  585-359-1630   $101

    In Henrietta (30 minute drive, northwest of the show) Google Map
    * Best Western Marketplace Inn, 940 Jefferson Rd, Rochester, NY 14623  585-427-2700   $129
    * Comfort Suites, 2085 Hylan Dr, Rochester, NY 14623  585-334-6620   $126
    * Country Inn & Suites, 797 East Henrietta Rd, Rochester, NY 14623  585-427-0131   $149
    * Courtyard Rochester Brighton, 33 Corporate Woods, Rochester, NY 14623  585-292-1000   $174
    * Doubletree Inn, 1111 Jefferson Rd, Rochester, NY 14623  585-475-1510   $140
    * Homewood Suites, 2095 Hylan Dr, Rochester, NY 14623  585-334-9150   $142
    * La Quinta Inn South, 717 East Henrietta Rd, Rochester, NY 14623  585-272-7800   $154
    * Holiday Inn Rochester Marketplace, 800 Jefferson Rd, Rochester, NY 14623  585-475-9190   $112
    * Radisson Hotel Rochester Airport, 175 Jefferson Rd, Rochester, NY 14623  585-475-1910   $149
    * Residence Inn by Marriott, 1300 Jefferson Rd, Rochester, NY 14623  585-272-8850   $169

    Nearest the Airport (45 minute drive, northwest of the show) Google Map
    * Holiday Inn Rochester Airport, 911 Brooks Ave, Rochester, NY 14624  585-328-6000   $?
    * Fairfield Inn by Mariott Rochester Airport, 1200 Brooks Ave, Rochester, NY 14624  585-529-5000   $144
    * Motel 6 Rochester Airport, 155 Buell Road, Rochester, NY 14624  585-436-2170   $56


    ROPEX 2015 Awards Banquet

    The ROPEX awards banquet will be held at on Saturday evening, May 16, at Schooner's Restaurant, 407 Lakeshore Drive. It's a short walk from our recommended hotels. Cash bar at 6 PM, buffet dinner at 6:30 PM. The menu includes mixed greens salad, baked ziti with meatballs, sliced prime rib au jus, marinated chicken, salt potatoes, green bean almondine, bread and butter, ice cream, coffee, tea, cash bar. Tickets are $25 per person. Reservations must be received by May 9. Make checks payable to "ROPEX." Send payment to Ray Stone, c/o RPA, PO Box 10206 Brighton Station, Rochester, NY 14610-0206. Questions? Call Ray at 585-266-2524.


    2015 ROPEX Cancels & Cachets

    Our cancel and cachet designs are above. ROPEX 2015 covers are $7 per set of 3.

    Make checks payable to "ROPEX." Send orders and 70 cent SASE to: RPA, PO Box 10206 Brighton Station, Rochester, NY 14610-0206.
    If you cannot send a self-addressed stamped envelope (SASE), please include $1 per set to pay for return domestic postage.


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  • Future Show Dates
    ROPEX 2016- May 20-22, Regional Show

    ROPEX 2017- May 19-21, National WSP Show


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