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Friday, May 20 - Sunday, May 22, 2016

The ROPEX Stamp Show (ROchester Philatelic EXhibition)

Sponsored by the Rochester Philatelic Association
--- Celebrating Stamp Collecting ---

A Super-Regional Philatelic Event
See our show poster.     See our postcard and handout.     See our show program.
Come to Rochester/Canandaigua on your way to World Stamp Show-NY 2016 the following week!

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

Theme: National Park Service 1916-2016   


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"


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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 2 (click here)


2016 ROPEX Show Committee

Awards: Ada Prill
Banquet: Ray Stone
Bourse: Dave Robinson
Cachet and Cancels: Tom Fortunato
Cachet Sales: Carl Miller
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, 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.



    David Devine
    Grade 3-5 Age 11, Grade 5
    Connection Academy
    (Janesville, WI)

    Bella Lexer
    Grade 3-5 Age 10, Grade 4
    East Rochester
    (East Rochester, NY)

    Colin Stewart
    Grade 3-5 Age 10, Grade 4
    Homeschool
    (Stone Ridge, NY)

    Amy Ruan
    Grade 6-8 Age 13, Grade 8
    Martha Brown Middle School
    (Fairport, NY)

    Thomas Devine
    Grade 6-8 Age 11, Grade 6
    Connections Academy
    (Janesville, WI)

    Connor Mellin
    Grade 6-8 Age 13, Grade 8
    Homeschool
    (Kingston, NY)

    ROPEX Design-A-Stamp Competition (see our 2016 top 3 finalists in the grades 3-5 and 6-8 above, click any to enlarge it)- All students in grades 3-12 in the U.S. and Canada are eligible to enter our design competition. Entries are to 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.

    2016 Design-A-Stamp Rules and Entry Form (PDF)


    2016 Schedule & Events

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

    Thursday, May 19
    8 AM-6 PM.......ROPEX setup (exhibitors and dealers welcome 1-6 PM)

    Friday, May 20
    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
    6 PM..................Show closes

    Saturday, May 21
    10 AM................Show opens
    10 AM-5 PM......Prize drawings throughout the day, Free Stamp Evaluations
    Noon-2 PM.........Empire State Postal History Society Trading Hour and Regional Meeting (Room 1)
    Noon-5 PM.........Cachet Makers' Bourse
    2 PM...................American Association of Philatelic Exhibitors Meeting (Room 1)
    5 PM...................Show closes
    5:30 PM..............ROPEX Dutch Treat Banquet (Schooner's)

    Sunday, May 22
    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)
    3 PM.................Show closes, Exhibit Pickup


    For Exhibitors...

    ROPEX 2016 exhibit frames are free of charge and reserved exclusively for RPA members.
    There are two exhibit categories: Single Frame and Multi-frame. Each member may submit
    up to 8 frames in the multi-frame category with as many individual multi-frame exhibits
    they wish. Each exhibit entered must be registered seperately. Disregard the frame
    fees referenced on the online form.

    Sign up using our online exhibit registration form here!

    2016 ROPEX Exhibits

    One-Frame Exhibitor Division Title Description
    Edward J. Bailey Postal
    1 frame
    Canada Semi-Official Airmail Covers Private airline service philately from northern Canada.
    Edward J. Bailey Postal
    1 frame
    CCCC- A Tribute to Ron Traino Covers, cachets, combos, cancels on first day covers by this prolific creator.
    Edward J. Bailey Postal
    1 frame
    First Day Cover Pioneers A presentation showing the history of early first day cover producers through their artwork.
    Edward J. Bailey Postal
    1 frame
    Red Cross FDCs of 1981 The Dansville connection with this issue.
    Fred Haynes Thematic
    1 frame
    Minerals on Stamps One frame exhibit exploring the wide and colorful variety of minerals depicted on stamps.
    John M. Hotchner Postal
    1 frame
    Auction Descriptions for the U.S. Specialist A humerous look at auction descriptions.
    John M. Hotchner Postal
    1 frame
    Usages of the 4.5 cent Prexie 1938-1959 A one frame in-depth look at the 4.5 cent gray White House stamp from the presidential Prexie series.
    Stephen Suffet Postal
    1 frame
    What I Collect A philatelist of more than 60 years shows some examples of what he collects.
    Florence Wright Postal
    1 frame
    The Christmas Seal A look at the US Christmas seal, an exhibit by the late Judy Stewart, formerly of Elmira.
    Multi-Frame Exhibitor Division Title Description
    David E. Durham Postal
    3 frames
    Merry Christmas from Swiss Post! Beginning in 1965, the Swiss PTT sent Christmas cards to all its clients which included on the card a recent stamp.
    Tom Fortunato Postal
    4 frames
    Life is Just a Bowl of Cherries A fun look at English language idioms in a "you guess it" game type format using a variety of philatelic elements.
    Fred Haynes Thematic
    5 frames
    A Philatelic Trip through Norway The 19 fylkes (counties) of Norway will be systematically visited through stamps, covers, and postmarks from their villages and municipalities.
    Robert Lighthouse Postal
    5 frames
    A Plating Study of the 1898 Canadian Map Stamp A plating study of unique criteria and anomalies of plates 1,2,3 and 5 including mint, used, multiples, covers and imperf examples.
    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
    4 frames
    Identification & Use of United Kingdom One Penny (1d) Perfins 1868-1880 A comprehensive look at British perfins on the classic red penny issue.
    Raymond Stone Postal
    2 frames
    Norfolk Island Overprints The 1966 "pence to cents" definitive overprint issue from this small Pacific island including varieties.
    Florence Wright Postal
    2 frames
    Crusade Against Cancer A "memorial" exhibit originally prepared by former member Carl Doell showing stamps related to cancer from various countries, with appropriate commentary.


    ROPEX Exhibit Awards for 2016

    RPA members who exhibit will received a special show souvenir.


    For and About Dealers...


    (click to see the PDF brochure)
    Interested in selling at our 2016 show? We have lowered our table fees for this
    special super-regional show compared to our regular WSP national show rates!

  • Click here to view/download 2016 ROPEX Dealer Details and Application (PDF)
  • Click here to apply using the Online ROPEX Dealer Application

    Other exhibitions around the same time in 2016:

  • Philatelic Show- May 6-8, Boxborough, MA (WSP)
  • Rocky Mountain Stamp Show- May 13-15, Denver, CO (WSP)
  • ROPEX- May 20-22, Rochester, NY (Super-Regional Show)
  • World Stamp Show-NY 2016- May 28-June 4, New York City, NY (International)

    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.

  • (click to enlarge the floor plan)

    2016 Attending Dealers

    *** Visit the RPA Sales 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
    C & D Philatelics
    Table 13
    PO Box 158,
    Ruby, Virginia 22545-0158
    (540) 752-1369
    chamil302@aol.com
    Worldwide covers, space, US, FDCs
    Canterbury Stamps
    Table 7
    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 9
    PO Box 188,
    Allentown, NJ 08501
    (609) 259-0939
    collinscachets@yahoo.com
    Collins hand painted First Day Covers
    Donofrio Philatelics
    Table 14
    110 Chestnut Dr,
    Rochester, NY 14624
    (585) 747-7218
    loofer@rochester.rr.com
    US, Canada and worldwide stamps
    Doubleday Postal History
    Table 15
    PO Box 119,
    Alton, NH 03809
    (603) 875-1808
    doub@worldpath.net
    US postal history
    Al Greco Stamps
    Table 5
    1190 Nolan Rd,
    Macedon, NY 14502
    (315) 986-7948
    alfredgreco@verizon.net
    US and worldwide stamps, US and Canadian revenues
    Historic Prints and Postals
    Table 16
    (585) 749-3038 rspinell@rochester.rr.com
    Web site: www.historicmapsprintspapers.com
    Researched and frameable prints and postals from the past 400 years.
    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
    S & C Resnick
    Table 7
    2783 W Lake Rd,
    Cazenovia, NY 13035
    (315) 655-2810
    resn@aol.com
    Stamps, postal stationery, ephemera
    Richfield Philatelic Company
    Table 6
    113 Richfield Ave,
    Buffalo, NY 14220
    (716) 826-1242
    billwits@aol.com
    US and worldwide stamps and covers, collection lots
    Suburban Stamp and Coin
    Table 3
    PO Box 2338,
    Syracuse, NY 13220
    (315) 452-0593
    merristamp@aol.com
    US and worldwide stamps, US coins
    Tom's Stamps
    Table 1
    PO Box 470,
    Butler, PA 16003
    (724) 287-1931
    tomsstamps@zoominternet.net
    Classic US, picture postcards, lots
    Laurence L. Winum
    Table 12
    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
    Table 4
    PO Box 24663
    Rochester, NY 14624-4663
    karmstr2@rochester.rr.com
    Web site: www.armstrongcachets.com


    Area Hotels and Rates

    While there is no offically designated ROPEX show hotel, 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 2015 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. 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 2016 Banquet

    The ROPEX "Dutch Treat" banquet will be held on Saturday evening, May 21, at Schooner's Restaurant, 407 Lakeshore Drive. It's a short walk from our recommended hotels. As everyone will be paying on their own, reservations must be received by May 9 to ensure we will have appropriate seating. Make checks payable to "ROPEX." Send registration and payment to Ray Stone, c/o RPA, PO Box 10206 Brighton Station, Rochester, NY 14610-0206. Questions? Call Ray at 585-266-2524.


    2016 ROPEX Cancels & Cachets

    Our cancel and cachet designs are above. ROPEX 2016 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 2017- May 19-21, National WSP Show

    ROPEX 2018- May 18-20, National WSP Show


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