Weekend Planner: Stamps of approval

Weekend Planner: Stamps of approval

Stamp collectors and enthusiasts are set to converge on downtown Urbana this weekend for the Champaign-Urbana Stamp Club's annual Show and Sale, which runs from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. today and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday at the Urbana Civic Center, 108 E. Water St.

"The primary purpose of our show is to promote stamp collecting as a hobby," said club President CHUCK COOPER. "We want to expand the number of people who collect stamps, and we want to make dealers from throughout the Midwest available so collectors don't have to travel around the United States for resources."

Show Chairwoman LOUISE TOFT said the event attracts collectors from many states. Here's more, courtesy staff writer TIM MITCHELL:

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Collector JIM MIKEWORTH will present a seminar on "What Do I Do with Grandpa's Stamps" at 10:30 a.m. today.

"It addresses concerns of those who have never collected stamps but have inherited a collection," Cooper said. "The talk will also be valuable for those who manage estates. These individuals often have inaccurate ideas about the value, or lack of value, of stamp collections."

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Each year, the Champaign-Urbana show features special themed stamps. This year's topics are Halloween, the Panama Canal, and stamps of Russia and Germany.

Historians can peruse a series of stamps issued in 1939 to commemorate the 25th anniversary of the opening of the Panama Canal to traffic. Special exhibits will feature 19th Century mail from St. Petersburg, Russia, and 20th century letters from Germany.

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Newcomers on a limited budget can check out the 3-cent table.

"We don't make any special effort to sort out the stamps at the 3-cent table," Toft said. "Every once in a while, someone finds something worth quite a bit more than expected. It's worth taking some time to search our bargain-rate stamps."

For information, call Toft at 217-359-9115.

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