Your guide to Stampex


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01 September 2022
Organised by The Philatelic Traders’ Society Limited (PTS), Stampex International is Europe’s number one stamp show and has been running for over sixty years. Find out more and make the most of your visit!

Stampex, 28 September - 1 October 2022
Business Design Centre, Islington, London, N1 0QU

The annual show is held at the well known Business Design Centre (52 Upper Street, N1) in London’s vibrant Islington which can be easily accessed by bus or tube (nearest tube Angel, Northern Line) as well as by car or by bus.

This month’s Stampex is set to be a little different than previous events, with a range of new features being introduced, as detailed in this special guide.

Of course, in addition to all the attractions, visitors to the Business Design Centre will be able to add to their collections with many of the country’s (and world’s) top stamp and postal history dealers in attendance offering a wide range of material.

Andrew G Lajer - stand 81

Andrew G Lajer Philatelist has been at the forefront of Great British postal history and stamps for 40+ years. Specialists in GB, 1840 to 1952, with a comprehensive collection of stock to suit any GB collector.

Find them at stand 81. Quote “All About Stamps” for a 10% show discount.

Visit the Andrew G Lajer website

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Ebay Stampex Talks Auditorium

The Philatelic Traders’ Society have announced that eBay will become the official Stampex 2022 partner for the Stampex Talks Auditorium. 

Now in its third show, the auditorium space has become a key part of the Stampex experience both for visitors in person and online. The eBay Auditorium is set to host an array of philatelic talks throughout the four days, including talks by:

  • Richard Morel from The British Library (and a regular contributor to Stamp Collector)
  • Chris Taft from The Postal Museum
  • Daniel Piazza from the Smithsonian National Postal Museum
  • Graham Beck of Exploring Stamps
  • Ian Shapiro at Spink
  • Court of Honour collector, Chris Harman

Suzanne Rae, of the PTS said:

‘We have been working with eBay for two years now ensuring the PTS shield can be seen across eBay UK so that collectors can buy safe in the knowledge that they are purchasing from a verified PTS Member. We are delighted that eBay are joining us at Stampex celebrating their prominent philatelic community and supporting the Auditorium.’

Frances Monroe of eBay added:

‘Collectors and enthusiasts have been at the heart of our marketplace for over 25 years. That’s why we’re extremely excited to bring eBay to Stampex this year, providing the ideal arena to connect and celebrate with the vibrant community of philatelists that trade with us.’

#xtremephilately exhibition

Other highlights of the forthcoming event will include the first ever #xtremephilately exhibition. Described as a fun way to take your collection out and about, #xtremephilately is the trend of taking a stamp and finding the object, landscape, or person on the stamp in real life and then taking a photo and sharing it on social media. The exhibition will include pieces from Exploring Stamps, Richard the Philatelist, Punk Philatelist and Stanley Gibbons, and the organisers have promised that it will be brought to life with an interactive element.

Court of Honour

The Court of Honour at Stampex will feature Chris Harman’s Chalon Head Collection.

Chris is well known within the philatelic world having signed the Roll of Distinguished Philatelists in 2003, and serving as president of the Royal Philatelic London and GBPS. In February this year, The Collectors Club of New York named Chris as the 2022 recipient of its prestigious Alfred F. Lichtenstein Memorial Award for Distinguished Service to Philately.

A spokesperson said: ‘We are excited to be showcasing his collection and sharing it with everyone during Stampex.’

Royal Marines stamp issue

Visitors to Stampex will also be able to buy Royal Mail’s new Royal Marines issue on the first day of issue; view the ABPS National Exhibition on the theme of Africa; celebrate World Postcard Day and pick up an exclusive postcard designed by the Postcrossing team; and enter a Stampex Bug Hunt, online or at the show and be in with the chance of winning Bug Hunt prizes.

As always, the Stamp Active, StampIT and Postcrossing teams will be offering activities for kids to enjoy at the show.

Stampex, the UK’s leading philatelic exhibition, takes place between 28 September and 1 October at The Business Design Centre, 52 Upper Street, Islington, London N1 OQH (nearest tube station: Angel).