Jim Thompson, co-president of the Wooster Stamp Club, said this is the 50th year for the show. Each year, there is a special theme and the organizers design a collector’s envelope (cachet) based on the theme.
“The cachet this year will have a picture of Perry’s Monument and a recently issued stamp with one of the sailing ships that would have been used during the War of 1812,” Thompson said.
Thompson got started collecting when he was in high school. He stopped for a while after he got married and started collecting again after he retired. In total, he believes he has been collecting for 10 to 15 years. Thompson likes to collect U.S. and Danish stamps.
“When I was in high school, once a week we had to pick something to do for an hour and I picked stamp collecting. When you start collecting stamps, you quickly realize each stamp has history behind it and researching that history becomes a part of collecting,” Thompson said.
Thompson added that another important component to collecting is being able to complete a section or a collection. When he first started collecting Danish stamps, he thought there were only three pages of stamps he needed to find to complete the collection. Today, he has several 3-ring binders full of Danish stamps.
“When you start on a collection, it often times turns out there are more stamps to the collection than you may have thought and it’s a challenge to find all of the stamps made for the collection,” he said.
Thompson said people get started collecting in a number of ways. Collectors can select particular collections such as revenue stamps, duck or foreign stamps. Other collections include topical, first day issues, special cancellations, stamps with errors, and stamps that are frauds.
He said he got involved with the Wooster Stamp Club and the WOOPEX show five years ago after realizing he was behind on one of his collections. Someone he knew recommended he attend the show and has continued to stay involved with both the club and the show.
Stamp collectors from all over Ohio will be displaying their collections at this year’s show. Several dealers will have stamps and collecting supplies on sale and there will be plenty of stamp collecting experts at the show to answer any questions collectors may have.
The Wooster Stamp Club meets the third of Thursday of every month at the Trinity Church of Christ, 150 E. North Street in Wooster.
For more information about WOOPEX 2012, call 330-262-5378.
Published: October 5, 2012