February 2017 TSDA San Antonio Stamp Show review
In my previous post, I mentioned that I had the opportunity to stop by the TSDA San Antonio Stamp Show last month. I’ve been wanting to share a bit more detail about my experience there.
Last month’s show as the first bourse I’d attended in probably more than a decade. When I lived in Florida, the local shows were always held on Saturdays, and I couldn’t attend. The TSDA show here was also held on Saturday, but it extended into Sunday.
I arrived at the show a couple of hours before its scheduled end, and there weren’t many other customers around the entire time I was there. My guess is the bulk of the selling activity probably took place on Saturday, but the lack of a big crowd made it easy to browse.
My first stop was at the table of George Watkins. George had a nice selection of United States stamps, and I found a mint copy of the flat plate 14¢ American Indian stamp with a pair of relief breaks.
Up next was Ken Scheller’s table. In addition to finding some Norfolk Island stamps for my landscapes collection, I spotted another 14¢ American Indian stamp—the rotary press printed variety with Canal Zone overprint. The stamp had some nice ink smearing, so I was happy to add it to my collection as well.
The third table I browsed was operated by Lynn Davidson-Stroh. Lynn had some truly oddball material—packets of high face value U.S. stamps, CSA facsimiles, Gulf War labels, and so forth, all of which I was happy to acquire. Lynn also had some very interesting locals dating back to the time of a Canadian postal strike in the 1970s, but I unfortunately had to pass on those as they were a bit out of my price range at the time.
All three of these dealers were very friendly and welcoming.
By the time I finished up at Lynn’s table, the bourse was wrapping up. I quickly snagged a packet of unused Japanese stamps from one dealer, and another American Indian from another, but unfortunately didn’t catch either of their names.
And that was my stamp show experience in a nutshell. I understand the San Antonio show is held quarterly, so I’ll be looking forward to hopefully making a repeat visit in May.