Scott #2968 32¢ State of Texas Sesquicentennial

Mid-Cities Stamp Club

of ARLINGTON and IRVING, TEXAS

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Welcome to the Mid-Cities Stamp Club Website, where our goal is to provide an interesting site, make available useful information for club members, and promote the hobby of stamp collecting. Thank you for taking the time to visit with us.

The The Mid-Cities Stamp Club, now in its 43rd year, is one of the largest and most active local stamp clubs in Texas. MCSC counted 94 members as of February 5, 2017. The club hosts two meetings a month (one in Arlington, one in Euless) in the heart of the Dallas-Fort Worth area. We also have an affiliate club in Granbury, TX., which meets once a month. More.

MCSC EXPO 2017

Grapevine TX

NOV 10-11   More.

MCSC MEETINGS

ARLINGTON - JUN 7

See July 5 meeting info in next column.

The next Arlington meeting for 2017 will be held on June 7. This meeting will feature a presentation by MCSC President Ray Cartier on Stratospheric Balloon Flights. Ray is a nationally-known specialist and exhibitor in the field of astrophilately. Auction lots for the August Arlington auction are due to Rich Hildebrandt at the July 5th meeting unless other arrangements are made with him. APS sales books will be available.

This meeting will be held at the Bob Duncan Community Center in Arlington. The street address is 2800 South Center Street, in Vandergriff Park (MAPSCO 97A). The regular meeting starts at 7:30 PM; however the room may be accessible earlier.

NOTE: MEET'N'EAT is at Spring Creek Barbeque, 3608 South Cooper St., Arlington, TX (817) 465-0553. The group will gather between 5:00 and 5:30 PM, and finish around 6:45 PM.

View the Remaining Arlington 2017 Program Schedule as a PDF file.

See July 5 meeting info in next column.

EULESS MEETING - JUN 21

See Jul 19 meeting info in next column.

The next Euless (formerly Irving) meeting for 2017 will be held on Jun 21. At this time there is no formal program for the meeting. We will have a program if someone volunteers to do so. Or we can present a series of Show and Tell items. Regardless we will still have the Mini-Auction where you can offer up to 5 items. APS sales books will be available.

This meeting will be held at Central Station Marketing, 12750 S. Pipeline Road, Suite #1C, Euless, TX 76040. Look for Dalworth Cleaning sign along the road. The entrance is off South Pipeline Rd. This section of Pipeline is between Highway 157 (Industrial Blvd) and Euless South Main Street. Be aware that street addresses are "irregular" in this area of South Pipeline Rd. Nearby addresses are in the 400 and 600 ranges. Make sure you are not on West Pipeline Rd. Meeting begins at 7:30 pm. The room will be available from around 7 pm. There will be NO MEET'N'EAT this month.

See Jul 19 meeting info in next column.

GRANBURY MEETING - JUN 27

See Jun 27 meeting info in next column.

The next Granbury meeting for 2017 will be held on Jun 27.

The program will be presented by MCSC Director Stanley Christmas, on How to Collect ONE Stamp. Items for the July Granbury auction need to be turned in at this meeting (more below). MEET'N'EAT will be at Palio's Pizza, 3710 E. Highway 377, Granbury at 5 PM. Bring something for SHOW & TELL. Also, bring any philatelic literature you may be willing to share with other members.

A reminder from Denny Ludlow: For the July club auction, lots need to be turned in to him by June 27 (except for a box of 2012 Scott's & large box lots, which can be brought the evening of the auction).

This meeting will be held at the Bentwater Activities Center, 1800 W Emerald Ct, Granbury TX, adjacent to the Bentwater Marina northeast of Granbury. The meeting will begin at 7:00 pm.

Directions to Bentwater Activities Center .

View the Remaining Granbury 2017 Program Schedule as a WORD document.

VISITORS WELCOME

 

 

 

MEET'N'EAT

ARLINGTON - JUN 7

Spring Creek Barbeque
3608 South Cooper St
Arlington, TX
817-465-0553

EULESS - JUN 21

No MEET N' EAT scheduled for June

2017 - More details.

BOARD MEETING MAY 20

MCSC President Ray Cartier has called for a Board of Directors meeting to be held May 20. Ray requests that suggested agenda items be submitted by May 15. More details as they become available.

NEXT (JUL 5) ARLINGTON MEETING

The next Arlington meeting for 2017 will be held on July 5. This meeting will feature a Giant Mixture Pick. Also, there will be a short presentation by Club President (and Club Founder) Ray Cartier on The Earliest Days of the Mid-Cities Stamp Club. Members should turn in items for next month's auction at this meeting. APS sales books will be available.

This meeting will be held at the Bob Duncan Community Center in Arlington. The street address is 2800 South Center Street, in Vandergriff Park (MAPSCO 97A). The regular meeting starts at 7:30 PM; however the room may be accessible earlier.

NOTE: MEET'N'EAT is at Angelo's Steak and Spaghetti, 2590 West Pioneer Parkway, Arlington, TX, 817-303-7242. http://www.angelosspaghetti
.com/
. The group will gather between 5:00 and 5:30 PM, and finish around 6:45 PM.

NEXT (JUL 19) EULESS MEETING

The next Euless (formerly Irving) meeting for 2017 will be held on July 19. The program will be a DVD presentation if we have access to the conference room; otherwise we will have an extended Show and Tell. There will be a Mini-Auction (up to 5 items) prior to the program. APS sales books will be available.

This meeting will be held at Central Station Marketing, 12750 S. Pipeline Road, Suite #1C, Euless, TX 76040. Look for Dalworth Cleaning sign along the road. The entrance is off South Pipeline Rd. This section of Pipeline is between Highway 157 (Industrial Blvd) and Euless South Main Street. Be aware that street addresses are "irregular" in this area of South Pipeline Rd. Nearby addresses are in the 400 and 600 ranges. Make sure you are not on West Pipeline Rd. Meeting begins at 7:30 pm. The room will be available from around 7 pm. There will be NO MEET'N'EAT this month.

NEW IRVING (EULESS) MEETING LOCATION

The former Irving meeting location has been replaced with a Euless meeting location. The new meeting place will be at Central Station Marketing, 12750 S. Pipeline Road, Suite #1C, Euless, TX 76040. This will be effective with the first 2017 meeting in January. MEET'N'EATs are not currently planned for the Euless meetings.
Google map link, new location

APS SURVEY

Houston TSDA dealer Jonathan Topper has forwarded a survey on stamp collectors, the APS, and stamp shows. The document is 129 pages, but easy to read. The survey involved 3,000 APS members and 800 non-members, a fairly large sample for the stamp collecting population.

QUICK INFO LINKS

Meet'N'Eat 2017
            dates and locations
Newsletter
            full-graphics vers.
Stamp Show
            EXPO 2017 Info
MCSC Auctions
            Auction Sheets

BOD & EXPO MTGS

BOD 05-20-2017
              notice
EXPO 05-20-2017
              notice

MINUTES OF MTGS

None available.

TSDA STAMP SHOWS

The Texas Stamp Dealers Association (TSDA) sponsors a series of stamp shows in Dallas, Houston, and San Antonio.

NEXT SHOW

Dallas - Aug 25-26
Richardson Civic Center

Houston - Jly 14-15
Crowne Plaza Hotel >>>Same Location as 2016

San Antonio - Jly 8-9
Norris Conference Center
across San Pedro from NorthStar Mall

For more show information (addresses, hours, maps, etc.).

NEW TSDA Website

OTHER SHOWS

Mid-Cities EXPO 2017
Nov. 10: 10a-5p
Nov. 11: 9a-4p
Grapevine Convention Center
Grapevine, TX
Sponsored by Mid-Cities Stamp Club

US STAMPS - SPECIALIST LIST

John Hotchner has made available lists of US Stamps and corresponding specialists in that particular stamp. The lists are divided between Definitives and Commemoratives. Hotchner advises that the lists are updated monthly. We will attempt to post the latest available information (the lists below are current as of May 21, 2017). MCSC Newsletter Editor Peter Elias is listed as a contact for Computer Printed Postal Labels. Also, club Director Stanley Christmas is listed as a contact for the 4 1/2c Prexy issue.
View the Definitive list as a PDF .
View the Commemorative list as a PDF .

JOIN MID-CITIES STAMP CLUB

Would you like to join the Mid-Cities Stamp Club ? Download our Membership Form as a PDF file, fill out, and send to the address indicated on the form. Print using Landscape orientation.

SCiFI Stamp3
Science Fiction - EXPO 2016 Theme

EXPO 2016 DEALERS

Stanley Christmas has released the current EXPO 2016 Dealer List ( WORD    PDF ).

EXPO 2016
QUICK INFO LINKS

Items Currently Available:

Advance Flyer    
Official EXPO 2016 Hotel    
EXPO 2016 Prospectus    
Dealer List   
Giant Mixture Pick      
Beginning Collectors Center
Chance Board      
Silent Auction News      
Dealer Welcome Letter     
MCSC 2016 Officers     


ATA 2017 PROSPECTUS

The American Topical Association (ATA) is accepting exhibit entries for the National Topical Stamp Show (NTSS), to be held June 23-25, 2017, at Crowne Plaza Milwaukee Airport. The prospectus, entry form, and list of judges are posted on the ATA website at www.americantopicalassn.org. For more information, read the announcement from Vera Felts, Executive Director of the ATA.

Book: Roundout, by H. K. Petschel

A new book, by H.K.Petschel, on The Rondout Train Robbery, is available as an Amazon e-book ($7.00). Rondout was the largest robbery in US history and might be of interest to those studying in postal history, the inspection service, or the railway mail service. Mr. Petschel is a former US Postal Inspector, and has written books about counterfeit stamps.

2017-18 MID-CITIES STAMP CLUB
OFFICERS AND DIRECTORS

Ray Cartier - pres
Ray Moyer - 1vp
Richard Hildebrandt - 2vp
Benedict Termini - sec
Judy Christmas - trea
Mike Smith - ipp
Alliene Franklin - v/dir
Ralph Poore - v/dir
Ken Wills - v/dir
Stanley Christmas - nv/dir
Peter Elias - nv/dir
Jeff Jessup - nv/dir
Brian Smith - nv/dir