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The 72nd Annual Stamp Exhibition of Southern California

Sponsored by the Federated Philatelic Clubs of Southern California
will be held on

Sept. 23-25, 2016

at the Hilton Los Angeles Airport Hotel
5711 West Century Boulevard, Los Angeles, California 90045; 310-410-4000

The details for 2016:
Applicable group room rates are as follows:
Sept. 20-22, 2016: $139.00
Sept. 23-25, 2016: $109.00
Reservation cut-off date: Sept. 8, 2016
Guests may call either 1-800-774-1500 or 1-800-HILTONS (445-8667) and reference the group code “FPC”
Discounted parking rate of $10 Self / $20 Valet for overnight guests and Day Parking

Be sure to double check that your reservation includes all the days you want to reserve. As hotel business increases, the Hilton staff emphasizes that it might be impossible to find a room for anyone who doesn't list all the days they need a room in the initial reservation.

(Details and Location of Parking for SESCAL)

Breaking News on Sept. 16, 2016

The Claude C. Ries Southern California Chapter #48 of the American First Day Cover Society just announced it will have a First Day of Sale ceremony commemorating the release of the Eastern Tailed-Blue Butterfly non-machineable surcharge rate stamp at SESCAL on Saturday, Sept. 24, at 10 a.m. Kansas City is listed as the first day city but no FD ceremony will take place.
Here's more informatioin about the stamp from the USPS:
The Eastern Tailed-Blue (Butterfly) non-machineable surcharge rate stamp, (non-denominated priced at 68 cents), is a pressure-sensitive adhesive pane of 20 stamps.
The stamp is the sixth nonmachineable butterfly stamp for use on irregularly sized envelopes, such as square greeting cards, invitations, or announcements. The stamp art was created on a computer, using images of preserved butterflies as a starting point. The result is a highly stylized, simplified image of an Eastern tailed-blue rather than an exact replica.
The Eastern tailed-blue butterfly (Cupido comyntas) is named for the iridescent blue color of its upper wing surface, more vivid in the male. Common east of the Rocky Mountains and in some parts of the West, the Eastern tailed-blue butterfly’s range also extends into Mexico, Central America, and southern Canada.
The square format of the stamp was developed in part nership with the greeting card industry specifically for over sized or square envelopes. These envelopes cannot pass through the automated postal processing system and have to be hand-cancelled. They are charged a non-machine able surcharge even if they weigh less than one ounce. Greeting card envelopes printed with a silhouette of a but terfly indicate the need for additional postage — or the use of a butterfly stamp. Any non-machineable envelope, like oddly-shaped or vertical envelopes, as well as lumpy envelopes, rigid envelopes, or mail with clasps, ribbons, or buttons, may use this stamp.

Show theme

2016 Labels

The 2016 theme is "Star Trek's 50th Anniversary," and covers, cancels and labels reflect that. A story on the theme and pictures of all the items can be found here.

Phil Dockter designed the cachets and postmarks. Dave Bennett designed the labels and souvenir sheet. They both belong to the Claude C. Ries Southern California Chapter No. 48 of the American First Day Cover Society. The chapter is the largest chapter in the AFDCS.

The items will be available at SESCAL, of course, and also may also be ordered by mail. The set of four covers is $9; the set of four labels and a souvenir sheet (not shown) is $5. Checks should be payable to “SESCAL” and be sent to Michael Litvak, 1866 Loma Vista St., Pasadena, CA 91104-4005. Buyers MUST include a SASE with correct postage.

The Federation and the SESCAL committee thank the members of the Claude C. Ries Chapter No. 48 of the American First Day Cover Society for the many cachets and cancels they have prepared over the years and for their continuing participation in and assistance with SESCAL. Be sure to visit the group in the Plaza Lobby.

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SESCAL welcomes Schuyer Rumsey Philatelic Auctions

Schuyler Rumsey Philatelic Auctions Logo

Schuyler Rumsey Philatelic Auctions is the official auctioneer for SESCAL 2016.
There will be two auctions: Sale #70, The Skywalk Collection of Nova Scotia Stamps and Postal History starting at 10 a.m., Friday, Sept. 23; and Sale #71, the SESCAL General Sale, starting at 10 a.m. on Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 24-25. The general sale will have 2,000 lots of strong postal history including Transatlantic Mails, specialized Advertising Covers, further offerings of the Doc Bilyeu Estate with Oregon Territory and Westerns, and Part II of the Nicholas M. Kirke off-cover N.Y. Foreign Mail Cancels. Highlights of the Nova Scotia auction can be found here.

United Nations stamps to debut at SESCAL

The stamps to be pre-launched at SESCAL on Friday, Sept. 23, at noon in Newport B commemorate "Eye on Africa - COP17 World Wildlife Conference." Three mini-sheets will be issued in U.S. dollars, Swiss Francs and Euro denominations. For a preview of the stamps click here. There will also be a special show card to commemorate the issuance of the stamps.
SESCAL thanks Ron Sobel, a long-time show dealer and the official sales representative of the United Nations Postal Administration (UNPA,) for his efforts to make this event possible.

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The Arizona Philatelic Rangers SESCAL dinner will be Friday night. Details will be announced.

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Exhibitors' prospectus and dealers' contract

The prospectus for exhibitors for the SESCAL 2016 Stamp Exhibition can be found by clicking here.
The dealers' contract can be found by clicking here.

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APS on the Road Course

The American Philatelic Society is offering a course on "Exhibiting Tools & Techniques: You, Too, Can Build a Great Exhibit." The one-day course is scheduled for Thursday, Sept. 22, 2016, (prior to SESCAL) at the Hilton LAX Hotel
The course runs from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. (lunch on your own).

Registration is required by Sept. 1, 2016. The course is limited to 20 people. The cost is $35 for APS members / $50 for non-members. Register at The APS website. (Most of the costs for this course will be underwritten by the Philatelic Society of Los Angeles.) Note that registration fee does not include housing or meals.
Click here to read the full course description.

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SESCAL is a Free Admission stamp show.
Self-Parking Rate of $10 with Validation. Valet parking is $20.

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The Facebook SESCAL site communicates some SESCAL activities leading up to the show in September.
The Facebook SESCAL Home site has over 3,800 friends around the world sharing their stamps and stories. Login at to see the stamps and stories.

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Who's on the SESCAL 2016 Committee?

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For more information, please contact the SESCAL Chairman:
Carl Shaff II,  Chairman, SESCAL 2016
3540 Wilshire Blvd, Suite 1112, Los Angeles, CA   90010

Links to information about the FPCSC and future SESCAL exhibitions.

Visit our Sister Organization, the Council of Northern California Philatelic Societies.

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Last updated -- Sept. 16, 2016.
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