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Cover JSP Summer 2017Fall 2017 Journal of Sports Philately is now online. 09/25/2017 -- With the Fall 2017 issue of the Journal of Sports Philately, Sports Philatelists International unveils a new logo which better expresses its mission to bring Olympic and sports collecting to the world. Leading off, the Olympics take center stage with articles on the Paris 2024 and Los Angeles 2028 bids as well as a report on the recently held 23rd World Olympic Collectors’ Fair in Bratislava, Slovakia. Manfred Bergman begins a new series on the 1924 Olympic Games as he unravels the mysteries surrounding the evolution of the French Olympic stamps. As evidence that there are always new discoveries to be made in Olympic philately, Thomas Lippert takes us along on his research into the Olympic Air Cruise cacheted covers from 1932. One of the most collectable of US sports stamps is the 1939 Centennial of Baseball issue. Taking a cue from Jeff Bennett’s extraordinary exhibit on the first day covers of that stamp, Norman Rushefsky examines the “parted date” variety from Cooperstown, New York. Basketball’s “Triple Crown Winners” are presented in an article by Mark Maestrone with the assistance of Luciano Calenda. Canada celebrates its sesquicentennial with four sport stamps in a set of 10 as documented by Kon Sokolyk. Patricia Loehr take us on a tour of her colorful Golf Picture Postcards exhibit – just one of many classes of exhibiting in which she participates. Wrapping up this issue is Clemens Reiss’ look at “The Other America’s Cup” – the International Fisherman’s Trophy contested between Canadian and American schooners off the coast of New England and Canada.

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Bratislava Fortress

2017 WOCF Logo2017 World Olympic Collectors Fair -- 8-10 September -- Bratislava, Slovakia.
09/25/2017 -- The 23rd World Olympic Collectors Fair in Bratislava was a great success due primarily to the energy of the organizing committee which had just three months to put all the pieces in place. For the full official report on the Fair, please visit the AICO website (https://aicolympic.org/report-2017-world-olympic-collectors-fair-bratislava/). For a different perspective read my report printed in the Fall 2017 issue of the Journal of Sports Philately which is available to the public by clicking here. Congratulations to the BRATISLAVA 2017 organizers for a job will done!.
Have A Ball Stamps

Have a Ball! stamps - First Day covers. 09/25/2017 -- SPI has a limited number of "Have A Ball" First Day Covers with 2024 Los Angeles Olympics cachets. Choose from 6 different cachets with matching ball stamp: golf (Riviera Country Club), basketball (Staples Center), baseball (Dodger Stadium), volleyball (Honda Center), soccer (Rose Bowl), and tennis (StubHub Tennis Center).

Covers are $5 each (postpaid worldwide). Quantities are limited! Order today from John La Porta (album@comcast.net), or by mail to: 17612 Sean Dr., Orland Park, IL 60467 USA. Payment by PayPal preferred (treasurer@sportstamps.org). US$ checks (made payable to "SPI"), cash or money orders are also accepted.
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