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Cover JSP Summer 2019Summer 2020 Journal of Sports Philately is now online. 6/1/2020 -- Over many years, tennis collector and exhibitor, Norm Jacobs, has noticed design mistakes in some of the tennis stamps and postmarks in his collection. In this issue’s cover story, "Oops! Mistakes and Curiosities in the Design of Tennis Stamps and Postmarks," he highlights some of these design calamities. Glenn Estus, a specialist in the 1932 Olympic Winter Games in Lake Placid, reviews the rare first day covers by cachet makers, Robert Beazell and John White. The U.S. Postal Service recently honored golfer Arnold Palmer with a “forever” stamp. Pat Loehr discusses the drive and charisma that helped Palmer transform golf from a pastime for the elite into a sport enjoyed by the masses. Surfing will make its Olympic debut at the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games, postponed to July 2021. Mark Maestrone gives readers an overview of this new youth-oriented Olympic sport’s connections to Japan, with tips on watching the sport. Intrigued by their colorful postcards, Norm Rushefsky writes about the little-known Far Eastern Championship Games held from 1913-1934. Wrapping up this issue is a 2001 snowboarding cover from Italy with so much postal history going on that it took both Mark Maestrone and Luciano Calenda to unravel its mysteries.

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Ben Write & James BowmanPASSINGS: SPI Members Benjamin Wright and James Bowman 6/1/2020 -- Benjamin Wright, a lion in US and international figure skating circles, and James Bowman, a premier collector, exhibitor and writer on the philately of the 1936 Berlin Olympics, have left us.
2020 WOCF Artena splashCANCELLED: 2020 World Olympic Collectors' Fair, Artena, Italy 6/1/2020 -- The 2020 WOCF, scheduled for September 4-6, 2020 in the town of Artena, Italy (near Rome), has been cancelled due to the Covid-19 pandemic. The Italian organizing committee hopes to be able to host the 2022 event. The 2021 WOCF will be in Paris, France next Spring.
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