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SOC Auction #124 Now Available 06/16/2017 -- The latest SOC Auction is now available for download from the SPI website. The deadline for this auction has been moved back to 31 August 2017. Don't forget that the net profit from each sale through SPI's portal will be split evenly between SOC and SPI.
Bratislava Fortress2017 World Olympic Collectors Fair -- 8-10 September -- Bratislava, Slovakia. 06/06/2017 -- The AICO Executive Board and the Organizers are pleased to announce that the 23rd World Olympic Collectors Fair — BRATISLAVA 2017 — will take place from 8-10 September 2017 in Bratislava, Slovakia. All SPI members are cordially invited to attend. Dealers from around the world specializing in Olympic philately, pins, memorabilia and coins will be there. 2017 WOCF LogoThe schedule of events, table reservations, hotel accommodations, and additional details are now available at the Fair website: wocf2017bratislava.com. The organizer of the 23rd WOCF is the Slovak Society of Olympic and Sports Collectors (SSOSC) with the support and cooperation of the Slovak Olympic Committee and the Slovak Olympic and Sports Museum. The World Olympic Collectors Fair will be held in conjunction with celebrations marking the 25th anniversary of the Slovak Olympic Committee.
Cover JSP Summer 2017Summer 2017 Journal of Sports Philately is now online. 06/01/2017 -- Some of the fabulous covers and other postal history in Laurentz Jonker’s magnificent collection are presented in Part 4 of his series on the 1928 Amsterdam Olympics, where the author concentrates on the cancellations from, or relating to, those Games. For the Rio Olympics, there are two sets of different stamps from two entirely separate postal entities in Kyrgyzstan. Learn why both are completely acceptable to collect in “Odd But True: Dual Postal Administrations.” Puzzling over the spelling of the Russian president’s name on an ice hockey stamp, Peter Laimins goes on the hunt for an explanation in “I say ‘Putin,’ you say ‘Putine’.” Returning to discuss another US President’s connection to golf, Patricia Loehr examines the close ties of Dwight Eisenhower to the Augusta National Golf Course in Georgia. We can celebrate the issuance of eight stamps portraying our favorite spherical (or nearly so) sporting equipment as portrayed on the new “Have A Ball!” stamps to be issued on 14 June. If you’re a philatelic exhibitor, or someone thinking about giving it a try, then you’ll want to read a review of Steven Zwillinger’s new book on the subject, “The Path to Gold.”

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Have A Ball Stamps

Have a Ball! stamps - First Day Information. 05/19/2017 -- The 8 new Have a Ball! stamps will have their First Day of Issue ceremony at the Erin Hills Golf Course in Hartford, Wisconsin at 8 a.m. on 14 June. You must have a valid gallery pass for that day’s golf event in order to attend the ceremony. The USPS has a limited number of free gallery passes. Please visit the USPS website to apply for tickets.

Have A Ball Digital First Day CancelFor those interested in mailing in covers for first day postmark, you have a couple of choices. The regular black ink first day cancel may be obtained by mailing your stamped, self-addressed covers to: FDOI – Have A Ball Stamps, USPS Stamp Fulfillment Services, 8300 NE Underground Drive, Suite 300, Kansas City, MO 64144-9900 USA.

There is also a color digital first day cancel (shown above) that is available by mail only. The cost per serviced cover is 50 cents. You must still submit stamped, self-addressed covers. Further details are available in this USPS notice.
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