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2019 Mid-Cities Stamp Expo

November 8-9, 2019

32nd Annual Exhibition and Bourse of the Mid-Cities Stamp Club

Grapevine Convention Center
1209 S. Main St.
Grapevine, Texas

Friday 10am to 5pm; Saturday 9am to 4pm.

>>> Please note: this is a Friday/Saturday show. <<<


Welcome to the Mid-Cities Stamp Club Stamp Show web page. Our annual stamp show is known as the Mid-Cities Stamp EXPO. This is the 32nd consecutive year for the show, which has proven popular with both collectors and dealers. Once again, the show will be held at the spacious Grapevine Convention Center in Grapevine, Texas. Each year a theme is chosen. This year's theme is Railroading . We hope to keep you posted on the latest news and information regarding EXPO 2019. If you cannot find the information you need, please contact us and we will determine if we can provide what you are looking for.

This is the information currently available from EXPO 2019.
NOTE: Updates will be made as new information becomes available.

Show Highlights

The theme for EXPO 2019 is Railroading . The show will feature a 25-Dealer Bourse, Exhibits, a Silent Auction, a giant Mixture Pick, special cachet, cancel, a Beginning Collectors Center, Chance Board, Club Sales books, and a U.S. Postal Service booth. Free Parking and Free Admission.

EXPO 2019 is sponsored by the Mid-Cities Stamp Club, P.O. Box 2158, Arlington, Texas 76004-2158.

For Additional Information contact:
Ralph Poore (817) 235-8472.

For dealer-related information, contact:
Tom Cunningham, (214) 546-1179 (C)

President's Letter

    PDF - (President's Letter).

Advance Flyer

    PDF - Flyer.

View the EXPO 2018 Show Program
     as a PDF file.

Official Hotel Information

Grapevine Convention Center
Grapevine Convention Center

Schedule of Events

    PDF file.

2019 Prospectus

    PDF file.

2019 Mini-Prospectus

    PDF file.

Rules and Regulations

    In addition to the Prospectus,
you will need to print the Rules and Regulations:

PDF : (Rules and Regulations)

EXPO 2019 Dealer List

as a PDF - Dealer List.

NOTE: this is the official list (a/o 11-05-2019) and is subject to change (including table location).

Earlier EXPO Floor Activity      Floor Activity at an Earlier EXPO

2018 Show Cachet / Cancel      EXPO 2018 Show Cachet / Cancel

MCSC 2019 Officers

    click here




EXPO 2017 Exhibits

EXPO 2017 featured sixty frames of exhibits for viewing. There were also 1-page and 4-page mini-exhibits. Exhibitors vied for numerous awards, and the awards were presented Friday evening at our Awards Banquet. Three judges, certified by the American Philatelic Society, evaluated the exhibits. In addition, EXPO attendees were given a ballot which allowed them to vote for the Texas Stamp Dealers Association's Most Popular Exhibit award. The winner was announced Saturday around 2 pm.


APS Judging Manual

MCSC Newsletter editor Peter Elias notes that the latest (7th edition) 65-page APS Judging Manual for exhibits/exhibitors is now available.

Exhibit Workers
Exhibit Workers

Bird Photo Contest

For EXPO 2018, our show theme is Birds. We invite the general public in North Texas to enter a no-fee bird photo to show along with our stamp and cover exhibits. The Club will allocate two frames to photographs of birds taken by individuals. Competition will be based on votes from the show attendees. The winner will have their photo converted to a sheet of legitimate U.S. postage stamps which will be mailed directly to the winner after they are produced. There are free stamps and other goodies for kids and grand-kids and a single frame (16 pages) of Texas bird photos along with postage stamps picturing those birds. Representatives from the local Audubon Society will be there throughout the two-day show. (Entry Form and Rules available for download below.) A show cover featuring four new US Bird Stamps(to be released Sept 22) and an Eagle Cancellation will also be available at the show.

Bird Photo Contest    Entry Form    Rules

Note: Year in Entry Form should be "2018" and not "2017."

Mixture Pick

Our popular Giant Mixture Pick will be held near the exhibit frames in the northwest corner of the convention hall. Join fellow collectors in a 4-table search for low-cost worldwide stamps. U.S. stamps are 6˘ each for the first 19 and then 5˘ apiece for 20 or more. Foreign stamps are 8˘ each up to 199 stamps, 7˘ for 200 to 399 stamps, 6˘ for 400 to 499 stamps, and 5˘ each for 500 or more stamps.

Beginning Collectors Center

Our Beginning Collectors Center will assist new collectors and young collectors with stamps, supplies, albums, magazines, and advice. The center will be located near the southwest corner of the convention hall

Chance Board

Our popular Chance Board will be held near the exhibit frames in the southwest corner of the convention hall. Take a chance for some nice worldwide stamps. One pick for 25c, or 6 picks for a dollar.

Silent Auction News

Our Silent Auction will be held on the Convention Hall stage. Included in the wide range of philatelic items available to bid on will be single stamps, entire collections, philatelic literature and several "Mystery Boxes." This year we will again feature a Buy it Now option. If you see an item you want you can have it for the Buy It Now price and take possession immediately. Many items go for bargain prices so be sure to stop by and put in your bids. Bidding begins when the show opens on Friday. Auction winners can pick up their purchases between 2:30 pm and 4 pm Saturday.


A special thanks to the dealers who donated philatelic material to the Silent Auction. Also, thanks go to Mr. Jason Drake (Grapevine Acting-Postmaster), Mr. Guerin Weng (Grapevine Post Office Supervisor of Customer Services), Mr. Steve Coronado (Grapevine Post Office) and Mr. Mark McCormick (Comfort Inn, Grapevine). Thanks also to the Texas Stamp Dealers Association, Mr. Lyle Boardman and Tom Koch (Texas Philatelic Association), Mr. Joe Crosby (Oklahoma Philatelic Society), Dallas Park Cities Philatelic Society, The Collector’s Club of Dallas, The Collectors Club of Chicago, bourse dealers, exhibitors, exhibit jury and societies offering awards. Special thanks go to Megan Matthews, John Smith and the staff of the Grapevine Convention Center. Praises go to the Show Committee chairpersons whose hard work made the Mid-Cities Stamp Club EXPO 2018 a reality and the many dedicated members of the Mid-Cities Stamp Club who volunteered to work at the show.

EXPO 2018 Award Winners

View the list of this year's competition award winners, as determined by a panel of judges certified by the American Philatelic Society.

View the EXPO 2018 Palmares as a PDF file.

View the list of past year's EXPO Grand Award winners.

View the EXPO Grand Award winners history as a PDF file.

EXPO 2018 Most Popular Exhibit Award

The 2018 award for the Most Popular Exhibit went to Joe Crosby of Oklahoma City. This award is sponsored by theTexas Stamp Dealers Association (TSDA).

EXPO 2019 Awards Dinner

The EXPO 2019 Awards Dinner will be held at the Grapevine Convention Center, 7pm Friday, Nov. 8. Our guest speaker is Patrick Walters. Also, Tim Bartshe will talk onWhat to Exhibit, Where We Have Been, Where We Are Now and Where We Are Going.

View the EXPO 2019 Awards Dinner Program
     as a PDF file.

EXPO 2019 Official Show Hotel

Comfort Inn

(about 2 blocks south of GrapevineConvention Center)
301 Capitol Street, Grapevine, Texas 76051.

For reservations, dealers/members/visitors should call 817-329-9300 and ask for the Mid-Cities Stamp Show Room Block to get the special rate for the EXPO weekend of Nov. 8-9, 2019. DO NOT book through a travel agent or the hotels' 1-800 number. The special rate ($89 plus tax, for up to 4 persons) is also available at the Comfort Inn in Roanoke, TX (817-490-1455). This rate may not be available after a certain date.

EXPO 2014 Official Hotel