World Stamp Exhibition comes to Thailand

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From November 28th through December 3rd, Bangkok will host the 2018 Thailand World Stamp Exhibition on the 5th floor of the upscale Paragon Shopping Mall. The exhibition will be held under the Patronage of FIP and the Auspices of FIAP. His Excellency Pichet Durongkaverote, Minister of the Digital Economy will preside over the Opening Ceremony.

Major Asian FIP\FIAP stamp exhibitions rotate from one Asian country to another and it is a real event when international postal administrations and collectors from throughout Asia come to Thailand.

Over 2,600 frames of exhibits will be on view showing off some of the best collections in the world. Total worth of these little pieces of paper? Over 4000 million baht equal to 100 million Euros. Because this is a world FIP event participants and exhibitors are from around the globe, not just Asian countries. On the show’s website the Competitive Exhibit Listing enumerates material from Argentina, the U.K., Belgium, China (both of them) and many more. In all over 70 countries are listed as having showpieces for the event.

Thailand has the added benefit of basking in the patronage of H.R.H. Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn, who is not only dear to the hearts of Thai citizens but is also a philatelist herself. The Princess has not only by added to the Royal collection but has also designed stamps for the Thailand Post. Certainly, one of the high points will be HRH Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn’s visit on the afternoon of December 3rd.

If you are interested in seeing a high-powered auction after a relaxed viewing of the world class exhibitions, on November 30th through December 2nd Eurseree Collectibles will be conducting “The Biggest Gathering of Asian Rarities Ever to be Auctioned in Bangkok.” As the Eurseree Collectibles website states, the auction will be “Featuring lots of rare Siamese Stamps, revenues, postal history, covers, proofs, errors, airmail, important Asian Philatelic materials, world-wide collections, etc.”

That much high-quality philatelic material is certain to attract bidders from throughout Asia and the competition for the best stamps will be intense with prices realized likely to be considerably in excess of catalog values. Even after I have been left far behind in the bidding for a desirable and significant stamp, I enjoy watching the “deep pocket” bidders counter their rivals with increasingly higher bids to become the one and only owner.

The driving force to bring the exhibition to Thailand is the Philatelic Association of Thailand, a member of FIP\FIAP.

A complete lineup of events and workshops is available at www.thailand2018.net. See you there!