The WEPS Newsletter For May Through August 2006
Regular scheduled Auction Night
This evening will be Sales Circuit Night. These nights will be a time for members to go through the
Circuit Books, Trade and just have fun.
Will be our regular Monday Night Auction
At this meeting we will have a member's Show & Tell.
We will have our regular Auction Night
This evening will be a Member's Bourse - These bourse nights are a time for members to bring in material to
sell among other members.
Will be an Auction Night.
There will be a Sales Circuit Night
With a note of regret, we unfortunately pass on the news of Jim Heil's death. He died on March
13th. Jim will be missed at the Club, for he had a vibrant and fun loving personality. He was
always active in the Auctions contantly buying for himself and his grandchildren.
At the April 24th Meeting - which was the evening of our Annual Business Meeting - the following
officers were elected for the upcoming year:
President: Bob Parkin
Vice President: Rob Loeffler
Treasurer: Lou Caprario
Trustee: Jerry Havel
Trustee: Diann Pinkowski
The other two Trustees are Bob Reed and Phil Clarke.
Also, at this same meeting our Treasurer reported that we are still solvent and operating. The Club
Donation Auction that was held in April netted the club $141.00. Thank you to all who participated in
donating material and to those who purchased it.
Now - problem time - filling up the remaining space. Your author does read numerous journals and magazines
related to the hobby and will pick out items that he thinks may be of interest. For example: Austria
recently issued an embroidered Edelweiss stamp. Instead of being printed on paper, the stamp is created
entirely of embroidery thread. In April, it was reported that Austria had issued a stamp that is
sprinkled with dust from a meteorite. The chemical composition of the mineral olivine is typical of this
kind of meteorite, and can be verified by examining the meteorite dust on the stamp. I constitutes no risk
to human health. According to news reports, the 19 kilogram (41 pound) meteorite was discovered about
two years ago in Morocco.
A recently tipped stamp is the 33 cent Aquarium Fish Stamps. The overall tagged variety is rather scarce
and is demanding a premium. Scott #'s 3117-20 - Scott values a mint strip of 4 of the common block-tagged
stamps at $2.60. Mint and used singles of the over-all tagged variety are valued at $10.00 each. A mint
strip of 4 at $55.00 and a pane of 20 at $300.00. Get out your ultra-violet testers. Even your author is
going to check his stamps out.
Believe it or not - this Ebay-er has had some success selling U.S. First Day Covers on Ebay - not for any
really high prices - but, there has been movement. The lesser known cachet designers seem to be more
desireable. A plate block of 4 used on a FDC managed to attract a few bidders.
As most of you know the International Stamp Show is being held at the end of May in Washington, D.C. It is
probably an opportunity of a life time to see some of the rarest stamps of the hobby.
Sorry for the delay in writing the newsletter - but, fortunately for me I was called out of town for a
family obligation of a pleasurable nature.
A pleasant and Safe Summer to all the membership - hope to see you at the summer meetings.
Your Editor: Ray Laplace