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ROPEX 2012 Rochester National Stamp Exhibition
An APS "World Series of Philately" Event

Friday, May 18 - Sunday, May 20

The Sports Centre at MCC, 2700 Brighton Henrietta Townline Rd.
Daily Admission $3. Kids free. Free Parking.
Hours: Friday 11-6, Saturday 10-5, Sunday 10-3

General inquiries about the show
may be emailed here or addressed to:
ROPEX, PO Box 10206,
Brighton Station, Rochester, NY

Phone: 585-752-6178
Theme: 100th Anniversaries
* The Titanic
* The Rochester
Association (RNA)

Download our Show Poster
Download our Show Program

Welcome to The Sports Centre at MCC

(click the layout to see more about the Centre, click the map for directions)

We're in Rink #1 (without the ice!) at The Sports Centre at MCC, 2700 Brighton-Henrietta Townline Road, on the campus of Monroe Community College. It has free wireless Internet access throughout, including in its Bill Gray's Tap Room/Regional Iceplex restaurant and meeting rooms. The facility is handicap accessible.

The facility is south of the City of Rochester off of I-390 and 10 minutes away from the NY State Thruway and Greater Rochester International Airport. Nearby are several moderately-priced hotels and motels, along with restaurants for every taste and budget. Marketplace Mall is down the road with well over 125 shops.

Our city offers visitors a wealth of sightseeing and entertainment possibilities. The best place to start is the Greater Rochester Visitor s Association and the current Visit Rochester Guide. History buffs will enjoy a visit to the Susan B. Anthony House, former headquarters of the Women s Rights Movement. Tour the George Eastman House, home of Kodak s founder and a world-renowned museum of photography. The Rochester Lilac Festival at Highland Park takes place during ROPEX weekend and features food, music and of course a wide variety of the fragrant blossoms. Consider a boat ride down the Genesee River or the Erie Canal. Canandaigua and the Finger Lakes Region is less than 40 minutes away to the southeast featuring the country s best wineries and vineyards.

2012 Show Committee

Chairman: The Committee
Awards: Ada Prill
Banquet: Ray Stone
Bourse: Dave Robinson
Cachet and Cancel Designs:
Thomas Fortunato and Joe Doles
Cachet Sales: Rick Kase
Design-A-Stamp: Frank Tritto
Exhibits: Thomas Fortunato
Judges: Ann Triggle
Publicity: Thomas Fortunato
RPA Hospitality Table: Chuck Schultz
Staging: Rick Kase
Treasurer: Dave Robinson
Youth Activities: Mary Iman
Advisors: John Lighthouse, Bob Meegan, Carl Miller

2012 Special Events

"Early Bird" Bourse- Friday, 9:30-11 AM! Stamp dealers not reserving tables for ROPEX or interested collectors are invited to enter the show early for a $20 admission fee. The show opens to the public at 11 AM.

Feel lucky?- Everyone filling out the quick registration form at the show entrance gets the chance to win some great door prizes.

Throughout the Show- Members of the public are welcome to bring stamps and other philatelic items to the show to help identify them and get a free informal appraisal of their value. Visit the RPA table at the entrance for assistance.

Cachet Makers' Bourse- To be held Saturday between noon and 5 PM. Dealers will sell their own cachet covers for a variety of issues.

Just for Kids

The ROPEX Youth Booth will be open Saturday and Sunday with fun activities, electronic games and lots of free stamps and covers for kids to enjoy.

2nd Place
Carlo Cancellieri, Grade 4, Age 10
Canal View Elementary, Spencerport

1st Place
Guye K. Shodo, Grade 4, Age 9
East Rochester Elementary

3rd Place
Sean Flanagan, Grade 4, Age 10
East Rochester Elementary
(2012 Grades 3-6 Finalists)

stand-in, Julie Bachman (Carlo's art teacher), Sean, Payton, Greta, Will

1st Place
Payton Reed, Grade 6, Age 11

2nd Place
Greta Youngblut, Grade 6, Age 11

3rd Place
Will Pangia, Grade 6, Age 12
(2012 Grade 6 Finalists, Honeoye Falls-Lima Middle School)

Design-A-Stamp Competition- All students in grades 3-12 in Monroe County were eligible to enter our design competition. We decided to split the original Grades 3-6 single category into two because of the large number of entries, with 6th graders put in their own separate group. So the top three entries in each category will be awarded $25, $15 and $10 for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place winners.

2012 Design-A-Stamp Rules and Entry Form


Youth 3-D Creative Exhibit Competition- Youngsters participate in a unique combination of artwork and philatelic elements sponsored by Stamp Camp USA. It encourages artwork with the inclusion of appropriate philatelic elements to represent a unified theme or idea. See a list of 2012 winners. 2012 entries and the winner are shown above.

2012 Schedule & Events

Details are subject to change. All meetings are open to the public except as noted*.

Thursday, May 17
8 AM-6 PM.....ROPEX setup (exhibitors and dealers welcome 1-6 PM)

Friday, May 18
8 AM-6 PM......Judges' Deliberation Room (Room 2)
9:30-11 AM......"Early Bird" Bourse- $20 entry fee for interested collectors and dealers
11 AM.............Show opens, Welcome and Ribbon Cutting Ceremony, show entrance
11 AM-6 PM....Prize drawings throughout the day
6 PM...............Show closes

Saturday, May 19
10 AM.............Show opens
10 AM-5 PM....Prize drawings and youth activities throughout the day
10-11 AM.........ACE- Art Cover Exchange General Meeting (Room 1)
Noon-5 PM......Cachet Makers' Bourse
Noon-1 PM......Empire State Postal History Society Trading Hour (Room 1)
1-2 PM............Empire State Postal History Society Annual Meeting (Room 1)
1-2 PM............Walk-Through Discussion of Exhibits (Frame 1- all welcome)
2-3 PM............American Association of Philatelic Exhibitors "Open Forum on Exhibiting" (Room 1)
3-4 PM............Judges Feedback Forum (Room 1, then at the Frames)
5 PM...............Show closes
6 PM...............ROPEX Awards Banquet- Cerame's Italian Villa, cocktails 6-7, dinner 7 PM

Sunday, May 20
10 AM.............Show opens
10 AM-3 PM....Prize drawings and youth activities throughout the day
1 PM...............RPA Youth "Design-A-Stamp" Awards Presentation (show floor exhibit frames)
3 PM...............Show closes
3 PM...............Exhibitor's Reception and Exhibit Pickup

For Exhibitors...

  • Click here to view/download the 2012 Exhibit Prospectus and Application (PDF)
  • Click here to apply using the 2012 Online Exhibit Application Form

  • Palmares Arward Results (PDF)

  • 2012 Judges

    Charles J. G. Verge
    Toronto, ON

    Allison Cusick
    Pittsburgh, PA

    Joseph F. Frasch, Jr.
    Columbus, OH

    Dominick Riccio, Ph.D.
    New York, NY

    Jeffrey Shaprio
    Marlborough, MA

    Jack E. Thompson
    Alamo, CA

    Our chief judge, Charles Verge, hails from Toronto, Ontario Canada and has been to ROPEX many times over the years. Charles is currently Secretary and Director of the Vincent Graves Greene Philatelic Research Foundation. He was President of The Royal Philatelic Society of Canada from 2000 to 2007, President of the American Association of Philatelic Exhibitors (1998-2002) and is a Past President of the Eire Philatelic Society. His interests include managing the hobby, writing about it and promoting it. He collects Irish and Canadian postal history and is putting together thematic, revenue and first day cover exhibits. He is a national and international collector and accredited judge and has represented Canada at many international philatelic gatherings, most recently at Monacophil 2011.

    Allison Cusick is a life member of both the American Philatelic Society and the American First Day Cover Society. He also serves on the Expertizing Committees of both organizations. He has authored numerous articles for First Days, Linn's Stamp News, The American Philatelist and other hobby publications, as well as the Photo Encyclopedia of Linprint Cachets. Allison has been an accredited APS judge since 2002. His specialties are US and Canadian postal history, illustrated mail and postcards.

    Joseph (Joe) F. Frasch, Jr. comes to us from Columbus, Ohio and is an attorney in private practice. Joe has been an accredited APS judge since 2005 and is also an accredited American Topical Association judge. He has a Diamond Award from the AAPE and has exhibited in the WSP Champion of Champions and Ameristamp Expo single frame Champion of Champions. He holds membership in several societies, including the APC, ATA, AAPE, AAMS, APC, PHS and USSS. His specialties include thematics, single frame, US postal history and US revenues.

    Dominick Riccio is a psychologist-psychoanalyst who has been collecting stamps since 1974 as a way of exploring his family heritage. He collects postal history, eastern Europe, U.S. Revenues, Ireland, Greenland, Ryukyus, Faroe Islands and Danish West Indies, specializing and exhibiting internationally in material from Czechoslovakia and Carpatho-Ukraine. He is a past president of the Society for Czechoslovak Philately and has been the editor and a writer for the "Czech Philatelist". A national judge since 1987, Dr. Riccio is a firm believer in the therapeutic effects of philately for its great source of pleasure and gratification.

    Jeffrey Shapiro, a collector since age 6 and a 26 year APS member, has philatelic interests in US 20th century postal history, the post-WWI German inflation period and worldwide aerophilately. He is a gold medal winning exhibitor, national judge since 2001 and a well respected philatelic writer. A member of four Boston-area stamp clubs and several national organizations, Jeff is current VP of the United States Stamp Society, a Board member of the Cardinal Spellman Philatelic Museum and for the past 15 years chairman of another APS WSP exhibition, "Philatelic Show," held annually in Boxborough, MA.

    A collector since age 7, apprentice Jack Thompson specializes in the land of his birth, Cuba. His primary area of philatelic research is the Spanish American War, the U.S. Administration in Cuba and the Cuban Revolutionary mail of that period. He has published several articles in the Cuban Philatelist and most recently was editor of the second edition of the Handbook of the Stamps of Cuba, printed in 2011. Jack has been a member of the Board of Directors of the Cuban Philatelic Society for many years and has run their club auctions since 2005. He has won gold medals for several exhibits and won the Grand at Denver's ROMPEX in 2009.

    Exhibit Awards for 2012

    Grand Award
    Best in Show
    Limoges Stamp Box

    Reserve Grand Award
    Second Best in Show
    European Wooden Stamp Box

    One Frame Grand Award
    c. 1910 Chinese Cloisonn
    Brass Stamp Box

    Most Popular
    Cup Trophy as Voted
    by ROPEX Visitors
    Larry R. Moriarty, Sr.
    Memorial Award
    Dutch (Frisian) Stamp Box
    Dusty Miller Award
    Best Postal History
    Exhibit by a RPA
    Metal Stamp Box
    Andy Hale Award
    Best Non-Postal
    History Exhibit by
    a RPA Member
    Titanic book and DVD

    The Rochester Philatelic Association sponsors the major awards at ROPEX shown above. Click here to view the award criteria

    We are thankful to the many specialty societies and philatelic organizations that offer a variety of awards to national "World Series of Philately" exhibitions. Some are displayed below. Judges may chose not to award prizes if the minimum award requirements set by the donor society are not met. Clicking a society's colored name will take you to their web site. (Click on the icon to view the award criteria)

    American Philatelic Society
    Medal and Ribbon of Excellence- Pre-1900 Material
    Medal and Ribbon of Excellence- 1900-1940 Material
    Medal and Ribbon of Excellence- 1940-1980 Material
    Medal and Ribbon of Excellence- Post-1980 Material
    Medal and Ribbon for Research Excellence Click here to view the award criteria

    American Topical Association
    First Award- minimum National Bronze (medal and ribbon)
    Second Award (medal and ribbon)
    Third Award (medal and ribbon)
    Youth Award- minimum 3 exhibitors (medal and ribbon)
    One Frame Merit Ribbon (not shown) Click here to view the award criteria

    American Association of Philatelic Exhibitors
    Award of Honor- Excellence in Presentation Not Winning a Gold Medal (2- cloisonn pin)
    Creativity in Philatelic Exhibiting Award (gold pin)
    Title Page Excellence Award (magnifier dome and ribbon)
    AAPE Youth Grand- winner enters AAPE s Youth Champion of Champions (certificate and ribbon)
    Novice Award- Best Exhibit of a First Time Exhibitor (not shown- AAPE year membership and exhibiting book) Click here to view the award criteria
    AAPE Youth Grand- winner enters AAPE s Youth Champion of Champions (certificate and ribbon)
    Youth First, Second and Third Best Exhibits Awards (ribbons) Click here to view the award criteria

    American Airmail Society
    Best Multi-frame Air Mail Exhibit
    Winning a National Vermeil or Gold
    minimum 3 entries
    (medal and ribbon) Click here to view the award criteria

    American First Day Cover Society
    Best Exhibit of First Day Covers
    with 75% or more FDC Material
    minimum 3 entries
    (plaque) Click here to view the award criteria

    American Philatelic Congress
    Excellence in Written Text
    (Congress Book) Click here to view the award criteria

    American Revenue Association
    Best Multi-frame Revenue Exhibit
    Award Winning a National Silver or Higher
    minimum 3 entries
    (medal, ribbon and certificate) Click here to view the award criteria

    ATA Space Unit
    Best Exhibit with a Space Theme
    (Gold, Silver and Bronze medals) Click here to view the award criteria

    Auxiliary Markings Club
    Best Exhibit of Auxiliary Markings
    Winning a National Silver or Higher
    (certificate) Click here to view the award criteria

    British North America Philatelic Society
    Best exhibit of British North America
    material, including Canada and British
    Colonies in North America Winning a
    National Silver or Higher.
    (plaque and ribbon) Click here to view the award criteria

    Empire State Postal History Society
    Best New York State Postal History Exhibit
    Winning a National Vermeil or Gold
    minimum 2 entries
    (NYS historical artifact) Click here to view the award criteria

    Ephemera Society of America
    For Any Display, Postcard or
    Advertising Cover Exhibit with a
    Significant Amount of Ephemera

    Errors, Freaks and Oddities
    Collectors' Club

    Best Exhibits of at least 25%
    Error, Freaks, Oddities Material
    minimum 3 entries
    (1st place ribbon and 1 year EFOCC
    membership, 2nd place ribbon) Click here to view the award criteria

    German Philatelic Society
    Best Exhibit Demonstrating Merit
    not Winning the show's Grand or
    Reserve Grand
    (book, 1 year GPS membership) Click here to view the award criteria

    India Study Circle
    for Philately

    ISC Award for the Best Exhibit of
    India and Related Material Winning
    a National Bronze or Higher

    International Society of
    Worldwide Stamp Collectors

    Youth Award for the Best Display
    of Worldwide Material
    minimum 5 entries/50 pages
    (medal) Click here to view the award criteria

    Meter Stamp Society
    Best Exhibit/Literature of Meter
    Philately at a MSS Meeting
    preferably 2 or more entries
    (perpetual plaque and 1 year
    membership if not a member) Click here to view the award criteria

    Military Postal History Society
    Best Exhibit of Military Postal
    History Winning a National
    Silver or Higher
    minimum 2 entries
    (prize mailed to winner) Click here to view the award criteria

    International Philippine
    Philatelic Society

    Eugene A. Garrett Award
    Best Philippines Area Exhibit
    prefer minimum 3 entries
    (medallion and certificate) Click here to view the award criteria

    APC/Postal History Society
    Best Multi-frame Exhibit
    of Postal History
    minimum 6 entries
    (medal) Click here to view the award criteria

    Scandinavian Collectors Club
    3 SCC Awards for Best Multi-frame
    Traditional, Postal History and
    Research for Exhibits of 90% or
    More Scandinavian Material
    (medals) Click here to view the award criteria

    Philatelic Society of
    Greater Southern Africa

    Best Exhibit of Southern Africa
    Material Winning a National
    Vermeil or Gold
    minimum 3 entries
    (crystal paperweight) Click here to view the award criteria

    Sports Philatelists International
    4 Sports Best of Show Awards for
    Multi-frame (min. Silver, 3 entries),
    One Frame (min. Silver, 2 entries),
    Novice (min. Bronze),
    Youth (certificates) Click here to view the award criteria

    State Revenue Society
    For All Exhibits with a Significant Part
    Composed of State Revenue Material.
    Available in Gold, Silver or Bronze to
    Correspond with its WSP Medal Level.
    (medal and certificate mailed to winner) Click here to view the award criteria

    United Postal Stationery Society
    Marcus White Award for the Best
    Multi-frame Postal Stationery Exhibit
    Winning a National Vermeil or Gold
    and not Winning Their Showcase Award
    (plaque) Click here to view the award criteria

    United States Philatelic Classics Society
    Best U.S. Exhibit with Greater than
    75% Material up to the First Bureau
    Issue of 1894 Winning a National
    Vermeil or Gold and Not Winning this
    Award in a 24 Month Period
    (medal) Click here to view the award criteria

    United States Stamp Society
    Statue of Freedom Award
    Multi-frame Exhibit of Postage
    Stamps, Revenue Stamps or Stamped
    Paper Winning a National
    Vermeil or Gold
    (medal) Click here to view the award criteria

    U.S. Cancellation Club
    Best Multi-frame U.S. Cancellations
    Exhibit with a Minimum of 25% of
    the Material Focusing on the
    (plaque) Click here to view the award criteria

    Vatican Philatelic Society
    Best Exhibit of Mostly Vatican or
    Roman States Material Winning
    a National Silver or Higher
    and Not Winning This Before
    (medal) Click here to view the award criteria

    Women Exhibitors
    Sterling Achievement Award
    Merit for Any Exhibit in Philatelic/Subject
    Knowledge, Material or Treatment Winning
    a National Bronze, Silver-Bronze or Silver
    (pin) Click here to view the award criteria

    2012 Exhibits

    Click here to view the exhibit frame layout.

    * denotes an exhibiting RPA member
    -Title page - Plan page - Synopsis page

    1 Frame   Title Description
    Ed Bailey Adult Class
    1 frame
    History of US Stamps- The One Cent Values A single frame exhibit of U.S. stamps, both definitives and commemoratives, all with a one cent denomination.
    Ed Bailey Adult Class
    1 frame
    Courageous Founding Fathers A single frame exhibit of our founding fathers on stamps from 1847-1939.
    Joann and Kurt Lenz Adult Class
    1 frame
    U.S. Test Stamps Related to the B.E.P. (ca. 1907-1959) A study of BEP testing items; includes items to test Stickney rotary press, private perforations, and BEP processing equipment.
    Joann and Kurt Lenz Adult Class
    1 frame
    E-COM and its Forerunners This exhibit documents USPS electronic services in which volume mailers' messages were transmitted to POs for first class delivery.
    Gregory Shoults Adult Class
    1 frame
    Washington and Franklin Coils 1914 Issue A single frame exhibit featuring the production and use of the 1914 flat plate coil issue on domestic and foreign destinations.
    Stephen L. Suffet* Adult Class
    1 frame
    This Land Is Your Land: the Story of a Song This single frame display division exhibit looks at a song that has been called America's Folk Song National Anthem.
    Multi-Frame   Title Description
    Paul L. Baker Adult Class
    6 frames
    AMG Germany Postal Cards... the 1945 "M" Design Study of the 1945 "M" Postal Cards issued in the American & British Zones. Includes history, types, color varieties, paper types, errors, uses, up-ratings, etc.
    Duncan Barber* Adult Class
    7 frames
    Great Britain: Queen Elizabeth II Pre-Decimal Civilian Postage Rates Postal history exhibit of GB QEII civilian postal Rates from her ascension (6 February 1952) to the day before decimalization (14 February 1971).
    Karen Barber* Adult Class
    4 frames
    Questions of Source, Fact, and Fiction re: King Arthur, His Knights, and the Legends About Them A look at the logical possible ways in which the legends about Arthur and his knights could have developed and propagated and become a story.
    Mark A. Butterline Adult Class
    7 frames
    Falklands or Malvinas? An historical and social exhibit examining the philatelic manifestations of the contest for the islands, starting in 1927 and continuing up to 2002.
    Thomas M. Fortunto* Adult Class
    5 frames
    The Diversity of Ceramics and Ceramic Materials A thematic exhibit exploring common everyday items made of primarily inorganic compounds from their raw materials, to forming, to firing and end products.
    [Thematic] See an online version by clicking here
    Joann and Kurt Lenz Adult Class
    7 frames
    The 6c Theodore Roosevelt Definitive Stamp 1955-1968 This traditional exhibit presents the production, issued stamps, and usages of the 6c Roosevelt stamp of the Liberty Series.
    Graham Locke Adult Class
    9 frames
    Penny Black Plates- The Stamps, Varieties and Usage The story of the Penny Black (and reds), the stamps themselves, the many varieties found and examples of their usage.
    Alice Johnson* Adult Class
    5 frames
    Angels in the Judeo-Christian Era A thematic exhibit detailing the history of angels through the millennia.
    Ingert Kuzych Adult Class
    8 frames
    Lemberg: Cosmopolitan Crownland Capital of the Austrian Empire Postal history - spanning 150 years of the Austrian Empire's expansion - that came from, went to, or passed through Lemberg, one of its crownland provincial capitals.
    John Lighthouse* Adult Class
    3 frames
    U.S. Revenue Stamps- First Issue: Using Commerce to Fund the Civil War This postal history exhibit covers the usage of U.S. first issue revenue stamps on documents during the Civil War and post-Civil War era.
    Robert W. Lighthouse* Adult Class
    5 frames
    A Plating Study of the 1898 Canadian Map Stamp A plating study of unique criteria and anomalies of plates 1, 2, 3 and 5 including mint, used, multiples, covers and imperf examples.
    [Postal] See an online version by clicking here
    Anthony Manoussakis Adult Class
    5 frames
    African Countries Under the Southern Hemisphere The first definitive and commemorative issues of independent African countries below the equator in their historical context.
    [Postal] sample page
    Robert P. Meegan* Adult Class
    2 frames
    Identification of the Regularly Issued United State Bank Note Issues of 1870 to 1890 An introductory tutorial of the designs, plate arrangements, papers, grills, and examples of printing variations of the Large Bank Note Issues of 1870 to 1890.
    Robert P. Meegan* Adult Class
    10 frames
    The United States Large Bank Note Issues of 1870 to 1890 A study of the usage of the U.S. Large Bank Note Issues and the rates in effect for domestic, territorial, and international mail.
    [Postal] Domestic Rates Reference International Rates Reference
    Orville Osborne Adult Class
    8 frames
    Canada Imperial Penny Post Canada's Imperial Penny Post, The Xmas Stamp, during its pre-production phases including the printing in two distinct colors.
    Alan Parsons* Adult Class
    7 frames
    The Sullivan Commemorative of 1929 Background, production, FDCs (official/unofficial), and commercial uses of this U.S. commemorative issued June 17, 1929 for the American Revolution's Sullivan-Clinton Campaign 150th anniversary.
    [Postal] (paperwork to be updated)
    Ada M. Prill* Adult Class
    3 frames
    What's a Telephone Good For? Picture postcards show how views evolved about the use of the telephone in everyday American life in the early 20th Century.
    [Postcard] See an online version by clicking here
    David T. Robinson* Adult Class
    3 frames
    United States Non-Denominational "A" Eagle Rate Change Stamp A first day cover exhibit arranged in alphabetical order of cachet designers showing all formats the stamps were issued in.
    Howard Rotterdam Adult Class
    4 frames
    Uses of the Second Postage Due Issue of Israel - 1951 to 1953 An exhibit of covers demonstrating the uses of the second postage due issue of Israel, both domestic and incoming from other countries.
    [Postal] *** EXHIBIT WITHDRAWN ***
    Eleanor A. Steeb* Adult Class
    4 frames
    Everybody Must Get Stoned (but not Bob Dylan s version) The exhibit discusses all manner of stones from early man to the present. Covers aspects of discovery, usage, fascination and myths as well as related aspects.
    [Display] See an online version by clicking here
    Raymond M. Stone* Adult Class
    1 frames
    The 13.2 cent Coal Car A first day cover exhibit about this transportation coil stamp, issued July 19, 1988 paying the bulk letter rate.
    Youth   Title Description
    Alyssah Xeniah C. Alcala Youth Class (Age 18)
    5 frames
    Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II A youth thematic exhibit showing the illustrious life of Queen Elizabeth II and the British
    Empire under her reign. (Age 18)
    [Youth] *** Click to view an older online version***
    Court of Honor   Title Description
    Gregory Shoults Adult Class
    6 frames
    Washington and Franklin Rotary Press Coils 1914-1922 Perforated 10 Issues Production & Uses This exhibit features the production of the rotary press coils including coil waste along with domestic and foreign uses of the issues on cover.
    [Postal] *** Grand Award Winner at Plymouth Show, April 28 ***

    For and About Dealers...

    Interested in selling at the 2012 show? We offer some of the lowest table fees for a national WSP show. The layout is subject to change.

  • Click here to view/download 2012 and 2013 ROPEX Dealer Details and Application (PDF)
  • Click here to see this year's 2012 Floor Plan (PDF)
  • World Series national exhibitions around the same time in 2012:

  • Philatelic Show- May 4-6, Boxborough, MA
  • ROPEX- May 18-20, Rochester, NY
  • Rocky Mountain Stamp Show- May 18-20, Denver, CO
  • NOJEX- May 25-27, Secaucus, NJ
  • NAPEX- June 1-3, Washington, DC Come to Rochester on your northeast swing of shows!

    ROPEX visitors- Email your want lists to our dealers in advance of the show telling
    them what you'd like them to bring for you. Just click on their email address.

    Confirmed 2012 Dealers

    1840-1950 Mostly Stamps
    Table 17
    PO Box 423,
    Milford, NH 03055-0423
    (603) 673-7180
    US, British Empire and worldwide- stamps, covers, lots
    David Alex
    Table 20
    PO Box 2176,
    Glenview, IL 60025
    (847) 253-9872
    US stamps, plate blocks, postal stationery, US possessions
    Amberman Postal History
    Table 19
    PO Box 4700,
    Clifton Park, NY 12065
    (518) 280-2125
    US 19th and 20th century covers
    Bardo Stamps
    Table 8
    PO Box 7437,
    Buffalo Grove, IL 60089
    (847) 634-2676
    US #1 to present
    Boilermaker Stamps
    Table 13
    1233 Southlake Ave E,
    Greenwood, IN 46143
    (317) 289-7696
    US stamps and revenues, US and worldwide covers
    Boilermaker Dollar Table
    Table 12
    1233 Southlake Ave E,
    Greenwood, IN 46143
    (317) 289-7696
    US stamps and revenues, US and worldwide covers
    Britannia Enterprises
    Table 7
    PO Box 2114,
    Orleans, MA 02653
    (508) 255-2465
    Worldwide covers, cinderellas, ephemera
    Brunelle Stamps & Coins
    Table 6
    25 E Broadway,
    Derry, NH 03038
    (603) 432-2658
    US and worldwide stamps, US and worldwide covers
    Cover Connection
    Table 21
    PO Box 173 Niagara Square Sta,
    Buffalo, NY 14201
    (716) 854-0222
    US and worldwide covers
    Finger Lakes Stamps
    Table 24
    PO Box 5,
    Shortsville, NY 14545
    (585) 289-6395
    Switzerland and worldwide stamps and covers
    Gerald Gonyea
    Table 11
    PO Box 207,
    Moira, NY 12957-0207
    US and worldwide stamps
    Al Greco Stamps
    Table 5
    1190 Nolan Rd,
    Macedon, NY 14502
    (315) 986-7948
    US and worldwide stamps, US and Canadian revenues
    Lindner Publications
    Table 11
    PO Box 5066
    Syracuse, NY 13220
    (315) 437-0463
    Web site:
    Supplies, gifts and accessories
    McCloud Stamps & Covers
    Table 9
    109 Maple Center Rd
    Hilton, NY 14468
    (585) 507-3533
    US, Canada, France, worldwide
    McGowan Covers
    Table 22
    PO Box 482,
    East Schodack, NY 12063-0482
    (518) 479-4396
    Worldwide covers
    Northmont Books and Stamps
    Table 4
    35375 Northmont
    Farmington Hills, MI 48331
    (248) 553-7667
    Classic Europe and Colonies, Canada, Australia, New Zealand
    Denny Peoples
    Table 16
    8141 Springwater Dr W
    Indianapolis, IN 46256
    (317) 841-8162 US covers and postcards, revenues, cinderellas, ephemera
    Table 25
    PO Box 2552
    Fort Myers Beach, FL 33932-2552
    (678) 595-7827
    US stamps
    Richfield Philatelic Company
    Table 23
    113 Richfield Ave
    Buffalo, NY 14220
    (716) 826-1242
    US and worldwide stamps and covers, collection lots
    Suburban Stamp and Coin
    Table 14
    PO Box 2378
    Syracuse, NY 13220
    (315) 452-0593
    US and worldwide stamps, US coins
    Tom's Stamps
    Table 1
    PO Box 470
    Butler, PA 16003
    (724) 287-1931
    Classic US mint/used and worldwide stamps, lots
    Doug Weisz US Covers
    Table 3
    PO Box 1458
    McMurray, PA 15317
    (773) 914-4332
    Web site:
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    (412) 833-6441
    Worldwide stamps/covers, US covers, topicals

    Postal Administrations

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    (234) 567-4181
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    (608) 783-6328
    Worldwide topical new issues

    Area Hotels and Rates

    ROPEX has reserved a block of rooms at the Quality Inn Rochester Airport at only $89 and the Country Inn and Suites at $99 per night. Call the hotels directly to make reservations and ask for the special ROPEX rate.

    Alternative hotel details are provided as a convenience for show-goers with the lowest 2011 rates, subject to change. Add 14% tax to all prices. Many offer AAA and AARP discounts. Also check other Internet sites for possible discounts at these hotels. ROPEX is being held during the two-week Rochester Lilac Festival and graduation weekend for the Rochester Institute of Technology. Please make hotel reservations as early as possible to avoid disappointment.

    See where some of these hotels are located: Click here for a Google map
    (SH)=free airport shuttle service

    Quality Inn Rochester Airport, 1273 Chili Ave, Rochester, NY 14624  585-464-8800   $89 (until Apr 15, SH)
    (includes a full breakfast, free wireless Internet, free shuttle to and from The Sports Centre about 7 minutes away)
    Country Inn & Suites, 797 East Henrietta Rd, Rochester, NY 14623  585-427-0131   $99 (until Apr 15, SH)
    (closest hotel to the show, includes a complimentary breakfast, free wireless Internet, pool, whirlpool, fitness center, short walk to 3 nearby restaurants)
    Nearest the Show
    Best Western Marketplace Inn, 940 Jefferson Rd, Rochester, NY 14623  585-427-2700   $129 (SH)
    Courtyard Rochester Brighton, 33 Corporate Woods, Rochester, NY 14623  585-292-1000   $174 (SH)
    Doubletree Inn, 1111 Jefferson Rd, Rochester, NY 14623  585-475-1510   $140 (SH)
    La Quinta Inn South, 717 East Henrietta Rd, Rochester, NY 14623  585-272-7800   $154
    Holiday Inn Rochester Marketplace, 800 Jefferson Rd, Rochester, NY 14623  585-475-9190   $112 (SH)
    Short Drive Away (5-10 minute drive, east or west of the show)
    Comfort Suites, 2085 Hylan Dr, Rochester, NY 14623  585-334-6620   $126
    Homewood Suites, 2095 Hylan Dr, Rochester, NY 14623  585-334-9150   $142
    Radisson Hotel Rochester Airport, 175 Jefferson Rd, Rochester, NY 14623  585-475-1910   $149 (SH)
    Residence Inn by Marriott, 1300 Jefferson Rd, Rochester, NY 14623  585-272-8850   $169 (SH)
    Nearest the Airport (7-10 minute drive, north of the show)
    Comfort Inn Airport, 395 Buell Road, Rochester, NY 14624  585-436-4400   $95
    Holiday Inn Rochester Airport, 911 Brooks Ave, Rochester, NY 14624  585-328-6000   $? (SH)
    Fairfield Inn by Mariott Rochester Airport, 1200 Brooks Ave, Rochester, NY 14624  585-529-5000   $144
    Motel 6 Rochester Airport, 155 Buell Road, Rochester, NY 14624  585-436-2170   $56
    Nearest the Thruway (10-15 minute drive, south of the show)
    Days Inn Rochester Thruway, 4853 W Henrietta Rd, Rochester, NY 14467  585-334-9300   $84
    Microtel Inn, 905 Lehigh Station Rd, Rochester, NY 14467  585-334-3400   $82
    Red Roof Inns, 4820 W Henrietta Rd, Rochester, NY 14467  585-359-1100   $100
    RIT Inn, 5727 W Henrietta Rd, Rochester, NY 14586  585-359-1800   $129
    Super 8 Motel, 1000 Lehigh Station Rd, Rochester, NY 14467  585-359-1630   $101

    ROPEX Awards Presentation Banquet

    Click here to go to their web site.

    We expect the ROPEX 2012 awards banquet will be held at Cerame's Italian Villa, just about a mile from the show site, on Saturday evening, May 19. Cocktails at 6 PM, dinner at 7 PM. The buffet features roast beef, baked ham, and Italian meatballs, along with a house salad, oven roasted potatoes, pasta and potato salad. The meal ends with coffee/tea and cannoli. Tickets are $25 per person. Reservations must be received by May 9. Make checks payable to "ROPEX." Send payment to Rick Kase, c/o RPA, PO Box 10206 Brighton Station, Rochester, NY 14610-0206. Questions? Call Rick at 585-200-0872.

    Here is a list and map of area restaurants within a few miles from the show. Cerame's is just off the map on the right beyond DD-06.

    2012 Cancels & Cachets


    (special 2 cover combo with 1 of 100 passenger inserts, $5 per set of 2 plus SASE)
    Click here to see the unique 100 Titanic inserts.

    (RNA 100th anniversary cachet, $2 each plus SASE)

    Make checks payable to "ROPEX." Send orders and SASE to: RPA, PO Box 10206 Brighton Station, Rochester, NY 14610-0206.
    If you cannot send a self-addressed stamped envelope (SASE), please include $1 per 3 covers to pay for return postage.

    ROPEX Past and Future

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  • Future Show Dates
    ROPEX-NTSS 2013- May 17-19, RPA's 100th Anniversary, American Topical Association Joint Show
    ROPEX 2014- May 16-18
    ROPEX 2015- May 15-17,Guest Society:
    Auxiliary Markings Club

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