Outstanding Collector of the Year Nominations: See Convention
Hall of Fame Nominations: See Convention
Display Entry Rules:
(need TIPs on making displays?)
1. Anyone entering
a display must be a paid up member of RMS.
2. Displays can consist of used or unused matchcovers,
full books, matchboxes or labels. (Salesman's samples, flats,
mutilated covers, loose labels and loose pages are permitted
ONLY in category #13 - Display.)
3. There are no restrictions as to title size, title placement,
or other added material on a display, as long as the entire display
is no more than 720 sq. inches in any dimentional combination
- e.g., 24" x 30". 20" x 36" (not including
the frame). Any display exceeding 720 sq. inches shall be charged
as two (2) displays. No display may be larger than 1440 square
4. Each display shall bear the name and address of the
entrant on the back of the display. This information shall be
covered with opaque paper or a card. The number of the category
in which the display is to be entered shall be on the outside
of the opaque paper or card. This must be done prior to entering
5. Each display SHALL be covered with transparent material
to inhibit removal of covers. (The chairperson wishes it to be
known that all reasonable care will be taken to safeguard displays,
but neither the chairperson nor RMS assumes any responsibility,
either legal or moral, for their integrity).
6. Displays shall adhere to the criteria of the category
in which they are entered.
7. Entrants may enter no more than two (2) displays in
any category. A maximum of ten (10) displays per membership can
- 1 Single .............................Two
(2) of same may be shown to illustrate inside
2 Sets & Series
3 Military & Political ..........Army; Navy; Marines;
Air Force; Coast Guard; Military Camps and bases;
Military and Veterans Hospitals; no Credit unions; Major and
6 Lodging............................Hotels; Motels; Inns;
7 VIPs & Entertainment.......Movie stars; Movies; Theme
Parks; Casinos etc.
8 Thematic...........................Bears; Fairs; Gaming;
Top Hats; etc.
9 Businesses, Products........All Financial institutions;
Department and Drug stores; & Services Funeral
10 Eating & Drinking..........
Restaurants; Bars; Grills; Drive-ins; etc.
11 Open Entry to any display
13 Display only....................No RMS award given but
displays are eligible for non-RMS club, individual and
- 14 People's
Choice...............voted on by members attending the convention.
to be Presented at this year's convention:
- General Trading Procedures
- How do you find people to trade with? Look
at the Trading Center for
starters. Also, most club rosters will have those members willing
to trade specially marked as such.
- There are no 'official rules' for trading
within the hobby. However, you won't keep your traders very long
if you don't observe these basics:
- DO NOT send covers that are struck, damaged,
or salesman's samples unless your trader has already agreed.
- DO NOT send multiple dupes of the same cover.
Your trader expects all different covers.
- TRY VERY HARD not to send your trader the
same covers you have previously sent him or her.
- Almost all trading is done one-for-one. I
send you 25 covers; you send me 25 covers.
- Always stay within your trader's want areas.
If he's looking for Restaurants, don't send him Airlines.
- Most trading is done by mail, so be sure
that your postage is correct. Your trader won't be pleased to
get a 'Postage Due' trade.
- Answer your trades within a reasonable amount
of time. Your trader is waiting for his or her trade in return.
If you're going to be a slow or sporadic trader, which is not
necessarily bad, let the people you trade with know that ahead
- When you want to discontinue trading with
a collector, don't just 'disappear'...very tacky! Tell
- Room Hopping
- One of the most unique features of the hobby
is the tradition of room hopping at all the conventions
and some of the swapfests. Basically, this involves visiting
other collectors' rooms and helping yourself (one of each) to
the covers that are set out in the rooms for just the purpose.
This is an excellent way of meeting your fellow collectors; getting
known, yourself; and picking up a lot of good covers, most of
which will be recent issues that you probably haven't seen yet.