Outstanding Collector of the Year Nominations: Nominations for the RMS Outstanding Collector
of the year Award to be presented at next years convention,
are not open until next year. Send nominations to Chairperson
NOMINATIONS ARE BASED ON THE FOLLOWING: An Outstanding Collector
shall be selected from RMS members in good standing and based
on his/her achievements in the Hobby and the Society during the
5 years immediately prior to the award (2013 - 2007). Nominees
must have contributed to the advancement of the hobby in a manner
far above the average in one or more of the following ways:
1. Promotion, publicity, or public relations on a national
or international scale.
2. Organizational efforts in connection with the advancement
of the hobby.
3. Author of books, pamphlets, articles, check lists,
and similar material which have been circulated to a large
number of collectors.
4. Creation of good will among old and new collectors.
5. Sustained performance of above average work for the
hobby in one or more of the above or other helpful
Any member in good standing may nominate a candidate for this
award by sending in their name with a full resume of the candidates
achievements. DEADLINE: August 8 by mail,
and August 14 by hand at the convention. Consideration
for the award will be based on the information and qualifications
contained in the resume.Mail to - Linda
Clavette Wolfe, 13 Creekstone
Dr., Mont ALto, PA 17237
Hall of Fame Nominations: Is it now time to start thinking of those
people who deserve a place in the RMS Hall of Fame. This is a
means of honoring those individuals, either living or deceased,
who have made significant contributions to the hobby. The plaque
containing the names of inductees is a permanent tribute to those
who have helped to make our hobby what it is today.
Individuals nominated for the 2008 RMS Hall of Fame may be
living or deceased. If living, they should be RMS members in
good standing with twenty or more years of membership. Deceased
individuals considered must have joined RMS at least 10 years
prior to nomination.
The nomination should include a resume of the individual's
contributions to the hobby along with a statement by the nominator
as to why the person should be considered as a member of the
RMS Hall of Fame. Be sure both the name and RMS# of the nominator
and the nominee are included.
Send names, with the qualifications of the candidate(s) to
the chairperson of the RMS Hall of Fame Committee by August 1,
2008, or hand them to the chairperson at the RMS Convention no
later than noon on Wednesday.
Chairperson - RMS Hall of Fame Committee - John Stroka, 426
Welty St., Greensburg, PA 15601
Display Entry Rules:
(need TIPs on making displays?)
1. Anyone entering a display must be a paid up member
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;
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.
Club/Individual/Organization Awards to
- -Angelus: Best Combo display
- -Big Boy Restaurant Club: Best Big Boy Restaurant
- -Connecticut MC: Best Horse display
- -Convention Hotel: Best Holiday Inn display
- -Denver Strikers MC: Most Different display
- -Forest City: Best Alcoholic Beverage display
- -Girlie Club: Best Girlie display
- -Hallmark Club: Best Hallmark Display (Hallmark Cards)
- -Huggable Bears Club: Best Bear display
- -Jewelite Club: Best Jewelite display
- -Liberty Bell: Best Whiskey display
- -Mermaid Club: Best Mermaid display
- -New England: Best New England Front-Striker Restaurant
display (no albums)
- -New Moon: Best Box or Label display
- -Penn Ohio: Best Cowboys display (no albums)
- -San Diego: Most Unusual Group display
- -Southeastern MC - Best Florida Display
- -Tobacco Club: Best Tobacco display
- -Tri-State MC: Best Paddleboat/Riverboat display (no
- -Trans Canada: Best Canadian display (boxes or covers)
- -Keystone-Lehigh (Harry Stump Mem. Award):
- -Mary Ross Memorial Award: Judges' Choice (any display
- -Pat Flynn Memorial Award: Best Casino display
- -People's Choice Award: Any display may qualify
- -Walter Hoffman Memorial Award: Best Old New Jersey
- -Ward Chase/Evelyn Hovious Memorial Award: Best Older
- -Empire (Manny Phillips Award): Most Esthetically
- -Empire - (Sam Schroeder Award): Best Girlie display
- 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
- 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'
- 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 of time.
- When you want to discontinue trading with a collector, don't
just 'disappear'...very tacky! Tell him.
- 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.