Illinois Stamp Club Raises More Than $7,500 for the American Cancer Society

Illinois Stamp Club Raises More Than $7,500 for the American Cancer Society

2019 Stamp Out Cancer Auction raises $7,680

Many stamp collectors are philanthropists, but it's not often that you see a stamp club raise funds for charity with as much success as the Quad City Stamp Club with their recent Stamp Out Cancer auction! 

This year's auction is the most recent in a long series of successful charitable auctions hosted by Quad City Stamp Club (APS Chapter 249). In fact, the 2019 auction is a time-honored tradition for the club, which has offered the auction for the past 42 years. This year's auction proceeds bring the stamp club's total donations over the years to more than $293,680, all of which has been given to the American Cancer Society.

The event, held at Faith Lutheran Church in Moline, Illinois on May 4th, 2019, was made possible through the donations of philatelic material by individuals around the country, who sent in stamps (US and foreign) to be auctioned off. Members of the Quad City Stamp Club received the donations before the event and worked tirelessly to organize them into 275 U.S. lots and 140 foreign lots. On the day of the auction, club members organized the auction room, called the auction, kept records, and received the payments from the auction winners. StampAuction4

The auction was opened for collectors to bid in person, by mail, or online. Those who attended in person witnessed the unique sight of two different auctions occurring simultaneously in the same room: a larger auction of United States philatelic material, and a smaller one of stamps and philatelic items from around the world. 

One of the more interesting offerings, reports APS member Steven Bahnsen, was a package of mint United States stamps with a face value of $1,000, which was auctioned off for $325, "just nearly a third of what he would have paid for these stamps at a post office!" Bahnsen jokes, "This gave new meaning to the term 'forever stamps'."

The Quad City Stamp Club will officially donate this year's auction proceeds to the American Cancer Society during their meeting on June 21st. Bahnsen notes that new donated philatelic material is already coming in for the 2020 auction, and welcomes everyone to come and collect stamps in the name of a great cause this time next year.

Details about the Stamp Out Cancer Auction and photos come from APS member Steven J. Bahnsen. Thank you, Steven, and well done to the Quad City Stamp Club!


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