On-the-Road: Competitive Thematic Exhibiting

On-the-Road: Competitive Thematic Exhibiting

     What do pineapples, Cleveland, and cannabis have in common? They’re all topics of competitive thematic exhibits prepared by retired philatelic judge and course instructor Phillip J. Stager (click here to view these and other exhibits online). 

     StagerPineapples-331420-1Competitive Thematic Exhibiting is the APS On-the-Road course for collectors who have always wanted to prepare and present a themed exhibit for competition. Experts and beginners alike will learn how to prepare competitive thematic exhibits appropriate for national level competition and develop exhibiting skills. This course uses the guidance of the APS Manual of Philatelic Judging and Exhibiting (7th edition, 2016), aka MOJE7 and FIP rules.

Course participants will learn:

  1.        The differences between thematic and topical exhibiting
  2.         How to use MOJE7 and other guidance when preparing exhibits
  3.        The “Big 4” criteria for evaluating exhibits
  4.        How to prepare a better exhibit
  5.        How to develop an easy-to-follow exhibit plan


Participants may bring a copy of their exhibit to the class prior to WESTPEX.

Course Information

Date: Thursday, April 25, 2018, from 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. (lunch on your own)
Location: San Francisco Airport Marriott Waterfront
1800 Old Bayshore Highway, Burlingame, CA 94010
Cost: $45 for APS Members / $95 for non-members

Registration Deadline: March 30, 2019

Click here to register for Competitive Thematic Exhibiting


Meet the Instructor


Phil Stager, of sunny St. Petersburg, FL is a retired Coast Guard officer who has been preparing philatelic exhibits since high school. He has developed award winning exhibits on a variety of subjects, e.g., Zeppelin mail, Canada booklets and booklet panes and thematic exhibits on venereal diseases, coconuts, bamboo, and one frame exhibits on royal palms, date palms, pineapples, and cannabis.

He has also prepared several picture post card exhibits, two of which were the basis for his books, Mine to Mill, Parts 1 & 2. He was a member of CANEJ for 12 years and recently retired after twenty five years of philatelic judging.




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