Virtual Stampex



1st - 3rd October 2020 ~ Live 24 Hours a Day

The Philatelic Traders Society, responsible for hosting Stampex International, the largest philatelic event in Europe, is taking its biannual expo online with a new, exciting modern-day digital version. The virtual exhibition will give philatelists worldwide access to dealers, auction houses, traders, and professionals from all around the globe and will present award-winning collections in the Court of Honour, brought to you by David Feldman, an international stamp auction house based in Switzerland, as part of the Museum of Philately. Attendees can view webinars, browse the competitive entries, and listen to fascinating stamp talks. The event is being orchestrated by PTS Stamp and Coin Exhibitions Limited and sponsored by Spink & Son, the world's premier collectibles auction house (founded in 1666).

ABPS will feature prominently in the show along with the Stamp Active Network, the Royal Philatelic Society London and the American Philately Society. So, whether you are a novice stamp enthusiast or a seasoned philatelist, this first-ever online stamp exposition will offer everyone (including children) a unique cultural experience where they may gather virtually to buy, sell, learn about stamps and postal history, explore, network, and showcase – all from the comfort of their homes. 

The Expo's Background

Stampex has been running every Spring and Autumn for over 6o years and was first organised in 1956, a collaboration between the PTS and the National Philatelic Society (previously the Junior Philatelic Society). It was initially held at the Central Hall, Westminster, until moving to the historic Business Design Centre, one of London's most popular conference and exhibition venues, located in Islington. This impressive building, originally the Royal Agricultural Hall, opened in 1862, and features a beautiful glass roof inspired by the Crystal Palace.

This perennially successful exhibition is renowned for attracting stamp dealers and specialist philatelic societies from around the globe, while the Stamp Active Network (formerly the National Youth Stamp Group) organises presentations in the youth area.

The integrity of the event is ensured by reason of all exhibitors being PTS members.

Interesting Historical Stampex Facts

    • The national stamp exhibition celebrated its Diamond Anniversary in 2016.

    • The Jules Rimet Trophy, awarded to the winner of the football World Cup, was stolen prior to the 1966 FIFA World Cup from Westminster Central Hall while exhibited as part of a "Sport with Stamps" display during Stampex in March 1966.

    • The name has been adopted for stamp shows in other countries, for instance, Hong Kong Stampex and Adelaide Stampex, However, none of these are connected with the British version.

    • The boyhood stamp collections of both John Lennon and Freddie Mercury were displayed at the Autumn 2016 event.

    • A free, limited edition postcard is produced for every Stampex, giving visitors a collectable souvenir to add to their collection.

    • Royal Mail launches a new set of stamps to coincide with every Stampex, giving you the chance to create first day covers and other souvenirs.


How it works:

Register FREE at and virtually walk around the exhibition where you can visit the dealer booths, chat, enquire and get advice. Visit the websites where a number of the dealers are offering Virtual Stampex discounts. Listen to the expert talks, view the Museum of Philately, take the kids to "Kids Corner" and even get your collection valued.

Virtual Stampex Talks


10 virtual stamp talks will be held throughout the three days of the exhibition, with a maximum capacity of 3,000 (or 500 in some cases) on a first-come, first served basis. Highlights include:

Thursday 1st October 2020


10 am (BST): The English Civil Wars 1642 to 1649

A Zoom presentation starting with the Grand Remonstrance in 1642 through to the trial & execution of the King in 1649.

4 pm (BST): Postcrossing hosts the global Postcrosser meet-up to celebrate the launch of World Postcard Day

Postcrossing is a project that allows you to send and receive post cards from random people around the world.

8 pm (BST): Three British Empire Talks presented by the Collectors Club covering:

  • Guadeloupe Postal History: The British Carry the Mails by Edward Grabowski
  • The Lithographed Arms issue of British Central Africa 1895-1896 by Colin Fraser
  • Victoria's Postal Transition to Colonial Status by John Barwis


Friday 2nd October 2020


10 am (BST): Everything you want to know about buying and selling at Auction – presented by Olivier D Stocker

12 am (BST): Presenting the Museum of Philately & the Emerald Collection – by Marcus Orsi

4pm (BST): Mixed Franking Covers – How common stamps can make a rarity – presented by Ray Simpson & Karl Louis


8 pm (BST): Books at the Royal – Reviews of the following books presented by Charles Oppenheim FRPS

  • Ceylon: The Pence issues. A comprehensive overview of the stamps, their uses, their printings and their varieties.

  • A Jubilee Reminiscence. A philatelic history of the Great Britain 1890 Penny Postage Jubilee.

  • The Postal History of the Universal Postal Union: The Postal Card (Worldwide) 1869-1974. This book covers the evolution of the postal card from early pioneers through the various changes instigated by the UPU.



Saturday 3rd October 2020

10 am (BST):  Buying and selling on the Internet – Tips and advice, including a Q&A session: presented by Sebastian Delcampe

4 pm (BST):  The Expert Committee at the Royal Philatelic Society London – an insight into the Committee and the Certificates they issue.

8pm (BST): The Line Engraved Stamps of Great Britain 1840-1880 – A look at classic British issues, including 1d Black & 1d Red plating and printing processes

For more information on any of these talks or to find out about any new talks scheduled head over to Stampex International



Stamps in the Attic

Stamps in the Attic (launched by The Philatelic Traders’ Society) welcomes those people with inherited or gifted collections to have them appraised for free at Virtual Stampex. To find out more from dealers and their appraisals, register at and head over to one of these booths

Art Stamped

You could turn your stamp collection into a piece of art at the Art Stamped booth or learn more about crafting with stamps. Art Stamped is all about 'stamps on show' so check out the Gallery at Art Stamped for some inspiration.

Virtual Competitions

Those that entered the Virtual Stampex competitions with the deadline 15th August will see all their entries displayed on the virtual Stampex website for the duration of the exhibition as part of the online exhibition.

Kids' Corner

Stamp Active will be hosting the kids' corner with lots of exciting virtual activities happening.

Discounts & Offers

  • Compustamp: 15% off
  • BB Stamps: 15% off
  • UK Coverlover 10% off
  • Empire Philatelists are offering a prize draw for a Penny Black to be won by one lucky philatelist and they are also offering 20% off all items on the website with the show code collected at the booth
  • Malta Post Exclusive Virtual Stampex Cover
  • Art Stamped will offer visitors with a special Virtual Stampex show code for up to 15% off a range of philatelic gifts, stamp craft supplies, and beautiful postage. Visit the online show to get the code.

When is it on?

Virtual Stampex is live 24 hours a day from the 1st–3rd October (UTC-8/GMT-8).

  • London: Open 08:00 on 1st Oct, closes 07:59 on 4th Oct

  • New York: Open 04:00 on 1st Oct, closes 03:59 on 4th Oct

  • Los Angeles: Open 01:00 on 1st Oct, closes 00:59 on 4th Oct

  • Hong Kong: Open 16:00 on 1st Oct, closes 15:59 on 4th Oct

  • Sydney: Open 18:00 on 1st Oct, closes 17:59 on 4th Oct


Lose yourself in stamps and marvel at their history from your living room. With the click of a mouse, you can discover the whole world of philately and peruse an exciting exhibition that offers a modern way to explore the world's most extraordinary stamps.

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