Joe Ross Bangladesh Revenue Stamps

Bangladesh Revenue Stamps, PENPEX Grand Award Winner

Here is a quick summary of PENPEX 2012. We always hope for perfect weather but in the fall it does rain in California and this December 1 and 2 had its fair share. All the dealers who responded to a follow-up email were happy with the show and are looking forward to coming back next year. The show had 66 exhibit frames, the most we have had since moving from 12-page to 16-page frames. The Awards Banquet was again held at Harry’s Hofbrau, a location that is only two minutes from the Community Activities Building. The awards were presented quickly and everyone enjoyed the hardy German meal with chocolate cake and ice cream for dessert. Congrats to Joe Ross for winning the Grand Award with his Bangladesh Revenue Stamps exhibit.

Once again the youth area was packed with many fun activities for young collectors and free give-aways. Some returning from the year before and registering again for the Sequoia Stamps R Us youth program. The silent auction had lots of activity as people watched their lots as the clock struck 2:30 pm on Sunday. Winners were able to pick up their lots at 3:45 pm.

PENPEX 2012 Auction

PENPEX 2012 Auction Room

Many thanks to Joan Doherty, Kjell Enander, Wally Jolliff, and Ken Lewetzow for stepping up to run the snack bar on Saturday and Sunday. The snack bar again supplied patrons with tasty sandwiches along with the long-time favorites; donuts and cookies.

Frame SetupThe show’s success could only be accomplished by a hardworking team of philatelists and friends. The setup team lead by Eduardo Martino was on their game as we were ready for dealer move-in and exhibit mounting by 4:30 pm. I commend everyone involved for a job well done!

If you are interested in getting involved and being a part of this team, please contact PENPEX Chair Kristin Patterson at or 408-267-6643. All questions are welcome and encouraged.

Mark your calendars for PENPEX 2013 on December 7 and 8.

The Sequoia Stamp Club offers much for local collectors from auctions, presentations, local news, question and answering opportunities, circuit books, and fun with friends. Included in this monthly news eBlast are the upcoming Sequoia Stamp Club activities and area stamp shows.

Items in red are part of a new 30-minute talk for novice stamp collectors which is part of the Introduction to Stamp Collecting Series. The Series is intended to assist adults new or returning to the hobby. It is open to the public and starts at 6:30 pm.


  • Jan. 8 – Inauguration of new officers and past Presidents present
  • Jan. 22 – How to be a Satisfied Stamp Collector – Kristin Patterson (6:30 pm)
  • Jan. 22 – TBD
  • Jan. 25-26: Great American Expo by Chris Clemens, Napredak Hall, San Jose
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