PENPEX, held December 5-6, 1998, was expanded to 21 bourse dealers. The USPS and the UNPA were there. The Western Philatelic Library had a literature sales table. There was a 300-lot silent bid auction, several meetings, and computer oriented sessions. Videos from the APS were shown, a snack bar served a selection of sandwiches and drinks, and a lucky drawing winner received a huge philatelic treasure chest.
The theme for this year’s show is 150 Years since gold discovery in California. Three beautiful cacheted covers were produced and were available at the show and by mail. The Council held its fourth quarter meeting on Sunday, Dec. 6th at 1:00 pm.
There were 80 frames of exhibits with no frame fee. The award winners were Leonard Holmsten (Grand), Bill Snyder (Reserve Grand multiple), and Martin O’Grady (Reserve Grand 1-frame).
Free admission and plenty of free parking attracted many collectors. The show officers were Martin Feibusch, General Chairman; Hank Washauer, Vice-Chair; and Vesma Grinfelds, Exhibit Committee Chair.