John Hufnagel said he likes the thrill of going to a stamp show in search of an item.

"Sometimes, you go to three or four shows, and you don't find anything," he said.

Many collectors who share that same drive will head to the 35th Annual Stamp and Post Card Show on Friday and Saturday at the York Expo Center in West Manchester Township.

Hufnagel, the show's chairman, said 26 dealers from Pennsylvania, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, Ohio and Virginia will sell stamps and post cards.

He said three or four of the vendors have never been to the show, so attendees can look forward to some new material. Also, people who might have inherited stamps may try to sell them to dealers. The White Rose Philatelic Society of York sponsors the show. Hufnagel said about 250 to 300 people attend.

He said most of the attendees are collectors, but you don't have to be. The show can be a great starting point for anyone interested in learning more about stamp collecting. The society will provide an area where kids can ask questions and receive free stamps and handouts.

Hufnagel said stamps at the show range from 5 cents to hundreds of dollars. For example, the first stamp issued in the U.S. in 1847 could cost $400 to $700.

He said many people collect topical stamps - such as sports or musicians - or stamps from specific eras. Some people collect only mint or used stamps.

Hufnagel has collected stamps for about 40 years. In the history of stamps, he said, pricing and printing techniques are the most notable changes.


He said stamp collecting can be a relaxing hobby. He likes working with his stamps or researching history of why a stamp was issued and who printed it.

If you go

WHAT: 35th Annual Stamp and Post Card Show

WHEN: 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Friday; 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Saturday

WHERE: York Expo Center, Horticulture Hall, 334 Carlisle Ave., West Manchester Township

COST: Free

DETAILS: Call 717-235-1528