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Monday, August 20, 2018

Williams Street Swap Shop & "The Deal On Beale" !

Turner Broadcasting, the Adult Swim & Cartoon Network, The William Street Swap Shop and great host Zach White along with his great technicians, Jackson, Jay and Eddie, honored me with a week-long celebration of my birthday that included three one hour live broadcasts seen throughout the world.

On the front page, Zach, me, Jackson and Jay (Eddie is with us on the side) !


The first, a live one hour interview from my home on the phone on August 1st.

The second, a live one hour visit in my home on August 8th.

I played the piano and sang for viewers. Zach is talking with me about stamp collecting in the photo below.

Thank you, Jackson, for the fantastic Memphis T-Shirt (I'm wearing it) that you designed for me. It was the best birthday surprise ever !


Finally a visit downtown that I arranged for Zach and his great crew prior to their departure from Memphis.


I took the Swap Shop crew on a tour of Memphis after I had dinner with them at Blues City Cafe on Beale Street.

Thank you Johnny Stinson, Lonnie Hammer, James Alexander and Boo Mitchell for accepting my invitation to participate.

I also want to thank Johnny and Cathy Stinson and all of my beautiful friends who made it to the surprise birthday party for me at Lafayette's Music Hall in Overton Square ! It was an unforgettable evening ! Much love to all !

The Williams Street Swap Shop is seen by millions of viewers daily at 5pm Eastern, 4pm Central

Thank you Zach White, Matthew Hutchinson, Jackson, Jay, Eddie, Turner Broadcasting, AdultSwim, the Cartoon Network and The Williams Street Swap Shop, Blues City Cafe and The Hard Rock Cafe Memphis for "The Deal on Beale", and for my making my birthday a very special one.

Zach promised that he'll be back very soon to do another special with me.

Stay tuned !

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For the next few weeks I'll be talking about the first day covers of ArtCraft along with everything else.

ArtCraft closed it's doors recently after 76 years of making philatelic history.

I'm predicting a sudden, salubrious escalation in the value of the ArtCraft cachet, all ArtCraft first day covers and ArtCraft portrait cards.
Including those connected to the Postal Commemorative Society

Their departure signals the end of an extraordinarily crucial, very important, highly significant and exceedingly meaningful period in philately

A mournful signal which will be heard around the world and lamented throughout the multitude of collectors

Leo and Sam August treasured their associations with the world's greatest philatelists

Leo's contributions to our hobby were significant enough to earn the coveted Luft Award and a place in the American Philatelic Society Hall of Fame.

ArtCraft has well-earned it's place in the great chronological record in the history of philately.

Their raised ink, line-engraved intaglio printed cachets rank among the most aesthetic in the world.

ArtCraft cachets are not just beautiful.

They are works of art that showcase the wonders of the world and illuminate the powers of human creativity and ingenuity.

The Coober Pedy Cover
One of the World's Great Philatelic Rarities

Coober Pedy

Could this become la pièce de résistance de toute la modern Australian philatélie ?

Coober Pedy is a town in northern South Australia. The town is sometimes referred to as the "opal capital of the world" because of the quantity of precious opals that are mined there. Coober Pedy is renowned for its below-ground residences,called "dugouts", which are built in this fashion due to the scorching daytime heat. The name "Coober Pedy" comes from the local Aboriginal term kupa-piti, which means "white man's hole".

Opal was found in Coober Pedy on 1 February 1915; since then the town has been supplying most of the world's gem-quality opal. Coober Pedy today relies as much on tourism as the opal mining industry to provide the community with employment and sustainability. Coober Pedy has over 70 opal fields and is the largest opal mining area in the world.

Coober Pedy - no village, no buildings, no roads, just desert, mountains dotted with boulders. A bizarre lunar landscape, but for opal seekers is the most exciting place on earth, where again every day is the true challenge, happiness and luck just a shovel width apart and where life is defined by two words: winners and losers. Coober Pedy, grab your hat, throw it into the air and where it lands start digging !


Coober Pedy

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David Saks

Winner of the Coveted Memphex 2019 Marshall Trophy for "Best of Show"
Philatelic Exhibit "The Famous American Stamp Series of 1940"