1 Sheffield Philatelic Society rules
These rules apply for all entries into competitions organised by the
Sheffield Philatelic Society.
The competition shall be open only to members of the Sheffield Philatelic
Society. To allow the judges to assess and research the entries prior to the
Competition Night, persons wishing to enter the competition can do so in the
- Photocopies (preferred)
- Electronic scans
Submission of Competition Entries
A The entrant shall submit their entry/ entries to the Competition
Secretary no later than the Thursday meeting prior to the Competition Night as
- Photocopies. One copy of the first sheet.
- Electronic scans. One copy of the first sheet;
- As an email attachment,
- On a USB memory stick,
- On a disc.
Each disc/USB stick shall be in a separate cover – envelope/case/sleeve
with the entry title written on the cover to enable the Competition Secretary
to return them for future use.
A covering note (on paper or email if an attachment) shall accompany
each entry showing;
- Name of entrant (entrants name shall not be shown on the entry itself)
- Title of entry
- Class, e.g. National. Commonwealth etc.
B The Competition Secretary shall take hard copies of the scans and
together with the photocopies submit these to the judges at least one week
prior to the Competition Night.
All entries shall be the competitor's own work and consist of sixteen
sheets protected by removable transparent covers numbered on the front or rear
1 to 16 in the order in which they are to be displayed.
Entries shall be on sheets not exceeding 297mm deep by 245mm wide, but
double-width sheets (each counting as two sheets) may be used if necessary to
accommodate large items.
Each entry shall have a title on the first sheet.
Entrants shall be ready to display their entries no later than 19.15
hours on Competition Night
7. There shall be four main classes:
- Adhesive stamp study
- Postal history
8. There shall, in addition, be a Novices class for which entries may
be made on any philatelic subject. Any person who has not previously won an
award in this Society in this or any other class may enter and a Junior class
for junior members for which entries may be made on any philatelic subject.
9. No person shall make more than one entry in each class.
10. No winning entry shall be eligible for future competitions of the
Society in the same class; however, an entry on the same subject that is
substantially different from a winning entry may be submitted in future years.
11. All winners shall receive a trophy, as appropriate for the main
class or sub-class in which their entry was made, which may be held for one
year. In addition, all winners shall receive a certificate and their
achievement will be recorded in the minutes of the Society.
12. The Gabbitas Trophy shall be awarded for the entry which, in the
opinion of the judges, is the best in the competition.
13. All winning entries shall automatically be considered as a Society
entry in the appropriate class of the annual competition of the Yorkshire
14. The Committee of the Sheffield Philatelic Society shall determine
the method of judging the entries within the marking criteria as given
elsewhere in this document.
15. Judges may enter the competition, but no person acting as a judge
shall judge a class in which he or she has submitted an entry. If the Senior
Judge is a member of the Society, he or she shall not be eligible to enter any
16. The Senior Judge shall have discretion to transfer entries from one
class to another or exclude entries not conforming to these rules.
17. The results of the judging shall be final.
In addition to the rules above, the following rules shall apply to
entries in the individual classes.
2.1 Adhesive stamp study
The stamps may be mint, used or on cover, but the study relates to the
stamps themselves and shall not be a thematic or postal history study.
Entries in the National Class shall consist of studies of the adhesive
postage stamps of the United Kingdom, including revenue stamps accepted for
postal use, but specifically excluding the stamps of the Irish Free State and
of the Channel Islands and the Isle of Man after postal independence.
Entries in the Commonwealth Class shall consist of studies of adhesive
postage stamps issued by countries whilst members of the British Commonwealth,
including revenue stamps accepted for postal use, but excluding those from
foreign countries and the United Kingdom.
Entries in the Foreign Class shall consist of studies of adhesive
postage stamps issued by foreign countries and countries during a period when
not members of the British Commonwealth, including revenue stamps accepted for
postal use, but excluding stamps of the United Kingdom.
Entries in the Thematic Class shall illustrate of a theme in which
postal material is the predominant element. Apart from the minimum of maps and
drawings giving information relevant to the entry, non-philatelic items, such
as photographs, picture postcards, etc., shall not be included. The study of a
single stamp is not a thematic entry and will be disqualified or transferred to
another class, at the discretion of the Senior Judge.
2.3 Postal History
Entries in the Postal History Class shall consist of studies of postal
markings, postal rates and routes, and/or the use of adhesive postage stamps.
Entries in the Cinderella Class shall consist of studies of fiscals,
telegraph stamps and forms, bogus and phantom issues, forgeries, Christmas
seals, advertising and exhibition labels, covers and souvenir sheets, charity
and political labels, and postal stationery cut outs. Private posts, which may
include Dockwra's post, Peter Williamson's post, circular delivery companies,
omnibus parcel stamps, airway letter stamps, private telegraphs, offshore
island issues, and postal strike material. These definitions are not
exhaustive, but coins, medals, cigarette and tea cards, train and bus tickets
are specifically excluded, except where they were used in the carriage of mail
or parcels. However, these, with postcards and other material of ephemeral
nature, may be used with discretion to illustrate an entry.
Entries in the Aero-philately Class shall consist of studies of
philatelic material prepared for or carried by airmail, official or unofficial.
Entries may also include material commemorating aerial events and meetings,
relevant advertisements, photographs etc., as is absolutely necessary but shall
not consist solely or mainly of mint or used airmail stamps.
2.4.3 Postal stationery
Entries in the Postal Stationery Class shall consist of studies of
cards, envelopes, wrappers or other forms issued by Postal Authorities, usually
but not always with a franking device printed thereon. Stationery printed or
used by private bodies under licence from the Postal Authorities, and
stationery bearing additional postage stamps may also be included.
Entries in the Revenue Class shall consist of studies of mint or used
stamps specially issued for revenue purposes. Documents produced for the
collection of taxes or fees on various items may also be included.
2.4.5 Social philately
Entries in the Social Philately Class shall consist of studies of the
development of social systems or activities derived from the operation of
postal systems, social activity or enterprise. Material should include both
philatelic and non-philatelic (but related) items. The quantity of
non-philatelic items should be no greater than 50% of the total. All material
shall be capable of mounting in the exhibition frames.
3. Trophies – Sheffield Philatelic Society
The following trophies will be awarded each year, provided that, for
each class, there is an entry of sufficient quality. In addition, a certificate
will be awarded to the best entry in each class and for the best entry overall.
All trophies will be held for one year.
The Gabbitas Trophy
Best Overall Entry
H. G. Kershaw Trophy
R. S. Sanderson Memorial Trophy
Eric Eagle Memorial Trophy
Ron Ward Salver
Eric Buckley Tankard
Alistair Watt Cup
E. K. Parker Salver
Brian Wilkinson Trophy
4. Judging Criteria
4.1 Adhesive stamp study, Postal history and Miscellaneous classes
Treatment and philatelic importance 30 marks
|Philatelic importance||10 marks|
|Relative condition and rarity||25 marks|
| Condition||15 marks|
| Rarity||10 marks|
|Presentation writing-up and arrangement||10 marks|
|Philatelic related knowledge, personal study and research||35 marks|
4.2 Thematic class
| General plan||15 marks|
| Development||15 marks|
| Originality||5 marks|
|Condition and rarity||20 marks|
| Condition||10 marks|
| Rarity||10 marks|
|Knowledge, personal study and research||30 marks|
| Thematic||15 marks|
| Philatelic||15 marks|
4.3 YPA medal standards
|Certificate of Merit||40%|
5.1 All classes
1. The content and layout of each of sheets 2 to 16 should be planned
(possibly by laying out roughly on old album sheets) before beginning to
prepare the actual entry. The first sheet should be left until last as it needs
to be an accurate introduction to the entire entry as finally settled.
2. In addition to the title on the first page, that page should include
a brief description of the scope of the entry and should ideally include
relevant material to introduce the subject.
3. It should be ensured that the introductory sheet, title and the rest
of the entry are in agreement
4. It is strongly recommended that competitors use standard sized white
or cream sheets. Coloured or black sheets tend to detract from the presentation
and may lose marks.
5. Too much description, or duplication of the title on remaining pages
is not advised.
6. Duplication of material should be avoided, regardless of value.
7. There shall be an introductory page with the title of the entry and
an introduction to the theme.
- Title must describe the contents of the entry;
- Introductory statement shall explain the aim;
- Shall contain a plan covering all aspects of the entry;
- Shall indicate areas of personal investigation;
- Shall include important documentary sources and references;
- Can include an illustration or philatelic item.
1. This covers the nature of the content, individually and
collectively. The items should be directly relevant and central to the chosen
subject, be good specimens and be illustrative of their kind. In aggregate, the
material should do justice to the depth and breadth of the subject of the entry.
5.1.3 Condition and rarity
1. The quality of items should be of as good as is available. Condition
will be judged relatively to the normal condition in which the item is found.
Thus it is not reasonable to mark down early stamps that have only part gum or
are heavily postmarked, if that is the condition in which they are normally
found. Torn or thinned stamps should be avoided and only those with better
perforations and good margins should be selected with a comment if rarity
2. Modern stamps that are available with full gum or lightly postmarked
should be displayed in such condition.
3. Wavy-line or barely legible cancels should be avoided.
4. Forgeries, fakes or repaired items should always be identified as
5. It should always be assumed that the judges are knowledgeable about
the subject. Comments such as "extremely rare" or "catalogued
¡Ì12,000" should not be included, but it is permissible to help the judges
with comments such as "earliest known use" or "one of only three
6. Rarity is not in itself an indicator of value but reflects the
relative scarcity of items
5.1.4 Presentation and writing-up
1. Items should not be overcrowded on the sheets but large gaps should
also be avoided. The aim should be to utilise the space available in an
2. Gaps should not be left in the arrangement where items are missing.
3. Where possible, the presentation should be varied across the entry.
If possible, before mounting, the complete entry should be set out on a large
table or on the floor to determine the correct balance.
4. Sheet headings should not be too large and they and sub-headings
should be consistent as regards their positioning. The title of the entry
should not be repeated on each page.
5. If using Hawid-type mounts for stamps or backing paper for covers,
the size of the margins should be consistent and not be too large. Covers look
better within lined frames.
6. Marks are not gained for non-philatelic material, so maps and
diagrams should be used sparingly.
7. Each of the sheets should be numbered in sequence, if only to reduce
the risk that they will be displayed for marking in the wrong order.
1. The writing-up of the sheets should not dominate the exhibit.
2. Writing-up may be done by hand, typescript or computer, or by
whatever method is preferred. Neat, legible writing will be preferred to that
which is difficult to read.
3. Text should not be too small . it is recommended that main text
produced by computer should be no smaller than 12pt.
4. If using a computer or typewriter, plain paper produces a better
result than squared album sheets. Coloured fonts should be avoided and other
means found to highlight key text (e.g. coloured backgrounds, bold text or a
larger font size) with footnotes or italics for references. All the main text
on each page should be kept to one typeface.
5. Unnecessary words should be cut out (for example: "This
page/cover shows..." when this is obvious) so that the words do not
dominate the page. Four short lines usually work better than two long ones.
6. The spelling should be correct and dates and information accurate.
7. Vagueness, such as "an early Liverpool Ship Letter",
should be avoided. The precise type, date of use, etc should be stated.
8. It can be relevant to state what does not exist or what did not
happen if this completes the picture or explanation.
9. Ensure there is an appropriate ending- a logical stopping point.
Tell the Judges why it is the end.
5.1.5 Knowledge, personal study and research
1. Knowledge can be demonstrated not only by the description of
individual items but also by the choice of the content and the development of
the entire entry. Pulling together difficult to find information will gain
2. Type of knowledge would include dates of first and last use, when
suspended, why overprinted, early use of phosphor, rarest perforation gauge,
3. An entry should show evidence, preferably with a reference such as a
footnote identifying a relevant specialist article, of personal study and
research from different sources, not simply knowledge culled from the catalogue
and available to all.
5.2 Adhesive stamp study
1. Entries in this Class will be mainly of postage stamps, including,
where appropriate, supporting material such as essays, proofs, colour trials
etc. Entries may show other relevant material, such as the use of revenue
stamps for postal purposes, identified forgeries, errors of printing, paper
types, watermarks, gums etc. Postmarks may be included to illustrate the types
in use for the period, but should be secondary to the stamps. Care should be
taken not to stray into the realms of postal history by showing the postmarks
in relation to the routes and rates of the mails.
5.2.2 Treatment, originality and philatelic Importance
1. If accurate, originality in the interpretation or explanation of the
material would enhance an entry's importance. For example, a study of Machin
Heads has gained a gold standard in top-level competition.
188.8.131.52 Philatelic importance
1. Entrants should appreciate that there is a large measure of judges
discretion in assessing importance. Mainstream philatelic material, especially
from the classical period, is more likely to receive a higher marking as of
more importance than obscure and little-known material of equal quality. Thus,
an entry of early classic issues from a popular country is likely to receive
higher marks than one from, for example Mongolia, unless it is individually
exceptional in some way.
2. Although value is, per se, irrelevant, where the content includes
rare and valuable material, this will, provided it is pertinent, enhance the
entry and achieve more importance through a higher level of completeness than
would be the case were only the more commonplace material included.
1. Preferably mint and used stamps should not be mixed on the same
sheet. Stamps should be mounted in straight lines but successive lines of the
same length should be avoided. When stamps and a cover are to appear on the
same page, the stamps should be above the cover.
1. This class covers the illustration of a theme in which postal
material is the predominant element.
2. Maps and diagrams should be kept to a minimum.
3. As the stamps are chosen to depict a theme, it is preferable to use
stamps in mint condition wherever possible.
4. The theme should be told mainly by the material used, so too much
writing could prove a disadvantage.
5.3.2 Knowledge, personal study and research
1. It is advisable to use as wide a range of relevant philatelic
material as can be found to illustrate the theme, so the inclusion of
postmarks, meter marks, postal history postal stationery, booklets etc. will
enhance the entry and reveal philatelic knowledge.
5.4 Postal history
1. This class covers a study of postmarks, rates, routes etc. Stamp
shades etc. are not usually relevant.
2. Descriptions should be restricted to the philatelic content and not
deal with the historical background, except where essential to the postmark,
rate or route. If identifying postmarks, instructional marks by a reference
number say where the number came from.
3. Entries in this class will typically show aspects of the development
of postal services using covers and/or postal cards, and sometimes stamps with
relevant cancellations. An entry may concentrate on a study of postal markings,
and/or the way in which adhesive stamps are used to prepay rates.
Alternatively, the emphasis may be on how mails were sent and at what rates
from A to B and whether the relevant post offices were static or travelling.
4. It should not be attempted to cover too large a space of time in
either material or years.
5. Material or descriptions should not be crowded on the sheet. Two
small covers or one large cover is quite sufficient.
6. Clean material with good full strikes should be used wherever
possible. A good strike that is visible should not also be drawn. Strikes on
the rear of covers should be drawn or photocopied where relevant.
7. The entry may include ephemeral material such as Post Office
notices, maps, timetables, photographs etc relevant to the subject, but these
should be kept to a minimum and not dominate the entry.
8. Entires and covers are better (if available) than pieces or stamps.
1. This class covers a study of fiscals, telegraph stamps and forms, bogus
and phantom issues, forgeries, Christmas seals, advertising and exhibition
labels, covers and souvenir sheets, charity and political labels, and postal
stationery cut outs. Private Posts, may include Dockwra's post, Peter
Williamson's post, circular delivery companies, omnibus parcel stamps, airway
letter stamps, private telegraphs, offshore island issues, and postal strike
2. Coins, medals, cigarette and tea cards, train and bus tickets are
specifically excluded, except that these with postcards and other material of
ephemeral nature may be used with discretion to illustrate an entry.
3. Most of the guidelines as appropriate for adhesive stamp studies
above are also relevant to this class.
1. This class covers a study of philatelic material, prepared for, or
carried by, airmail, official or unofficial and should be composed essentially
of postal documents transmitted by air bearing evidence of having been flown.
2. The entry should represent a study of the development of air mail
services by including postal documents dispatched by air; official and
semi-official stamps issued for use on airmail (principally on cover),; postal
and other marks, vignettes and labels relating to aerial transport; material
not conveyed through the postal system but important in the development of air
mail; mail recovered from aircraft accidents or other incidents.
3. The entry may be chronological; geographical or show a means of
transport, e.g. rocket or pigeon carrier.
4. Routes and rates are relevant to the development of the subject.
Maps and drawings may be included but should be restricted in number.
5. The entry may include material commemorating aerial events and
meetings, relevant advertisements, photographs, maps etc.
6. Most of the guidelines for Postal History above also apply to this
5.5.3 Postal stationery
1. This class covers a study of postal stationery cards, envelopes,
wrappers etc., and of the various types, printings and varieties of these
issues and their uses.
2. Non-philatelic material should not be included.
3. Postal Stationery may either be printed with a stamp, or plain, and
can be printed by a government or in some cases by a private firm. Adhesive
stamps on plain stationery may be included, and also additional adhesive stamps
on printed stationery for changes in rate.
4. Entries can be mint or used. If used, no mention of the postmark or
route should be made although it is necessary to mention rates. Usually it is
inadvisable to mix mint and used on the same sheet. Some judges prefer the
entry to be completely mint, whilst others prefer used material to be included.
5. The entry should not cover too large a period. Overcrowding by
overlapping material on the sheet or overfilling the sheet constitutes poor
6. The presentation should be varied, especially with postal cards that
are all the same size. Regimentation is boring so, where possible, one should
be positioned on one sheet and two on another.
7. Good, clean material should be used wherever possible. Items in poor
condition, for example with damaged comers, spoil the overall appearance.
8. For reply cards, two cards should be used where possible, one each
way, rather than photocopies. For wrappers, the width or the length of the item
should be shown, for it is not usually possible to show both.
1. This class covers a study of Revenue stamps, which are Tax Stamps;
Fee Stamps and Credit Stamps and the entry should consist of unused or used
embossed, imprinted or adhesive revenue stamps.
2. If used on documents, the items should illustrate the pertinent
3. The entry may contain:-Registration of deeds or documents; General
Revenues; Judicial or Court; Transfer of ownership; Receipts; Documentary;
Public Service; Bills; Duty stamps; Funds; Assurances and policies; Consular
services; Inspections; Weights and measures; Licenses; postage stamps used as
revenue stamps; Revenue stamps used as postage stamps; other revenue stamps.
4. Where it improves the composition, the entry may contain:-Essays,
proofs or rejected designs; Legal documents and postal covers; varieties; maps,
prints, decrees and similar associated material.
5. The write-up may be longer than for traditional classes but should
still remain as clear and concise as possible.
5.5.5 Social philately
1. This class covers a study of the development of social systems and
products derived from the operation of postal systems or the development of a
social activity or enterprise.
Examples are; Telegraph services, Greeting cards, Illustrated,
pictorial commercial envelopes, Geographical history and local studies, studies
related to an event or historical landmark.
2. The theme should be developed using both philatelic and
non-philatelic (but related) material. Non-philatelic material shall comprise a
maximum of 50% of the items in the entry and should support and enhance the
philatelic items in the development of the theme.
3. Avoid chronological gaps where possible.
4. Coloured photographs or reproductions shall be at least 25%
different in size from the original; all material should preferably be
original. Full size reproductions of single cancellations or part of covers are
The following publications may be consulted for further guidance.
Competitive Exhibiting At Local And Federation Level by Dr Alan Huggins
(ABPS Booklet No3)
The Way To Win (Hints For Juniors) based on a booklet by WB Howarth
Competitive Exhibiting At FIP International Exhibitions (ABPS: British Philatelic
Trust International Committee)
Introducing Thematic Collecting by Alma Lee (British Philatelic Trust)
Guidelines For Thematic Judges And Exhibitors by Franceska Rapkin
(British Philatelic Trust)
Handbook Of Thematic Philately by W.E.J. van den Bold.
Introducing Postal History by Vivien Sussex (Philatelic Trust)
YPA COMPETITION RULES
1. Senior Competition rules
For entries into competitions organised by the Yorkshire Philatelic
Association, the following shall apply;
1. The competition is a Society
Competition open to Societies affiliated to the Yorkshire Philatelic
Association. The owners of the individual entries reaching the required
standard will be awarded a YPA Medal Certificate at the Annual Convention of
2. Each Society shall submit no more
than one entry in each class, except that any Society which is entitled to send
two delegates to the YPA Management Committee, may submit two entries in each
3. All material in an entry and all writing
–up shall be the
property and work of one or more members of the entering society.
4. Each entry shall have a title and fill a 16 page frame. The exhibit
shall be made up of single sheets not exceeding 29.5cm deep x 24.5cmwide
but; horizontal double or one and one third size sheetsmay be used to
accommodate large items. The sheets shall be numbered in sequence on front or
back and protected by removable transparent covers.
5. All entries shall be delivered to the Competition Secretary of the
YPA not later than a date to be set each year by the Management Committee. This
will normally be not later than six weeks before the Annual Convention, and the
most convenient date will be the Spring meeting of the Management Committee.
Arrangements shallbe made for entries to be collected
at the Annual Convention and entrants not able to be present shallnominate
a fellow member of their Society to collect their entries. The Competition
Secretary will not be responsible for entries not collected and signed for at
the Convention. The YPA and it
’s Officers will not be responsible
for the entries, and entrants should make their own insurance arrangements as
6. Each entry shall be in a suitable container with the following information clearly inscribed on the outside, with any labels securely fixed with glue or other adhesive, and not with sellotape.
- Name of Member
- Name of Affiliated Society .
- Class entered.
- Title of Entry.
- Name and address of owner or owners.
- Name of person nominated to collect entry if entrant does not intend to do so in person.
7. Judges will consist
of a panel appointed by the YPA. All entries will be forwarded to the judges under coded
identification. Judges shall be barred from entering the competition.
8. Trophies will be awarded at the discretion of the YPA to the entry
achieving the highest marks in each Class. The overall winner – “Best in Show” will be awarded the
Sidebottom Trophy, this being decided by the Senior Judges after a review of
the Class winners has been undertaken. If a tie results a person appointed by
the YPA will determine the winner. An entry that has been awarded the
Sidebottom Trophy shall not be eligible in future for the Senior competition.
9. The various trophies will be retained by the winning societies for
one year. The winning society shall be responsible for engraving the trophy.
The trophies shall be returned to the Competition Secretary of the YPA not
later than 6 weeks before the Annual Convention. The most convenient date will
be the Spring meeting of the Management Committee.
10. The YPA reserves the right to disqualify any entry not fully
complying with the rules and in all matters pertaining to the Competition the
decision of the YPA shall be final.
11. Individual collectors who are members of a YPA Society may make an
entry on their own behalf for the sum of £5. It will be judged alongside the
society entries in the relevant class, but will not be entitled to receive a
12. THE THOMAS FOSTER AWARD FOR LITERATURE
12.1 This trophy, awarded by the Roses Caribbean Philatelic Society in
memory of the late Thomas Foster, shall be open to any member(s) of any Society affiliated to the YPA.
12.2 The trophy shall be awarded to the person(s) considered by the
judges to have made the greatest contribution to philatelic knowledge by
publication during the three years 31 December prior to the date of the award.
12.3 Entries shall be made through an affiliated society and societies
shall not be limited as to the number of entries. Each entry shall include any
relevant book, article, club journal etc, written or edited by the entrants
during the relevant period.
12.4 All entries shall be in the hands of the YPA Secretary by not
later than 31 December of the previous year.
12.5 If the judges consider that no entrant(s) has(have) made a
sufficient contribution during the relevant year(s), the trophy shall not be
awarded for that year.
12.6 The judges shall be appointed each year by the YPA, from within or
without it’s area ,but no entrant or member of an entering society shall be on
the panel of judges for that year.
2. Junior Competition Rules
1. Refer to the YPA Handbook for the full rules. Extracts are given
below. School stamp clubs should contact the YPA Secretary for further details.
(1) juniors of societies affiliated to the YPA, whose entries shall be
submitted through the members’ society
(2) juniors of school stamp clubs whose entry is determined by a
school competition, with only the winner in each class being submitted directly
to the Competition Secretary.
3. There are three classes :
Class A: open to those aged 16 but under 18 years (this shall be a 16 sheet entry)
Class B: open to those aged 12 but under 16 years (this shall be a 12
Class C: Open to those under 12 years of age (this shall be a 6 sheet
Note. The operative age of an entrant is determined for the purposes of
the competition by his/her age on 1 September of the year in which the
competition is held.
There are ten classes as follows:
A study of the adhesive postage stamps , including revenue stamps
accepted for postal use, of the United Kingdom, but specifically excluding the
stamps of the Irish Free State; of the Channel Islands and the Isle of Man
after postal independence.
British Commonwealth Class
A of study of adhesive postage stamps, including revenue stamps,
accepted for postal use, issued by countries whilst members of the British
Commonwealth, but excluding those from foreign countries and the United
A study of adhesive postage stamps, including revenue stamps, accepted
for postal use, issued by foreign countries and countries during a period when
not members of the British Commonwealth, but excluding stamps of the United
POSTAL HISTORY CLASS
A study of postal markings, routes and rates. Private posts such as
William Dockwra’s Post, Peter Williamson’s Post and circular delivery
companies are included.
A study of philatelic mail, prepared for, or carried by airmail,
official or unofficial. Entries may also include material commemorating aerial
events and meetings, relevant advertisements, photographs etc., but also as is
absolutely necessary. Mint airmail stamps shall not be included.
POSTAL STATIONERY CLASS
A study of cards, envelopes, wrappers or other forms issued by Postal
Authorities, usually but not always with a franking device printed thereon.
Stationery printed or used by private bodies under licence from the Postal
Authorities, and stationery bearing additional postage stamps are also
The illustration of a theme in which postal material is the predominant
element. Apart from the minimum of maps and drawings giving information
relevant to the entry, non-philatelic material shall be
excluded. The study of a single stamp is not a thematic entry and will be
disqualified or transferred to another class, at the discretion of the YPA.
A study of bogus and phantom issues, forgeries, Christmas Seals,
advertising and exhibition labels, covers and souvenir sheets, charity and
political labels and postal stationary cut-outs. Omnibus parcel stamps, carrier
stamps, railway and tramway letter and parcel stamps, airway letter stamps,
private telegraphs, local off-shore island issues, and postal strike material.
These definitions are not conclusive but coins, medal, cigarette and tea cards,
train and bus tickets are specifically excluded, except that these, with
postcards and other material of an ephemeral nature may be used with discretion
to illustrate an entry.
A study of mint or used stamps specially issued for revenue purposes.
Documents produced for the collection of taxes or fees on various items are
A study of the development of social systems or activities derived from
the operation of postal systems, social activity or enterprise. Material shall include both philatelic and non-philatelic (but
related) items. Non-philatelic material shall be
not greater than 50% of the items. Material shall be mountable in the
4. The YPA Medal Standards
The YPA Medal Standards shall be as follows:
|Certificate of Merit||40%|
For the guidance of judges and entrants the following proportion of
marks shall apply:
| General plan||15 marks|
| Development||15 marks|
| Originality||5 marks|
|Condition and rarity||20 marks|
| Condition||10 marks|
| Rarity||10 marks|
|Knowledge, personal study and research||30 marks|
| Thematic||15 marks|
| Philatelic||15 marks|
ALL OTHER CLASSES
|Philatelic & Related Knowledge||20 marks|
It is expected that the judges will provide a written critique of each
entry, judging to the medal standards above.