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SPI Best-of-Show Award
Sports Philatelists International, in order to encourage the exhibiting of sport and Olympic material, sponsors a series of awards for Best-of-Show and Novice exhibitors. Any philatelic society having a competitive exhibition using American Philatelic Society (APS) or American Topical Association (ATA) accredited judges may request SPI Award diplomas. There is no charge for the diplomas.
Qualifying Exhibits: material of a sports and/or Olympics nature must predominate. Exhibit may be entered in any General Class including, but not limited to, Postal Division, Revenue Division, Illustrated Mail Division, Thematic Division, and Display Division. The recipient of any SPI Award need not be a member of SPI.
Awards Criteria: Four SPI Awards are available to show committees with criteria as follows:
SPI Best-of-Show Award (multi-frame). In adult level competitions, a Best-of-Show may be awarded to a silver medal (or above) winner if three or more Qualifying Exhibits are in competition.
SPI Best-of-Show Award (One Frame Division). In adult level competitions, a Best-of-Show may be awarded to a silver medal (or above) winner if two or more Qualifying Exhibits are in competition.
SPI Novice Award. In adult level competition, the Novice Award is given to the best Qualifying Exhibit by a first time exhibitor at a WSP show winning a bronze medal or better. There is no minimum for the number of participating Qualifying Exhibits.
SPI Best-of-Show Youth Award. The Youth Award may be given at the discretion of the judges regardless of the medal level attained by the exhibit or number of Qualifying Exhibits entered in the show.
Ineligibility: The SPI Best-of-Show Awards (both multi-frame and One Frame Division) may not be awarded to the same exhibit more than once in any 4-year period. Show committees will be provided with the exhibit titles and their owner’s names who are ineligible for the award (current list of past winners). This rule does not apply to special SPI awards at international FIP exhibitions.
A PDF version of these criteria is available here.
Exhibition awards committees may request the award by contacting the President by email or regular mail to Mark Maestrone, 2824 Curie Place, San Diego, CA 92122-4110 U.S.A.