In his lifetime, Lakota holy man Nicholas Black Elk witnessed the Battle of Little Bighorn, toured Europe with Buffalo Bill Cody, survived the Wounded Knee Massacre, converted to Catholicism and told his story to Nebraska poet John G. Neihardt.
And now his likeness is going to be the star of the Lincoln Stamp Club’s 52nd annual show.
The club will commemorate the 150th anniversary of his birth with a $3 collectible show cover, postage stamp of Black Elk and a feather-shaped cancellation. Nebraska Press will also be at the show to sell copies of Neihardt’s “Black Elk Speaks.”
The show, LINPEX ’16, is expected to draw up to 2,000 people to Country Inn and Suites on Saturday and Sunday, said club member Joel Johnson.
Among the highlights:
* Eight dealers from several states will be there to buy and sell mint and used U.S. and worldwide stamps and pieces of postal history. The U.S. Postal Service will sell stamps on Saturday and use the special show cancel on outgoing mail.
* If you’ve inherited a stamp collection and want to know if it's valuable, club members will give free evaluations on both days. In the past, they’ve found stamps worth up to $1,500. “There’s usually a line of people,” Johnson said. “If you’re not a collector, you don’t know what things are worth.”
* And, as always, the club will bring back its Beginners’ Table, where old and young curious collectors dig through thousands of donated domestic and foreign stamps. Adults pay a nickel per stamp and children pay a penny. The club made more than $300 on the table last year, he said.
“Kids come there and they really like it. When they get there, they don’t want to leave.”