08.01.2018 - Christoph Gärtner Awards 2017

(wm) For the fifth time in succession the well-known CG-Awards of the German auction house Christoph Gärtner were handed over to the winners during the opening day of the MonacoPhil event. It concerned ten prizes that were awarded to study groups and associations from all over the world, for publications of these clubs, like magazines and books. This time, there were two special prizes: one for ‘Digital Literature’ and one for ‘Youth’. The exhibits were assessed by a number of well-known jurors, such as Richard Johnson (South Africa), Patrick Maselis (Belgium) and Rainer von Scharpen (Germany). Each juror entered his votes in a computer, which then calculated the respective final score.
The winner of the main group was once again the Collectors Club of Chicago (USA) that received a prize € 2,000 for its publication "U.S. Contract Mail Routes by Railroad (1832-1875).” The second place was for the German thematic club ‘Motivgruppe Musik’. The study group ‘ArGe Krone/Adler’, also from Germany, captured the third place.
The special prize for digitally produced literature went to "PHILA HISTORICA", a free digital periodical about philatelic history and philatelic literature, edited by Wolfgang Maassen. The magazine can be downloaded free of charge on the Internet ( The decision was very close: the Italian publication ‘Vaccari News’ was only half a point behind the winner. In the category ‘Youth’ the price went to the German stamp collectors association ‘Meininger Briefmarkensammlerverein‘.

Expectant faces among the visitors of the CG-Awards presentation in the ‘Top Car Museum’ of Prince Albert II in Monaco. Photo: Wolfgang Maassen