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What an Exhibit!

The Collectors Club of Chicago (CCC) is proud to present The Rarest of the Rare stamps and covers as exhibited by the 100 members of Le Club de Monte-Carlo and displayed at the non-competitive exhibition held Nov. 29-Dec. 1, 2002 in Monaco under the patronage of S.A.S. le Prince Rainier III de Monaco.

The exhibition took place at the Musée des Timbres et des Monnaies in Monaco under the supervision of Monsieur Jean Fissore, Director of the Museum.

The CCC thanks the president of the Club of Monte-Carlo, Monsieur Alexander D. Kroo, for granting permission to display this remarkable exhibit on AskPhil. The exhibition catalogue, a masterpiece of philatelic history, states, "If the Club of Monte Carlo did not exist, it would have to be invented."

There is no organization in the world of philately that could have achieved this stroke of genius in gathering the Rarest of the Rare in one exhibition.

Prince Rainier III must be congratulated for his foresight in arranging space in the museum, as well as his support for the club. Mr. Kroo, former Secretary-General of ASCAT, the international philatelic publishing organization, has proven, once again, that age in philately is not a deterrent to imagination. Age brings wisdom and Mr. Kroo has advanced philately to a new degree of information for the entire philatelic world to enjoy and study.

The CCC also thanks the 100 members of the Club of Monte-Carlo for their cooperation in bringing together an amazing display of philatelic material. AskPhil and the Collectors Club of Chicago is proud to be able to display The Rarest of the Rare for everyone to see, appreciate and learn.

It should be noted that many of the stamps and covers shown here have never appeared in a public auction. A large portion of the 100 rarities traded hands via private treaty sales.