Here are some photos of my competition case that I had in the CFMS show in Anderson, CA last year.
My labels were a simple label of the group rather than individual cabs. This is acceptable as per the AFMS rules. I used a triangular plastic piece with the label printed on an adhesive backed label. I used a Brother labeler and it prints on the label tape. The plastic pieces were cut from a 1/2" plastic rod that I got from Tap Plastics, a plastic supplies vendor. I used all capitals and a large font so the labels could be easily seen in the case.
These photos are from a setup that I did at home before the show. The case setup was done from these photos so I didn't have to do as much work at the time I set up the case at the show.
It was the first time that I had ever entered in a competitive show even though I have been displaying a case at various shows for over 35 years. It was a challenging opportunity but it was a lot of fun. One of the members of our club is a judge for the Federation so I picked his brain for tips and education on the rules. Study the rules thoroughly before you enter because there are a lot of details to the rules!
I entered the Masters level for cabochons and got 98 points out of 100, good enough for a blue ribbon.