THE ANNUAL CARD CONVENTION9th August 2019 by Michele Auborn
We encourage all card and ephemera collectors to attend our Annual Conventions.
Every year we visit a different part of this country so there will eventually be one in your county area; though we do make sure that all our venues have excellent travel links for cars, bikes, and public transport. And we are delighted to report that several members fly in from overseas just to attend.
The conventions usually take place on a Saturday and Sunday, though in 2019, due to a last minute venue change, we reverted to the way it used to be, a Friday and a Saturday
While Society members get in free, and can browse and buy for longer, non members simply need to pay an admission fee and they too can enjoy the delights. These include leading national and local dealers, as well as private collectors taking a stall just for that weekend – the thousands of vintage and modern cards, from completed sets, to part sets, odds and types – all manner of card storage options like card safe modern albums and wall display frames – other collectables like tins, packets, advertising memorabilia, showcards etc – and a chance to meet the team who run the local branch, (or this year branches), who co-host the event.
Of course should you want to join the Society (or local branch) on seeing all we offer, we have all the information you need.
At the start, these events were very much just an Annual General Meeting, where we discussed the doings of the year, approved the accounts, and branch representatives came together to give reports on card collecting in their area, plus, in the main hall, there were a few stands of cards for sale. In fact when the AGM was on, the selling at those usually ceased. Nowadays the event is more an event, and its based much more around the card trading than the AGM, though that does still take place on the Saturday afternoon.
These days a common concern to all branches is attracting and keeping the interest of new and younger members who do not see many, if any, cards in their day to day lives. So in 2019 we had our inaugural “swap area”, specifically designed to attract younger collectors of Match Attax, Adrenalyn and Pokémon cards. And more events like this are planned.
⚒️ BREAKING NEWS ⚒️
Greetings and Happy New Year. You have found our latest building site. Yes, this section is the next one which is being upgraded. Watch out for a link to our better system! You may be the first to see it… And we still need YOUR memories, plus photos. Anyway, hit the weblink by each picture, and your time machine will start to travel. Hold on as you go!
..and still to come as we slowly gather up speed and travel further back in time are:
2013 – Woking
2012 – Lincoln
2011 – Stratford upon Avon
2010 – Southport
2009 – WaltonOnThames
2008 – Norwich
2007 – Worcester
2006 – Nottingham
2005 – Scarborough
2004 – Eastbourne
2003 – Reading
2002 – Stratford Upon Avon
2001 – Yate
2000 – Watford
Anyone having souvenir cards or flyers or photos of these venues please get in touch, or anyone who would just like to share their memories. Many thanks in advance
A dilemma. Imagine you are, or know a card collector who lives outside the UK, who would be really interested to join us, were it not for the high cost of the overseas subscription? If only there was a way to reduce this cost. And now there is!
Where does the time go! I am writing this in the week before Christmas, and another year has flown by. By the time you get this we will be in to 2020, so I hope you all had a great Christmas and wish you a happy, healthy and prosperous New Year.
All card and ephemera collectors make a note in your diary now because our next card convention will take place on SATURDAY 25th and SUNDAY 26th APRIL 2020 at FIVE RIVERS LEISURE CENTRE, HULSE ROAD, SALISBURY, WILTSHIRE SP1 3NR ❄️❄️
Anyone want to buy a large cricket collection. Only joking! That is what I wrote on the Saturday afternoon of the 3rd Ashes Test. As you will know, England managed a magnificent 67 all out in their 1st innings, with only Root and Bairstow out to goo