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THE ANNUAL CARD CONVENTION

THE ANNUAL CARD CONVENTION

We encourage all card and ephemera collectors to attend this event

Every year we visit a different part of this country so there will eventually be one in your area; though we do make sure that all our venues have excellent travel links for cars, bikes, and public transport. In fact we are delighted to report that several members fly in from overseas just to attend.

Some years ago these events were very much just an Annual General Meeting, where we approved accounts, elected honorary councillors, and  representatives from each of our branches gave reports on what was happening with card collecting in their area. Plus, in the main hall, there were some stands of cards for sale – but 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 dealers and the card trading than it is the AGM, though that does still take place on the Saturday afternoon.

While Society members do 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 – plus other collectables like these….

just one of the wonderful advertising models issued by manufacturers
A super collection could be made of advertising playing cards
Topps (1974) ‘Comic Book Heroes – Stickers’ (wrapper / packet)
And as well as wonderful advertising collectables like these….

… this event also allows for local collectors to meet the team who run their local branch. And should our visitors want to join the Society (or local branch) on seeing all we offer, we have all the information needed.

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 as it was such a great success we are repeating it this year in Salisbury. So start making your swap lists now

A typical Panini packet, unopened, to raise the “Adrenalyn” perhaps..
Nintendo (2014) ‘Pokemon XY – Flashfire’

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you have found our latest building site. No prizes, but we hope you enjoy how the above is coming along.

hit the blue 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:

< 2012 : LINCOLN

2011 : STRATFORD – ON – AVON >

< 2010 : SOUTHPORT

2009 : WALTON ON THAMES >

2007 : WORCESTER >

2005 : SCARBOROUGH >

< 2004 : EASTBOURNE

2003 : READING >

< 2002 : STRATFORD ON AVON

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

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