2019 Convention – Nottingham7th January 2019 by Sam Whiting
Card collectors worldwide headed for Nottingham…. though not to the original venue, as there was a last minute change, the owners of the old TV Studios being concerned there were insufficient parking facilities, and moving us to the De Vere Jubilee Conference Centre, 16 Orston Drive, NG8 1DH. That’s only a mile away from the original Studio 7, but it still led to several other changes. We are, however, delighted to report that all our stallholders and visitors arrived safely.
Interestingly for ephemera collectors, this venue change was made after we had started issuing advertising materials, so look out for these items, they may be the Cartophilic collectable of the future.
The new location was set within 65 acres of scenic lakeside grounds in Nottingham University, just 10 minutes from Junction 25 off the MI motorway and just two miles from the city centre, 20 minutes from East Midlands Airport, with direct trains into central London.
Forty-four tables were booked, with wall tables doing particularly well, and we are delighted to say that all leading card dealers were in residence, along with smaller local dealers, and some members taking a one off stall in order to reduce their duplicates box and make some money to spend on more cards. Attendance was high and business reportedly very brisk. In fact several dealers said they had found it one of the best events of recent years.
This year’s event will perhaps be remembered for hosting the inaugural “swap area”, where anyone could bring in selected modern cards they had already and swap them for others they needed. A bit like a bring and buy sale, but better. We started with Pokémon and Match Attax type cards, mainly to attract the younger collector, but found a range of ages were interested, and we saw steady trading all day. The experiment definitely worked, so we will repeat it next year!
Many thanks to Nottingham Branch for sponsoring this event, the third time they have co-hosted our annual convention.
And here is a link to their website:
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