Papermania Plus – Something For Everyone
On a beautiful summer day, customers came from many states to search among a variety of goods, not all necessarily made of paper.
Collectors congregated at Hartford, Connecticut’s XL Center for Papermania Plus 74, which took place on Saturday, August 25, 2018.
There were all sorts of antiques, ephemera, collectables and memorabilia for sale including books, comics, original art, movie stills and posters, postcards, photographs, magazines, manuscripts and a few other things that you might be surprised to find at Papermania.
Promoter Gary Gipstein assembled more than four score quality dealers to offer their wares. Prices ranged from a dollar to four figures for some rare items.
But you don’t have to be a collector of anything specific to enjoy the show. There is so much to look at and appreciate, that it is unlikely you could come here and not go home with something desirable at a very fair price.
So what did we notice?
Here is a small sample of the things we found interesting.
Many of these letters and documents were priced at just $10.
Dealer Jake Tito is a young man who has taken up the noble profession of used bookseller. His company is the Henry Knox Book Company. You can tell Jake loves what he does and was enthusiastic about sharing his knowledge with customers.
An authentic autographed large poster of aviation hero and America Firster, Nazi sympathizer, Charles Lindbergh looked enticing.
Before magician Harry Houdini became world famous as an escape artist, he was known as the “King of Cards.” As with everything he did, Houdini was a master at manipulating playing cards. This original poster is a very early example of Houdini advertising.
One of the things you would not expect to come across and is probably one-of-a-kind, a very large sneaker signed on one side by Larry Bird. The other side was signed by Kevin McHale. This one sneaker at $235 cost less than a pair of some of those fancy new sneakers. And those new ones are not signed by Larry Bird!
The next Papermania Plus will be a two day affair, January 5-6, 2019.