The 66th Papermania Plus Antique Paper Show Will Be Held August 23 And 24

June 23, 2014

It’s all about memorable items and documents, as well as nostalgia, postcards, rare books, photography, movie star posters and various collectibles, at the two-day Papermania Plus Antique Paper Show. This extravaganza will be held Saturday and Sunday, August 23 and 24, at the XL Center in Hartford, Conn.
Considered the largest show of its kind in the Northeast, Papermania Plus boasts the finest grouping of more than 140 quality dealers from the East Coast, Midwest, and Canada. The show includes the “hottest” collectibles around such as advertising, Beatles memorabilia, comics, Disney material, framed prints, maps, magazines, rare books, stamps, sheet music, tins, vintage valentines, World War ephemera and signs. It’s the largest show of its kind, running continuously since 1976 at the same location, which is now called the Hartford XL Center.
“Papermania is a fun show for new collectors, old nostalgic collectors and for serious collectors young at heart,” said show promotor Gary Gipstein of Wethersfield, Conn. “Buy Back a Memory” is the theme to the long-running show.
Gipstein pointed out, “A show of this sort is like an invitation to an old fashioned swap know, the kind where kids (and adults) have “Tradesies” for a chance to pick up a Topps Baseball Card of Ted Williams or a movie star Dixie Cup premium of Katherine Hepburn. You can also search for a mint copy of the first Superman comic book, an 8-by-10 glossy of Marilyn Monroe or a Civil War picture, and World War II insignias and combat ribbons. There are stereo view cards, stock certificates and many kinds of eccentricities of interest to everyone.”
There will be free appraisals for up to 5 items in all categories from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Sunday. Celebrity guest appraiser Gary Sohmers of the PBS-TV program “Antiques Roadshow” will be available to appraise pop culture, collectibles and toys.
Unique paper collectibles, such as family games, postcards, and prints or rare books, will be available at this show and prices can range from 50 cents to $5,000. Mickey Mouse and Disney characters are popular at this event, as is political material from George Washington to Barack Obama. Movie star and comic premiums, buttons and posters, 18th-century documents, 19th-century broadsides, advertising trade cards and celebrity autographs will also be available. Early railroad ephemera, train schedules, pictures and promotional items will be presented too.
Show hours will be 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday. General admission is $8. Senior citizens and college students are invited to attend for half price on Sunday.
The next Papermania show will take place Saturday and Sunday, January 10 and 11, 2015.
For further information, call show manager Arlene Shea at 860-563-9975 or visit


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