The 67th Papermania Plus Antique Paper Show Will Be Held On Jan. 10 And 11

Long-Running Event Will Celebrate Its 40th Year in 2015

December 1, 2014

The Papermania Plus Antique Paper Show is an extravaganza scheduled for Saturday and Sunday, Jan. 10 and 11, 2015, at the XL Center in Hartford, Conn. Celebrating its 40th year, the unique show is considered the largest show of its kind in the Northeast, boasting over 140 dealers offering an extensive variety of ephemera, advertising, photography, books, comics, prints, maps, posters, stamps, sheet music, vintage valentines, postcards, and signs, just to name a few things.
There will be unusual paper collectibles available with prices ranging from 50 cents to $5,000. Popular items bearing the likeness of Mickey Mouse and Disney characters, political buttons and posters from George Washington to Barack Obama, movie star and comic premiums, sports magazines, 18th-century documents, 19th-century broadsides, advertising trade cards, and celebrity autographs will be available. Early railroad material, such as train schedules, photographs, and promotional items, will also be presented at this show.
The show has run continuously since 1975 at the same location. It was founded by Paul Gipstein and Arlene Shea. “Papermania is a fun show for new collectors, old nostalgic collectors and for serious collectors young at heart,” said Gipstein of Wethersfield, Conn., a show promoter and avid collector. “A show of this sort is like an invitation to an old-fashioned swap session. 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 poster Dixie Cup premium of Katherine Hepburn. You can search for a rare copy of a Mark Twain book, an 8-by10-inch glossy of Marilyn Monroe, or a Civil War picture, WWII insignias and combat ribbons. There are stereo view cards, stock certificates, and many kinds of eccentricities of interest to everyone,” stated Gipstein. “Buy back a memory” continues to be the show theme.
Show hours will be from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Jan. 10 and from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Jan. 11. There will be free appraisals on Sunday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. for up to five items in all categories. Guest appraiser Gary Sohmers will also be available to appraise pop culture collectibles and toys. Admission will be $8. Admission for senior citizens and college students will be half-price on Sunday.
The next Papermania Plus Show will be held Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 22 and 23.
For further information or directions, call Arlene Shea at 860-563-9975 or visit


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