Shows — November 1, 2011 at 12:02 am

40th Anniversary All-American Collectors Show in Glendale

40th Anniversary All-American Collectors Show in Glendale
40th Anniversary All-American Collectors Show in Glendale
IF YOU WERE A TREASURE HUNTER, a fan of vintage toys and memorabilia, or a history buff, you found your way to the Glendale Civic Auditorium to both celebrate and enjoy the 40th anniversary of The All-American Collector’s Show.

Held on Saturday August 20, and Sunday, August 21, 2011, the weekend event acted as a magnet for some 200 dealers from all over the U.S. (and even Sweden), to sell and trade tin wind-up toys, cast iron toys, Disney memorabilia, dolls, Americana, arcade machines, movie memorabilia, vintage advertising and a myriad of other “blasts from the pasts.” Prices at previous events had ranged from a dollar to $100,000, and beyond. Some of collectibles you could carry home in your pocket such as an early 1900s toy soldier, others required a moving van like the giant cat on display.

While The All-American Collector’s show was not auction based, although haggling was expected, you needed to know your toy history and keep your eyes open, no telling what you might uncover in the blink of an eye for toy collectors know that valuable things can come in very small packages…and the packages often worth almost as much.

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