Collector Fair coming to Letňany

All sorts of items will be available for two days, from stamps to beer mats

Collectors just never have enough. The two-day international market for collectors called Sběratel / Collector Fair at PVA Expo Praha is at Letňany on Sept. 8 and 9.

More than 200 exhibitors from 30 countries will be showing curious items at the largest show of its types in Central Europe.

Stamps and coins will be there of course, but that is just the tip of the iceberg. Paper money, engraved bonds, medallions, comic books, minerals, vintage postcards, movie posters, phone cards, fossils, beer memorabilia, military items and vintage advertisements are also among the offerings.

Vinyl records are becoming increasingly collectible, and Saturday, Sept. 9, will had a side event dedicated to LPs and stereos.

Visitors can also help charity. Konto Bariéry, a charity run by the Charta 77 Foundation to help the disabled, will be auctioning off a jersey signed by Jaromír Jágr and his teammates, a cycling jersey and cap signed by Jiří Ježek and other unique sports items.

You don't have to buy or collect. Most people just look, as the whole area is something like a museum of the history of various items.

Exhibitors will include national post offices and mints, professional associations, along with private traders.

The Czech Post Office will be unveiling a new stamp commemorating the world's rarest stamp, the Blue Mauritius, one of which is now in the Czech Republic. The copy, which is an official stamp for use domestically, costs Kč 16 and can be bought in sheets of 50. The real Blue Mauritius and a companion stamp were bought by a Czech collector for over $4 million. The original is 170 years old.

Film fans can get a special post card offered by the Czech Post Office with Arnold Schwarzenegger from the film Terminator 2: Judgment Day. Schwarzenegger turned 70 this year.

In the accompanying program, authors of some Czech postage stamps will be signing autographs.

The tiny country of San Marino will be selling new stamps with the image of the late rock star David Bowie.

Austria will have stamps honoring Falco, known for his song Rock Me Amadeus. Falco would have been 60 this year.

Stamps are just one of the many sections of collectibles, and many more items will be available in all price ranges. Collectors can also have their items evaluated at the fair and offer them to traders at the fair.

The fair was first held in 1998.

For more information, visit www.sberatel.info (ENG)

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