Moorabbin to host great day out for card collectors

March 14, 2014 by  

A Card Fair for collectors and enthusiasts will be held at the Moorabbin Masonic Hall, Victoria, in May.

Organised by the Australian Cartophilic Society (ACS), the fair will feature about 40 stalls operated by interstate and local dealers offering cards, ephemera and associated items for sale.

The fairs have become a major drawcard for dedicated collectors and provide a fun day out for all ages.

The society has been staging events such as this since it was first formed in 1968 by a small group of cigarette and trade card collectors. Some members’ collections dated back to their childhood, when black and white and coloured cards had often been included, with items such as confectionary, tobacco and cigarette packets.

Today, the Society has expanded to include reference books that are available for sale to members. The books provide a comprehensive coverage on trade and cigarette cards issued from as early as 1880. Members are also able to borrow reference books on postcards and other forms.

Postcard printing has proven not only to be a valuable marketing tool, but also a popular keepsake for future generations.

ACS membership has reached about 300 and includes collectors from around Australia and overseas. A regular postal auction allows members to sell or bid for individual cards.

The Card Fair runs from 9.30am to 3pm on 4th May, with plenty of off-street parking available.