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SPORTS ANTIQUE OF THE WEEK JAN. 24TH- 30TH 2010 - SPECIAL FEATURE!!!!! 250 PHOTOS POSTED OF CARLTON'S 800 MILE ROAD TRIP TO THE GLENDALE SHOW AND LONG BEACH FLEA...770 PHOTOS OF THE 2009 NATIONAL SPORTS COLLECTORS CONVENTION ARE NOW POSTED....STORY  WILL BE DELAYED, CHECK BACK LATER

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SPORTS ANTIQUE 

OF THE WEEK

Jan. 24th-30th 2010

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THIS WEEKS FEATURE

 SPECIAL EDITION 

Carlton's 800 mile L.A. Road Trip 

To the Glendale Show and 

Long Beach Flea Market

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Glendale Civic Auditorium

 

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Carlton's in parking garage leaving show

 

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Vendor Booth

 

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Baseball Bat Bar Table

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c1920 Polo Player Toy

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c1950 Motorized 3-D Voit Adv. Display

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Line to get in at 12:00PM opening

 

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c1930 Home Run King Baseball Toy

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c1920 43" wide reverse glass uniforms 

sign from Yankee Stadium 

(just kidding)

 

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THE ALL AMERICAN COLLECTORS SHOW

(A.K.A THE GLENDALE SHOW)

Glendale Civic Auditorium

Glendale Calif - Jan. 16th-17th 2010

 

 

THE GLENDALE SHOW

By

Carlton Hendricks

 

Last Saturday January 16th 2010 I attended the All American Collectors  Show in Glendale California, at the Glendale Civic Auditorium. Glendale is a pleasant suburb of Los Angeles 16 mile out. The Glendale show as I call it, takes place twice a year in January and August. I've been to most of them the last twenty plus years. The show is best known for toys and advertising, what I call the "fun stuff" antiques. They say the January show is the best one, but I'm not so sure anymore. I think in the old days some east coast dealers would do the January show but not the August.

 

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GLENDALE'S EVOLUTION

The show isn't what it was, but what is? Used to be two floors, and probably twice as many dealers....but it's been eBayed like the rest of the antiques world. In the old days the show really cooked and you could feel the excitement in the air. It would be so packed it was hard to see the stuff in booths 2-3 people deep.

 

 

 

The now closed downstairs area was two levels, with a mezzanine that surrounded a deeper pit area. All the floor space was filled with booths in the pit and on the mezzanine. Plus there was another side room full of another 5-6 dealers. Plus there were dealers set up in the entry hall at some shows . One show there were even tents set up outside full of dealers. They say it was one of the best shows in the country for toys and advertising. 

 

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THE ENVIRON

Even the 1920's architecture of the building the show is held in, the Glendale Civic Auditorium, has changed some since I started attending. At least they didn't touch the front, and the palm trees. But there used to be this fantastic lawn area on the east side the building that kind of looked like a little sunken  stadium. Back then I'd spend the entire day in the show; open to close. When I'd leave I'd go out and lay on that lawn and rest up before heading out. 

 

 

 

The design of the lawn area was period 1920's, same as the auditorium  and I felt a slice of another era there. As if the past era's I'd been looking at all day didn't leave immediately when I left the building, like they kind of hung around just a little longer before I headed out into the modern world. The L.A. weather in the early evening was very refreshing after being inside most of the day. Then came that darn three story parking garage that is there now and out went that great lawn area!

 

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