Yesterday I went up to the Hal Lutsky Vintage Paper Fair in San Francisco (the image at left is for an upcoming show in the San Jose area.) It was a great day at the show! Not only did I pick up a few nice cards for my personal collection, but I got a chance to talk to a few folks who have a lot of background in collecting Disney park related cards.
Dale Samuelson of Pastime Images was set up right near the entrance of the hall. Dale knows a lot of the key people that have built up the hobby over the last 20 years and has sold a lot of cards to them as well. So…fair to say he has a lot of the “tribal knowledge” I was talking about in an earlier post. We spoke a fair bit about the hobby and its past. One thing he mentioned which I found really interesting was that he feels the rarest of the first 23 cards is NT0014, the Casey Jr. train. Apparently, he sold one of these to a guy back in the 90’s for $180. It just goes to show you that when somebody wants something and it is not often seen…the price can go anywhere. I bought several cards from Dale, one of which was this copy of the Treasure Trails card, NT1136N. I have never actually seen this card on eBay (could have missed it I guess) so I was happy to get it. You can reach Dale at: pastime “at” dslextreme “dot” com.
I also had the good fortune to run into another collector who has a near complete collection of all the cards in the Nickel Tour. I am hoping to share some of her knowledge with you all, especially in terms of rarity and pricing…as she has been collecting for a long time and again, has a lot of “tribal knowledge”. So…stay tuned as I will either relay her knowledge to you, or she may potentially write a post.
After my visit to the paper fair, I went over to the Disney Family Museum and picked up a few cards that I did not already have. This card show’s Walt’s Carolwood Pacific railroad as shown in the museum. It’s a beautiful scale model train…and if you go to the museum you can see a fantastic picture of Salvador Dali riding the train in Walt’s back yard! (Pretty hilarious…if you ask me!)
I will bring you a few more treasures from this trip to the City in a future post. I hope you are all having a great summer!
Until next time…
P.S. I mentioned in my last post that a copy of NT1160 was lurking on eBay…well a new one has shown up…and it’s probably in better condition. It is also being offered by someone who subscribes to this blog! Just search for NT1160 and you will find it.