The weather this weekend may be wet, but the happenings at the Montgomery County Fairgrounds in Gaithersburg will be sizzling with the 28th Annual Black Memorabilia & Collectibles Show. The show opens Saturday, April 21 and closes Sunday, April 22. Hundreds of collectors from across the country will be on hand to showcase their unique assortment of memorabilia related to music, arts and entertainment, sports and even politics.
Despite the recent recession and difficult economic times, now is the best time to begin collecting Black Memorabilia and toys. Storing unique collectibles items for the future is actually savvy. Many collectors and dealers are liquidating merchandise, slashing prices and cutting their losses to secure funds. Storing away memorabilia and collectibles items for the future is a wise investment. As our country climbs its way out of recession and continues to battle terrorism threats, toys or artifacts stored today will become the memorabilia of tomorrow. Thus far, this year has proven to be significant time for collectors of memorabilia related to Whitney Houston, Don Cornelius, Dick Clark and the Tuskegee Airmen. With the deaths of these pioneers of music and release of the acclaimed film about African American Fighter Pilots, anything related to these individuals or topics has instantly become collectible.
Memorabilia related to the first African American President is still generating interest and remains highly collectible. Whether you think about collecting newspapers or magazines featuring Mr. Obama or toys that depict his image – investing a few dollars today can pay big dividends later.
A national collector who will be at the show this weekend is Leonard Davis. His distinctive assortment of African American artifacts, toys and collectible items were featured in Spike Lee’s movie Bamboozled and television shows such as The Incurable Collector which airs on the Arts and Entertainment Network. He is such a highly sought after collector of single evidentiary objects that he is often featured on programs such as CBS Sunday Morning. You can count on him to bring new items from this extensive collection as well as objects he has found on his numerous treks across the globe. Additionally, there will be celebrities on hand to sign memorabilia, along with exhibits of the Tuskegee Airmen, Madame C.J. Walker and Blacks in Hockey just to name a few.
Montgomery County Fairgrounds
Gaithersburg, MD (I-270, Exit 11)
Admission to the show is $7 for adults and parking is free.