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SportsAntiques.com's written

coverage of the

2009 

National Sports 

Collectors Convention

Cleveland Ohio 

July 29th - August 2nd

 

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CLEVELAND

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....I got to the Rhinebeck Antiques Show about 10:00AM and it was the jewel of the whole pre-con  trip. I would say for it's size it was the best antiques show I've been to in twenty two years collecting.....

The 2009 30th National Sports Collectors Convention took place at the IX Center in Cleveland Ohio July 29th thru August 2nd. I flew out from San Francisco a week early to do some exploring around the east coast. Basically the plan was to land in Cleveland, rent a car, head east, and see as many antiques venues in a week as I could before the national started.

 

Based on my time frame I could only find two antiques shows within my perimeter. Something called the Great American Antique Fest in Liverpool New York, near Syracuse , and the Rhinebeck Antiques Fair in Rhinebeck New York. The plan was to see these two shows, and visit and shoot my friend Bob Mayer's collection, also there in upstate New York. Then finish with a visit to the  antiques hot bed, or what used to be the antiques hot bed of the United States, Adamstown/Denver PA. Then head back to Cleveland for the National. In other words, as much pain as I could take. All that driving might sound harsh to some, but to me it was kind of the ultimate vacation. Just driving around seeing things and areas of the United States I've never seen before is very enjoyable to me,

 

 

My plane landed Wednesday evening July 22nd, exactly one week before the National opened. The Antiques Fest in Syracuse wasn't until Friday, so I planned a day of exploring on Thursday. The Ontario Antiques Mall in Farmington New York advertises it's self as the largest Antiques mall in New York state. Coming from Cleveland Farmington is about an hour before Syracuse. So I got off the plane and headed right for Farmington. I got to my hotel about 4:00AM and slept till 10, got up and went to the Ontario Mall. How was it?...well, not bad. I didn't find anything great in sports that I had to have...but I did find a 47" wide carved eagle I really pondered...it was only $750.00 plus 20% off, which would have made it $600.00. I just didn't want to deal with packing and shipping it home. Had I thought of it, Marc Mcrea drove to the National and would have taken it back to the Bay Area for me, but I didn't think of it and left without it...it was killer!

 

 

ONTARIO ANTIQUES MALL, FARMINGTON, N.Y. LARGEST ANTIQUES MALL IN NEW YORK STATE

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After I finished the mall I had the rest of the day to explore around the Farmington area before heading on to Syracuse/Liverpool. Farmington is about 7 1/2 miles to Canandaigua N.Y., so I headed over there to look for antiques stores. There were only a few so from there on I pretty much suspended the search for antiques for the day. I spent the rest of the afternoon just driving around sightseeing. Nothing too exciting, just seeing new areas. I drove thru the Village of Bloomfield, then thru Victor before getting back on Interstate 90 for Syracuse.

 

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