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“PAPERMANIA PLUS” ANTIQUE PAPER SHOW RETURNS TO HARTFORD’S XL CENTER WorthPoint CEO Will Seippel, eBay Hall of Famer Danna Crawford among Special Guests January 11-12

Hartford, CT [November 26, 2020]: Advertising, photography and antique paper lovers rejoice! Papermania Plus returns to the XL Center Saturday and Sunday, January 11 & 12, 2020. Hillcrest Promotions LLC, has been running paper and antique shows continuously since 1975, and Papermania Plus is one of the top shows for paper and memorabilia in the county. January will be the 77th Papermania Plus.

Papermania Plus offers both serious collectors and the merely curious a treasure trove of vintage paper items, including postcards, movie posters, photographs, rare books, fine art prints, baseball cards, antique maps, sheet music, autographs, historical documents and much more. Even items such as old stock certificates from longbankrupt companies — valuable for their design, not the company they represent — can be found. Then there’s the “Plus” part: pins, tin-types, vintage bottles, metal and wooden signs, and advertising and trade show display samples of all kinds.

“[Papermania Plus] showcases the importance of printed material before the Internet,” says show promoter Gary Gipstein. “The breadth and depth of material on display here is staggering. This is where you have a chance to pick up a rare Topps baseball card you’ve been looking for, or a backstage pass and poster from that rock concert you attended. You can also search for a mint copy of the first Batman comic book, Stephen King’s Castle Rock newsletters, comb through tens of thousands of vintage post cards, rare Civil War pictures or WWII insignias and combat ribbons, and even rare LP’s. There are stereo view cards, 19th-century catalogs of all sorts, and many kinds of eccentricities of interest to everyone.”
This year, CEO Will Seippel and eBay Hall of Famer Danna Crawford will be on site Saturday from 9 am to 2 pm to offer a free seminar on how to discover hidden treasures at ephemera and memorabilia shows like Papermania Plus. Registrants will then explore the items on site to search for rare and unique items of value. “We are thrilled to be bringing the WorthPoint Treasure Hunt to Papermania Plus,” Seippel said. “This is our first trip to Hartford and we are looking forward to exploring the show and helping our friends learn how to identify and value printed items and vintage advertising. This is a category I really love, so I am personally excited to be hunting along with the rest of our group – can’t wait to see what we’ll discover.”

Vendors from across the country will bring items to sell, share, and display. The public is encouraged to bring in their own treasures for an appraisal Sunday, January 12 from 10 am until noon. Among the appraisers this year is Gary Sohmers, famous for his appearances on the 7-time Emmy nominated PBS-TV program “Antiques Roadshow.” “We are extremely fortunate to have Mr. Sohmers at Papermania Plus again this year,” Gipstein said.

Papermania Plus at the XL Center in Hartford runs from 10 am to 5 pm Saturday, January 11, and 9 am until 2 pm Sunday, January 12. Tickets are $9. Seniors and students with a valid ID card can get half-price admission. Complete information can be found at, or by joining the PaperMania Plus community on Facebook. You can follow @PapermaniaPlus on Twitter and Instagram.