Ancient coins, rare stamps, antique jewelry, popular baseball cards, sports memorabilia, even some sports celebrities--that will be the stock in trade when an exposition for collectors and traders opens Thursday in Long Beach.
The four-day show, officially called the Long Beach Numismatic, Philatelic and Baseball Card Exposition, will have more than 600 different booths with an estimated 2,500 dealers. About 100 of the booths will be devoted to sports memorabilia, 40 will feature stamps, and another 100 will have foreign and ancient coins. The promoters say it is one of the largest collector conventions in the world.
In a special section devoted to ancient coins, collectors can see coins more than 2,000 years old that can be purchased for as low as $25.
On Thursday night there will be a rare coin auction. Small-time collectors can mingle with big-time investors and numismatic professionals in bidding for coins in the excitement of a real auction.