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Canadian Football League Collectibles Jim Trautman
Twice a year at the Toronto International Centre - Canada's largest sports collectibles show is held. The show features hundreds of dealers from across Canada and the United States. The main focus has been on hockey collectibles, but in recent years material connected to the Canadian Football League has been building a rapidly increasing committed fan collecting base. And although it does not still get the attention that hockey receives it is a growth area. In the past 55 years collectible material on the Canadian Football League has included; picture cards, team yearbooks, posters, records, jerseys, games, pocket schedules, pennants and other team and sponsor issued material. Of course most fans think of the Grey Cup Program, but there is league material sold at the CFL Hall of Fame in Hamilton, Ontario connected to the yearly induction of players and builders of the game. The souvenir shop inside the hall is filled with material from all the teams. In addition, it is a great place to pickup older material at very reasonable prices. .
Ice Spearfishing Decoys Joe Fossey
Recent historical interest, influenced primarily by Sporting Collectors, Antique Dealers and Interior Decorating trends has sparked a revival in the reproduction and collecting of wooden pioneer Ice Spear fishing decoys. They are without doubt, a truly unique North American folk art subject. Their sizes range from a tiny 1 inch minnow length to a massive 50 inch Sturgeon replica used to determine the minimum legal length spearing size.
Fish Decoys were used by native and early North American ice fishermen to lure food fish within reach of their spears. The decoys were all hand made, primitive by design and function due to then limited education, lack of regional communication and the general absence of quality wood working tools that are commonly available today. There are considerable differences in primary design and painting colours, which is influenced by various regions involved and the species needs of the original carvers.
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Stamp Boxes Tony Shaman
Postage stamp boxes, long the purview of stamp collectors, postal historians, and museums, are being discovered by an ever-increasing number of antique lovers. Collectors with a penchant for unusual collectible items are finding that the array of stamp boxes manufactured almost since the introduction of postage stamps in 1840, and continued down to our time, can add an element of excitement and spice to their collecting lives.
I'd Rather Be Sailing By Patrick Flynn
I'd rather be sailing, an enthusiasm of mine since my parents shipped me down to Mrs. Gardiner at.... basics of sanding a battered Nordberg hull ( the victim of the previous year's neophytes). Before that I remember fashioning boats from bits of 2 by 4, some doweling and cloth and floating them in puddles in a neigbour's driveway. Related work led to ....