The National Association Breweriana Advertising — also known as NABA — will hold a free brewery collectibles show in Toledo in August as part of its 43rd annual convention.
The show, which is open to the public, is set for 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Aug. 2 at the Grand Plaza Hotel & Convention Center downtown. It will include breweriana for sale and appraisals for people wondering how much their beer items are worth. There will be about 200 tables filled with brewery items, including trays, labels, signs and cans.
NABA President George Baley said he expects about 500 people to attend the show, especially with renewed interest in the hobby thanks to the growth of the craft beer industry.
There had been quite a lull when no new breweries were opening, he said. But the Brewers Association in Boulder, Colo., has estimated there are more than 3,000 breweries in the U.S. today, the most since the 1800s.
The only problem for the hobbyists is that the new wave of craft brewers don’t devote a lot of money to promotional materials, Baley said. But it’s still easy for new collectors to snap up coasters, signs and glasses.
“There’s a hope they will move on to more sophisticated collectibles” to keep the hobby alive, said Baley, 72, of Indiana.
He has been collecting for 40 years, starting out with beer cans. He now specializes in bar back beer figurines, also known as statues that were put on display in bars. Baley has written two collectible books: Bar Back Beer Figurines and Vintage Beer Tap Markers: Ball Knobs, 1930s-1950s.
The NABA, founded in 1972 in Milwaukee and now boasting more than 800 members, is the oldest national association for brewery and beer advertising collectibles. The annual convention begins July 29 and will include seminars, beer tastings, tours and sales for members only.
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