Journal: Vintage Friday: Do You Collect The Memorabilia Too?

Vintage Friday: Do You Collect The Memorabilia Too?

Michael Banovsky By Michael Banovsky
January 14, 2016
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The auction season is swinging into gear, first in Scottsdale, Arizona, and then the cluster of big sales held during Rétromobile in Paris, France. This means January and February are often quite a busy way to start the year, but also that a huge flood of items is consigned, catalogued, and sold—and I’m not talking about cars.

I’m talking about the “other stuff”. Rétromobile has an especially epic assortment of “other stuff,” from a not-for-sale exhibition on rhomboid cars to dozens of vendors, clubs, and artists under the same roof. I don’t know what it is, but every year I’ll see some bizarre little trinket offered at the show and wish I’d bought my very own Bibendum.

This year is no different, and though I have no idea what I’d do with heaps of old racing posters, pictures, dashboard clocks, and promotional figures, I can’t be the only one who looks at memorabilia with envy.

Whether it’s to complete your Ferrari’s toolkit, or deck your den out in vintage Art Deco racing posters, do you collect or covet memorabilia?

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Michael Squeo
Michael Squeo

I’ve been collecting stuff for years and someday I’ll begin to divest as Guitar Slinger suggests. I have many auto show sales brochures from the 1960’s, including all the normal stuff plus some crazy Romanian Jeep, other odd stuff and, (I think) three copies of the one page Toyota 2000 GT fact sheet that Toyota was giving out at the NY Auto Show. I have Goodyear blow-up blimps and a bunch of other stuff. Lucky I have a very understanding wife!!!!!

Linda N Brian Schick
Linda N Brian Schick

I’ve been collecting 1/18 scale diecast cars and motorcycles for many years , but I have stopped due to lack of space and the high cost of fine quality models. At least until something special comes out that really grabs me.

Mike2416
Mike2416

Definitely! I even have a side business selling online – Vintage sales brochures, press kits, photographs, posters, car club & rally badges, dealership plates, racing and rally memorabilia, advertising and styling art, etc etc etc. I have several thousand pieces from the early 1900s to present.

My favourites are a personal letter sent from Cannonball Baker to an auto exec (signed with his nickname “Bake”) and the original GM design studio Firebird rendering attached.

Djordje Sugaris
Djordje Sugaris

Of course!

Die cast cars, movie posters with cars on them (mostly ex-Yugoslav prints), old photographs of cars and/or unknown people standing next to them, and everything even remotely connected to cars.

Guitar Slinger
Guitar Slinger

I’ve got a few select manufactures brochures I still hold onto [ including a couple of rare and hard to get ones that were only given to prospective clients ] as well as a couple of manufactures scale models [ the Ferrari Modulo given to me by the Ferrari stand girl at the NY Auto show back in the day is the pride of the bunch ] … back when manufactures gave out scale models rather than ‘ smart ‘ sticks . Other than that … and one or two very select Porsche 356 posters from ” the perfect sporting… Read more »

Andrew Salt
Andrew Salt

Could’t agree more with your last paragraph. Well said!

Christopher Gay
Christopher Gay

Bingo on the last paragraph. I’ve got so much cool, old junk that it actually feels burdensome at times. You got it. There are only so many hours in the day and the clock keeps ticking.