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TV COLLECTIBLES AND WHERE TO FIND THEM

TV collectibles, TV-related and tie-in merchandise are all names for the specialist branch of collecting which attracts toy collectors and radio/television enthusiasts alike. The field includes toys, comics, magazines, badges and other memorabilia.

There are a number of dealers who attend collectors' fairs and have their own stalls in permanent antique markets. These fairs are advertised in Collectors Gazette, which is required reading for enthusiasts.


Club
  • TV/FILM/POP & SCI-FI COLLECTORS CLUB. Made in Heaven, 216 Kristiansand Way, Letchworth, Herts., SG6 1TU (01462-683965, 0860-355620).

Dealers

  • BOOKOMART (John Robinson), 14a Watkin Lane, Lostock Hall, Preston, Lancs., PR5 5RD (01772-322315). Mail order only, children's and radio/TV annuals.
  • DALKEITH AUCTIONS, Box 4, Bournemouth, BH1 1YL (01202-292905). Monthly sales of books, photos and other collectibles.
  • FLOPPY TONGUE (01722-331107). Trading cards.
  • FORBIDDEN PLANET, numerous branches (see CULT TV section for addresses). Trading cards, plastic kits and diecast models.
  • JIM'S TV COLLECTABLES, Box 4767, San Diego, CA 92164, USA. Huge selection, catalogue $2 plus post.
  • PLAY IT AGAIN, 10 Downs Road, Canterbury, Kent, CT2 7AY (01227-464841 evenings). TV-related books, card games, board games, puppets and jigsaws.
  • PSYCHOTRONIC VIDEO, 18 Hanway Street, London, W1T 9DD (020-7637 4506). Kits, completed models, movie props and Japanese manga video tapes.
  • Pete ROBBENS, 32 Skipwith Close, 21st Avenue, Hull, HU6 8JB. (01482-801834). Celebrity dolls, film/TV/comic character collectibles.
  • SIEGI'S, Unit 3, 6 Orange Street, Canterbury, Kent, CT1 2JA (01227-470840). Specialist in TV and Sci-Fi collectibles, kits, trading cards and American comics. Mail order.
  • J. TURNER, 22 Aneray Road, Camborne, Cornwall, TR14 8UA.
  • TV MEMORABILIA, 41 Darwin Road, Bridlington, Yorks., YO16 5HZ. All 1960s, 1970s TV items, toys, badges, games, annuals, magazines, jigsaws. Large catalogue 1 in stamps.
  • TV TOY ZONE, 34 Francis Road, Caterham, Surrey, CR3 5NR. Specialising in TV, film and character toys from Doctor Who, James Bond, etc. Catalogue 2.
  • THE TWILIGHT ZONE, 92 High Street, Egham, Surrey (01784-433005). Specialising in TV and film memorabilia. Tuesday-Saturday 10.00-17.30.
  • Roger WILSON, 80 29th Avenue, North Hull Estate, Kingston Upon Hull (01482- 806960).

FAIRS

Ring organiser for dates and venues.

  • COMIC, FILM & TV COLLECTORS FAIRS, Birmingham, Leeds, Leicester, Liverpool, Manchester, Nottingham, Sheffield, Stoke-on-Trent (Golden Orbit, 01904-769085). Magazines, comics, toys and memorabilia.
  • The EPHEMERA SOCIETY holds its bazaars on one Sunday every month in London. Older radio and Tv material can be found here sometimes. Ring 020-8450 9998 for details.
  • MEMORABILIA ROADSHOW AND FAIRS, Birmingham NEC, Glasgow City Halls, Manchester at Bowler's, Trafford Park. (Made in Heaven, 216 Kristinasand Way, Letchworth, Herts., SG6 1TU 01462-683965, 0860-355620). Magazines, toys, memorabilia, some radio and TV annuals, tie-in books plus copies of Radio Times and TV Times.
  • NATIONAL VINTAGE COMMUNICATIONS FAIR, held at the National Exhibition Centre, Birmingham, in April or May and October. Plenty of vintage television (and radio) hardware plus old magazines, brochures, books, etc. Details from the organiser, Jonathan Hill, 13 Belmont Road, Exeter, EX1 2HF (01392-411565) or go to http://www.angelfire.com/tx/sunpress
    and also be sure to visit www.radiocraft.co.uk/nvcf/ for a fully illustrated guide with email links to traders.
  • POP CULTURE MEMORABILIA FAIR, National Exhibition Centre, Birmingham. Other venues may be added, contact organiser for dates and venues. (Steven Currie, 0141-357 4486). All kinds of magazines, records, CDs, toys and other memorabilia.
  • SCI-FI FAYRE, Ascot Racecourse (01734-313736, 588666, 326367).
  • SCI-FI FAYRE, Middle Wallop (01734-863344, 588666, 326367).
  • SCI-FI FILM AND TV COLLECTORS FAIR, Feltham (01992-637135).
  • TV, FILM AND SCI-FI COLLECTORS FAIR, Cheshunt (Showmasters International, 01992-637135).Magazines, toys, memorabilia.
  • TV, SCI-FI AND COMIC FAIRS, Luton, Milton Keynes and Stevenage (Made in Heaven, 216 Kristiansand Way, Letchworth, Herts., SG6 1TU 01462-683965, 0860-355620). Magazines, comics, toys and memorabilia.

See also local press for toy collector fairs in general, also http://www.antiques-uk.co.uk/buy_in_britain/bib_fairs_frame.htm


Magazines

  • COLLECTABLES (monthly). This is a newish, glossy-cover bookstand magazine covering a very broad range of, well, collectible items. Toys, including TV-related items, have had a good showing in early issues so this may be your cup of tea, certainly worth skimming through in W.H. Smith's library at lunchtime. Enquiries to Kern Publications Ltd., St Marychurch Road, Newton Abbot, Devon, TQ12 4UQ (01626-333141, fax: 01626-333142).
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