California Here I Come

Feb 18, 2019 by

The LA Vintage Paperback Collectors Show & Sale

Although PulpFest 2019 is still six months off, there are other collectibles conventions fast approaching. For instance, on Sunday, March 24, the annual Los Angeles Vintage Paperback Collectors Show & Sale will take place at the Glendale Civic Auditorium at 1401 North Verdugo Road in Glendale, California from 9 AM to 4 PM. It’s the best bargain in town, featuring an admission price of five bucks!

Now in its fortieth year, the convention was started by Tom Lesser in 1980. Since then, it has grown to be the world’s largest vintage paperback gathering. This year’s show will feature over 80 dealer tables with tens of thousands of vintage paperbacks for sale, from inexpensive filler copies to the most elusive and rare collectibles in the hobby. In addition to collectible paperbacks, you’ll also find pulp magazines, original illustration art, hardbound science fiction and mystery books, and more. There is no telling what might show up! Even with a crowd of collectors around, it’s possible to be the first person to discover a hidden gem during the event. Each year there are great finds reported by folks who attend the show. This year, you could be the person telling the story.

Over the years, an important attraction of the show has been its exciting roster of guest authors and artists. It has included such notables as Robert Bloch (18 years); A. E. Van Vogt , Ray Bradbury, Poul Anderson, and Fredrik Pohl (all for over 10 years); and the show’s champ, William F. Nolan (with over 33 years of appearances). This year’s show will feature about sixty guests greeting attendees and signing their works for free! Click here for a schedule of this year’s guest writers and artists.

You’ll find more information on this great collectors gathering at the convention’s website, its Facebook page, or by calling Tom Lesser at 818-855-1786. While you’re at the show, pick up a PulpFest 2019 post card to learn more about “Summer’s Great Pulp Con.” The convention will begin Thursday evening, August 15, and run through Sunday afternoon, August 18. It will take place just outside of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Pittsburgh – Cranberry in Mars, PA. To learn how to join PulpFest 2019, click the register button below our home page banner.

(The Los Angeles Vintage Paperback Collectors Show & Sale’s characteristic poster images were originally designed by the late Glenn Souza, starting in the early 1990s and continued by him through 2007, when he handed the job to Tony Gleeson. Pictured here is the convention’s 2019 poster, featuring the artwork of the prolific and talented painter and illustrator Robert McGinnis.)