The 16th International Trade Fair Sberatel/Collector took place in Prague on September 5-7th, 2013. In this article StampNews.com suggests to look back at the fair and its most important events.
While many collectors' fairs taking place abroad struggle with decreasing numbers of traders and dealers, the Sberatel/Collector Fair has always been able to boast about the same or even growing numbers of exhibitors. This year was no exception, with about 260 dealers in collector's items finding their way to the event. A massive promotion campaign using billboards, posters, internet, press and radio attracted more than 12,000 visitors from European and overseas countries to the Letnany Exhibition Grounds.
This year's event was packed with new philatelic and numismatic attractions. There was a number of christening ceremonies and autograph sessions, including those of stamps dedicated to Franz Kafka by art designer Marina Richterova, stamps depicting pre-war Skoda cars by Vaclav Zapadlik, postcards with Jean-Paul Belmondo or coins bearing the fair's logo. Also on display was the most expensive European coin worth EUR 1.1 million.
Collecting may not be just a mind-elevating hobby, but also an opportunity to create a safe and solid investment independent on political or economic turbulences. Several dozens of potential buyers attended the event where they could hear how to properly invest into antiquities, gold, silver, diamonds or stamps. As a rule, collectors' fairs do not co-host such conferences very often, which is why we are very pleased it received a warm reception from visitors and gave the exhibitors an additional opportunity to address potential clients.
The next Sberatel/Collector fair will take place between September 4 and 6, 2014. For the details, please visit the event's official website at www.sberatel.info.