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Was just reading the OVMS post on Facebook and all I can say is wow.....

 

October 31st 2014

Wilmington, Ohio

 

After 30 years of operating the Military Antiques Extravaganza, better known as the MAX Show, today Tom Wittmann and Colonel Tom Johnson have passed the baton to the Ohio Valley Military Society. The MAX pioneered the international military collector show in the United States, and established the standards that other world class militaria events strive to emulate. The OVMS Show-of-Shows was in fact built on the model set forth by the creators of the MAX. Over the past 30 years, their efforts have directly resulted in the introduction of countless new collectors to the hobby, a raised standard for integrity and honesty, and fostered an atmosphere of scholarship that had been of significant benefit to veteran and new collectors alike.

 

The Ohio Valley Military Society is dedicated to preserving the tradition of quality and international fellowship that has been the cornerstone of the MAX Show. A number of MAX traditions will be retained, most importantly the revered MAX name. In addition, the best of the MAX will be combined with some of the most popular features of the OVMS Show-of-Shows. A complete plan is currently in development, but there are several highlights that can be shared at this time.

 

Table rates will be adjusted to match those of the Show-of-Shows. MAX tableholders who have already pre-paid their 2015 table reservations will be offered a choice of a rebate for the difference in price or the opportunity to add additional tables to their reservation.

 

MAX Show Life Members who are not already OVMS Life Members will be automatically granted OVMS life membership at no cost.

 

Of particular interest to all current and future OVMS members, your membership badge that allows free admission to the Show-of-Shows and all other OVMS events will now grant you that same privilege at the MAX Show. This is an important added value for your membership, at absolutely no additional cost.

 

The OVMS leadership will have more information to offer in the weeks to come. At the time of this writing, the acquisition of the MAX Show is merely hours old, and there is much to do before all administrative details are finalized. We will have table reservation forms available soon on the OVMS website. In the meantime, we invite all militaria collectors in the US and around the world to open a beverage of their choice, and join us in a toast to the proud record of the MAX, and it's successful future under OVMS direction.

 


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It will be interesting to see what sort of flavor the MAX will take on.

 

The end of an era really.


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What did I say ?

 

For the Toms to retire is the end of an era.

 

You can't deny that.

 

And yes the MAX will be fresh and new.

 

It will be interesting to see how.


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I am guessing probably more US and less German. That's always been the main reason I go to the SOS and not the MAX every year.

 

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I think this is great news and look forward to the change!

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Verrrrrrry interesting!


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Jeff Shrader had a great editorial in the most recent Military Trader magazine regarding the MAX show. Although he didn't mention the baton being passed, Jeff did make a very important observation about military collecting that I think is worth reading by everyone in the hobby. The bottom line is that most of us who collect militaria do so because of our love of history and appreciation for the artifacts that serve as our connection with the past. Thanks for you incite Jeff!


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2 SOS each year, many years back they did this.


 

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The way I read the post was that the MAX show will still be called the MAX but it will be managed by the OVMS organization.

 

I guess I will start planning on a Pittsburgh trip for next year.......


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Wonder if MAX location might change........such as going to Louisville? Lots of info still to be announced.


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I am guessing probably more US and less German. That's always been the main reason I go to the SOS and not the MAX every year.

 

Kurt

 

I echo Kurt's sentiments! I think with the infusion of OVMS membership, the MAX show will become a more rounded and better event with the addition of collectors not strictly drawn to German militaria. To me, this is all good news...

 

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Just read it. I'll bet you they will kill the Pit show and move it to SDF
(Louisville). Then there will be a Feb and a Sept or Oct SOS. The Max was on
life support but no one would admit it. OVMS will probably do away with one
or two of the Roberts Center shows.
At least if I were in charge that is what I would do


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Tom Johnson has also teamed up with Thies German Auction House and have based themselves in Virginia. First auction is end of November.

 

As far as OVMS taking over MAX, it will be interesting.

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They made an announcement over the intercom today at the Wilmington OVMS show.

 

They said that the table layout would likely remain the same....table costs would be reduced.....the current contract that is in place will remain intact; meaning it will be the same weekend and location for the foreseeable future.

 

They want to do what they can to attract more people...but there is no intent to have this take the place of the SoS or be a "second" SoS.

 

Sounded nothing but positive to me. I look forward to hearing more details.


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Great news. I was at the OVMS show at the Roberts Centre and the announcement was applauded by everyone in attendance.

 

But what our militaria collecting really needs is an infusion of young blood. I attend many shows and I have noticed we are a mostly aging clientele. Many areas of militaria have appreciated in value so much that beginning collectors don't have the cash to begin.

 

As militaria collectors and dealers we should each foster one or two new collectors. I am beginning to see new areas of military collectables, such as items from Afghanistan and Iraq, that I believe the younger new collectors will go after. We all remember the golden days of the Surplus stores when WW2 collectables were relatively cheap. Afghanistan/Iraq war items now fill that void and eBay and similar websites have replaced the surplus store.

 

I did not intend to hijack this post and have never had the opportunity to attend the Max show. But I will next year.


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As I have stated this is great news. I agree with Garth that perhaps the Club should end one of the Cincinnatti Shows. I think because of contracts that the MAX will remain in Pittsburgh for at least another year but personally I would like to see the MAX Show moved to a more centralized location.....like St. Louis. There were dealers at the MAX that I never see at the SOS that came from the Northeast and I would hate to lose them but I think we would pick up a lot of Mid-west, Southwest, and Western dealers.

Congratulations to the leadership of the OVMS for doing this deal!


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I believe they are locked in at Monroeville for the next 3 years...I have always had great success at the Max and now expect the show to be even better...There is room enough for a SOS in Louisville, a Max in Monroeville, a Pomona show, two Wilmington shows and hopefully a show someday in the St . Louis area.


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Beside a few goose steppers who may not agree, I think this is a good move for the future of militaria.


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I believe they are locked in at Monroeville for the next 3 years...I have always had great success at the Max and now expect the show to be even better...There is room enough for a SOS in Louisville, a Max in Monroeville, a Pomona show, two Wilmington shows and hopefully a show someday in the St . Louis area.

 

I went to the MAX when it started out in St. Louis. That is a good central location and I hope that OVMS considers using the St. Louis area again. The original concept was to move the MAX show location about every few years but that idea seemed to fall to the wayside. I have not been to Monroeville in years but I do go to Louisville every year.

 

At any rate, I see this as a positive step.


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Having the show somewhere on the east coast will be better for attendance as that is where the lion's share of collectors are.


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I believe they are locked in at Monroeville for the next 3 years...I have always had great success at the Max and now expect the show to be even better...There is room enough for a SOS in Louisville, a Max in Monroeville, a Pomona show, two Wilmington shows and hopefully a show someday in the St . Louis area.

 

I hope they will stay in Pittsburgh permanently but it sounds like we locals have a few more years to look forward to at least. A change to less German and more US would help the attendance in my opinion.

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