The Collector Exhibit Area
In addition to dealer tables, MAX offers a seperate collector exhibit arena. Each year, collectors are invited to display their collections in this area. Each display is in competition for a coveted MAX Show trophy and/or cash award. There is not a more distinguished award in the hobby than a MAX Show trophy and the opportunity for recognition by one's peers for exceptional merit. We hope all attendees will take the time to visit the exhibit area, introduce themselves to the exhibitors and ask questions. Exhibit winners are announced on Saturday afternoon.
The MAX Seminar Program
One of the key ingredients to the on-going success of the MAX Show has been the seminar program. From its inception, MAX has always offered free lectures to collectors eager to learn. These seminars draw huge crowds, usually with standing room only. This is not surpising, as the list of past seminar speakers conveys the same impact of a "Who's Who" for the militaria hobby. MAX is very grateful to these past speakers, for not only have they entertained collectors, but they have unmeasureably aided in the constant search for education in a sometimes obscure and often expensive hobby. The caliber and reputation of each and every expert says it all.
Each year, under the Chairmanship of Ron Weinand, MAX provides an outstanding program devoted to lectures on our favorite collectibles. Ron as been our MAX Show Seminar Chairman since the Show's inception in St. Louis some 15 years ago. Every year, Ron puts together an outstanding seminar program, a MAX event looked forward to by hundreds of attendees. Many of the most well-known names in the hobby have shared their expertise by giving lectures under Ron's able guidance. The program begins at 7:00 PM and is free of charge. It is an opportunity to learn from others and meet experts in the hobby. if you would like to share your knowledge and expertise of a collectible field at a future MAX show, please contact us.
Scheduled 2013 Seminars / Scheduled for Friday, October 4th
Mr. James B. Seaver has prepared what should a fascinating look into the motivations, methods, and policies of United States government as they regard to the control of the massive influx of war trophies and souvenirs in the postwar era. As is the case with most federal attempts at such regulation, they apparently met with limited success. An interesting topic to be sure, detailing the formative years of the militaria collecting hobby.
Mr. Pieter Oosterman will treat us to a presentation focusing on the M1 Helmet. The history and importance of this once ubiquitous item is often overlooked by collectors, so this is an excellent opportunity to increase your understanding of this iconic piece of wargear.
The MAX Show Raffle
Prior to the auction, raffle tickets are drawn for great prizes.The raffle has always proven to be a popular event at the MAX. All you have to do is purchase a MAX Show program for $10.00, and you automatically get a raffle ticket. Top prizes include several highly collectible artifats just waiting for you to add to you collection. But you can't win if you don't buy a program. The drawing for the raffle prizes will be held on Saturday evening, just before the the gala auction in the Radisson Hotel. You do not have to be present to win! Good luck!