Every year the number of exhibitors and visitors rises at the
international trade fair Collector in Prague. This year’s seventh annual
event, which was held from 10th to 12th September was no exception. A
record number of 220 exhibitors from 34 countries came to the trade fair,
and 12 thousand visitors came.
The trade fair moved to a different hall on the Prague
Exhibition Grounds which is one thousand square metres larger than the
hall where it had been held before. The exhibitors thus occupied a gross
area of 4700 m2. This year, women had free admission to the trade fair for
the first time.
In the field of philately, post offices from Belorussia, Cyprus,
France, the Russian Federation, Austria and Switzerland exhibited for the
first time, as did Filatelie Podskalský from Prague and Album Michal Zika
from Bratislava, Laurent Salera from France, Vojta & Peters from Austria,
Paul Wijnants Philately from Belgium, and the German traders Briefmarken
Finger, Briefmarkenhandel Kannenbäckerland, Briefmarken dr.Rohde + Kornatz,
Trinoga Briefmarken and Zwirello Briefmarken.
Some of those in the field of numismatics who visited Prague for the first
time were the mints of Hungary, Portugal, Austria and Singapore, the firm
Marvin Spa from San Marino, Numismatica Notafilia Diamantino from
Portugal, Auktionen Meister & Sonntag, MDS Münzlogistik, Mietens & Partner
and Numiscom from Germany and Filip Stefanov from Finland.
For the first time this year, the field of minerals and precious
stones was enriched by the exhibitors Baltic Amber from Lithuania,
Szabolcs Somogyi from Hungary, the firm Real Gems from the German city of
Idar-Oberstein, and the Czech traders Luboš Poděbradský, Jiří Špalek and
This year the field of telephone cards also welcomed for the
first time the firm Sirius from Germany, Marc Mortelsman from Belgium,
Husamettin Atik from Turkey, Tamara Boban from Croatia, the Association of
Telephone Card Collectors and Sebastien Barri from Japan and telephone
card collectors from South Africa.
At the 7th International Trade Fair of postage stamps, coins,
telephone cards, minerals and collecting, there were exhibits from postal
administrations, mints, traders and collectors from Australia, Belgium,
Belorussia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, the Czech Republic, Finland,
France, the Netherlands, Croatia, Ireland, Japan, South Africa, Canada,
Cyprus, Lithuania, Latvia, Hungary, Germany, Poland, Portugal, Austria,
Romania, Russia, Greece, San Marino, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia,
Switzerland, Turkey, Great Britain and the United Nations.
The trade fair was accompanied by many events which pleased the
visitors. For example, the collector Ludvík Pytlíček exhibited unique
items from global philately. The author and engraver of postage stamps,
Rudolf Cigánik, presented his work at the trade fair and held an autograph
signing session for visitors. The Curiosity Collectors Club also organised
an autograph signing session of famous people at the trade fair. Sunday
was declared UN Day at Collector, when the Czech Post Office franked
consignments with a special rubber stamp bearing the United Nations emblem.
At the trade fair, a free advice service of specialists in the
field of philately, numismatics, telephone cards, minerals, precious
stones and other non-traditional fields of collecting was available.
Children at Collector underwent a so-called preparatory course for future
collectors where they were acquainted with the magic of collecting.
For the first time in three years, the organisers carried out a survey of
visitors. The results are still being processed, but even now it is
possible to state that the proportion of visitors from abroad has
increased significantly, especially in terms of visitors from Slovakia,
Poland, Austria and the new German federal states.
This year was also the first of a new project which ran at the
same time as the trade fair Collector - the trade fair Antiquariat Prague,
in which eleven second-hand book dealers from the Czech Republic and one
from the USA participated. Despite the fact that the start of Antiquariat
Prague was modest, the new trade fair has all the right conditions for it
to grow significantly next year.
The seventh annual Collector trade fair has finished. The eighth
annual event will take place in Prague on the dates 16th -18th September
Survey of visitors to trade fair Collector 2004
A survey was carried out at Collector which was intended to show the
current composition of visitors. The survey was carried out on all days of
the trade fair on a sample of 271 randomly selected visitors.
From the survey it emerged that 48.3% of visitors were from Prague, 36.9%
were from outside Prague, and 14.8% were from abroad. This means that an
average of one in seven visitors to the trade fair came from abroad. There
has been a significant increase in foreign visitors since 2002, when a
similar survey was conducted.
(Note: 48% of all exhibitors were from abroad this year!)
For 32.1% of visitors, one day at the trade fair was insufficient, and
they visited more than once. Thus every third visitor was at the trade
fair for at least two days.
87.8% of visitors were satisfied with the offer (in 2002 it had been 85%).
At the trade fair, the greatest interest was in philately and
postcards (32.5%), coins and medals (22.2%), minerals and precious stones
(12.2%), historical picture postcards (8.9%), telephone cards (8.7%), gems
made of precious stones (4.3%) and banknotes (3.3%). 7.9 % of visitors
came to the trade fair for other fields of collecting.
In answer to the question as to how you rate the trade fair Collector in
comparison with other collecting trade fairs and exchanges which you know,
24% of visitors said Collector is the best, 31% said it is better, 41.7%
said it is the same, and 3.3% said it is worse.
84.9% of visitors will return to Collector next year, and 14% have not yet
decided. Only a mere 1.1.% of this year’s visitors will not return.
The fair was visited by 12,155 visitors.
What they said about Collector 2004
“This trade fair is a positive event, and we are pleased that we can
participate in it, because a great offer of coins is presented here. And
it is the very breadth of the offer that gives Collector a leading
position amongst trade fairs in this field.”
Mrs. Jana Repčoková, Mint Kremnica, Slovakia
“If I can start with Prague, it is a beautiful city and is becoming one of
the centres of Europe. And so I am glad that this trade fair is held in
Prague, where it is possible to make the necessary contacts for our
Mr. Barrio Sebastien, Japan Telephone Card, Japan
"Offering philatelic material in the environment of this trade fair also
requires dignified conditions for its presentation, and we have such
conditions at Collector. We feel good here. We are surprised at the
genuine rather than feigned interest that the people have. It truly is a
trade fair of people enthusiastic about an interesting hobby. It is true
that I face competition, but that is part of every large event.”
Mr. Mirijan Kuhelj, Philatel d.o.o., Croatia
"This trade fair addresses people who don’t go to auctions. This expands
the view of numismatics and the other fields of collecting present at
Collector. And this trade fair also makes sense for us in that it raises
the profile of our firm, our shop."
Mr. František Křesťan, Aurea Numismatika, Czech Republic
“We are glad that this trade fair is international, but we will be pleased
if even more foreign exhibitors are represented here in the years to come."
Mr. George Pastellis, Cyprus Post, Cyprus
"We will definitely return next year. This is our first time here, and we
don’t regret it. Collectors discovered our stand on the very first day and
showed great interest in commemorative coins in particular. We weren’t
bothered that we didn’t sell some coins right away. And could I venture my
most favourable impression? You have many collectors in the Czech Republic
– people who spend their free time actively. And if it gives them an
opportunity to meet, to make contacts, to exchange experience, it goes
beyond the meaning of one trade fair, and it is a positive social event."
Mrs. Zsuzsanna Astalos, Hungarian Mint, Hungary
“We would like to thank you for the kind support which we received from
you at the trade fair. We were very pleased to participate in this trade
Mrs. Conceicao Coimbra, Imprensa Nacional Casa da Moeda, Portugal
„Ahoj!I hope Sberatel 2004 was a success for you. I enjoyed the show and
want to return in 2005. Please reserve for me - if possible - the same
stand as this year.“
Mr.Trevor Pateman, Great Britain
„Progres Partners? A good unit apparently. Congratulations.“
Mr. Jiří Stošek, Filatelie Hobby Praha, Czech Republic
Exhibitors according to countries:
Czech Republic 114
from abroad 106
Great Britain 4
South Africa 2
Bosna and Hercegovina 1
San Marino 1
New Zealand 1
United Nations 1
Dr. JINDŘICH JIRÁSEK