11/08/2015

7th Annual ALPCA Garden State Region Meet

Well another successful Garden State Meet  has come and gone! Once again 
American Legion Post 157 opened its doors to   just shy of 50 collectors 
coming from as far away as  Arizona joined members from up and down the 
eastern seaboard for another wonderful day of collecting. Setup began 
just shy of the official start time of 8AM, by the time official trading 
began, the hall was filled with activity. Adam Garstka not only served 
as the official photographer for the meet, he brought a wonderful 
display of early Connecticut plates and licenses. He was accompanied by 
Dave Kuhen, always wonderful to see Dave in New Jersey.  We had some new 
faces at the meet this year including brothers  Jon and Phil Leib, both 
with encyclopedic knowledge of New Jersey license place history. I wish 
we had more time to chat Convention Chairman Ned Flynn urged members to 
make their reservations for the 2016  ALPCA Convention in Fort Wayne. 
Jason DeCesare was  one of the most entertaining auctioneers  with Jack  
Hollingsworth assisting  as runner.. Co-host Ed Butler once again 
managed all of the financial transactions and kept the meet running  
smoothly. He also picked up a 1907 New Jersey Prestate for his 
collection! After the meet a group of us made our traditional pit stop 
at  Charlie Bloods in Garfield for a late lunch arranged by Ed Natale.. 
Hungry collectors traded stories of the day in between bites of food 
while catching college football games on TV .
Please join us next year, October 22,2016 at the American Legion Post 
157 in Elmwood Park for another wonderful day of collecting!!!!
Respectfully submitted by Justin Mattes ALPCA#6748

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