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Auction Winners

Our Friday and Saturday Night auctions set records. We thank all those who attended and placed bids. For those who’d like to see the results, simply click on the Auction page and we’ve broken down the results by night. Those prices do not include the 10% Buyers Premium.

Dealer tables sold out

We’re now just four months away from the 21st Windy City Pulp and Paper Convention!  This year’s show will be held May 6-8, 2022 at our usual venue, the Westin Lombard Yorktown Center, Lombard, Illinois.  We’ve sold out all 180 of our dealer tables, to dealers spanning the U.S., from Canada and the U.K.  We’ll be celebrating the 100th anniversary of pulp and comic publisher Fiction House.

At this point, we don’t know what COVID requirements may be in place when the show takes place.  Currently, masking would be required, but protocols may change during the next four months.  We’ll update those as we learn them.

As has been the case in years past, this year’s convention will feature some incredible material in our estate auctions. Friday night (May 6), our auction will focus on material from the estate of legendary collector Robert Weinberg (including many more issues of Weird Tales and a complete run of Planet Stories), while on Saturday night, (May 7) material from the estate of Glenn Lord, literary agent for the estate of Robert E. Howard, takes center stage.  In addition, we also will have a number of interesting items from other consignors.

The deadline to book your hotel room and receive the convention rate is 5:00 central on April 12, 2022.  The link for con hotel reservations is:
https://www.marriott.com/event-reservations/reservation-link.mi?id=1634755352743&key=GRP&app=resvlink

We hope to see you there!

POST AUCTION REPORT

Thanks to all our in house customers and those few that placed bids in our silent auction. Once we can have a few minutes, we will update all the lots and results from both Friday and Saturday night auctions. Please be patient, as we must travel home, weigh and invoice all those who might have won lots based on their silent auction bids.

ALMOST TIME!

The weather here is Chicago is wonderful. We are hard at work getting everything ready for a great show.

Dealers: We will be allowed to setup Thursday evening. The approximate time should be after 8:00 pm, but once Doug and John makes it to the hotel, we will endeavor to setup a limited registration pickup. We will not be selling memberships, only giving out the badges to those who have pre-registered.

Please be advised that Illinois has a mask mandate for all indoor events, and everyone will be required to wear a mask while attending the convention.

UPDATE

With the Windy City Pulp and Paper Convention taking place next week (September 10-12, 2021), we thought we’d send an update with some breaking news.  

Effective today, Illinois has joined many other states in instituting a mask mandate for all indoor gatherings (such as our convention).  Accordingly, all convention attendees over the age of 2 (and let’s face it, at a pulp show, we don’t have many folks in the 20 and under crowd, let alone the 2 and under crowd), whether or not they have been vaccinated, will be required to be masked while in the convention space.

As has been the case since our show in 2008, this year’s convention will be held at the Westin Lombard Yorktown Center, Lombard, Illinois.   

As a reminder, it’s not too late to register for hotel rooms and get the convention rate; you can use this link that the hotel has set up for our show: 

https://www.marriott.com/event-reservations/reservation-link.mi?id=1607971885652&key=GRP&app=resvlink

In order to get the convention rate, you must book by 5:00 pm Central on September 5, 2021. 

Keep checking our website at www.windycitypulpandpaper.com or our Facebook page for further updates. 

Stay safe and we look forward to seeing all our old friends, and making some new ones, next week! 

Best,

The Windy City Pulp and Paper Convention Team

WIndy City UPDATE

My apologies to those of you who receive this multiple times; I’m sending it to a few of my different email catalog groups.

With the Windy City Pulp and Paper Convention now just over two weeks away (September 10-12, 2021), we thought we’d send an update.  We’re very excited to be back; our last show was in April 2019, so it will be nearly two and a half years between shows, which is much too long! 

As has been the case since our show in 2008, this year’s convention will be held at the Westin Lombard Yorktown Center, Lombard, Illinois.   

Our pre-registration figures are in line with those in previous years, and all 180 tables in our dealer room are sold out. 

Obviously, in the new reality we’re currently living with, we’re tracking what restrictions or changes might be required at our convention.  Currently, Illinois (and the CDC and our hotel) are recommending that folks at conventions like ours wear a mask (and if you’re unvaccinated, masks are required by Illinois).  We encourage all attendees, whether or not vaccinated, to wear a mask.  At this time, we expect that the current requirements will be the ones in place at the time of our show. 

For those attendees from out of state, we’ll mention that Lombard is over 20 miles from Chicago – it’s not even in the same county.  Chicago tends to be in the news more than the rest of Illinois, given its size, but any mandates imposed by Chicago are not relevant to Lombard. 

Based on data from the Mayo Clinic, Illinois remains the most vaccinated state in the Midwest, with 97.9% of its 65+ population having at least 1 dose (80.5% fully vaccinated), and 72.3% of its 18-64 population having at least 1 dose (55.7% fully vaccinated).   

According to the Illinois Department of Public Health, DuPage County (which is where our convention will be held) is the most vaccinated county in Illinois, at 62.57% (68.09% of 18-64, 91.1% of 65+ fully vaccinated). 

Our one programming change this year is that we will not be hosting a Con Suite.  Instead, pre-registered attendees can pick up their badges and program packets (including our program book, Windy City Pulp Stories) at the registration tables outside the dealer room.   

Our Friday evening auction will feature more rare material from the Estate of Robert Weinberg.   Our Saturday evening auction will contain material from several consignors, including many rare items from the Estate of Glenn Lord as well as few scarce items from the Estate of August Derleth.  Our website, www.windycitypulpandpaper.com, has the complete auction list and images of each item.  Details on absentee bidding are posted there as well; we’re sorry, but we don’t have the ability to make it a “live” bidding option. 

To register for hotel rooms, you can use this link that the hotel has set up for our show: 

https://www.marriott.com/event-reservations/reservation-link.mi?id=1607971885652&key=GRP&app=resvlink

In order to get the convention rate, you must book by 5:00 pm Central on September 5, 2021. 

Keep checking our website at www.windycitypulpandpaper.com or our Facebook page for further updates. 

Stay safe and we look forward to seeing all our old friends, and making some new ones, in a few weeks! 

Silent Bidding for Friday and Saturday Auctions

As we’ve done for the last several years, we have a pre-auction silent bidding session. Attendees as well as those who’d like to place bids over the internet are welcome to join in. These silent bids will be basis for opening bids. Therefore any bid listed as CURRENT BID will be the amount we start that lot. If no one trumps that bid, the silent bidder will be declared the winner and that lot will close. To place a silent bid, use the form at the bottom of each page. Please be advised that we will close all silent bidding an hour prior to the auction. All bids must be in prior to that time. Please check back often for bids being updated on the website. If your bid isn’t listed, you must check back in an hour prior to the auction, otherwise we cannot be help responsible for a lack of silent bid.

Also be advised that there is a 10% buyers premium on each winning bid, as well as a 5% credit card/PayPal fee. For those who place a Silent Bid that isn’t trumped during our live auction, we will also need to mail the books, and that separate cost will be billed to you from Adventure House, who will be doing the shipping.