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    WVMCC 6th Annual Marble Show

    1-4. Pictures of the West Virginia country side. I’m always amazed at how beautiful the country is in West Virginia, it is rivaled only by the hospitality of its people.



    5. The Marble Hunter, Roy Kays sign says it all.
    6. John Ives, lifetime member and current Vice President of the WVMCC. John had the largest collection of Cairo marbles that I have ever seen. Unfortunately I failed to take a picture of them. *Please see excuse for this at end of article.
    7. A couple of marble guys, Gary and Vern. Vern was showing some of his killer collection of which I failed to take a picture. *Please see excuse for this at end of article.
    8. Mr. Junior Ice of West Virginia. Junior always has a huge selection of vintage Marble Kings of which I failed to take a picture. *Please see excuse for this at end of article.



    9. I caught this motley crew in the lobby of the hotel; actually the two on the right are the motley ones. The fellow on the left is Frank Sellers, grandson of Lawrence E. Alley who’s marbles were the theme of the WVMCC show. The man in the middle is none other than Bruce Burkhart (AKA Triker) and to the right of him is my good buddy Steve Sturtz.
    10. Dave McCullough and company.
    11. Jim King, I got a couple of nice Jabo oxblood’s from him.
    12. At the show, some of the usual suspects; Chuck B. and Griff. I tell ya, that Griff should loosen up a little; he’s such a dour fellow.



    13. Chucks better half, Diane along with Bob Neff, John Ives is in the background.
    14. Ron Shepard manning the Alley Display. There was a lot more to the Alley display than what you see here but of course I failed to take better pictures. *Please see excuse for this at end of article. This was my first opportunity to meet Ron, he was ever bit as nice as Chuck said he was.
    15. The indefatigable Dan Grocki, for a fellow who claims to be retired he sure gets around.
    16. Some of Dan’s marbles. (Which I didn’t forget to take a picture of I might add.)



    17. Some more of Dan’s marble display.
    18. Mike of Marquee Marbles, for some reason I called him Mark every time I seen him, he must have thought I was an idiot. Sorry Mark, er, uh…
    19. Some of Mike’s marbles, he had a dynamite display of onyx corkscrews.
    20. Some more of Mike’s marbles.



    21. Two really sweet people, Andy and Trudy. I got some great Champion Furnace Swirls from them.
    22. Some of Trudy and Andy’s marbles.
    23. Frank Sellers, Jennings Eddy and myself. Mr. Eddy worked for Frank’s grandfather in 1943 at the Saint Mary’s location. He was fifteen years old when he worked for L. E. Alley. We had an interesting conversation of how times have changed, think of a time when a fifteen year old worked in a manufacturing facility where molten glass was part of the mix. Wow!!! The opportunity to meet people like this is one of the best reasons to go to marble shows.
    24. Kids and marbles, does it get any better than that?



    *In case you hadn’t noticed I didn’t have my usual sidekicks with me. My kid’s social agenda didn’t allow them to come with me; they opted to go to “Beach Day” at school instead of accompanying me to the show. Without their assistance I was a little off my square and didn’t do the usual job that I would have with their help. They have been told that they will be joining me on the road to the Columbus show and that they needed to clear their calendar of anything that will interfere with the trip.

    Thanks for looking, Joe.

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    Re: WVMCC 6th Annual Marble Show

    Joe, Your reports are the greatest!! Really make me wish I was there. Peace,Galen

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    Awesome Joe!!! I bow to the best pics and reporting! And what a pleasure it was meeting you. Bummer on the ravenswoods !!!!
    Bruce

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    Thanks for the report, Joe. That was the one show I made it to back in that area a few years ago - makes me feel 'homesick'.

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    Re: WVMCC 6th Annual Marble Show

    Frank's Alley
    During the annual May 2008 West Virginia Marble Collectors show I had the
    pleasure of discussing marble collecting with Steve Sturtz. We were able to meet
    shortly, the prior week at the Cairo West Virginia marble festival. Steve Sturtz
    and Mike Johnson are the authors of the recently released Jabo A Classic marble
    book.
    Steve asked for my opinion of attaching a name to a Jabo classic
    marble in someone's honor. I then asked who and why? Steve said it was Frank
    Sellers and for what Frank and his family had done for the promotion of marble collecting.
    I agreed and we both decided this was the proper time, as the WVMCC show for 2008
    was dedicated in remembrance of Frank's grandfather, Lawrence E. Alley and his
    glass. Thousands of Alley marbles and other Alley glass items were displayed during
    the show, spanning 8 show tables.
    Next we had to choose a marble. It was decided that it should be an older
    Jabo marble. One from an especially good run or year, and larger than normal size.
    It was to be from 2003 and " size. The colors were to be yellow with a red
    swirl or striping, similar to colors that Lawrence Alley had used many years earlier
    at various locations. Now we needed the marble. Steve didn't have this one
    and asked me to search my Jabo collection that night. I found six or seven of the
    same run that fit the description. The name of the marble was easy; it would be
    "Frank's Alley".
    The only remaining item was to get the approval of Dave McCullogh.
    We were sure he would be present Saturday at the show. When he arrived
    we gave him the details and thought it was proper for him to do the
    presentation. Dave took the microphone and got everyone's attention, then called
    Frank Sellers forward to his surprise. Dave did the presentation; this 2003 Jabo
    marble would be called "Frank's Alley" from now on. The individual
    marbles were placed in separate small plastic bags for protection. One was presented
    to Frank Sellers, then to Dave McCullogh, Steve Sturtz, myself, Howard Powell (WVMCC
    President) and a couple on their way to Ebay for marble collectors. Frank and Dave
    were gracious enough to autograph each bag, while the photos were being taken.
    Everyone applauded then wanted to look at Frank's Alley.


    WVRONS
    Ron Shepherd

    No pictures to post yet. A Frank's Alley to be listed on ebay soon,and one on the way to marblealan soon.

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    Re: WVMCC 6th Annual Marble Show

    It was nice to finally meet Joe. Everyone keep a eye on this man. He is doing great things for marble collectors today and for tommorow. He will be busy with all his future plans. The marble bug bites again.
    Thanks for the pics Joe.
    Ron S.

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    That was a great idea by you two and I'm glad Dave was brought into the mix. Looking forward to a picture.

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    Re: WVMCC 6th Annual Marble Show

    Thanks Galen, Bruce, Al, Ron for the nice comments. Ron look forward to getting together soon and talking marbles. Thanks again, Joe.

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    Frank's Alley?

    Ron, are these them?

    O.J.J. (Original Jabo Junkie).

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    Re: WVMCC 6th Annual Marble Show

    nope

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    Re: WVMCC 6th Annual Marble Show

    Does anybody have a pic??????????????????????????
    O.J.J. (Original Jabo Junkie).

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