The SUMMER 2019  edition of SOUVENIR BUILDING COLLECTOR has been mailed, emailed, and is available in the Member Section of this website. 

There is a glorious “Photo Essay” rendering of the SBCS / SBCCA joint 2019 Convention in Olathe, KS for your viewing.  

You will want to read Howie Gelbtuch’s (with help from Anton Tremblay) take on “DOWNsizing UPgrading.”

Statue of Liberty 1953

For those of you who bask in SOLs – you know who you are – there is a tid-bit. 

And …..  Joe Kopitz contributed “Souvenir Buildings of Classic Sites.”


The next round of SBCS member opportunity to capture some of Bob’s Better Buildings was detailed in the newsletter.  One box per member, but …   If we do not get full Member response, we will open it to additional boxes after the first round.  You can click here for a printable copy of the order form.  The LAST DATE for participating is OCT. 19. 

Coming in November will be a series of HOLIDAY FLASH SALES – Each Flash Sale will feature a single category of souvenir building collectible, the number of boxes in the offering will be limited by the number of items available in that category.

Photo of SB_D_Lites_of_America

Keep these sales in mind as gift boxes to that special collector. The Flash Sale will be via email blast and a post.  Be sure Joe has your email address on file.


The SBCS FaceBook community is a hive of activity and pictures.  Souvenir Building collectors (SBCS members and non-members alike) have been sharing photos, tips, stories, and exchanges, sales, wants, etc.  Click here to join in the fun.  Be sure to answer the questions asked of all who request membership in this closed group.

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Bob’s Better Buildings.


Bob’s Better Buildings Event

The Committee has been hard at work preparing a special selection from the fabulous and extensive estate of Bob Kneisel. Aptly named the “Bob’s Better Building” this opportunity will disperse known makers such as Banthrico, InFocus, recast Rehberger as well as other makers within the boxes. It is offering as many buildings as will fit in a USPS shipping box ( we think the average will be four items). 

These gems have all been pre packed and will be randomly selected to ensure fairness.  Each member is allowed only one box to further spreading the collection equitably.

The  parcels will be dispatched in late October. 

The price is $60 by check; $65 by Paypal. 

Open to all members current in their 2019 dues. Just fill out the form in our recent newsletter.

If you aren’t current and want to participate, no worries,  a mere $35 will get you a membership. 

Payments must be in by October 22nd. 

Looking forward to receiving mine!


Spring Cleaning Time is Now!
Boxes will be shipped out by May 10.
This is no ordinary offer!   Last year’s Bob Kneisel Committee’s Box Metal Pot Luck offer was a tremendous success.  This time they are offering items from Bob Kneisel’s Collection that are NOT BUILDINGS.  This offering will be souvenir statues, busts, animals, transportation items and other non-building items.  Here’s the link to ALL the information.


Photo of Dorothy's Red Slippers on display in the Smithsonian. Photo is courtesy of Smithsonian Magazine.

The 2019 SBCS Convention in Olathe, Kansas is getting closer:  June 4 to 8.   If you haven’t made your arrangements yet, head over to the Convention Page for all the details.


Researching the 25 years of the SBCS Journal newsletter is made so much easier by the Indexes supplied by member Tom DiNapoli.  There are three: Authors, Articles and Featured, and Topics.  Tom has modernized for the most recent set. Take a trip over to the Newsletters page and check them out.





In June of 2019 collectors on the trail of souvenir buildings and collectors of still banks will converge in Olathe, Kansas, where once The Oregon Trail, The California Trail, and The Santa Fe Trail overlapped.

Have YOU mapped out your route yet to the 25TH ANNIVERSARY CONVENTION of the Souvenir Building Collectors Society?

Here are some milestones you’ll need to consider to along the way:

  1. The Still Bank Collectors Club (SBCCA) are hosting the event.  To participate in ALL activities you will need to join the SBCCA (fee is $45.00).  Here is a link to their website.
  2. Convention Registration is through the SBCCA. The registration fee is $175 and is inclusive of all events.  New members of SBCCA are entitled to a $45 reduction in the registration fee, thereby making Registration and Membership total $175.  There are no separate fees for SBCS attendees.
  3. Accommodations are at the EMBASSY SUITES, Olathe.   Convention rates are for the dates June 3 – June 8,2019.  Use the code SBC
  4. The Convention Commemorative is a building shaped still or coin bank and is included in the registration fee.  An SBCS Silver Anniversary Commemorative will be offered later in this year AND to all members in good standing at the time of the subscription.
  5. Pick and Pack your Souvenir Buildings for sale or exchange during the convention.  The process is a little different this year.  SBCCA tradition is “Room Hopping” a practice which goes on for the duration of the convention.  SBCS members will be able to participate in this exercise.  SBCCA and SBCS will hold separate Auctions at each end of Saturday.  As an attendee you will be able to participate in both auctions. 

HOP on over to the 2019 SBCS Convention Page to view the Convention Schedule and further details. 

And ….. OUT WITH A LAMB ……. maybe?

 Spring Cleaning Time is Now!

Orders received until April 20.  Shipped out by May 10.

It is that time of year when Souvenir Building Collector’s start to think about cleaning and dusting our Collections, and maybe, just maybe, we consider slimming down – our Collection that is.   

The Kneisel Collection is no different from other Collections; it needs slimming down.  In the spirit of Spring Cleaning, and Marie Kondo, if you are following the Netflix series, the Kneisel Committee is going to offer up selections from the Collection exclusively to current SBCS Members.  These items Bob loved, and we wish to pass the love on to other Collectors.

SBCS 2019 Spring Cleaning: Some Examples

This is no ordinary offer!   This time we are offering items from Bob Kneisel’s Collection that are NOT BUILDINGS.  This offering will be souvenir statues, busts, animals, transportation items and other non-building items.  The general rules of the offering are similar to last fall’s Pot Metal Box Luck offering: ONE Box per member. Paid-up member.  $25 dollars for a random selection of six (6) items with shipping included in the price.  Cost is slightly higher for a PayPal transaction.  

If you are interested in this exclusive offer to expand your Collection and add six randomly selected pieces to your “other” Collections, CLICK HERE for the order form.  Print and mail in your check or pay via Paypal.

See how easy it is to turn Spring Cleaning into Collection Enhancement.

In addition, SBCS Members in good standing can look forward to another Kneisel Collection offering later this year to commemorate our 25th Anniversary.  This offering will be a random selection of more desirable souvenir buildings from the Collection.  Look for details about this unique offer in our next newsletter.


In Like A Lion

March 1 is coming in like a Lion  

Top three: San Marco Lion Venezia Italy 

Bottom Left: gilded composite of Lions Club of America  

Bottom Right: Metal replica Aux Defensevrs de Belfort 1870-71 (bought at the Paris Flea Market)B5F2EB46-AFD6-4BD2-B84C-5ECA904D8403

More Information on the 2019 Convention

Greetings All,

Our hosts, Ken and Mary Russell, have released a tentative schedule for this year’s Convention.  In addition, two SBCS events have been added:  Friday night Meet and Greet for our Club at the Salty Iguana (directly across the street from the hotel) and our Board Meeting-Auction-Raffle event on Saturday night:

Wednesday June 5th:   Early Room Hopping

Thursday June 6th:

8 am            Bus#1 Leaves for Home Visits in Abilene and Lawrence Kansas (1 hour ride)

8.15 am       Bus#2 Leaves for Abilene/Lawrence Kansas

10 am          Hospitality Room opens

4.30 pm       New Member Orientation

11 pm          Room hopping ends

Friday June 7th

10-11 am      Seminar on Cleaning and Repairing Your Collection

11-Noon       Seminar on Collecting

1 – 4 pm        Two more Home Visits, near Kansas City

4 – 6:30 pm  SBCS Meet and Greet and Swap Meet, at the Salty Iguana*

6.50 pm         Buffet Opens (both Clubs)

Saturday June 8th

7-8 am          Auction Set Up ($5 fee per lot–auction averages about 200-300 lots)

8-11 am        Auction and Breakfast

1 – 3 pm        Two more Home Visit opportunities

3- 6 pm         Room Hopping

6 pm             Cash Bar opens

6.45 -8 pm   Dinner

8.15pm – ?    Our SBCS Board Meeting–Auction and Raffle*






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SBCS, aka The Souvenir Building Collectors Society has been bringing miniature building and monument collectors together for 25 years.   The Society has held a yearly convention since 1994.  It has regularly published The Journal of the Souvenir Building Collectors since 1994.  This Twenty-Fifth Year is going to be a doozy!  If you haven’t yet paid your membership dues for 2019, here is the link to the Membership Page.  You will not want to miss out on some of the following perks of membership.

Twenty-Fifth Annual Convention:  June 4 – 8, 2019 in Olathe, Kansas.  Held in conjunction with the Still Bank Collectors Club.

Access to Members-only section of SBCSociety Website: Password changes on February 1, 2019.  Paid-up Members will be notified of the new password by email.

2nd Pot-Luck Box Offering from Bob Kneisel Collection: Coming this Spring. Watch for the specifics.

The Journal of the Souvenir Building Collectors Society. 


Happy 2019

New Year….New Opportunities

Our membership dues follow the calendar year.  If you need to join or renew use the tab above to be a part of the 2019 events.

Paid members can participate in a few more Kneisel Collection boxing events.  There will be a Spring Cleaning Box which will have animals, figures and periphery (non Building) items.

Later we hope to offer a Bigger and Better Box; these will be Buildings.

This year’s Convention will be in the Kansas City area on June 4-6th.  It will be at the Embassy Suites in Olathe; 913-353-9280 code SBC at $139/suite.

We are joining the Still Bank Collectors Club event.  The convention fee will be handled by them.  There is a full schedule, with five home visits, buffet, dinner, auction and room selling.  To fully participate a one year membership fee of $45 to the SBCCA is required.  Go to http://www.stillbankclub.com for more information.

Finally, RSL Auctions has an interesting auction coming up March 23-24th.   Check out Ray and Bre on YouTube as they visit the Elliotte And Liz Harold Collection which will be auctioned off.