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Hobby pioneer Stuart Evans dies at age 80

This in Sunday from Marty Appel …

Stuart Evans, a pioneer in the collectibles business, passed away on Jan. 4 at his home in Dorado, Puerto Rico, after suffering a stroke. He was 80.

His death was announced by his son, Joshua Leland Evans, founder of Lelands.com, the sports auction house that grew from his upbringing in a collectibles-minded family.

Evans is also survived by his daughter Andrea, and his wife of 51 years, Maxine.

“[My parents] were inseparable on the show circuit for decades,” said Joshua Evans, “and [they] did some of the earliest collectibles shows.”

Stuart Evans was born in Brooklyn where he was a veracious reader of science fiction and fantasy, and he attended one of the first sci-fi conventions  held in the early 1940s.  After a career in advertising, he began doing shows in 1969, and then retired to form his business. For 40 years, he did shows and worked full time in the collectibles field.

Services will be held in Puerto Rico on Jan. 7, and in Old Bridge, N.J., on Jan. 11.

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