The American Vecturist Association is the oldest American organization of token collectors, formed in 1948. It is a friendly, informal group with members throughout the U.S., Canada, and worldwide. Membership is available at a very reasonable price by clicking here.
There are quite a few benefits to members. The main benefit is being able to receive a copy of their monthly publication, The FAREBOX. The FAREBOX is published by the AVA and is the only publication devoted exclusively to transportation tokens. You can get a print or digital version. Because embers who opt for the digital version of the FAREBOX can save significantly.
The FAREBOX has member news, stories about tokens, new token issues, auctions, sales, want ads and more. As a member, you can also participate in auctions. Copies of older FAREBOX publications are available at Vecturist.com,
The AVA publishes several catalogs that cover transit, bridges and other transportation fares. These are available to members at large discounts off the regular price. Also available are books covering car wash tokens and land-company/ real estate tokens and Parking Tokens.
Become an AVA Member!
As a member, you are invited to the Annual AVA Convention usually held in August at a different location each year. These conventions include:
- Trading, buying and selling tokens. There is no charge to set up a table to sell tokens. Some members also sell tokens not related to transportation. In some cases, some transportation tokens are sold below the catalog price which is a great deal for members.
- A ride someplace in the area of the Convention. This can be a unique bus ride, train ride, duck boat, ski lift, etc. You receive that years AVA Tour token.
- There are living members that have collected transportation tokens since the club was founded. Swapping stories is a fun part of all conventions.
- Each year we have an auction at the Convention which offers some very rare transportation tokens. There are also some hard to find, not rare transportation tokens to help fill in some of the holes in your collection.
- There is also a banquet that sometimes includes local transit experts. Very educational.
Membership has its priveledges!
As a member, you receive a complete membership list of all AVA members. This puts you in touch with fellow collectors around the globe.
Your membership also makes you eligible for the AVA New Issue Service, making most new transit tokens as close as your mailbox, at very reasonable prices. You also get a CD with information about the history of the AVA created by one of the founders.
As you can see, this is a great opportunity to grow your collection, find out the history of your tokens and meet and talk to people who share your interest.