The association was started in 1980 in Loveland, Colorado by Bill Bonser and a group of 31 charter members who shared a common goal of collecting items associated with the art and artifacts of the Old West. The Association has grown significantly since that first gathering. Read a more detailed history of the NBSSCA.
The NBSSCA currently holds three Board Meetings per year and one Annual Membership Meeting in conjunction with the June Board Meeting in Colorado each year. Read the current NBSSCA Board of Directors.
Members of the NBSSCA have formed a large family atmosphere of 1,500 collectors who meet throughout the year at various shows which are hosted by individual show promoters. The NBSSCA does not produce any shows but does encourage members to visit any shows they wish throughout the year.
The NBSSCA produces publications and an annual directory for member use. The publications contain a list of upcoming shows and auctions around the country, as well as information about collectibles, advertising and news about our members. The annual directory is a listing of the members and their interests and is provided to the members each January. The purpose of the directory is to encourage contact and friendship among the membership.
The original thirty-two founding members of the NBSSCA were inducted into the newly organized NBSSCA Hall of Fame in Loveland, CO, in June of 2002.
Of the original thirty-two members from 1981, thirteen were able to attend.
The NBSSCA Hall of Fame award is given to one well deserving recipient each year at the annual meeting in June. The nominees come from the membership and are voted on by the Board of Directors.
J. R. Bonser
W. D. Raftery
Charles Schreiner III
The NBSSCA raises money through donations to support a scholarship fund each year. Applications are available to anyone who has a relation in the NBSSCA and who has been a member for at least two years. Donations are either direct cash donations or items that are donated to various auctions with the proceeds earmarked for the Scholarship Fund. Applications are available in January of each year.
The NBSSCA also has donation fund to assist our members who may find themselves in need. Again, this fund is driven by cash donation or by auction proceeds.