Stuart Evans, 80, dies

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.

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 ever held in the early ’40s. After a career in advertising, he began doing shows in 1969, and then retired from the “Mad Men” world to form his business, Tiques. For 40 years, he did shows and worked full time in the collectibles field.

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

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