The SMOKEY BEAR ASSOCIATION is the #1 resource for information concerning the history, value and authenticity of Smokey Bear collectibles and memorabilia.
As interest in Smokey Bear related items increases and the availability of these items decreases, the Smokey Bear Association has become the nationally recognized source for answers to questions ranging from manufacturing date and origin, value, authenticity, and how to buy, sell or locate a special Smokey Bear collectible, new or old.
Formerly Hot Foot Teddy Collectors Association
The Smokey Bear Association, formerly the Hot Foot Teddy Collectors Association (HFTCA) was founded in 1995 by retired fire captain specialist, Jim Van Meter of California.
Smokey Bear Association Goal
The main goal of the club from it’s inception was and always will be “to find, collect and preserve memorabilia and share information concerning our country’s number one fire prevention symbol, Smokey Bear.”
The Value of the Club
As the new organization grew, it attracted some of the largest collectors of Smokey Bear items in the US. The members soon learned the value of making new contacts, networking, and sharing of knowledge to help complete their Smokey Bear collections and preserving the history of Smokey Bear collectibles.
Now a Nationwide Organization
The club ultimately evolved into a nationwide organization with hundreds of members who regularly buy, sell and trade with each other in a way that would never have been available to them without the formation of the Smokey Bear Association.
Something For Everyone
For those who have questions or just enjoy viewing and learning about Smokey Bear related items, you will find the Smokey Bear Association website features pages such as a Smokey Bear Appraisals page; Buy, Swap and Sell for everyone to use; a Smokey Bear Photo Album; Smokey Bear Association Club News page; Upcoming Events page; and Smokey Bear related Links to other web sites.
Make sure to check out both the ‘Where in the World is Smokey Bear‘ photo page featuring contests and photos of Smokey Bear’s travels plus the Collectors Corner page featuring Smokey collectors and photos of their collections.