Bob Dylan said it best, ‘Oh, the times, they are a changin'”…
Le me just say that I am still in shock by what I experienced for two hours at the baseball card show this past weekend. Let me explain – The number of dealers was triple what I saw the last time that I went to the show in January. And more shocking than that, when I arrived at 11:30 in the morning there were dozens of customers shopping around. Not a small handful, but dozens!!! I was really surprised by this turnout of both sellers and buyers and I eagerly jumped right into the mix.
Since I saw so many new faces behind the tables, I quickly took a lap to check out the stuff before I stopped to shop. I wanted to be sure that I had an idea of what was lying around the corner so I didn’t miss anything. For the few shows I had been to at the end of 2008, I didn’t have to take my customary lap as I already had a very good idea of what was at each and every dealer table.
I have to say that again, I was surpried by what I saw. Altough the cards were plentiful, there was quite a bit of memorabilia and autograph merchandise too. It’s always cool to check that stuff out, but it usually comes with a hefty price tag as well. After my walk around scoping out the tables, I made it back to a few and feel like I did pretty well with my buys.
I will be posting my buys throughout the day today, but here are my notes about the show:
- Tons of vintage stuff. And the return of ‘vintage table guy’ too. I hadn’t seen this guy for almost a year, but he was there with an incredible spread of albums from the 1960’s and 70’s. I admired his items, asked for a few prices and then saw him again open up his Beckett and quote me right from his bible. Sorry bud, I don’t work that way…
- Bargain bins galore. It seems like everyone was getting rid of their ‘stuff’ and just focusing on the premium cards. That’s fine by me since I love the stars, MVP’s, and Hall Of Famers from yesteryear and could care less about the up-and-coming players. I made a killing at the ‘3-for-$1’ bins as well as the ‘$0.10 bins’ too…
- Where are the kids?? With the exception of the few toddlers hanging out with their dads, there were no kids at the show. Kind of odd, huh??? There were a few upper-aged teenagers and a few that could have been in their twenties. But what happened to the 7,8,9, and 10-year olds that want to blow their allowance on cardboard? They were certainly not at this show!!
- I met a guy at my first show back last summer and he sorts most of his stuff by team. After leafing through hundreds of Cubs cards, I mentioned how surprising that he had not one Andre Dawson card in the entire lot. He claims to own over 1,000 Dawson cards and was holding them in hopes of selling them to Andre himself. I quietly laughed at that, but each show that passed I would ask if he brought his Dawsons for me to go through. Well, finally he did and I scored a nice handful of new Andre Dawson cards to add to my player collection.
What a great time. I could have spent hours there – but family was calling so I wisely took advantage of the time I did get to spend there. I have tons of posts and scans for you today. Check back often, as I will be unveiling EVERY SINGLE CARD I BOUGHT all day long!!!!
The hobby is alive my friends. Oh Yes, the hobby is alive!!!!