If I had to choose one word to sum up my opinion of this baseball card show it would be – Disappointing.
Maybe I set my expectations too high for this show. I don’t know why I feel this way, but I just didn’t get the same feel this time around that I got from the last show I attended. Gone were the tables and tables of new dealers. Gone were the shoppers. If I had to put numbers on it I would guess that 1/2 of the dealers from the last show were present and just 1/5 of the shoppers. All of this makes for one very unhappy blogger!!!
There are 2 very possible reasons for the poor turnout in my opinion. (1) Everyone else was at the National card show. I agree that it’s unlikely, but it is a possibility. (2) The Miami Dolphins held their first ‘open’ training camp on Sunday. From what I saw of this on the news, it was packed!! Maybe the dealers were at the show on Saturday but at training camp on Sunday.
I have included my list of goals for this show below. Any my notes about these goals can be found in RED AND CAPS(because I am that damn angry).
1 – Cody Ross cards. Cody is doing an autograph appearance in the city I live in 2 weeks from now. I don’t have a single card of his so I want to stock up. It shouldn’t be too hard since he is a local player, but I want to get a nice handful so I can get a few signed and I have another idea for the rest of them. My goal is to get between 20-25 Ross cards. COMPLETE FAILURE – NOT 1 CARD ALL DAY LONG. VERY FEW MARLINS CARDS TO BE FOUND, AND EVEN FEWER CARDS THAT WERE ORGANIZED WELL ENOUGH TO SEARCH. I LIKE TO DIG THROUGH STUFF BUT IF IT’S COMPLETELY UNORGANIZED I HAVE A HARD TIME STAYING AROUND… BUMMER!!!
2 – If that $0.10 Bargain Bin guy is there again, I am going to give myself 1 hour to go through as much of his stuff as I can. 60 minutes of blitzing through as many of his 3,200 count card boxes as I can get through. And my goal is simple – Gather up as many of his 1980’s superstars as I can find!!! HE WASN’T THERE. THE GUY THAT I WAS GOING TO SPEND 60 MINUTES WITH WAS A NO-SHOW. HIM AND HIS BOXES, AND BOXES, AND BOXES OF CARDS WERE GONE. PHUEY!!! THIS DEALER, WHO HAD SOME AMAZING TREASURES FOR ME TO DIG UP LAST TIME WAS THE #1 THING I WAS LOOKING FORWARD TO SEEING. 😦
3 – I hew a renewed energy about TTM and want to give it another shot in the next few weeks. My supply of cards for a project like this is terribly low so I plan on picking up some cards of the guys that I know will sign for me. I’m going to stick to Marlins players and retired players for now. I’ll hit the active guys again next Spring!! I DIDN’T EVEN TRY. I WAS SO BUMMED THAT I WALKED AROUND IN A STUPOR AND FOUND MYSELF LOOKING AT MAGAZINES FROM 20 YEARS AGO SELLING FOR 50 CENTS A PIECE…
4 – Wax. Yep, you heard me Wax!! I have a very strong urge to bust open some vintage wax packs. As I have been surfing through all of the great blogs out there, I see so many people ripping open packs of cards at a record pace and I want to get in on the action. But I want nothing to do with the new stuff. If any dealers have wax packs or boxes from the 1980’s I will be doing what I can to secure some packs to bust open. FINALLY SOMETHING TO REPORT THAT WENT MY WAY!!! I SCORED A FULL BOX OF WAX THAT IS 20 YEARS OLD AND DYING TO BE BUSTED. I’LL FILL YOU IN ON THE DETAILS LATER TODAY….
So there you have it. 1 terribly disappointing afternoon. I will be taking a break from this experience by skipping the next few shows until I can get a little more confidence that the future ones will be better. In the meantime it’s back to the information super-highway for this shopper!!!
Stay tuned to ’30-Year Old Cardboard’ all day long as I present each and every item I picked up at the show.