I want to make sure that I don’t come across as someone who is not grateful on this post. After writing ’30-Year Old Cardboard’ for well over a year now, I know my baseball card show reviews are some of the more popular and anticipated posts on this blog. I have also learned that many of the readers here do not have card show options in or around their home towns. With this new show at the local mall, I now have 2 different monthly shows to choose from which is more than I have seen from any of the other blogs that I frequent.
At the same time, I have to be fair and honest. If there is a reader checking out my reviews, and he plans on using my feedback as a tool to decide on which show to attend, I feel it is my duty to offer as fair of a review as possible.
So, here goes.
I made it to the card show late Saturday afternoon. In total, there were 12 vendor tables set up. And of those 12, 5 were all memorabilia, and 1 was a comic/stuffed animal/crap table. While I love the memorabilia and enjoy seeing what is out there for purchase, I have had and still have no intention of plopping down hundreds of dollars on what I can only describe as ‘questionable’ stuff.
By the time my first lap of the show was over, I had 7 tables to shop. The tables were packed full of cards, and the bargain bins were full!! Personally, when I make my decision to stop and shop the bargain bins, I will always select an organized guy over one that is not. Dividing your cards by sport is step one, but if someone goes the next step, I will usually spend more time with them. For me, the next step is having the cards sorted by either team or even better by player. At this show, only two vendors had their cards sorted this way, and they were the ones that got my business. I was on a limited schedule so I didn’t want to bother sifting through cards I had no interest in.
You may recall that for this show I had no ‘Want List’ with me. I didn’t want to disappoint myself by bringing a list of cards to look for without knowing what the scene was like. This ended up being a wise decision on my part as this was the first card show I have attended in the last 15 months in which I did not pick up a single card for any of the player collections or subsets I am collecting. Not One!! No Fergies, Madduxes, Palmers, Murrays, or Strawberrys – NONE!!
I ended up spending less than $12 while a the show. The majority of what I bought was found in $0.25 bins. I also picked up a sealed box of cards which is where $5.00 of my money went.
Check back with me throughout the day as I bring you images and stories of each and every purchase I made at the card show.
And although the last time I attended the Dania show left a bad taste in my mouth, this was far worse. I really want to get one more positive shopping experience in before the end of the year so my plan is to head back to Dania in a few weeks and give it another shot at theit last show of 2009.