Sportacular Baseball Card Show Review – Far From Spectacular…
Man, I really don’t know where to start with this… I sit here with a heavy heart as the beloved baseball card show, one that I cherished as a kid and crave as an adult, is just a memory. A distant one at that.
With all of the hype surrounding this show, I approached it with a great amount of excitement. Between the website, print ads, and radio spots, I was classifying this one as a ‘mini’ convention of sorts. And the addition of the sponsorship of the Hard Rock mixed with the player appearances that were scheduled, I had my sights set on the best show I would have attended in the last twenty years.
I cannot classify the show as false advertising, so I have to instead classify my thoughts as false hope. Friends, I am very concerned about our hobby.
When I walked into the show, I was greeted by silence. No noise at all, no line at the admission table, and no customers at the first five tables that I walked by…
And from there it got worse.
In total, probably 25 dealers, half of which did not sell baseball cards – figurines, photos, and jerseys littered their tables. Of the card tables that were there, I found no ‘bargain bins’ worth spending any time at. And while I was still able to find cards that appealed to my kind of collecting, they were not in the price range that I prefer to pay.
I spent $9 at the show – buying just four cards. Yes, four.
Throughout the day, I will show them off to you as that is my normal routine after attending a card show. And while I wish that there was more for me to show off, I am very happy with the four cards that I did purchase.
As a collector that still loves to find ‘new’ card for my collection, it looks like I will have to head back to the web to satisfy my cravings to shop for and buy cardboard.
And since I still crave the physical hunt for baseball cards of my favorite heroes, I have just two options going forward. Option 1 is the only local card shop and option 2 is the Dania Beach baseball card show that is held monthly. Both options become instantly more appealing to me – and the promoter of the Dania show, Lou (a very nice guy), promises that if given another chance the show will meet my expectations.
Lou- I will see you next month in Dania!!!
Thanks for reading everyone, the four cards I purchased will be revealed shortly.
Oh, and I did get to hang out with Alfredo for most of the time that I was there – quite possibly the highlight of my afternoon. Thanks Fredo!!