Baseball Card Show Review – And It Is Not Pretty…
I attended the December baseball card show on Friday. Yes, Friday was technically in November, but the weekend is classified as December and that is when the show officially takes place.
When I walked into the show, I was very surprised by the lack of dealer tables that were set up. Yes, the ‘main’ show is on Saturday, but I had been used to seeing 15-20 dealers set up on Friday. At this show, there was no more than 12. Many are the guys that I have become accustomed to seeing, and even a few that I have become friendly with. I did not see any ‘new blood’ with any of the dealers that were set up at the Friday show.
I also had a very hard time finding anything that I was specifically seeking. Very few affordable vintage dealers. I did not see anyone with the new 2012 Panini Cooperstown cards either.
Ultimately, I spent almost 90 minutes at the show, and less than $10 left my pocket. All of my purchases were from one dealer, and each and every card came from his $0.10 bargain boxes.
Did I score some good cards, sure! Did I score some great cards, maybe! I was just hoping for some more variety and some new dealer tables to shop.
Ultimately, I am still happy that I went to the show. While I may not have filled any ‘needs’ for my collection this time around, I did pick up some great bargains. There is NO amount of internet shopping that will replace the enjoyment that I get from rifling through boxes of cards.
Also, keep in mind as I unveil my purchases to you that each and every card that you will see cost me just one dime.
I already know that I will not be attending the show in January. This weekend’s show is NOT the reason for that announcement. I have plans that have been set for a few months now and knew that I would be out of town during the weekend of the new year.
Maybe the shows will turn around in 2013. Maybe I need to find a way to get to the Saturday show and see what the difference is. Time will tell…
In the meantime, stay tuned to ’30-YOC’ all day long as I will show off my haul from the show. If you are a fan of the stars from the 1980s and 1990s, you will surely find something you will like.
Thanks for reading.