As many of you know, I attended my first baseball card show in over 15 years. Having little expectations about what I was going to find, I was very eager to get there to see how this kind of event has changed along with the hobby.
The show was being held at the local(40 minutes from my house) Jai-Alai stadium. As I approached the room that the show was going to be in, I quickly noticed differences from the shows I used to attend and this one. Gone were the long lines of people waiting to get in, gone were the kids ripping open pack after pack of the cards they just bought, and gone were the extra family members just hanging around while their brother, father, or sisters were inside looking at the cards.
The show had 13 dealers and I quickly walked through to check out which tables I would want to visit again and which I would bypass. Of the 13, 10 had enough cases of cards to draw my eyes while the other 3 were geared more towards oddball memorabilia and figurines.
As I started to get more into the actual display cases, the number of game used and autograph cards was pretty overwhelming. If you are searching for some of these modern day issues, you could spend a few hours going through the vast assortments that I witnessed. I asked around for Dawson, Billy Williams, and Fergie Jenkins but nobody had any.
Luckily I found 2 dealers that primarily dealt in older cards. 1 dealer had at least 5-6 tables and was extremely organized. The other guy’s selection and layout looked kind of dirty. I quickly looked at what he had, but I was not feeling too comfortable with the condition of his stuff so I stayed with the ‘6-table guy’. I found quite a bit that I liked, but nothing was priced. When inquiring about a few cards, he jumped right into his Beckett and started quoting prices. I was not happy with this and did not want to pay full Beckett price for anything so I just grabbed the 1 card that had been escaping me for a while and moved on.
Of everything I saw, the most attractive offers for my liking were the large 3200 count boxes of cards with signs that read ‘5 for $1.00′ or ’25 cents each’. I was able to pick up a few cards that will be added to my player collections so that was a nice ‘find’.
All in all, the show was decent. I would not rush back to see 1 specific dealer again but wouldn’t object to going next month either. I had my son with me and if any of you have a 2-year old, you know that their attention span is very short so he didn’t really allow me to dig in too deep when I found some boxes that struck my interest.
The good news is that on the way out I saw a flyer for another show in Boca Raton in October. It’s nice to see that I have another option out there and I will certainly make efforts to get out there next month.
I am going to scan everything I bought tonight and should be able to share it with you all tomorrow and in the coming days!!
So until the next show approaches, I’m heading back to Ebay!!