This past weekend I went to a card show for the first time in over a year. I went to the National in Rosemont, IL, in late 2013, and yesterday I went back there for a card show put on by a company called Fanatics Authentics. It was much smaller than the National – but still a pretty good-sized show. There were a number of autograph guests, but I didn’t get any autos at this one. I though about adding a Jim Thome baseball to my 500 home run collection – but I didn’t want to spend the time or money right now.
I felt a tinge of regret after going to the show – it was kind of neat to walk around and see what the dealers had. But there really weren’t a whole lot of cards that I was looking for. The set collector just isn’t catered to at a show like this. Even when I did find some bargain bins – it’s just so hard to dig through everything because the common cards just aren’t organized by number or anything like that.
I did find some good stuff, though, after doing some digging. I found a guy who had some newer cards for 10 cents apiece. Some were 2014 Heritage, which isn’t that unique. But he also had 2013 and 2014 Goodwin singles, which are more difficult to find. I got over 50 cards from those 3 sets – which put a good dent into my wantlists (and for 5 bucks, no less)!
Toward the end of the show, I went back to a dealer that had a bunch of inserts and Heritage SP’s in binders. Another one of my pet peeves was in play here. I’d stayed away from the dealer because nothing was marked with a price. I hate that! When that happens, my experience is that the cards are usually priced more than I would want to pay. And that ended up being the case here. But I didn’t want to go home with only $5 worth of cards. So I picked up quite a few cards here.
I got quite a few cards from 2014 Heritage – a number of SP cards and some inserts.
I also got a few cards from 2014 Topps Archives.
And, finally, some 2014 Topps inserts.
Overall, it was pretty productive, and I listened to the Bengals game while I walked around – so I’m glad I did go. But I probably won’t be looking for a card show any time real soon.