Back in March, I took my son to a card show. He had a blast taking pictures of the show, and I managed to pick up some cool vintage in the 30 minutes or so I had before he lost his patience. Unlike the last show, this time I flew solo, save for a surprise appearance by my friend, Brerskwerl, who has the Nationals in the 2013 MLB Tournament.
This show was just like the others, started on Friday and ran through Sunday. However, I was limited to Friday, as Saturday was booked and Sunday was Mother's Day, and there was no way in Hades I was going to prioritize cards over my wife. If I had, I would have come home to no cards in the house...
So, I had Friday to peruse the show. With a dentist appointment earlier in the day, I had a free pass from 2 pm to 7 pm. I ended up arriving around 2:30 and left somewhere around 5 pm. I could/should of stayed those extra hours, as I had half of my budgeted money left, but what I'd already bought felt just too good to be true, so I left.
Just like the last show, I did my ritual. I walked up and down each aisle, cataloging every vendor and getting a "feel" for how much they were charging for vintage. Some of the sellers did not like this at all. Too bad, it's my money.
Eventually, I settled on a couple of tables. One was the Old as Dirt Guy from the last show, and the others, well, they really didn't matter. I ended up buying every card from the Old as Dirt Guy, save for one vintage and a special Blue Jay for Buckstorecards.
I did, however, save one dealer a lot of heartache. I was leafing through a stack of $1 cards, when I noticed this in the pile.
I said, "Is this supposed to be in here?" He replied, "Yeah, it's a reprint." To which I said, "No, it's not." Needless to say, that card was out of the pile in a heartbeat. Perhaps my act of kindness pleased the Cardboard Gods because what happened next is something I will never forget...
Once a spot opened up at the Old as Dirt Guy's table, I bellied up to the "Bargain Bin." Every card is 50 cents a pop unless otherwise marked. The Bargain Bin is several neatly sorted boxes with cards dating from 1948 to 1970. Cards are mostly VG to EX, with a few Goods and a rare Poor. Boo-yah. My kind of bin.
If you remember, I've recently refocused my collecting on Hall of Famers and players who were in the Superstar Baseball board game. With that checklist in hand, I found the following cards for 50 cents a pop.
Six HOFers and 12 superstars for $9? Yeah, I'd say that was a pretty sweet deal. But if you thought the 50 cent vintage was awesome, just you wait...