The show is put on by a local card show promoter out of the Chicagoland area and it comes through here about 4-5 times a year. The fun part about the show is the interesting mix of dealer tables. For anyone that has been to a show ever in their lives, you have essentially 5 "stereotypical" cardboard pushers at every show including:
- The "overproduction era" guy has his table full of 88 Topps and 91 Score cards with price tags from a 1994 Tuff Stuff magazine. $2.00 for the "Bo Breakers" card? Really?
- The "NASCAR" guy with everything from cards, hats, and event-worn jackets to the hood from Dale Jr.'s car. You know the guy...most of his table is taken up by die-cast cars, secured snugly in their packages and there is usually a blue and white Igloo swivel-top cooler filled with Busch Light and Mountain Dew behind the tables. The weekend before he was here.
- The "hit" guys where there is nothing but jersey/auto cards, super sick "MOJO" hits, and short prints galore, all of which have higher than Beckett HI price tags. They also have "the case" where you find the greatest anomaly in all of sports cards...the "HOT PACKS". They had one of these too. Not this exact one but their's was numbered 4 or 5, I forget.
- The "common" box guy who usually has a nice mix of 1960s-1980s 3500 ct boxes jammed to the gills. Good luck getting to his table to take a gander. You might get a lucky break if you can throw a Twinkie down the aisle. One of the on lookers is bound to take the bait, freeing up a spot. What a sight that would be.
- The "look-up" guy who has nothing priced, nothing labeled, and doesn't really want to talk to you other than to tell you that everything on the table is a "real nice card". Try your best to buy something and you may have to wait 15 minutes while he looks each item up in the price guide only to then spend 12 more minutes trying to calculate his profit/loss ratio after he reluctantly lets you have the card for 2X HI book value.
The first group all came from the same seller. It was an older couple with some monster boxes filled with older baseball, some older football, and quite a bit of older hockey. I didn't bite on any of the hockey stuff because most was very banged up despite having a bunch of stars. What I did find came from......wait for it......A FIFTY CENT BOX!!!
1972 Topps Pirates Team Card #1
The Wold Champions...at least I can say this happened in my lifetime...of course not in the year here but the late 70s. I can all but guarantee it won't happen again while I am still alive and possibly the lives of both my children. Maybe grandkids?
I also found a plethora of Pops...
A 1976 and 1967 Topps
A 1968 and 1972 Topps
1972 and 1974 3-D Super Stars cards
And finally, a 1979 Topps. I already have a couple of these but for $.50, what's one more?
And a few from Dave Parker...
Total cost...$6.00. I know, it adds up to only $5.50 at $.50 a piece but I hate change so I told her to keep it. She told me to consider it a down payment for next time. Fair enough.
The next guy was an older gentleman from a nearby town that had a hodgepodge of miscellaneous stuff. There was really no rhyme or reason to his set up at all. Most product was mixed together and other than the few better singles carefully laid out on the table, he had a bunch of 800 count boxes randomly placed with $.10 each penciled on the lids. For $.10, I took a look and found a few for the Pirate PC.
And a couple more for my Topps Baseball set. He had a ton of inserts from this years' Topps but out of all of them, I only needed these.
And I can't forget the one hockey card I found in there. It was this 1994-95 Leaf Limited Gold Pavel Bure. I actually didn't really know these existed because this was from a 10 card insert set that fell about 1 every 48 packs. Keep in mind that was in 1994 so it was fairly hard to pull (fairly, considering it was in the heat of the overproduction era). I never bought any of this back then because I had no money of my own in 1994 and wasn't really collecting then. Most of what I have from this set are all the base cards and I have only picked those up after the fact. They are serial numbered out of /2500.
I've bought some neat stuff from them before and showed them on here, although I couldn't find the posts to link. This time around, here's what I was able to walk away with...
Double your pleasure on this one...I picked up two Marc-Andre Fleury Rookie cards. The scan dust really ticks me off because these are beautiful cards in person. They are from the 2003-04 Pacific Invincible set. The one on the left is the Red Parallel version numbered out of #/850. The one on the right is the base rookie. These were short printed in the main collation of the product and usually only fell about 1-2 per box. The base rookies are supposedly serial numbered out of #/799 but mine isn't marked. Since I have no others from this set to compare it to, I'm going to presume this may be the retail version which might not be numbered. Either way, both are huge adds to my Penguin PC.