There are a few regulars – a guy who specializes in unopened boxes, another guy that breaks a box or two of everything to sell singles, and a guy that brings 5000 count boxes of the most random stuff and sells every card for a buck.
Then there’s the guy that sits there opening boxes of whatever just came out, and goes through them with price guide in hand to see what he can get for his pulls. I made the mistake of looking through some of his cards this time.
I wanted a couple of gold Bowman parallels – Josh Thole and Daniel Murphy – and a couple of Topps Finest cards – Carlos Beltran and Luis Castillo. His asking price? Five bucks. He seemed upset when I put away my wallet because I didn’t want them any more.
I did come home with a few things — some National Chicle autographs, including the Tobi Stoner one shown here and two others that will eventually be posted at Auto-Matic for the People. I also found some fun stuff in a dealer’s dollar box – some of which will be shown here later this week, some that will also get posted to Auto-Matic for the People.
But I remember how much more fun card shows used to be, and I’m not sure that they’re still worth going to. I could have probably gotten everything on eBay for similar money and I would have saved by avoiding impulse purchases.
Do you have any regular local card shows to attend? Are they worth going to? Or are you happier shopping online?