I'm often jealous of those who get to go to card shows on a regular basis like Dennis from Too Many Verlanders. He always seems to find great stuff for his collections to go along with a great place to stock up on trade bait. Northern West Virginia is pretty much void of anything resembling a card show or shop. Sometimes I'll see the southern part of the state has shows, but a 3 hour drive is a pretty big gamble for a mall show. I probably need to be checking Northern Virginia and Maryland as that would be much closer.
Back in the mid 2000's I would frequent many of the shows in the Pittsburgh region. I'm only about an hour outside city limits so I can get up and back in a relatively short time. The issue with these as Mark from Battlin Bucs often talks about on his blog, is that the same dealers set up with outdated prices. After witnessing firsthand a dealer trying to take advantage of a poor Mom trying to buy cards for her kids I vowed not to go back.
All is not lost when it comes to shows. Ever since I started blogging I've been the recipient of tons of great cards from those who get to frequent more buyer friendly card shows.
This time around Dennis warned me he was changing things up on me. Our trades usually have a "hit" theme as we supply each other with current Tigers/Pirates and Wolverine/Mountaineers. As you will see below I can say with 100% certainty that I don't mind "a change of pace."
5 Great Maz cards to get the ball rolling is a great way to start out a trade package, but Dennis was far from finished.
Could you imagine pitching 12 perfect innings and losing
A 70 and 71 Pops.
One of the first "modern relievers" Elroy Face.
My first Kevin White card. I was happy to see him get drafted by the Bears. Cutler is not an accurate quarterback, but he can throw the deep ball. That plays right into Kevin's game. I think he should at least be given a situation to succeed unlike Geno Smith.
This was some great stuff Dennis. As always thanks for always looking out for me. Like I told you the cards I have ready for you are the opposite end of the spectrum, but I don't think you'll mind.
Thanks for reading!
THE ORIGINAL FRANK THOMAS! Glad you liked the stuff as always.ReplyDelete
You are the man! That was some great vintage including the awesome Original Frank Thomas!Delete
Those are really great, nice mix from lots of years. I really love that 63 Fleer setReplyDelete
I figure you would like those Mazeroski's. When I get some time I'll have to check if I have any doubles in my collection to send your way.Delete
All fantastic cards there, but my jaw dropped at that '58 Maz. What a beauty.ReplyDelete
That is a great card. Dennis hit a homerun with that one.Delete
Just sent you an email about Robert Morris. I groaned a little after White went to the Bears. Why can't the WVU guys I want to collect go to the teams with no collectors!?!?!? But from a purely football perspective, I think it will be a good fit for him.ReplyDelete
I don't even bother buying cards of the first round picks until the market cools. I'm just now adding Geno Smith and Tavon Austin.Delete
Great cards there, Matt. Be watching your mailbox -- some more card show largesse from me on its way.ReplyDelete
Very cool! I just picture you going there with a briefcase full of money to try and fund your war with JBF.Delete
How close are you to Chantilly VA? There's a big show there every now and again. I usually go to the Philly show in King of Prussia (might be a bit of a hike for you) but it's usually good (only run 3 times a year)ReplyDelete
Chantilly would be like driving to DC for me which is about three to three and half depending on traffic. I visit DC often as I have a lot of friends up that way, so maybe I can time it.Delete
Absolutely incredible haul. Congrats! 100% beautiful boards, there.ReplyDelete
Thanks Zach! Dennis and I collect the exact same way so we have found a common trading bond. We are well into the double digits of completed trades.Delete