By my last count, I have been to seven different card shows in 2018. My main focus why attending these shows has been to pick up vintage cards for my Hall of Fame binder and to pick through dime boxes for trade bait.
This past Sunday was the annual Peoria baseball card show. That's right, P-town only gets a show once a year. Back in the early '90s there was a local show every month and sometimes twice a month. I miss those days.
The closest thing to a dime box I found this weekend was a "6 cards for $1" box. I found five Ryne Sandberg cards I thought I might need and a nice Jim Thome for the dollar spent.
my list on my phone. Oh well, I can survive with a few Ryno duplicates.
Hall of Fame? Four more players to cross off the list.
Here's a purchase I didn't see coming.
My find of the year? Oh man. A gentleman was selling a bunch of sets for 75% off. There was plenty of stuff from the late '90s and early aughts to be had. But I had my eyes on this:
I bought the 1983 Topps set for the price of a blaster. A little quick math and that works out to be two-and-a-half cents per card. As you can see from the picture, the set includes the three big rookie cards, and everything seems to be in near-mint condition. I couldn't be happier about this purchase!
One of my long-term collecting goals is to own/build every Topps sets going back to when I was born to when I first exited the hobby (1978-1993). Filling a hole for $20 is really good feeling.