Tuesday, December 4, 2018
December Philly Show: Randomness and Recency
This is around the time of season where you hear commercials and advertisements proclaiming this specific time to be the Most Wonderful Time of the Year. And they're right. The Winter Philly Show is, in fact, the most wonderful time of the year. You can get active Phillies AND active Eagles autographs for astronomical prices.
I hadn't been to the Philly Sports Card & Memorabilia show in a few years, due to college and all, but I was overdue for a comeback, especially considering they'd established residency at a new venue in Oaks. So...I made the pilgrimage. And I imagine I'll be making the next few as well. This is a rather large show, but it's not overwhelming. The clientele skews a bit vintage for my tastes, but a number of cool tables were to be found. And, as a budget coordinator, the most I had to spend for one card was 20 cents. Or possibly less, considering said dealer's discount, but I'll get to him soon.
When you go to a card show, you expect a certain number of vendors to have a number of junk-wax-era stuff. That's gonna happen. But it's a nice surprise when you find people with cards from 1998 to 2005. That's a sweet spot that a lot of collectors miss, and there were some cards in that spot. For instance, this was a cool flagship release I didn't have yet. And it technically counts as a Pedro Martinez base card. I'm down with that.
I typically don't buy packs of Panini products due to the logolessness of it all, with the exception of DK and...that frankenset they just put out that I forget the name of. But they had a bunch in these 10 cent bins, so I bit. This Winfield insert is pretty cool. Some of these occasionally work without a logo, and this is one.
A lot of the stuff I nabbed at this show was recent, Topps-y goodness that I didn't have, or, most of the time, just stood out. I'm not passing up a Bo Jackson insert. Bo Knows good cardboard.
The fact that I got all of these for ten cents proves how far down the value of the insert has gone in Topps. These really aren't special anymore, which is pretty sad. Occasionally some are inspired, like this 5 Tool of Seager, or anything featuring Thor, but a lot of them are kinda limp.
And 1st Home Run, while basic, leads to great rookie shots of Killer and Duda. Always great to see a Senators uniform in modern Topps.
These...were some much-desired 2016 Archives needs. And they really helped, especially considering how pricey they'd all typically be.
I kinda love the Ryan. So casual.
I'm not going for the set...I'm just going to snag every photo or card I love from this set, and keep it in the binders. And there is a ton to love, especially from these two in greyscale. Just...beautiful.
...So that was the Philly Show from my end. I think I did pretty well, though next time I go, I'll try and go a bit more out of the box.