The hobby has changed, of course, in the 18 months since I last attended a card show, the very Philly Show I attended today in Valley Forge. The clientele have gone from the same general assortment of forty somethings and regular joe collectors to tons more younger kids trying to make investments and trying to play baseball cards like Wall Street. I saw boxes of new product going for 190 a piece. I saw more tables emphasizing mojo than before. The quarter bins were more frequent than the dime bins. And the dudebro collector was in full force.
Now, was there anything for me, the most precarious of low-risk collectors, at this show? Yes, there was lots. I just needed to know where to look. And with these shows, I often did.
Here now, my findings from a very strange, yet very familiar, Philly show: