Last Philly Show, I was discouraged.
There were a number of nice things to find, and I did have some very nice takeaways, but I was worried that the niche hobby mentality that I subscribed to was finding itself less and less prevalent at these shows. More people with locker-boxes wanting to sell their goods, and more people selling mojo cards. Last show there were lots of quarter bins, and not a ton of 10 cent bins.
Was this what card shows were going to be now? Is this what the focus was? Chuckleheads with money aspirations with no love for the hobby? Is this where we're going?
The message I got from this weekend's Philly Show was 'not quite'. While there was a lot of emphasis on the big stuff, and while some of the fumes of 'the eBay Collector' were inescapable, I managed to find a great deal of my low-market favorites, and a lot of stuff that fit the snug areas of my collection. No, there wasn't just quarter bins at this show. Think much lower.
Occasional inserts. I always try to find those GQ inserts in the wild, and that 2010 Heritage Price insert is pretty damn sharp.