There was no eBay. No huge auction catalogs. No online price guides. Twenty years ago, sports collecting still meant card shops and card shows and memorabilia was just something that went along for the ride.
ESPN.com's Sweet Spot blogger David Schoenfield hadn't been to a show since the early 1990s but had fond memories of buying wax packs for less than a quarter, building sets and maybe venturing back into days gone by to purchase cards of players he only knew from magazines and cable TV.
He returned to the Philly Show earlier this month and discovered many more adults walking the aisles than kids--all shopping for vintage cards or selling something other than cards. Read his trip down memory lane and see some of the stuff that caught his fancy here.