(Day two observations of the National Sports Collectors Convention from writer/attorney/dealer Tony Gordon)
On Day Two of the National, attendance was up dramatically. The morning was still a little light but by 2 p.m. the aisles had filled up with collectors from all over the country.
I chided some guys from Cincinnati on the White Sox getting Junior Griffey. They said folks in Cincy thought Junior was a failure because he did not bring them a championship.
A gentleman from Pittsburgh spent a great deal of time at my table buying high grade 1958 Topps baseball. I sold quite a few 1957 Topps baseball to a couple of guys from Tennessee.
A collector from New Orleans bought several 1958 Topps baseball team cards. I had a tough time communicating with him because his Cajun accent was pretty thick. I also sold some 1943 MP & Co. cards, some 1961 Fleer Greats of the Game, a couple of 1965 Topps Joe Morgan rookies, a 1953 Topps Bob Feller, and many baseball commons from the 1950’s, 1960’s and early 1970’s.
My tablemate was extremely busy with his high grade baseball and vintage hockey cards.
Quite a few collectors were looking for 1952 Topps baseball high numbers and 1948 and 1949 Leaf baseball.
I bought a nice lot of 1953 Topps baseball commons from another dealer. Though my pick-up of the day was a box of Collegiate Collection Arizona Wildcats Trading Cards from the late 1980’s for just one dollar. I am a member of the U of A class of 1990 and bought quite a few of these cards back when I was a student.
Speaking of wax, there is a tremendous amount of this stuff available at the National. One of the booths near mine has an unopened box of 1962 Topps baseball for $45,000 — I think that price might be a little excessive. I am seeing a great deal of late 1980’s and early 1990’s wax from all sports for just a few bucks a box. I am debating on picking up some 1987 Topps football for Walter Payton’s last card. One of the large wax dealers has taken up a sizeable chunk of the Corporate area with cases of 2006 Upper Deck football on sale for just $59, although buyers are limited to one case.
Another table close to mine has some common T206’s priced from $11 to $30. I might pick up some of those before the show ends.
Some additional observations from Day Two:
(1) Many folks are carting around mobile suitcases and they can be a bit of a hazard to get around. Is this suitcase thing the new vogue item for large card shows? And what the heck is in those things?
(2) There are not many local Chicago dealers set up at this show which I find surprising. I think many of the local guys can’t dedicate 4 1/2 days to a show.
(3) Former Bear defensive lineman Steve McMichael walked by my table carrying a tiny baby girl.
(4) PSA 8’s sell real well at the National.
(5) High grade raw vintage cards sell well at the National.
(6) Steve Bartman did not show up to grab his $25,000 for signing the famous photo. The folks running the National were a little overdramatic with their loud public address system countdown and all.
(7) My show badge has a photo of Lee Majors on it while my tablemate has Al Bundy pictured on his.
(8)My tablemate has purchased twelve 1969 Topps football Dick Shiner cards.
Lastly, rumor is that Sportsfest is no more. The folks that recently took over the Sun Times show, Schwartz Sports, have purchased the Sportsfest show and are planning to move it from its traditional June date and Schaumburg location to the Stephens Convention Center in Rosemont in July. Sportsfest will have a new name, FansEdge and will expand from three days to four.
Another take on the National from Brian Zeeck of The Collectors Group.