Buying trips ain’t what they used to be but there’s always hope. A couple of hobby veterans are still out there, hoping to grab that piece of rare sports memorabilia they can turn into a profit.
It was once a gold mine. A generation ago, sports memorabilia dealers–most of whom were still collectors–would set up shop at a local hotel and advertise their presence in local newspapers. They were primarily looking for old baseball cards, rare football cards or similar items and, indeed, large collections that had been forgotten for years, often "walked in".
Times have changed–the value is no longer a secret–and eBay makes for a strong competitor. But that didn’t stop long-time dealers Mike Wheat and Wayne Varner from making the trip from their Pennsylvania digs to Canton, Ohio, hoping to find enough stuff they could re-sell.
The Canton Repository tagged along to find out if it was worth the effort.