Buying trips. Ask any sports card dealer who has been around since the 1980s and you’ll hear stories of weekends spent in hotel rooms, waiting for the walk-in deal of all time.
Thirty or thirty-five years ago, pickings were easier. Word spread, though, and the internet’s knowledge base all but took the rug out from under those sojourns.
But not quite.
Dealers still travel to far away towns in hopes that they attract someone with a nice collection they’re dying to sell.
In Canada, the buying trip is alive and well. Several dealers take to the road on a regular basis, seeking items they can re-sell.
Sylvain Martineau has been away from his Quebec headquarters for awhile now, and he’s managed to scare up at least one exceptional find.
He’s now making his way through the west, and the local paper found him at work in Red Deer, Alberta.