The hobby’s sports card show calendar remains, in a word, “fluid.” Some areas have been able to hold smaller events while others remain on hiatus because of restrictions on public gatherings and the status of some facilities.
The JP Sports/Rock Solid Promotions show normally held at the Westchester County Center in New York is off for the remainder of 2020. The building is being reserved as a COVID-19 backup hospital, in case the need arises.
The St. Louis Sports Collectors show scheduled for last week was cancelled with future events still up in the air as of now.
The August Wisconsin Sports Collectors Association show at Gonzaga Hall in Milwaukee that had been scheduled for Sunday was called off.
The monthly show at the Nutter Center on the campus of Wright State University in Ohio won’t take place in August as the school’s facilities remain closed. Next month remains uncertain.
The next Northwest Valley Coin & Card Show at the LaQuinta Inn in Phoenix remains shut down for this month.
The Nashville Card Show scheduled for Saturday is also off as the area remains in Phase 2 of reopening, which means no more than 25 people can attend a single event. They have two shows per month at the Lighthouse Christian School and two major shows in the same location in the fall and winter.
But…restrictions aren’t quite as tight in other areas as long as you put a mask on and are willing to be in the same room with a few dozen people.
The Bay Area Sports Card Show in Clearwater, FL took place Saturday and Sunday.
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— BattlinBilly (@SRQForever) August 9, 2020
A 70-table show in Scottsboro, AL is a go for next Saturday, August 15 with at least 30 dealers expected. It’ll be at the Scottsboro Goose Pond Civic Center from 9 AM to 2 PM. The sponsor is Jackson’s Sports Cards.
The Georgia Collectible Show took place Sunday at the Hilton Garden Inn in Marietta. Former Braves outfielder Otis Nixon was there to sign autographs and JSA was taking autograph authentication submissions.
There was a show over the weekend at a mall in Rockford, IL, which got some coverage from a local TV station.
Shows in Indiana are back. The Indy Sports Card Show was held earlier this month and is still on track for September 5. The Plainfield, IN show, southwest of Indianapolis, is also running again with Sunday’s event at the Fraternal Order of Eagles being the latest.
The Fort Wayne show took place on Saturday. There is a show set for Labor Day (Sept. 7) at the Farmstead Inn and Conference Center.
The Columbus (OH) Sports Card Show took place August 1 at the fairgrounds in Hilliard with 80 sold out tables. Masks were optional earlier this summer but were mandatory last week.
As we reported earlier, the three-day Dallas Card Show set for later this month remains on.
That’s obviously not a complete list of shows, just a sampling from what we’ve seen on social media. State and local guidelines for public gatherings vary quite a bit but there aren’t many locations where groups of more than 100 people can be at any one time so it’s the smaller shows that have had more success opening and staying open.
Promoters are dealing with plenty of stress in some cases, with some local and state health departments often requiring paperwork and strict guidelines that must be followed. Most hotels that host shows are requiring face masks and social distancing practices.