You can attend a card show in the Nashville suburbs twice a month but twice a year, the event supersizes to become the biggest one-day show in the country. The second of two such events in 2017 took place Saturday at Lighthouse Christian School in Antioch. It was the largest in the four-year history of the show, with 180 tables jammed into two gymnasiums.
Several of the dozens of dealers who purchased tables drove several hours or more to set up at the show, which drew about 1,000 customers, according to show organizer Jeff Roberts. It’s an early start for some who came from long distances, with the doors opening at 8 AM.
While the aisles were jammed with collectors buying vintage and modern cards, wax and memorabilia, JSA was doing on-site autographs. One of the walk-in items generated quite a buzz.
Beckett Grading was also set up doing raw card reviews and taking submissions from collectors who wanted to drop off cards in person.
Pro Football Hall of Famer and former NFL coach Raymond Berry made his second visit to the show this year, with autographs available for $20.
The smaller bi-monthly shows are planned for October 14 and 28, November 11 and 25 and December 9 and 30. The next larger event will take place in the early spring of 2018. There is no admission charge.