Can a Tuesday night sports card show survive? One did for many years in Parsippany, New Jersey. The show at the Police Athletic League began in 1981 and ran through the summer of 2015. This Tuesday night, October 4, one of the hobby’s longest running events of any kind will relaunch with a new promoter.
Joe Drelich of East Coast Sports Marketing, which operates the larger weekend shows at Chantilly, VA near Washington, DC, says he’s planning monthly shows with at least 30 dealer tables.
“This show is something special,” Drelich said. “I used to attend regularly for many, many years, in fact most everyone in the hobby within an hour drive did.”
At its’ peak during the 1980s hobby boom, the Parsippany PAL show had 70+ tables with a lengthy waiting list and regularly drew crowds of 600-800 people. As buying and selling moved online, the dealer roster and attendance dipped but the show continued to run.
Mike Gordon of Gordon Sports owned the show for many years. He has since passed away and the show shut down last summer. Drelich is hoping a promotional push will help re-ignite the show, which is located at 33 Baldwin Road in Parsipanny.
Show hours will be from 4 PM to 8 PM, always on the first Tuesday of each month. Dates for 2016 are: Tuesday October 4, Tuesday November 1, and Tuesday December 6. Admission is $1.
Sportscard Guaranty (SGC) will be on site every show accepting submissions for trading cards and autographs. SGC is offering a “PAL Special Drop Off” offer with a 30 day turnaround time and special show pricing and shipping deals.
Robert Edward Auctions will be accepting consignments and also available for free appraisals at every show.