A few Ramblings odds and ends:
We begin with a major shout out to Brian Koyama who sent us an incredible package of cards for our Plano III card show at Adat Chaverim here in the Dallas area next March 8. When I explained to our board how generous Brian was, everyone was very appreciative. His package included a significant number of Ken Griffey Jr. rookies and there are going to be a lot of happy attendees who see one of those cards in their welcoming package which we do for a $1 suggested donation.
We also would like to thank Brandon Gilster who also sent us a very nice donation. We are so thankful that so many collectors are supporting our efforts and are being so generous. We are always on the lookout for more cards. If you have some nice ones and would like to offer a tax-deductible contribution, please contact me through the email at the bottom of this page.
Nick and Debbie Redwine of Nick’s Sports Cards always tell me how impressed they are with 99 percent of the kids who come into their stores and how most of those youngsters tend to be among the highest ranked in their classes. It makes sense as well because there are so many hidden skills you can learn from trading cards. Many of us improved our reading and math skills by reading the backs and the buying, selling and trading with classmates and adults really does give young collectors a leg up on the world.
Every year I try to get out to the Texas State Fair which has a large number of vendor booths, some of which contains sports memorabilia. I am always a bit surprised there is never anyone there selling cards, even if just offering those Cowboys and Rangers team sets you see in places such as Walmart and Target. This year, with the Cowboys off to a such good start, I did see more Cowboys display pieces than in the past few years. I don’t know how much a booth costs and I do know the hours are very long and strict but I always wonder why some local dealers wouldn’t take a chance and try to attract the “wider audience.”
On a more personal level, one of the great collectors of vintage cards, Jim Blumenthal passed away recently. Jim B, was he was known on the popular Net 54 Message Boards, was a beloved figure who completed the N167 set and had the #1 E93 set for many years on the PSA charts. Jim was only 47 and I always enjoyed chatting with him at the National when I saw him. In addition to 47 being way too young, the loss to his family and friends is devastating. And you do realize. that no matter who much I felt I knew Jim from his posts on Net 54, that actually meeting him was a treat and something to cherish.
As much as we discuss how dealer/collector relations can be improved at shows, when you meet someone like Jim B, there is little doubt that our hobby is a better place for what he did for everyone who actually met him,. And that is my point. While we cannot possibly meet everyone in the hobby, we should always try to leave our keyboards and venture out to shows and stores whenever possible and seek out some of the hobby’s best people (and there are many). While we lose a Jim B and those losses are incalculable, those who come out to shows and stores help make the hobby even stronger on a day to day basis.