To begin, I’d like to update some of my comments about COMC.com. In a recent column, I pointed out one of the reasons they shipped some of my cards back to me was because they were considered ‘oddball’. I made a few pointed comments about my opinions and also expressed them privately to COMC. Although the details are still being worked out, I have been assured that this issue will very soon become less of an issue for them. It is always good to see companies respond to issued great and small. As an aside, my sales have continued to be strong with the new material I have sent COMC and will continue to expand what I send them.
In spite of the occasional issue, I try to always remember all of this is just “stuff”. Now, granted some stuff is better than others but at the end of the day, it is still just stuff. Just think of all the cards and collectibles that collectors have lost in the past nine months or so because of the natural disasters– not even counting the typical day by day issues which occur like theft or fire. We are just temporary caretakers of these cards, autographs and other material and hopefully our love of what we collect will continue to pass to the next generation. And from what I’ve seen at National Conventions as well as through the hobby chat boards, I have more confidence than ever that we will do that.
For the last two weeks I have been very active in reading and posting on many hobby chat boards and there is a funny story about that. I saw a nice lot on the Net54 Buy/Sell/Trade board and jumped in to buy it. When I got home to make my payment via pay pal (Yes I have joined the 21st century), the person who posted underneath my comment wrote “Nice grab, Rich”. It was nice to have verification that I still know how to buy cards.
This morning, I started thinking about the last show I did before coming to Beckett. As in many other things with my life, the move to Texas was broken into two parts. I came down here for a few weeks before going back home to the east coast to fulfill some commitments and then drove back to Texas to begin my new life.
Since my inventory was in flux, I did not have very much material for the show but did have a few things and some other items from my Beckett co-workers. Since I was not yet officially a Beckett employee, I was in that strange position of knowing how the price guides worked yet still had one foot in the dealer door. Also I loved dong the Wildwood show each year. I would make the weekend a vacation and add a day on the front or back end as possible.
The shows always were pretty good and there were always things going on that were fine for people of every age. The area appealed to children, teenagers and adults and there were things to do if you were single or married. In addition, if you remember there is always the note about “watch the tram car please” which seemed to resonate into the night. Plus there was one night on a the go-karts, that some dealer wiped out his car and took his whole family down with him. Five years later into the show’s history we were still talking about that evening and that wipe out.
I knew then I would not be setting up at a show for a long time. It turned out to be nearly 18 years and let me assure you, as you have seen in many of these columns the show world changed rapidly during that stretch. However, the memories will continue to be at the forefronts of Rich Klein’s Ramblings. I hope you have enjoyed these trips to the past as much I have in writing about them and I will continue to do so.
Rich Klein can be reached at [email protected]