Tri Star Productions has announced they will not be promoting the annual Labor Day weekend show in San Francisco.
From the company website:
TRISTAR Productions Inc. has announced that the company will not be producing a collectors show in the Bay Area in September 2008. TRISTAR’s next scheduled San Francisco event will be in 2009 at the Cow Palace, with the specific show dates to be announced in the coming weeks. We appreciate the support of our Bay Area dealers and collectors, and we look forward to our return in 2009.
Sad to see that it would appear the show may be dead–at least for now. I lived in Northern California from 1988-1994 and attended a few of the shows when a guy named Bob Lee held them at the Concourse Center. This was in the wild west days of the hobby–new manufacturers, tons of new collectors, speculators and companies coming out of the woodwork. Not every event was jam-packed but a few were. I seem to recall they had autograph guests, but the focus was really on the dealers and the great inventory that was available.
I bought my Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig Goudey cards there and filled out a lot of sets. This was the pre-eBay days, so there wasn’t really that much of a focus on ‘flipping’ material. Most of those walking the show were true collectors.
I know there are a lot of them left in that part of the world, but apparently it’s not a money-making bonanza for the promoter anymore. Anyone else have experiences or insight to share?
The tornados that ripped through the Midwest last weekend went right through the heart of Mickey Mantle country.
The Associated Press reported on a woman named Sue Sigle of Picher, Oklahoma who returned to the rubble of her home searching for her husband’s prized collection of Mickey Mantle baseball cards and memorabilia:
Friends already had removed a safe containing the collection from what used to be her bedroom, and she quickly opened the safe’s door.
"Oh, hallelujah!" Sigle said when she saw the baseball cards — Mantle grew up in nearby Commerce — and an undamaged ball signed by the former New York Yankees star.
When you’re a tornado victim, you celebrate whatever victories you can.