I did head to the show with the intention of getting as close as possible to completing my '73T set. But when the first table you sit down at has a vintage box with cards priced at 50 cents - $1, sometimes those plans get sidetracked.
Especially when the box has a very nice selection of '64s.
Add to these the Berra and Killebrew cards I showed this morning, and I wound up coming home with 31 cards for the '64 set. 5 of these were numbered 550 or higher, and that includes the In Memoriam card for Cubs 2nd baseman Ken Hubbs who was killed in a plane crash in February of 1964. I now have just under 3/4 of the set complete, needing only 149 cards to complete this beauty.
There's still some heavy hitters to pick up, such as Aaron, Clemente, the AL Bombers card and the Phil Niekro RC.
Those weren't the only vintage I brought back with me, I did manage to grab some 68's as well.
This set wasn't a big focus, but the 15 that you see here put me over the 100 mark in terms of cards owned. If I had been thinking, I would have grabbed the 7 more cards I need to get to the 20% goal I set for myself at the beginning of the year. No matter, I should have those before too long.
Finally, I did manage to buy 19 of the cards I needed for the '73 Topps set.
|The Walter Johnson card is just a little out of date....|
Love the John Ellis card, it's not too often you see a card depicting a player arguing with an umpire. I still need 47 cards to finish this set, but with some big names as Schmidt & Cey, Ryan, Clemente and Fisk to go, there's probably no timetable to finish this one.
Three sets that I have been working on for different amounts of time all had varying sizes of dents put into them. For that I am grateful.
The show was packed, a good sign for the hobby. I did overhear a couple of conversations between dealers and customers, both very optimistic about the hobby right now.
Considering that the show was advertised as a "vintage" show, and with the malaise that I see towards modern offerings, it's not really surprising that vintage shows are starting to pick up steam.
I'm already looking forward to the Robert Morris show in Pittsburgh in May. If you're big into in person autographs, there's going to be a few big names there. Steve Carlton, Maury Wills and Bryan Trottier are 3 names that you might recognize...
thanks for reading, Robert