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I really can’t remember the last time I went to a card show. Once in awhile at the local mall, there will be some guys that come in and set up tables and overcharge for inserts and lame single color jersey cards, but I don’t really consider that to be a “show”. When I think of a show, I think of a big room filled with multiple dealers, mounds of unopened wax, and cards as far as the eye can see.

I honestly think the last card show for me like that was way back when I was 12…so we’re talking 20 years ago. That will all end this Saturday when myelf and a couple buddies are making the trek north to Chicago for the annual Sun-Times show in Rosemont. Lots of things have changed since the last true show that I attended.jmss

The first big change is the advent of ebay. Since I haven’t been to a show since ebay became the #1 way to acquire cards, I don’t know how the dealers at the shows price their stuff. Am I going to see a card like this (Justin Morneau – 2006 Sweet Spot #/275) with a sticker on it that says $40 because that is the dreaded BOOK VALUE of it? Or is there going to be a sticker on there for $15 because that’s the actual secondary market value set by collectors on ebay? I would like to think it is the latter, but I don’t have high hopes for it. I full expect to see a lot of book value prices on cards, which will do nothing but piss me off.

The biggest change since my last show is that I’ll actually have some real money to spend. When I used to attend shows as a kid, my mom would give me $20-30 and set me loose. I’d go all around the show looking at cards that were out of my range and then settle on buying a wax box of 1987 Topps or something like that. This time will certainly be different since I’ll actually be armed with some significant spending money.

So what’s my goal while I’m there? First and foremost my goal is to find the three remaining letters that I’m missing from my Morneau 2006 SPA By the Letter project. I still need the “E”, “A”, and “U” so I’ll be scouring the show to see if I find any of those. After that, I don’t think I really have any set agenda. I would like to find a good relic card of someone like Ted Williams. I used to have one and it is one card I still wish I had. And my last goal is to go the entire day without whipping the credit card out of my wallet. Yeah….right. šŸ™‚

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