Review: Sacramento Sports Card Show February 5th
by, 02-11-2011 at 04:17 PM (1046 Views)
Last Saturday, I went to my first sports card show. The decision did not come very easily, though. February 5th was also the date of the 2010 World Series champion San Francisco Giants FanFest. Now, Iíve been to this letís say every year except last since 2006. It is great for getting autographs, skipping the lines and just going upstairs to see interviews of current players and coaches. However, this year was expected to be different.
As we all know, the Giants were the World Series champions last year. So what would you expect at a FanFest? A stuffed ballpark. I had heard that the lines were going around the parking lot twice (and they have a huge parking lot) and they had to close down the ballpark at noon because they already had 23,000 people in it. And no, this isnít 23,000 people sitting in seats. This is 23,000 people walking around the ballpark. Based on this, I think my Sacramento sports card show decision was likely the best Iíll ever make.
Sacramento is about over an hour away, thoug obviously much shorter than Giants FanFest lines (some people got there at 7:00 AM to get in). It was very hot closer to the coast where we live, record highs. On the contrary, Sacramento was in the 60s (I know some of you think thatís record highs). Usually a little hotter in the Central Valley, but who knows. So once we got there and stepped out into the fridged air, with a freezing little breeze, we quickly rushed in.
It was quite a bit later than I would have wanted to get there, about noon. Past a little table up front at this Holiday Inn, a few steps were taken and into the big room we were. Out before me were about twenty tables, scrunched together. [IMG]http://i529.photobucket.com/albums/dd336/SteakNchop7/Private/sacsportscardshow.jpg[/IMG]
I started my route by just walking around and seeing what was to be had. I walked past Tyreke Evans of the Sacramento Kings and the autograph booth, where he was mostly siging autographs for whoever paid him to come, because not very many people were interested. The show had a good selection of baseball, basketball and football. Out of all of it, only one hockey table. My main interest was to get a few more cards for my off grade 1959 Topps set or anything that I could make a buck or two off of. First stop was one table to grab a few 1959′s and a little extra. Then another stop or two. Below is what was bought.[IMG]http://i529.photobucket.com/albums/dd336/SteakNchop7/Private/saccardshowpickups.jpg[/IMG]
A few nice 1959 and a little tradebait as well.
I continued on and just wasnít too impressed with the rest. I opended up a few packs of 2010 Topps baseball that were free and got[IMG]http://blogbeckett.files.wordpress.com/2010/05/mcg.jpg?w=357&h=250[/IMG] nothing but base and expired Topps Million Card Giveaway codes. Didnít really feel like buying some wax based on the value vs. price, so I called it a day.
This was my first card show and it was a good experience. I had a fun day and got a few things I needed without spending very much. So as I stepped out into the fridged air of 65 įF, I knew Iíd be back.