I usually try and come up with a game plan before I go to a card show. I am able to attend about one per a month. Each show gives me a different game plan. The forming of a plan depends on finances, collection status, and pending trades among other variables. Before, today I took a gander at my cards to see what I may need. My trade bait as been depleted. I have been trading relentlessly and still have a couple more packages to finish compiling.
So, getting trade bait was on my list heading to the show. Even, if I just pick up some base cards that can be used later. That would be considered a win. Since, there are some bloggers that I trade with more than others, this makes searching for trade bait a little easier. I can target certain teams or players.
Another thing that is always on my list of things to score at a card show is PC needs. I am always on the prowl for some Dodgers, Ryan Braun, or Ichiro for example. Since this show is in LA it is always easy finding Dodgers. The price of Dodger cards is sometimes inflated because they are the local team. This sometimes gets me good deals on players of other teams. I can get a cheap GU of Ian Kinsler in the 2 dollar box. But, a Kevin Brown GU from 9 years ago will be in the 3 dollar box. See what I mean. I may enter a show hoping for a stack of Dodgers but end up with a more reasonable stack of Kinslers, Brauns, or Kurt Suzukis.
The third task on my list was to nab some old school goodness. There are always some dudes selling vintage at card shows. Some decades don't get sold that much at card shows. But, pre-70s will always be at a card show. I knew that I would be able to find some vintage cardboard.
Those were the three things that I had in mind as I was leaving to the show. Lets see how I did, starting with the hits that I picked up.
Ryan Hollins was a member of the UCLA basketball program in the mid-2000s. He made it to the NBA based on his height and shot blocking ability. I was surprised that he made it to the pros. I think he is still in the NBA too. Good for Hollins. UCLA has produced a lot of pros over the past several years. Hollins is just keeping the tradition alive of UCLA Bruins etching out careers in the NBA.
I know that I entered this show with 3 objectives. One was get some trade bait. The other was score some PC cards. Which, as you can see so far, the hunt to build the PC is working out well. The third was getting some old school cards. Those will be shown in another post or two. I did pick up one GU that is for trade.
Cards From The Quarry the first crack at this one. He has tons of Rockies so, this may already be in his collection.
So, I didn't completely skip a task. I did get one trade bait card. The show didn't have any dime or quarter boxes to stock up on inserts and base for trade. The show mostly had vintage and some hits. The stack of vintage that I pulled is pretty nice. It is the most amount of singles that I have bought in a long time.