October 6, 2013
After hearing about the "Philly Show" over the past couple of years I finally made it there last weekend. Having never been, I had zero expectations about it. I was just hoping to find some bobbleheads or maybe some oddball stuff. I'm not a card collector, so about 90% of what was on the floor wasn't for me. But I have to say, I have respect for you card collectors. Like just about every child, I loved collecting cards when I was a kid and also like most kids, I pretty much grew out of it. Every once in a while I can't help buying a pack of cards at Target, but I can't imagine trying to start collecting cards as a full-time hobby. Some of the card collectors I saw at the Philly Show were just fascinating to watch. They have these notebooks full of writing (obviously notes of which cards they need and whatnot) and big price guides. There was a table of commons from the 1970s, and there had to have been ten guys sitting there in chairs with there notebooks thumbing through cards.
Anyway, I got there bright and early Saturday morning and it was nice to roam around the floor before it got crowded. I did a quick reconnaissance sweep of the place before really digging in and trying to find stuff. Unfortunately, there were no bobbleheads that I didn't have worth purchasing. There was a plethora of Cole Hamels and Carlos Ruiz bobbleheads from this season, so anyone there who missed out on getting one at CBP could've easily bought one for $15. My first purchase of the day came out of a binder full of signed Phillies Tastykake team-issued cards that had been obtained through the mail in the 80s and 90s. It was a really nice collection. I purchased two Phillie Phanatic signed cards from 1983 and 1984 for $10. The 1983 card was actually a long-message variant that I didn't have so that was a plus. I also picked up a Phanatic cup, coin and poster for $1 apiece. I then came upon a guy with a box full of posters. I started to go through them and realized they were all Phillies giveaways from the 80s and 90s. There were multiples of each, and most were in very good condition. I asked the seller how much for the posters thinking maybe I'd buy two or three for $4-$5 apiece. "A dollar each," he told me. I ended up with 20 posters. Included were pretty much every "Pride of the Phillies" poster from 1987-2001, a few other random posters that were giveaways and a Mike Schmidt growth chart.
Even though this show is more geared toward people interested autographs and cards, I still enjoyed it. I have no prior experiences with this show so I couldn't say whether it was better or worse than in years past. I was able to pick up a good amount of oddball stuff for very cheap, which I was kind of surprised about. I think I'll definitely be back next year.
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