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I could stand to talk about some of my favorite cards, so from Sooz, through Tony, via Fuji, here is my three best finds, because to scan and show off only one is not something I want to do. Com'on - you like to look at cards anyway!Q6 What is your best ever card show find? #CardChat— Sooz (@yanxchick) October 12, 2015
I have been trying to get back to the National for the past 2 years. When the National was he in 2013, it was my first ever visit. I live is a very good area of the country. I have weekly shows at numerous locations and plenty of card shops. For me, it's still the late 80's, if not for the prices. The largest show I had ever attended was 70 tables, so the moment I walked in, I was overwhelmed. There was so much to see and look at. I don't think I ever really got to all I wanted, but I recall one vendor with tons of vintage and really amazing prices. While I still kick myself over passing on the '50 Bowman Stengel, I pulled this gorgeous 1959 Maz from the same deeply discounted box. It cost me all of $1. Besides the little brown at the bottom, which looks like a burn mark, the shape of this card is perfect.
The show I attend the most occurs biweekly in Orland Park. It's the same 70 table show I mentioned above. There are regular vendors there, but since I attend infrequently, none of them remember me, though I am used to who will be spread out where. In the back left corner of the room is a vintage only seller with binders loaded from 49s up until the mid 70s, along with a couple glass cases of nicer cards. I don't buy from him often, as his prices seem high to me, though what do I know. But I will dig through from time to time, and I found this Topps tattoo in one of the 9 pagers. You couldn't ask for a more perfect miscut, and while I am sure I overpaid for it (I think it was $3), to me, this is one of the highlights of my miscut binder.
Only recently, has another vendor been showing up at the Orland show. Sure, I don't attend much, but one day, he was there. And the next time I went, he was there again. Another vintage guy, he also has a lot of older sports magazine, photos, newspapers and more. One of the prime spots on his table, though, is a cardboard box with super cheap vintage cards. I found my first Play Ball in that box, along with a well loved '54 Preacher Roe. However, the moment I saw this card, I had to buy it. I think it set me back $2.50. No way I could pass up a 1953 Mother's Cookies card from their PCL release. Each crease makes me love it more and more. Bragan had an ok career with the Phillies and Dodgers. After he left the bigs in 1948, he was a player manager in the minors in Ft. Worth, Hollywood and Spokane.
So there you have it. I could easily scan and post another 9 dozen cards. That's what makes shows such fun.