Urbandale American Legion Hall, 6805 Douglas Avenue, 8-3, 80T
Ryan Grother 515-491-8403 email@example.com
Based upon that, I was pretty stoked. 80 TABLES?!? This thing is going to be massive!!!! Well.........not so much. When I got there I counted 8 or 9 dealers (10% of the advertised amount). I only had to go about 4 miles from my sister's house to this show, so it was no biggie for me, but if I'd made a longer trip based on that info I'd be pretty ticked.
However, this show DID redeem itself. 6 of the 8 dealers had either dime or quarter boxes to sift through, and I was able to find a bunch of "treasures" for myself. Some of them were also willing to negotiate on bulk pricing on those dime/quarter cards, helping me to stretch my budget a little farther. All-in-all, I came home with a 250-count box nearly full. It was all cards I wanted for myself or for trades, and I think my total spending was under $30.
Here's a sampling of the stuff I picked up.
The greatest athlete to ever come out of Iowa State.
|2007 Allen and Ginter - Cael Sanderson - #23|
Three more MINDS. Now I want to go do electro-magnetic experiments on a steamboat...
One guy there had a whole mess of Panini Americana. He must have just busted a few boxes and was looking to dump cards. He had Presidents with lovely facial hair:
A Married Couple (The Yale card will go in my wife's binder):
And some gentlemen with VERY unique leaping styles:
I always liked Barbara Bush. She felt like "America's Grandma" to me. She was the REAL Barbara Bush...not like that fake one. :-)
Here were a few dime-box cards I grabbed for trade. Do any of my Dodger-blogger friends need any of these? The "Invincible" card is half-cardboard/half-plastic. The Goodwins are minis.
After that I was just looking to pick up miscellaneous Royals cards. Neither of these gents are with KC anymore, though.
Some randoms....Bo Knows Archery! Don Denkinger is the favorite umpire of all Royals fans everywhere.
Finally, I grabbed a card off my "Most-Wanted" list for just 10 cents. Justin Maxwell taking BP in the construction site.
|2008 Upper Deck - Justin Maxwell - #326|
Just think what I could have come back with from an 80-table show! Probably 10 of each of those cards above....