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“Major” Card Show Goodies, Notes

Posted in Newspaperman with tags , , , , , , , , , on June 4, 2009 by Cardboard Icons

gallardoNote: I originally started writing this in early May, two days after the Tri-Star show at the Cow Palace. I’ve decided to publish it in it’s original form because it has some genuine feelings I had at the time.

I’ve not spent a lot of time blogging lately, but this weekend I attended the Tri-Star Productions annual card show at the Cow Palace in Daily City, Calif. (near San Francisco) and it inspired me to write something. Why? Because this show always reminds me of how things have changed.

By this point, most long-time collectors know that this hobby has gone through a world of change over the last decade and a half. It seems like ever since game-used and autographed cards really started to become prevalent that the hobby has kind of hit the skids. And card shows have become a perfect barometer of that as there are tons of display cases featuring nothing but low-numbered, sweet looking patch cards and a boatload of cut signatures. The basic cards on which this hobby was built have been shunned, and sometimes, just flat out thrown in the trash. Continue reading