Made the hour and a half drive to Ephrata, PA on Saturday to attend the once a year card show at the Rec Center there. Found a listing for the show a couple years ago and I've made it an annual appointment. Nice medium sized show of 40+ dealers in a gymnasium. One quarter of the space is devoted to a live auction.
Jim Palmer was signing...somewhere - I haven't partaken in the autograph at this venue, so I'm not sure where they do it. Palmer was supposed to be there last year, but ran into family issues. Brooks Robinson stepped up in his absence. I've seen Palmer more than once, so my time was all at the tables getting these:
Got some good bargains on vintage ('74) football, a couple high number baseball that fit my sets, and spent some quality time at the quarter boxes. Also stocked up on some 2017 inserts, and a few vintage baseball.
What started me with this guy was the two '72 and one '70 baseball at the near end of his table. They were in with other commons and all of them were marked 25¢ each. I think all the others were low number commons, but if you know these two sets, you'll realize the bargain - Dave Duncan up top is #678, and Rick Monday and the Gene Michael IA are #730 and 714 respectively. Now they're not the prettiest specimens, but they fit right into my sets. High numbers for a QUARTER? Aw HELL YEAH! Award that guy a second bonus point!
The bottom row in the wide shot (and the four lowest in the pic above) are all from the quarter boxes that I spent a couple hours at toward the latter half of the day. Luckily, I had the one chair on the customer side of the table.
But of course, I had a couple "Doh!" moments.
This show has a lot of Phillies cards and related things since it's in the heart of Pennsylvania. It's where I picked up a couple of my oddball "Puddin' Head" Jones items. On my list was still the 1954 Bowman. So one of the first dealers I looked at had early 50's Bowman and Topps right at the beginning of his stock. I grabbed the first stack from behind the 1954 divider and found Jones, but it was the '55 TV style....which I didn't actually recognize that much. I said to myself, "Well the list shouldn't be lying to me, but.." So I put it back and found the '54, which I was much more familiar with. The price was fair, but since there are a lot of Phillie dealers, I decided to shop around. At the end of the show, I ended up going back and snagging Willie, and the few '64s . Got him home and the first thing I checked was whether I needed the '54 or the '55. The good news is, there was a '55 in my stack. (I keep his cards in a stack in the cabinet since they are all such diverse shapes and sizes) The bad news is....
The worst gaffe, though is that when I was done (and exhausted from) my time at the quarter boxes, I went through the whole stack to check to see if I had pulled any twice or anything that I didn't really want. I did put back a few that I didn't have lists on, but the rest looked fine.
I got them home and was sorting them into stacks when I found this:
Check out the Ephrata show next year around this time if you're in the area. I heard at least two dealers that said it's the only show they do all year. I like it for the fact that it's completely different dealers than I know, but still within driving distance.