Tuesday, November 23, 2021

Card Show Hemorrhage, Part One

Well, this past Saturday morning & early afternoon I found myself at the Bay Area Sports Cards & Memorabilia Expo in Fairfield, CA. It was an excellent show for parting me with my money; in fact, of the three shows I've been to this year, it was my favorite by far. Something like 300 dealers? It was insane. Yeah, it was absurdly basketball-heavy; by the looks at these shows I've been to, basketball is by far the most collectable sport, at least judging by the display cases and where people were congregated. For me, this show was about finding the vintage baseball dealers selling commons and dinged stars that I could afford, and then searching for 25-cent, 50-cent and dollars boxes wherever they were. I found 'em!

After coming in and seeing a VG+-looking but ungraded 1965 Bob Gibson for $30, and almost springing for it, I caught my breath and realized I could look all day if I needed to, and didn't need to blow a third of my $100 budget in the first five minutes. The graded cards I saw - and there were a ton of them - were lovely, and completely unaffordable, and I'm completely and totally uninterested. I may buy a graded card someday, as long as I can break it out of that dumb protective plastic case and then file the card with the rest of mine. 

So it was a bit of a card hemorrhage for me, for sure. You know how gamblers on a losing streak head over to the ATM and empty out their bank accounts to keep going? I wasn't quite that bad, but after I'd collected my pre-ordained $100 worth of cards, I did happen to go to the ATM in the mall next door and pull out another $30, like a chump. Then spent it. Guess what that means? No online or in-person card buying for the rest of 2021. No worries (for me) - I've got plenty of trades happening with wonderful human beings who actually read this blog.

I'll post some of the spoils from the Bay Area Sports Cards & Memorabilia Expo the next few posts, maybe 10-12 at a time. It was a blast. Mike Norris was there. Rick Barry was apparently supposed to be there. Card Hemorrhage was there. 

I focused on vintage for most of the show, working as I am on 1965, 1967, 1969, 1970, 1971 and 1972 sets. Let's take a look at the '67s I procured - Mr. Joe Morgan above, and these guys below:

If it's not totally obvious by now, we don't care about condition all that much here at Card Hemorrhage - we like filing and organizing and completing things. If it's in great shape, awesome. If it's a little dinged-up, and I can therefore afford it, all the better. Here's some 1968s that definitely fit the latter. Dig the off-centered Lindy McDaniel!

From 1970, I found these two cards - only two '70s I got, but they're ones I definitely wanted:

And you'll best believe I was pleased to buy these 3 Hall of Famers at a 3/$10 table:

I came home and found out I already had the Joe Morgan, but hey! It's Joe Morgan! Finally, jumping out of the vintage and into the 80s, I bought exactly one 1983 Topps, and it was this guy. Until next time!


  1. People read this blog?

    I like the Reggie.

    I would think that basketball would be the least popular because there are way less players than the other sports. The variety isn't there.

  2. Great post and a nice haul...anxious to see what else you snagged. I saw the show on the calendar..just too far to go. In the "Jay" pile I have more than enough to see you thru 2021...lol


  3. I don't mind seeing vendors with tables full of graded stuff...because it means I can pass up them up without a second thought. Don't care about slabs and couldn't afford them even if I did.

    Looks like a fine ungraded haul there! Morgan/Carlton/Seaver for $10 is a heckuva deal.

  4. I haven't been to a card show in over 30 years, but if I get the opportunity I could see myself hitting that mall ATM. Sometimes you have to take advantage of the deals before you!

  5. Dion puts on a great show. So much to look at, but by the time I left my body was screaming at me. My back is still sore from leaning over those dime boxes.

  6. Owning extra copies of Joe's '71 card is a good problem to have!


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