Report from the national?

Report from the national?

Joined: November 8th, 2006, 12:45 am

July 29th, 2017, 3:29 pm #1

Just curious how the non-sport sector is represented at the big show? Member pickups, what's hot? What's pricey? If anyone crosses paths with a decent N76 Lincoln plmk. Any other members have a "keep an eye out" for those in attendance?
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Joined: August 21st, 2011, 5:36 pm

July 30th, 2017, 4:52 pm #2

Just got back from Chicago, luckily driving distance for me! as usual had a BLAST!

I stopped at all the non sports booths for visits, rooted thru Basball dealers junk boxes for non sports, found a bunch of cards needed for my T card master sets. Major score with a sweet T227 Blank Back variation, probably the Gem of my 4 days of hunting.

I did score a huge lot of Silks, not that I know much about them, but couldnt pass up a large bag full for $20!!

yes, I paid more than I usually would on the Bay, but had fun searching, finding, dickering and chatting with dealers, collectors and owners of auction houses. Was awesome to hold $20,000 cards in your hand and dream...

some of the cards are just awe inspiring, rare, perfect condition... NICE.

was fun to peruse the auction house displays with museum quality artifacts. Place was packed with kids and younger folks at the shiny stuff pack ripping areas. Autographs always seem to be big there and lots of shiny cards with signatures available.

Ran into Marty and Tom. Marty was lamenting at the lack of non sports cards available, I told him he needed to "broaded" his horizons into other areas, and I think I even saw him holding, maybe even buying a baseball card ???
(women of baseball). Went to my first Net54 dinner, met some of the wacky baseball guys, Leon had some great speakers and free food and beer! Ran into our fearless leader Tom at the dinner and got to talk cards with him for a bit, always a pleasure!

the floor was a bit smaller this year as others have noted, but overall still packed every day. Still had a blast, caught a few nice cards, one treasure and the yearning to go back again! Cant wait for Cleveland next year, even closer for me next year.

Some photos of the venue and some pickups below.

TTYL!

Cliff





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Located Marty! actually looking at a BBall card - the horror!

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score of the week! huge lot of SILKS for $20 - havent gone thru them all mostly flags...

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Joined: November 14th, 2007, 10:32 pm

July 30th, 2017, 6:05 pm #3

Just curious how the non-sport sector is represented at the big show? Member pickups, what's hot? What's pricey? If anyone crosses paths with a decent N76 Lincoln plmk. Any other members have a "keep an eye out" for those in attendance?
Thanks Cliff. Great pics, especially the one of the show floor from above. Glad to hear you had such a great time.

Would love to read more reports.

Alan
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Joined: May 19th, 2013, 6:29 pm

July 30th, 2017, 8:15 pm #4

Just curious how the non-sport sector is represented at the big show? Member pickups, what's hot? What's pricey? If anyone crosses paths with a decent N76 Lincoln plmk. Any other members have a "keep an eye out" for those in attendance?
I want to go - I don't want to go - I want to go - and on and on. Love the pic of Marty - ty - but where's his WIFE? No pix. of my friend g
Glenn. Hopefully Jerry Spillman will have taken numerous pix. No early report from Tom no matter how brief is worrisome. He either scored so muchhhhhhhhhhh or?
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Joined: January 13th, 2013, 2:35 am

July 31st, 2017, 4:28 am #5

Just curious how the non-sport sector is represented at the big show? Member pickups, what's hot? What's pricey? If anyone crosses paths with a decent N76 Lincoln plmk. Any other members have a "keep an eye out" for those in attendance?
I had a good show:








George probably still had teeth when he signed this in 1750!






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Joined: September 19th, 2006, 3:37 pm

July 31st, 2017, 6:32 pm #6

Just curious how the non-sport sector is represented at the big show? Member pickups, what's hot? What's pricey? If anyone crosses paths with a decent N76 Lincoln plmk. Any other members have a "keep an eye out" for those in attendance?
Didn't get many photos of the National this year for some reason. I found nonsports to be pretty scant out there. Bob Marcy was there and another guy focusing more on 1950's nonsports but other than that and just a few odds and ends here, it was pretty scarce. I picked up (or think I am) an N224 Kinney Military set that I'll post more about when the deal is finalized. Not much else in the nonsports realm. A few nice BB lots here and there.

Of course, saw Marty Krim and hung out with him some. Also saw Cliff and Tom Ryan who collects the N224 set heavily in graded form.

Always good to see everyone when going to a National. Next year is in Cleveland and then maybe Atlantic City? Not 100% sure but I think Baltimore was being mentioned for down the road again. Had a good time in Baltimore as it was easy access via flight/rail and all the amenities were pretty well contained in that Harbor area. Would enjoy that again. Atlantic City isn't my favorite destination although we had a good time there last year on a long road trip through Niagara Falls and Cooperstown to arrive in Atlantic City. Stay tuned..........
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Joined: March 5th, 2008, 12:02 am

July 31st, 2017, 7:03 pm #7

Just curious how the non-sport sector is represented at the big show? Member pickups, what's hot? What's pricey? If anyone crosses paths with a decent N76 Lincoln plmk. Any other members have a "keep an eye out" for those in attendance?
My understanding of the schedule is:

2018 - Cleveland
2019 - Chicago
2020 - Atlantic City

2021 and beyond - TBA
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Joined: March 5th, 2008, 12:02 am

July 31st, 2017, 7:09 pm #8

Just curious how the non-sport sector is represented at the big show? Member pickups, what's hot? What's pricey? If anyone crosses paths with a decent N76 Lincoln plmk. Any other members have a "keep an eye out" for those in attendance?
And...

I saw Tom on the Tuesday and then not again until Saturday.

I saw Marty Krim, and Debby, in the Convention Center Lobby early in the week, and then not again all week.

I saw Dave Lemon while I was in mid-discussion with someone else and then was never able to find him again all week.

I saw Adam Warshaw and Frank Evanov multiple times, but those were always more Baseball related.

I also saw Steve Sabow was there with his usual nice assortment.



I agree with Tom. The amount of Non-Sport Cards there was pretty thin. If Bob Marcy wasn't there it would have been awful!


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Joined: November 9th, 2006, 3:31 am

July 31st, 2017, 9:08 pm #9

Just curious how the non-sport sector is represented at the big show? Member pickups, what's hot? What's pricey? If anyone crosses paths with a decent N76 Lincoln plmk. Any other members have a "keep an eye out" for those in attendance?
Debby and I had a fine time at the National..

I had a great time, if you do not include purchasing cards..

My daughter lives in Chicago so we had dinners with her and that was nice..

Cliff said that I was LAMENTING about the lack of non-sport cards - I really like Cliff but this is untrue..(you know, Fake News)..

I was WHINING about the lack of non-sport cards..

I saw Bob and Brian Marcy and wasn’t it great to have Bob back at a National !!

The Knouse family are all great people and it is always nice to see them AND I bought a few cards from young Terry..

Jim VB is always a pleasure to be around..

I bumped into Tom Hall at Bob Marcy’s booth (looking at high grade N224 cards, of course)..

Rhett was Peter from Champs and Bums were not there - so that put a crimp into the event..

Henry refuses to come to any further Nationals but we did call him from Glen Mechanic’s booth - enjoyed that..

At the beginning of the show, Tom (our leader) Paul Koch and I made a friendly bet as to who would make the first purchase..

Silly bet it was, as Paul had already purchased some cards..

Walt the Sunshine Guy had a space at Bob’s table and had a nice array of unopened packs and boxes..

Walt had an unopened wax pack that I needed and with my usual perspicacity I passed it by (confusing my wrapper with an unopened pack)..

When I finally realized my mistake, the pack was gone..

I have been having a dry spell with my Master Set Quest of the T113 set but managed to pick up my 1108 th card..

Last year there were approx 750 tables compared to this year’s 597..

When you take into consideration all the Auction Houses with multiple tables (with nothing for sale) plus Topps had space for around twenty tables and Steve Hart had at least ten tables…it becomes clear that there just isn’t a growth pattern for non-sport card tables..

Steve Sabow and Mitch were there…You know Steve is fond of stating that 98% of his material is ‘under the table’…I never really believed it until this year as he had no where near that amount of table space that he needed..

Sam Major’s and Nephew were as friendly as ever and I even picked up a couple of Allies In Action towards the Master Set (which is a futile Quest, yet I love it)..

Between the large jars of sugar candies, candy bars etc that Sam and Glen and others had - there was no room for actual meals..

This is the result of growing up in a Candy Store and being an employee starting at the age of eight..

It was a nice surprise that Maxine Evans (Josh’s Mom) was there and Debby spent a lot of time reminiscing of the Antique Toy days in 80-90s..

Sorry if I left anyone out..I am sure that I did..
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Joined: September 16th, 2014, 9:16 pm

July 31st, 2017, 9:44 pm #10

Just curious how the non-sport sector is represented at the big show? Member pickups, what's hot? What's pricey? If anyone crosses paths with a decent N76 Lincoln plmk. Any other members have a "keep an eye out" for those in attendance?
Crazy pickup Frank! Love the GW cut. I will try to make it to Cleveland next year if I can fit it into my schedule.
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