When it comes to card collecting, I feel like I’ve got a pretty good grasp on things. I mean, after all, I have been collecting some sort of trading cards (my interests have varied during my lifespan) for about 20 years now. There are many things that I have experienced and a plethora of things I have learned from The Hobby. There is, however, one glaring hole in my hobby résumé.
I hate to admit it, but I’ve never been to a card show. The closest I’ve gotten was that one time my dad took me to a county fair when I was about 12 years old. There was a tent with various locals selling a hodgepodge of junk, one of which was a brick-and-mortar card shop who had a nice (at least from my perspective at the time) assortment of cards. But all of that is set to change in just over a week.
I am going to the National Sports Collectors Convention.
The largest card/memoribilia show in America, if not the world.
It’s safe to say that I’m pretty pumped.
But just as quickly as those excited feelings rush in, nervous feelings are right on their heals. I’m nervous because I want to take full advantage of my day at the show (I would probably be far less tentative if I were going for the entire shindig). What if I miss out on meeting certain people? What if I run out of time to scour all of the important booths? What if I don’t come home with any of my “Most Wanted” cards because I couldn’t find them or they were priced too high? At what point will I consider the show a success or a disappointment, especially since I have no idea when I’ll be able to attend again given the recent East Coast snubs by the planning committee?
I need some help here, people, especially from those of you who have attended the National in the past (or even other card shows for that matter). What are some things I should keep in mind? Are there things I should be taking along (besides a camera and limited cash)? I am not really interested in the autograph signings but would love to add some cards to my collections. Should I take all of my have/want lists, or just focus on one or two?
Any advice you can afford would be greatly appreciated.