This past Saturday was another show in St. Louis. My main reason for attending was 2 members of the Cardinals 2011 World Series team were signing autos. Good thing they were, because the show was a dud. Most of the time this promoter advertises 100 tables at his shows. He also held a show on the Sunday before, so maybe some of the dealers did not show up on Saturday. I counted 7 different dealers there: 1 had unopend wax boxes and supplies, 1 had Topps Heritage from various years, 1 had nothing but vintage from the 50s and 60s, another had a mix of vintage and current cards, another had over priced card displays, and 2 different dealers had various things like stadium give aways and other promotional items.
The only table I spent more than a couple of minutes at was the Topps Heritage dealer. He had Cardinals team sets, sps from various years, commons from Heritage Minors and Heritage, and some autos. I picked out 4 Hertiage Minors cards to be used for some in person autos priced at 50 cents each. I was hoping to get a better deal, so I also found a couple of Cardinals autos.
2015 Topps Heritage Real One auto Art Mahaffey
2015 Topps Heritage Real One auto Tracy Stallard
I have seen these on EBAY going for $15-20, so his price of $15 each was not too bad. I offered $30 for the 2 autos and the 4 commons, he countered with $31. I thought about walking away, but could not over $1. I would guess I was one of his biggest customers of the day. While standing in line for autos for about 20 minutes, I noticed very few people stopping at his table.
The autographing signings went much better. I think I was in line for maybe a total of 20 minutes for both autographs.
Skip Schumaker #55
Octavio Dotel #28
So far I have 15 signatures on the bat. Hoping to get the other 10 players on the 2011 World Series roster. Unsure if I will try for LaRussa and the other coaches. Pujols, Freese, and Berkman are going to be expensive enough.
Best part of the entire show was nothing cost me a dime. My inlaws bought me a prepaid Visa gift card last Christmas that I used during a 30% of sale to buy a bunch of gift certificates.