Or more accurately there's been time for buying new cards, but little time for the rest of the stuff that needs to happen to prevent small mountain ranges of stacked cards from forming.
Last month I heavily debated whether to go down to Dayton or not. The Robert Morris show was just a week later, and being a monthly show I may or may not miss much. But since we may not be in the area much longer, depending on how some job prospects play out, I figured it was worth the trip. The show is a bargain box dream, and I know the opportunities to beef up my Steelers and Pens collections at such low prices wouldn't exist if we move back to PA.
And boy am I glad I went. I didn't find what I had expected, but there were two dealers with some great discount vintage boxes.
The Bowman parallels are perhaps the most annoying of the modern parallels to me. The colors always look so drab, especially when compared to their Chrome counterparts. Couple in the fact that so few players from the sets ever actually make it in the bigs and the price gauging prospectors, and they're something I prefer to leave for quarter blowout boxes 5 years down the road.
The find of the day may have been 5 or 6 Topps Tek cards from the 99 and 2000 sets. The additions gave me a grand total of...5 or 6 Tek cards. There have to be piles and piles of these cards somewhere. But where appears to be a mystery to collectors everywhere. 6/180 possible patterns? I'm on my way!
Overall the show was well worth the drive, even if it meant diverting some funds from Robert Morris the next weekend. Writing in retrospect, it was a great decision, because the Robert Morris show was below average compared to past years, and I was able to fill vintage needs at or below the costs I would see the next weekend.
But seriously. I need to stop going to so many shows.