But you can usually go in with a pretty good idea. Some shows are notoriously vintage heavy. Other times you can safely assume a couple regular dealers will be there with their standard fare.
The results can be wonderful, or predictably mediocre depending on the show. My show hauls have pretty consistently been low end-heavy. I rarely shell out the big bucks for higher end cards. Or even mid end cards. But when I do, I usually prefer the bargain hunting avenues of ebay or COMC, simply because there is a far wider selection than what you'll find at even the largest show.
But sometimes...life is full of surprises.
This card show recap is going in reverse. I've been posting some of my non-Pirate dimebox finds over the past few days. Now it's time for the good stuff. After the dimebox dig was all said and done, I took a quick look through the dealer's Pittsburgh cards. It's usually just a matter of going through the motions - $5 for Tony Sanchez autos that I've been buying at less than $2. Ten dollars for a Marc-Andre Fleury gu card. You know the drill - local inflation.
But when I flipped past the Buc Blasters card above, it was at least worth a price check. $5. Yes please. It's not a super high end card by any means, but the card was coming home with me. I could have grabbed a copy off ebay, sure. And it's not in the greatest shape. But this is one card that was still left on a relatively small vintage needs list. And this guy never, ever shows up in the discount vintage boxes from what I've seen. So there you have my biggest purchase of the day.
But the best?
So I was pretty floored when I flipped across this in the dime box. Goose? In black and gold.
The card does list him as a Yankee on the back, which would account for it never showing up in searches. But that is very much a pillbox cap on the front of the card. Obviously it's not in the greatest shape, so hopefully an upgrade will be in the cards down the road.
Note I said just about any. All three of these autos were had for a mere $1 each. I would have paid at least double that for the Hanrahan and Morgan, and I had been waiting for a price drop on the Lincoln Chromes listed on COMC for a while now. It's tough to beat $1 autos.