Instead, I decided to plan to go Saturday, rather than rush out the door to go Friday. I popped out of bed bright and early Saturday morning, and was on the road by 7:30; Kate decided to stay back to go to a family reunion and peddle her homemade jam to unsuspecting relatives (she ended up selling 19 jars, which offset some of my expenses on the day).
When I got to the I-X Center right before 10:00, the line to pay for parking was backed up. Still, the parking lot didn't look significantly more full than on Thursday. I headed into the convention center sporting my early 90's Devil Rays white jersey. I picked up the jersey a year or two back at a thrift store for $6, but haven't really had a good reason to wear it. The jersey got me about a dozen compliments during the show, so I may need to try to find a matching hat at some point.
I also took a little more time to walk the floor and taken in all that was for sale at the National. From vintage memorabilia to what is probably the most complete Cleveland Browns collection known to man, the National had it all.
I also decided to give a little more attention to the box break area, with the big wax dealers displaying an assortment of new products. I was almost tempted by a box of Panini Hometown Heroes for $40, but decided to pass. Instead I came home with a box of Leaf Pete Rose, which includes a Rose auto in each box, for $10 and a box of 2008 Documentary for $10. I combed every single dealer I could find in search of 1993 Studio with no luck, and decided to pass on a box of 2000 Topps for $30. But there was an impressive selection of 90's and recent wax. Not much from the 2000's though.
I'm really glad I went back for a second day, and my haul was definitely more impressive in quantity, if not quality, on day two. I'll show off some of the pickups from days one and two this week, as well as some more commentary on the show itself. But I can certainly see why this is a must-see event for any collector. I'll be anxiously awaiting 2018 when it's back in Cleveland.