Over the last few years, I have been progressively less impressed with the show on the whole. Last year, Modern era cards were nearly impossible to find, and there wasn't a single dealer stocking cards from the latest releases. It wasn't radically better this year - I picked up a few Gypsy Queen minis, but still need entire team sets from 2015 Bowman and GQ - but there were a good number of dealers offering cards from cards that didn't predate the Carter administration. I jumped in, filling holes in my collection at any turn possible. There weren't any new Jack Wilsons to be found, but there was some 90's gold to be found in quarter boxes.
Bob Walk the Plank infamy. Matt and I lived within walking distance of each other at one point long before either of us started blogging and collect pretty much the same things, so it's a shame our paths have never crossed. But sadly he had a full plate during the weekend, and the meetup will have to wait until my next visit to Morgantown.
The big event of the weekend was Tom Barrasso's first US autograph signing since his playing days. Barrasso has a reputation for being one of the least friendly human beings this side of the Gulag. And while I ultimately decided not to spring for his autograph, I heard from a few people that he was actually quite pleasant. I'm guessing the obscene amounts of cash he made over the weekend may have helped.
jaw dropping as last year, I can't wait to create space for my newest additions.