I was able to triple dip over the weekend, stopping home for my mom's birthday, visiting with some friends, and hitting a mall show nearby. Overall it was a great weekend, even if the show was a little weaker than usual.
Pirate cards were pretty slim 'pickins. I managed to find a whopping 5 new Pirate cards. But the other areas of my collection benefitted, including more than doubling my Geno Smith collection. When Geno was heading into the draft, I had every intention of starting a super collection of my former student. When the pick was announced that he was going to the Jets, the only thing I could say was "shit." Not only was he going to a team that would quickly throw him into a starting job that he frankly wasn't ready for, he also went to the biggest market, undoubtedly driving his card prices higher than I would want to pay.
Obviously the last couple years haven't been that kind. I still believe he can be a solid NFL quarterback, but I certainly hope it comes elsewhere than the media circus.
But the silver lining is that the rough season has finally pushed his cards into some of the discount boxes and into my collection.
Add in the 3 autos I purchased for a total of $20 on ebay a while back, and I basically have the equivalent of 3 boxes and some spare base cards of Tek for a grand total of less than $30. Sure, I didn't hit a coveted Big Mac auto, but I think I would still be pretty darn pleased had I pulled all these cards from a box.