This past Sunday I checked out a card show at the Best Western in Woburn, Massachusetts. I have to be honest and say that the atmosphere was somewhat depressing. This is the fourth card show I've been to in the last 5 years, and each time I've found myself pacing around a sparsely populated hall with a bunch of strange, older, over-weight, odd smelling gentlemen flipping through dust-covered binders and asking myself "What am I doing here?". Don't get me wrong, I am not knocking anyone's way of life at all, it's just that as an athletic, 30-year-old I feel out of place. Sort of like I'm in a "one of these things does not belong" sketch from Sesame Street. Am I the only one that's ever gotten this vibe at a show? Am I a total jerk for feeling this way? Maybe it's the OCD side of me...
Anyway, I got off topic there. I must not feel too out of place, because I did decide to attend the show after all, nobody was twisting my arm about it. Despite the off-putting vibe of the place, I scored some great cards that made it worth the drive. The '83 Topps Sandberg RC I posted recently was a card I'd been seeking out for years and was happy to shell out $5 for. Today's card may be an even better pick-up, despite the fact that I wasn't searching for it specifically (in fact I never even knew it existed):
I love the ticket stub concept on sports cards. I've seen a few baseball and hockey sets where the design emulates a ticket, but I don't recall any that embed an actual ticket stub in the card. The fact that this is a Super Bowl ticket makes it even cooler. The fact that the Patriots won that Super Bowl, their third in four years, made this a card I couldn't resist. I've checked out some Super Bowl tickets from this game and this definitely does appear to be a legit example.
Colvin, although hampered by injury at times, was an effective player for the Pats for a few years. He was a member of two Patriots Super Bowl Champion teams, and started at defensive end in Super Bowl XXXIX. Over his career he tallied more than 50 sacks, had 3 interceptions and 280 tackles, and forced 17 fumbles. Not Hall-of-Fame numbers but a solid career nonetheless. The autograph is a sticker rather than being on-card (or I guess on-ticket).
Why Not? - I didn't have any purple ink autographs before, so why not add this inexpensive one I saw while looking through '21 Luminance cards? He doesn't appear ...
Nice pickup on the Colvin!
Have you given any thought about the Shriner's show in November?
It is definitely worth the trip.
I went that show in Woburn once last spring and felt the EXACT same thing. Have you been to the monthly one down in Mansfield? It's a lot bigger and better but it still has that vibe sometimes.
Casey, I actually am giving Shriner's some consideration if I'm available. Do you know the dates? I searched online but only turned up a Facebook page for the show that I can't look at because I don't have a Facebook account.
Offcentred, thanks for the comment, nice to know I'm not alone! I have checked out the Mansfield show but only once, and it was years ago. I would say that it was the best show of the four that I've now been to though. I believe they have one there this coming Monday since it's a holiday...
The Shriner's show is Nov 2-4. Here is their official page: http://www.gbscc.com/convention.html
It is definitely worth it.
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