(Card)Show and Tell

Stadium Fantasium Marquee: (Card)Show And Tell
2019 West Coast Collectors Expo admission ticket
(Card)Show…

The weekend of February 22-24, we were lucky enough to have a decent-sized cardshow in our area. This cardshow, known as the West Coast Collectors Expo, was put on by Hall of Fame Sports (not to be confused with my local card shop, Hall of Fame Baseball Cards). They used to hold these cardshows at the old Hollywood Park racetrack in Inglewood until it got torn down to make way for the new Rams stadium (60% complete so far, opening in 2020).

This particular cardshow was at the Pomona Fairgrounds and had a “Raiderfest” theme. They had over 60 autograph guests appearing (for a fee of course) on that Saturday and Sunday. Besides former Raiders, other signers included former Dodgers, Rams, Chargers, celebrities and pro wrestlers. Some of the weekend signers weren’t listed on the flyer below, such as Tom Flores, Melvin Gordon and Dawn Wells (Gilligan’s Island) .

2019 West Coast Collectors Expo flyer
2019 West Coast Collectors Expo flyer

Because I’m not a real autograph hound, I decided to go to this show on Friday night. There would be no signers and the entrance fee would also be a few bucks cheaper. I figured the crowd would also be lighter (which it was). That helps when there’s a bargain box to explore and you don’t want to wait for someone who’s there exploring it before you.

2019 West Coast Collectors Expo, Friday 2/22/19
One of the aisles at the 2019 West Coast Collectors Expo, Friday 2/22/19

Show hours for that Friday was 5:00 to 9:00 but I didn’t get there until 5:30 due to rush hour traffic. Goodie bags were also given out to Friday night attendees. Contents included a Bob Miller (retired LA Kings announcer) mini-statue, basketball documentary DVD, and a few hobby supplies. The mini-statue is a smaller version of the actual Bob Miller statue residing outside Staples Center. These were originally given to fans attending the Kings vs. Tampa Bay Lightning game on January 3rd.

Goody bag contents
Goody bag contents

Although this show was not nearly as huge as a show like the National, four hours was still not enough to thoroughly check out all that the show had to offer.

Dime boxes at the 2019 West Coast Collectors Expo
Dime boxes at the 2019 West Coast Collectors Expo
Assorted sports memorabilia at the 2019 West Coast Collectors Expo
Assorted sports memorabilia at the 2019 West Coast Collectors Expo
Card showcase at the 2019 West Coast Collectors Expo
Card showcase at the 2019 West Coast Collectors Expo

So as always, whenever I go to a cardshow, I focus on trying to find cards to complete my incomplete sets (including insert cards). I ended up with only 37 cards but some of those were vintage baseball. I even picked up a vintage football card I needed. Here are the cards I got:

Some 1970 Topps (not Heritage) baseball cards
Some 1970 Topps (not Heritage) baseball cards
More 1970 Topps (not Heritage) baseball cards
More 1970 Topps (not Heritage) baseball cards
A 1969 Topps #87, 1972 Topps #556, #597, 1984 Fleer #48 and a 1971 Topps Football #61
A 1969 Topps #87, 1972 Topps #556, #597, 1984 Fleer #48 and a 1971 Topps Football #61

The fifteen cards above were all from the same dealer and only cost me $10. Unfortunately, I didn’t see at the time that the 1970 Casey Cox had a crease down the middle of the card. I also didn’t see that the ’72 Ron Santo In Action card had a printing error–the ‘C’ in “ACTION” is missing some of the black ink. This is ok though because I also collect these minor variation cards too. I also picked up some recent Topps Gold parallels and some 2018 Topps Heritage High Number inserts from a quarter box:

Some recent Topps Gold cards
Some recent Topps Gold cards
Some Topps and Topps Heritage High Numbers inserts
Some Topps and Topps Heritage High Numbers inserts
More 2018 Topps Heritage High Number inserts
More 2018 Topps Heritage High Number inserts
A few more 2019 Topps Heritage High Number inserts
A few more 2019 Topps Heritage High Number inserts

The 22 modern cards above cost me $5 with a discount. Notice the slightly miscut “Miracle of ’69” Cleon Jones card. There’s a horizontal yellow strip running along the bottom of the card but I don’t mind. The card is otherwise mint.

I must say too that all of the people I talked to at the show were very, very nice. The ticket sellers, dealers, food vendors and parking personnel were all so nice and helpful. I will definitely be making plans to attend the next one whenever it is planned.

…And Tell (New Contest Links)

And in case you hadn’t noticed, Stadium Fantasium has a sort of “contest-roll” (like a blogroll) in the right sidebar above the blogroll. I call it the “Blog Contests Lineup” and it’s purpose is to let you know of any current contests going on around the hobby blogosphere. If your hobby blog is running a contest, please feel free to let me know and I’ll add it to the Blog Contests Lineup.

Until then, stay tuned…

Yes, I’m Ready

Segment of 45 rpm "Yes, I'm Ready"

Yes, I’m (sort of) ready to attempt to live up to a few 2019 New Year’s resolutions. I’ve never really had any New Year’s resolutions before (especially hobby resolutions). But for this year, I decided to take baby steps to go out on a limb and set some goals for the new year. In no particular order, here they are:

  1. Complete at least three major-release baseball sets (not including chase cards) from my backlogged collection of cards. This means for each set, creating an Excel checklist, checking off the cards I have, making a wantlist of the cards I need and then transferring the cards from a monster box to a D-ring binder (and then add the chase cards and even a wrapper). And then I’ll add the wantlist to this here Stadium Fantasium blog to get the remaining needed cards.
    Screenshot of 2018 Topps Heritage insert cards spreadsheet
    Screenshot of 2018 Topps Heritage insert cards spreadsheet
  2. Complete five incomplete smaller, oddball-type baseball sets and put them in a binder. Assorted oddball cardsAssorted oddball baseball cards
    Assorted oddball baseball cards
    Assorted oddball baseball cards
  3. Complete one of my older football sets and put it in a binder (along with a wrapper).
    Assorted 1969-1974 Topps football cards
    Assorted 1969-1974 Topps football cards
    Assorted 1976-1979 Topps and 1989, 1990 Pro Set football cards
    Assorted 1976-1979 Topps and 1989, 1990 Pro Set football cards
  4. List more items on the Stadium Fantasium Trading Block. I’ve got a boatload of cards and non-card items that I would love to trade for wantlist cards. I just gotta sit down and list them and then place them in a physical “Stadium Fantasium Trading Block” box (so that I can find them in case someone actually wants to trade). Here’s a very small sample of what will soon appear in the Trading Block:
    Very small sample of the Stadium Fantasium Trading Block
    Very small sample of the Stadium Fantasium Trading Block
  5. Upgrade Stadium Fantasium. I’ve already started on this project by sprucing up the walls here with 2019 Topps Series 1 and Topps Heritage artwork. And I also added a thumbnail image to most blog links in the Stadium Fantasium blogroll. I’d prefer to have the blogroll formatted like Blogspot blogrolls with some text and a thumbnail image from the blog’s latest post. But alas, I use WordPress and have not found a blogroll widget that’s similar to Blogspot’s. I also recently added a “Blog Contests Lineup” to the right sidebar. It lists the currently active contests of fellow hobby bloggers. Mouse over those links and you can see the contest deadline.

    CONTEST PLUG: By the way, cynicalbuddha of Collector’s Crack fame is running his 9th Annual Almost the Easiest Super Bowl Contest on the Web–I’m definitely in. More blog upgrades to come…

  6. Somehow make the time to inventory/complete sets, maintain Stadium Fantasium, keep up with other blogs, play fantasy baseball, all while satisfying other life obligations. This one goal will be the most difficult to accomplish. I love reading the card blogs and posting to my own blog but those activities also take time away from organizing and growing my collection (I’m sure most of you can relate). But that’s okay. It ensures that I am never bored.

So how many of these goals will I actually accomplish? Will I accomplish half of my goals? Or will I finish all of my goals in half a year? Stay tuned…