Lately the majority of posts here have been card show related. I am not doing this to make those of you that don't have nearby shows envious - we just happened to have 2 pretty decent shows running a few weekends apart here.
The Philly Show returns to Valley Forge this weekend. Team Phungo expects to hit the show on Saturday depending on the status of my sprained ankle. In the vernacular of espn I am Day-To-Day (but then again aren't we all).
The Show which is run by the local Hunt Auctions isn't quite as good for me as the CSA shows at the Oaks convention center, but it is still a decent show. Show Admission is $8, typically there is a $1 off coupon in the local papers, the weekend of and prior to the show.
Hunt Auctions is always giving more room and attention to their autograph guests - which are almost always out of my price range. This year for the first time there are signers on Friday Night - Jockey Steward Elliot, and Brad Lidge. Saturday is dedicated primarily to the 2008 World Championship Phillies team with Ryan Howard, Shane Victorino, Chris Coste, Charlie Manuel and Pedro Feliz among the guests. Sunday is focused on the 1983 NL Pennant Winners and includes SIX er I mean FIVE Hall of Famers Schmidt, Carlton, Tony Perez, Joe Morgan, Jim Bunning, and uhm some guy they played with named Pete Rose - All the above are $45 - $69.
The shows complimentry Auto on Saturday is of local sportscaster Michael Barkann, while on Sunday it is Ike Reese. The Barkann as the complimentry auto is insulting. At the Oaks show in the spring they had 2 complimentry autos for a $5 adimission and they were both actual players (Gary Matthews Sr and Art Mahaffey).
Regardless, the rest of the show is typically pretty decent. There are two vendors I like to hit for dimers and off grade vintage cards one is a guy that comes down from Connecticut and usually has a dozen or so dime boxes of all sorts of singles and commons - The other is Uncle Dick who has a flourascent green theme and has lots of cheap vintage sorted by year. Hopefully I will have some positive news to report on the show next week.