This past weekend was the Fanatics Authentic Sports Spectacular show at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center in Illinois. It was roughly a 45 minute drive from my house, but I got to spend the next five hours rummaging through 25 cent bins and drooling over old cardboard.
These photos were taken right when I walked in. The thin crowd did not last long. After my first 25 cent bin session, I looked up to see a big crowd of wandering baseball card dorks just like myself.
Stretching that dollar
There were a lot more 25 cent bins than I remember in the past. A vintage dealer had a 25 cent bin which had a some old Twins and a few Bob Allison cards for my collection.
The cool kids stuff
This show always has a row or two with dealers selling nothing but vintage. A few of the dealers had some seriously impressive tables. Old tobacco cards are pure awesome.
Thankfully the cheap bins were loaded and I dedicated all my time to plundering the rows of cardboard. I was more than pleased with the nice stack of Minnesota Twins I discovered.
The vintage 25 cent bin was a fun dig. The cards had seen better days, but I didn’t care– It’s vintage!
Once in a while a non-Twins card would catch my eye…
Thanks to @DubMentality and his recent nostalgic loaded blog posts, I have started re-collecting the 1980’s oddball sets. The dealer only wanted $3 for all three of these sets– I promptly handed him three dollars.
So that’s it. My haul from the card show. It was oddly relaxing to sit and sort through the 25 cent bins. This show is coming back in a few months– I hope those 25 cent bins are still there.