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…
Ryan is a baseball card dork and PHP developer. He has been collecting cards since he was six starting with 1988 Score. Reigning from Minnesota, he is an avid Minnesota sports fan.
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