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White Plains Show
Saturday, March 29, 2008
Posted by jaygross
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I haven't been to a show in a few months, so I have really been looking forward to taking a break from work and going to a card show. I seem to always have a good time at JP's shows in White Plains, so I figured it would be good.

I called Mike D. earlier in the week asking if he wanted to go. He said he was already going with his friend Mario, and they offered me a ride to the show.

So they picked up 8:45 and we talk about collecting for the 45 minute car ride. It was interesting to share the kinds of players we all wrote to in the 80's and the shows we went to back then. Mario makes good time (as he didn't get lost like I usually do) and we get to the show a few minutes before it opens.

Admission is $7 for the 300 table show, with a free SCD and a free Oscar Gamble autograph. Earlier in the morning I looked for my copy of the 1976 Topps Traded Oscar Gamble with the super afro. Unfortuantely I couldn't find the card, so I gave my autograph ticket to another collector I met - and he seemed really excited.

The rest of the lineup was mostly 1970's Yankees, but they had no one I needed. My goal for the day was to pick up cards of 1970's NBA and NHL guys to send out.

As we walked toward the entrance, I noticed the flyer for Juan Marichal  at the Hofstra show on May 3 signing any type of item for $35. I am really psyched to finish my 1967 Topps leaders card (with Koufax, Gibson, Perry, and Marichal).

Since I usually struggle to make it to the far end of the room, I figured I'd start there today. I walked the first row on that far end and saw almost nothing interesting, so I kept going.

Then I notice at the beginning of the second row a guy has about 10 monster boxes marked $0.10 each. The one on top was half full with 1974-81 Topps basketball cards, so I was in heaven.  You just don't see 1970's basketball cards all that often and I love this stuff, so I knew I was going to be digging through the boxes as the majority of it was in really nice condition.

I began pulling all sorts of good signers by mail, multiplayer cards, and team cards. I did find multiples of quite a few stars - Abdul-Jabbar, Parish, Lanier, Frazier, Bing, Archibald, Westphal, David Thompson, Issel, Walter Davis rookies, etc.

I notice that there were quite a few cards that looked to be have some writing in pen on them. It appeared that about 50 of the Nets players were signed lightly in pen, which I took just on the chance that they could possibly be real. If they are good, then I hit a home run with the 7 signed cards of Super John Williamson (who is deceased and pretty tough to find). This find will certainly help my 1978 Topps set that I am about half way finished.

The Dampier looks pretty close to the one I got from him by mail a few years ago. If anyone can verify what John Williamson's autograph looks like, I'd certainly appreciate it.

I wound up spending about 1.5 hours at this table. The guy cut me a nice break and sold me about 400 of them for $25. This really made my day (and probably month as I now have tons of cards to send out).

So I continue to walk around and picked a bit of low priced 1970's hockey cards of good TTM signers. I also picked a few 1992 Topps Archives basketball that I needed.

I find a guy with 12 monster boxes with cards at $0.25 each. I pulled 7 copies of 1987 Donruss Greg Maddux as the highlight of the 20 cards I got from him. I'll certainly have to try to send one of those to him during the season.

As I was browsing around, I saw a few guys pulling cards that I knew they were going to send TTM. So I asked these guys and they told me that was their plan. I asked if they knew of this site and introduced myself, and it was really cool that they were members.

It was 12:30, and I made one last swing by the area I started at. I picked 15 more 1974 and 1975 Topps basketball stars for $5. All good signers and mostly HOFers or multiplayer leaders cards.

On the ride home I show the guys the potentially signed cards, and told them where I pulled them from (as Mike had bought a bunch of cards from the same guy). They both agreed that it is possible they could be signed, but who knows. I need to post them on SCN and get the community's opinions.

With that said, I've been working feature that will allow members to post photos/scans of items in their collections. Hopefully it will be launched in the next few days.

Anyway, the show was great once again and I had a great time. Now I'm hoping to get a bunch of the cards I bought signed, I'll keep you posted.



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