Saturday, January 29, 2011
If you could buy only one card at a card show ...
I have a card show to go to this weekend. It is the same show that I haven't been able to go to for the last two Januarys because of the monumentally crappy weather that we receive every first month of the year. (You people who have weekly card shows in Florida just remember that, and let the guilt wash over you as you flip through cards in your Hawaiian shorts).
But this time, unbelievably, the weather is supposed to be passable.
And wouldn't you know it, this time, I also happen to be broke.
I will be going to this card show with the least amount of money that I have taken to a show since I returned to the hobby. Also, a portion of the little cash that I have will be going toward purchasing items for a couple of super generous people who have showered me with terrific card packages recently (stay tuned for those. They're crazy good).
That leaves me with this thought:
I may end up going to this show only to come away with two or three cards, or even one card, for myself.
That increases the pressure. I must ensure that the few cards, or card, that I get is the biggest bang for my paltry buck. I want no regrets. I need something special, but within limits. I don't have money to even buy a 1974 Dave Winfield, which happens to be the most money I've ever put down on a single card ever.
I might end up with a handful of 1971 Topps needs, or a very cool Kershaw card, or maybe a couple of '56s.
But I'm open to any suggestions.
Also, what would you do? If you had, say, only 20-30 bucks to spend on one or two cards, what would you choose?