This time, it wasn't the traditional local card shop LCS, but rather, a Local Card Show. My wife and I made a trip up to the big city of Colorado Springs to have a (belated) Valentine's Day lunch at Biaggis, some antiquing in an attempt to find a hutch for the kitchen, and I somehow convinced her to go to a 20-table card show.
Nick of Dime Boxes had a great list of tips for how to enjoy a card show without going broke, so I was inspired to go dime box digging.
So imagine my disappointment when I found the hotel basement conference hall filled with a 5:1 glass case filled with hits to dime box ratio. And it seemed that football was king of this show as there were hardly any baseball cards in the displays.
Since I didn't want to bore the wife too much, I casually surfed the glass cases until I got to one seller who had his Colorado Rockies separated by player. I walked away three cards richer and $12 lighter in the wallet.
First, I found a Todd Helton that I knew I didn't already have. While it wasn't a dime, I felt comfortable giving seventy-five cents for this card.
Then I found two Dexter Fowlers that I knew I couldn't leave the show without. First, a 2011 A&G mini for a quarter.
And then I shelled out $11 for this beauty (which was marked $15 but the seller was cool and gave me a deal on it). It's a 2009 Heritage Chrome Black parallel, #'d 46/60
Sure, it's majorly miscut, but I'd never seen one of these for under $20 so I knew I had to get home with it.
Big thanks to Nick for inspiring me to get outta the house, off the bay, and doing some in-person card hunting.