I saw from reading his post that Tony was there as well, and since he did a pretty good job describing it, I won't go into any great detail describing the setup. My only minor nitpick with his post, was with the picture he took inside the show, as I don't think it quite captured the sheer size of the event, but since I forgot to take a picture on the way out (as usual)--it will have to suffice. I was very glad to see that he had such a good time though, especially since he had to drive considerably further to get there. As for me, I don't know if it was because I wasn't feeling so great, or because I'm starting to get used to these big shows, but I would have rated this one as just average... or, maybe slightly above.
The day before (Friday), I really started feeling pretty sucky. I should probably say that it wasn't a cold/flu type of thing, lest anyone think I am the sort to go somewhere while knowingly sick and potentially infecting everyone I come into contact with, because I am certainly not that sort. No, instead was just a semi normal problem that had conveniently decided to kick into overdrive on that particular day. As bad as I was feeling come nighttime, I really didn't think I was going to be able to go. It also didn't help that Friday was close to 80 degrees, and Saturday was projected to be only slightly above 40° for the high, which here inevitably means, thunderstorms (usually very violent) when that approaching cold air meets up with the already here hot air... and it didn't disappoint. So between feeling lousy and having the whole house shaking (thunder) at regular intervals, I didn't fall asleep until after midnight, and in what seemed like mere seconds later, my alarm was going off at the set time of 3:30 am, so I could get up and be gone by 5 in order to get there a little before 7 am.
So I ended up making it there, I don't know how, but I did. I felt, and probably looked, like the proverbial walking dead, but a large percentage of the other attendees always do too, so thankfully no one probably even noticed.
Even though I referred to this particular show as average, I still got plenty of neat things, which will make for three posts. Starting with the dime box stuff first, of which for the first and (probably) only time ever, I can actually show all of in a single post. That would have been my only real complaint, that the couple of people that can usually be counted on for their dime boxes, opted to bring some pricier things in lieu of the cheaper stuff. I certainly don't begrudge them for doing so, I just missed searching through the ten cent boxes that's all.
|2011 Topps Lineage -- Bad scan!|
|1998-99 Upper Deck Ovation - Superstars of the Court #C8|
|2001 Fleer Greats of the Game - Retrospection Collection x2|
I still can't believe that I was able to get all the dime box purchases in a single post! Fingers crossed that that never happens again.
On a completely unrelated note, I encountered my first black snake of the season last week:
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