One of the longest running sports card shows in my area is held once a year by the Ephrata Lions Club. Its held for one day at the Ephrata Rec Center, and they always have an autograph guest. This was their 36th annual show, and the signer was former Phillies HOF pitcher Steve Carlton. About 40-50 dealers were setup, and they had many items for their live auction.
The show opened to the public at 8:30 am. I left around 6:15 am in the middle of a minor unexpected snowstorm. On the way I passed six car accidents due to the snow. Luckily none of them slowed down traffic when I was going by. I arrived at 8:15 am and quickly got in line. Once the show opened the line moved very quickly. Inside the show you needed to purchase autograph tickets for Steve Carlton. The Ephrata Lions Club was only selling 300 tickets, and they went like hotcakes. After the autograph tickets were obtained, it was time to dive into the show.
During this particular show I was on the lookout for Harry Kalas stuff, bobbleheads, pins, and some 2015 wax to bust. At first glance I didn’t see too much wax. The only boxes I saw were some 2015 Topps Series 1, 2015 Topps Opening Day, and 2015 Topps Heritage. Those products are great, but have way too many base cards for my taste. My usual wax dealer wasn’t there, but then I came across VSM Sports Card Outlet. This was the second time I’ve seen VSM Sports Card Outlet at this show. I purchased a Harry Kalas UD Sweet Spot Auto from them last year. In addition to some very high-end singles, they also had boxes just fit for me. I ended up buying three boxes from them – (2) 2015 Leaf Metal Draft Football, and (1) 2015 Upper Deck Inscriptions Football. I’ll be posting what I pulled from those boxes later, but lets just say I got some fantastic cards 🙂
While walking around a little more I found a 2009 World Series Phillies vs. Yankees pin, and a Reading Phillies Crazy Hot Dog Vendor bobblehead. I ran into a lot of people I knew too. That includes the owner of the first card shop I ever went to back in 1997. I hadn’t seen him in over twelve years.
Overall, it was a great show. I can see why its been around for thirty-six years. Now check out the photos.
Phillies HOF pitcher Steve Carlton
Reading Phillies Crazy Hot Dog Vendor bobblehead. He has to be one of the coolest mascots in all of sports. Its a hot dog vendor riding an ostrich. These all came unpainted as you’re suppose to paint them yourself. I’m leaving mine like this.
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