I've stood around dime boxes plenty of times since I reentered the hobby eight years ago. But yesterday's experience was unique and really cool, because I wasn't alone.
When I described the Serramonte Mall Sports Card, Toys, and Collectibles Show to my buddy Michael, the two things I used to describe it were "variety" and "dime boxes". One of my favorite things about this show compared to the TriStar and GTSM card shows is the variety of memorabilia. Whether you're the kind of guy looking for a Generation 1 Optimus Prime Transformer or the little girl looking for a new Sailor Moon plush toy, chances are there's something for you.
I really enjoy walking around and looking at toys I played with as a kid, but obviously my favorite thing to do at this show is stand around dime boxes. And that's exactly what I spent most of my time doing.
Somewhere around 11am, I walked up to a dealer and saw my buddy digging through the guy's dime boxes looking for Oakland Raiders to add to his collection. I decided to jump in and within a few seconds, a gentleman asks me "Are you Fuji?". Even though I've never met this person in my life, I immediately recognized him, because of his St. Louis Cardinals hat. It was Brady from Yadier Molina Baseball Cards and he had been standing next to my buddy looking for his Cardinals cardboard.
For the next hour or so, the three of us stood around digging through the dealer's boxes pulling out cards for each other and talking cards. If you're a regular reader of my blog, then you know how much I enjoy this card show in the past. But believe it or not... yesterday's experience was ten times cooler, because of the card show camaraderie I experience around those dime boxes.
Michael... I'm glad you decided to start collecting again. Let me know if you're down to attend the De Anza Flea Market next weekend. Churros are on me.
Brady... It was great to finally meet you. Thank you for the stack of Nomo's. If your wife will let you go, you're invited to hang out at De Anza too. Let me know and I'll bring you a box of Cardinals for your collection. If not, then hopefully we can catch up at Serramonte in February.
Everyone else... I'll show off my card show pickups sometime this week. I blew most of my budget Friday night picking up singles for my PC's... while Saturday's purchases were more of the dime box variety.
Happy Sunday and sayonara!