Nov. 25-27: Richmond Hilltop Mall. Max (the dealer I tend to do most of my business with) is promoting the show. This is a new location. I expect some different dealers since this is a rare (for me, at least) east bay show. Yes, this is Black Friday weekend. I'm not sure how traffic will be at this mall (I've never been) but there is a WalMart, so it could be heavy. Go in via the back way for best results?
Nov. 26: St. Leanders Church (Ryan O'Connell Hall) in San Leandro. This is *the* card show event of the season, with a bit of everything, and it's heavy on the vintage and obscure. There is some major money exchanging hands here, and something like a 3-4 year waiting list just to sell. No silly souvenirs at this show - it's all cards and memorabilia. I realize the Richmond show is competing here, but what else will you be doing this weekend? Make a day out of baseball cards and blow the money while the wife thinks you're buying gifts for that cousin you haven't seen in five years, and go to both! Or just this one.
Dec. 1-4: Tracy West Valley Mall. That's a long drive, so I won't attend.
Dec. 3: Holiday Inn Express Sacramento (2224 Auburn Blvd). I think this is the lesser quality show between the two Sacramento shows. I'd love some feedback if anyone knows first-hand. I could make an effort to go if it's worth it.
Dec. 9-11: Tanforan. The last Tanforan show was very weak. I saw this coming, though - many of the dealers who usually set up told me they were taking a break. This left the show with only a couple actual card tables, with the rest of the dealers selling memorabilia and non-sport stuff (action figures, anyone?). The December show should be promising. I anticipate more dealers selling because the mall will have more traffic due to Christmas shoppers. Whether those dealers will have cards won't be known until the show gets here.
Dec. 17: Holiday Inn Sacramento (5321 Date Ave). I've heard good things but I have yet to go. This might be my chance.
Dec. 18-23: Richmond Hilltop Mall. The show will return for a full week during the last minute Christmas rush.
Of course, with so many shows next month, it will be pick-and-choose. My picks: St. Leanders is a must visit, and Tanforan is on my calendar (it's 15 minutes from my place). The others are up in the air.
For those of you who don't care, yet somehow made it to this point, I give you what people who don't collect baseball cards do in their spare time. I guess this is better than jumping off the roof?
And that's four minutes of your life you'll never get back.
I'll have some interesting content for all of you next time (I hope)!