I mentioned that the big Tokyo card show was coming and, well, it came last week. I had a good sized budget, but I could have spent even more! While I had a few "large quantity" purchases, I bought several cards that ran me a few bucks each. That makes the money go pretty quick!
As for the show itself, they had the same basic layout as last year's events, with a large number of Mint dealers and a few other card stores represented. Most of them are from the Tokyo area but at least one came from Osaka.
Generally, the stores offer a small discount on unopened product and normal prices on most cards, though many tables have a "bargain" box of some kind; some had the equivalent of dollar boxes while others had 50% off boxes.
NPB product is the most heavily represented, followed by soccer and MLB products. Other sports made appearances too, though. Dealers tend to bring a good selection of high-dollar cards and singles of base cards and inserts from the most recent sets. A few dealers had good Calbee representation; you'll see some Calbee in a future post.
More coming soon!