There was a local card show just over a week ago, and I arrived at it later in the show, actually seeing some dealers packing up when I got there.
No matter, a few of the dealers that I always check in with were still there, and it was nice to go over and say hi.
From one, that sells used books and CDs, along with some cards, I found a hardcover Brett Favre book for one friend, and a 3 CD Gordon Lightfoot collection to give to another friend, shortly after Lightfoot's passing.
At a second dealer's table, I didn't see anything that I wanted at the time but talked with him and asked him to look for a few things for me that he thinks he might have in storage. Hopefully it will give me something to talk about after the next local show.
A third dealer's table was busy, so I really didn't look through much of his stuff but said hi, and said I'll chat with him more next show.
When I got to the fourth dealer's table, he was happy to see me. He is the biggest football fan/collector/dealer among them, and we often trade cards with each other.
He smiled, and told me that he had picked up some Browns cards for me at a show that he went to in Toronto. He passed me a small stack of cards and told me that he got them for a good deal, along with some other football cards for his collection.
Here is what was in that stack of cards.
In the last of the "older" cards that I needed from the stack were these two cards.
The Connor Shaw Courage parallel is from the 2014 Topps Valor set, while the Orange parallel Ozzie Newsome card, numbered out of 99, is from the 2017 Panini Phoenix set.
Following came four 2022 cards that I needed.
After mentioning last post that the four David Bell cards that I picked up at the Syracuse show were the first of his cards into my collection, I found two more to join them.
The 2022 Panini Absolute card is nice, adding an autographed memorabilia card that has a piece of football in it, along with two generic uniform swatches. It gives a little bit of variation in the appearance of the card.
According to the Trading Card Database, the 2022 Leaf Metal Draft autographed card seems to have the description of being a Portrait Autographs Mojo Blue parallel. (Again, where do they come up with these parallel names?) It is numbered out of 15.
Along with all of these cards, I knew that one additional card in the stack was a double, but I decided to just grab the whole stack of cards that he bought for me so that he wouldn't be stuck with an autographed card of a former Browns quarterback that most people wouldn't be interested in - a 2005 SP Authentic - Sign of the Times card.
Seeing this stack of cards, and knowing that I wanted to buy them all, I was waiting to see what his price was going to be. He had always been very fair in the past so I wasn't too worried, even when the cards weren't broken down by individual prices.
I hesitated a little when he told me the price, only because I was actually expecting it to be a little more than it was. He wanted CDN$40 for the stack (just under US$30). I thought it was very fair, told him so, thanked him and paid for it.
I'm just glad to have a friendly dealer that thinks of me while buying for himself at a big out of town show. These cards probably would have escaped me if it wasn't for him.