Author: Mario Alejandro

For a collector of sports cards, there’s just nothing quite like attending a well-organized and active card show. As popular as collecting is on the Internet thanks to popular message boards and blogs, it just isn’t that huge in every state.

For example, in the early 90s I had four card shops within a 30 minute drive for me to choose from. Today, there is just one within 30 miles and 75% of the shop is dedicated to comic books. That’s why I absolute love checking out the monthly Dania Card Show run by Lou.

My only time attending the show was early last year. Unfortunately, it was under the worst of circumstances. For starters, I only had about $15 dollars to spend and thanks to the facilities’ awesome nachos, I was left with about $7 dollars to work with.

After hours of going through boxes hoping to find a Jose Canseco card I needed (I found one the entire day), I severely injured my back thanks to hours of crouching over short tables and ended up at a local hospital barely able to move all the while getting bitched out by my significant other.

This time around, I was fortunate enough to have a fresh C-note to work with just in case by some miracle someone brings along a box of Jose Canseco cards I might need. I also went sans the significant other and while that may be just a little depressing, at least I can take comfort in those nachos.

Show Review:

Atmosphere – B+

Lots of collectors, young and old and a surprising amount of females made their way to the Dania Card Show. Some of the dealers seemed less than thrilled to be there, though.

Variety of products – A

Tons of new, unopened box and “junk” wax to be found, as well as modern and vintage cards. There were even unexpected items like G1 Transformers and original GI Joe figures, as well as sports related books and signed memorabilia.

Overall – A

This show was much bigger than the one I attended in May of 2008 and had plenty of collectors buying and selling. As expected, new wax was overpriced but there were plenty of deals to be found on autographs and game-used relics. If you collect popular guys like Ripken Jr. and Pujols, you could have spent thousands of dollars.

Below is a few of the pictures snapped by my trusty camera. Thanks to Lou for putting on another awesome show for South Florida collectors. You can expect some much better photos from the 2010 Marlins Fan Fest next week.