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  • Writer's pictureDan Keane


Updated: Sep 3, 2022

A card show can be a daunting experience for a first-timer. Here are a few tips to make your day memorable!

Prepare a list of a few types of cards you are seeking

It is a good idea to have an idea of what you are looking for before attending a card show. I can tell you from experience that not having a clear idea of what cards you are hoping to buy can be a little overwhelming in the beginning. A particular sport, set, team, or even a specific player is extremely helpful to note and then look out for. Within an hour or two, you'll feel comfortable browsing the show and conversing with attendees and vendors.

Wear something you feel comfortable in

At a card show, you'll spend quite a bit of time walking around, so minimize your discomfort by wearing comfortable shoes and trousers. People will be more interested in what you collect and what cards you are looking for than what you are wearing. It's a card show, not a catwalk.

Cash is King!

It is true that most vendors accept PayPal, and some even have card machines on hand, but at card shows, cash is still king! You may even have more wiggle room when negotiating with some vendors with cash!

Get there early

Getting a VIP or early access ticket is worth it's weight in gold. If you arrive early, you'll likely avoid large queues and be one of the first to scout the tables and vendors. Card shows can get very busy, especially the boxes of singles! Having more time to browse is extremely valuable.

Bring a backpack

Vendors are unlikely to give you bags. It is a good idea to pack a backpack if you will be buying multiple items during your trip. Having a backpack also gives you the freedom to pack your own lunch and water.

Keep Hydrated

My first experience of a card show was shortened due to a headache from dehydration. Don't make that same mistake! Venues can be stuffy and your on your feet for a good amount of time. A good strategy is to take frequent breaks and to get some fresh air.

Enjoy yourself and be kind

There is more to card shows than just buying and selling! There are few communities as friendly as the sports card community! The littlest bit of help can go a long way for someone in need. It will come back to you if you are polite and courteous to others. There is no better place to meet friends and network with like-minded people than at a card show. The most important thing is to have fun and offer a friendly approach to all attendees and vendors.

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Dan Keane

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