My Collecting Story: Aetna Firehall Card Show Recap (Newark, DE)

"The Take" from my trip to Newark, DE

Recently I have started working on filling holes in my 1970's Phillies card collection.  I have always known there are a lot of great oddball sets from the decade, but just have not dedicated time to collecting them.  Growing up I focused on Mike Schmidt, Steve Carlton and that year's current team cards.  My dad did a good job helping me to accumulate cards he remembered from the 50's and 60's and somehow the 70's were left out.

I went to the Aetna Fire Hall in Newark, DE a few years ago to see '64 Phillie, Art Mahaffey.  I remembered it being a good spot to pull up a chair and sort through boxes of commons and vintage cards.  After noticing a listing in Beckett Baseball for their September show (last Sunday), I decided to take a drive and try my luck.  What I found was a good mix of old and new - and best of all, some dealers who were willing to negotiate price!  I didn't necessarily load up on 1970's cards - but got a few good ones nonetheless...

What I got:

  • 1987 Topps Traded Set and 1992 Upper Deck All-Star Fanfest Set for a total of $5!  These were two big sets from my youth.  I bought them just to enjoy looking through the cards.  Maybe the best $5 spent this year.
  • O-Pee-Chee Phillies team sets from 1977, 1982, 1983, 1984 and 1986 for $8.  Might have overpaid a little, but the dealer did come down from $15 so I felt like I got a deal.  The '77 set ended up being the only 1970's cards I purchased.
  • 50 Phillies commons from 80's, 90's and 00's.  For ten cents a card it is hard to pass up the chance to add a bunch to the collection.  Again, it is always fun to pull up to a box of commons and see what you find.   
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