Despite not getting any autographs, the trip was one of the best experiences I have had at a Philly Show for a while. In previous years I have tied up a lot of my available money in autographs, so without that upfront expense I decided to open myself up to the idea of buying a couple good pieces of Phillies memorabilia. Though I didn't come back with any one standout piece, I did add a few new things to my collection:
1972 Steve Carlton Arena Card
This 11x14" picture is printed on cardboard - and amazingly, is still wears its original wrapping. It has a glossy finish and depicts Lefty in classic pitching motion at Veterans Stadium. As I have learned, the card was originally available at the stadium. All the major sports leagues were represented in the line, though I am not sure how many Phillies were issued in 1972. Great pickup at a very low price ($2.50). Note: Sorry, was having trouble loading a picture.
1950 Phillies Inquirer Clippings
|Seminick and Waitkus|
1950 Inquirer clippings
I was excited to see one of my favorite vendors back for the show. Over the past 4-5 years I have been able assemble with his help a nice collection of 16 signed 1950 Phillies clippings from the Inquirer. He actually had added a few signed clippings since I saw him last March - but, none that would be new to my collection. I am missing three starters - Andy Seminick, Eddie Waitkus and Willie Jones. Seminick signed for years on the show circuit and I'm sure I'll find one of him eventually. Waitkus and Jones will be a lot harder - both dying prior to the memorabilia boom of the 1980s. Anyway, I did buy unsigned versions of both Seminick and Waitkus to add to my wall...eventually to be replaced by signed ones!
|My signed 1950 Phillies display|
I made a few offers on more expensive items, but couldn't come to an agreement on a final price on any of them. I'll take my savings into next weekend's show at Buck's County Tech HS....