I arrived at the show around 1:40pm, walked over to the center maybe ten minutes early so I didn't have to stand outside however the doors were already open because they were letting people stand inside this time. There were maybe 10 people on line when I first walked in, and not one of them was a woman. It was me and old men. Shorty thereafter the line grew to about 50 or more, with one other woman on the whole line, but she was with her son. I was with myself.
I walked around for maybe 20 seconds before one of my long time favorites on eBay stopped me and said what's up, etc. (tntnorthnj on eBay) I talked to him for a bit then moved onto to another table where I was asked why I wasn't at the last show by that dealer. He then asked me what Pujols I needed from recent sets and stuff like that. I ended up buying 3 cards from him, of which I got to pick my own price which was fun for me. I picked up a 2007 Heritage Chrome Robbie Cano, 2009 Unique Red Francisco Cervelli, and a 2009 TTS Seasoned Veterans Albert Pujols (which I learned later that I was sent that card by Ron, thank you.)
As I walked around I didn't see many Cano autographs there, but there were plenty of Jeter's, A-Rod, Pujols, and a tremendous amount of Bowman DPP auto's which don't interest me in the slightest. I did see a LaPorta Sterling Auto for $25 but I can not start that project even if he's hot.
I found my one of my other favorite vendors and eBay guys (rookiesandstars) and I had him cracking up with my stories of Sooz being asked if she needed WNBA cards, and having someone explain to me that "shiny" cards are more money. I picked up a bunch of Pujols base cards, and 2 inserts that I needed.
How could I have left without that lil Jeter? Too much. The Hughes and Russ are for the PC, and the 2009 POH Pujols is the one I already have but can't read my checklist properly.
The problem with getting there as early as I had was that many vendors were not set up completely when they opened the doors but thanks to my trusty 50 page Pujols list it took me a while to thumb through it at each place to check to make sure I didn't buy something I had (which I did anyway, because I do it once a show). Good thing I had my list to kill some time because I was finally able to find someone with a Cano auto I don't have and was willing to trade it for one that I had 2 of. Granted the one I got back in return is probably my least favorite autograph ever and aesthetically the worst trade ever, but six in one half a dozen in the other. (Beam Team for this)
Now I was done. My back was barking, I was hungry, and getting cranky like a child so it was time to leave. Oh well, not just yet... I stopped at one more table before leaving and ended up finding 2 cards I needed in a bargain box. Sweet.
Then I left.
(If you are local to the area and want to go to the White Plains show this weekend, click the link for all the info.)