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Old 12-05-2017, 09:01 PM
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Default Reminiscing...Spring Garden, Willow Grove, Ocean City, Fort Washington, Reading Shows

Bob Schmierer and Ted Taylor (show promoters) started the Philly Show BB card show on Sept 27, 1975 at Spring Garden College (Philadelphia suburb).
This one day show generated a lot of interest. Oct 1-2, 1976 they repeated it and their featured guest at this show was hobby pioneer George Moll. Who
was the major force behind all the Bowman Gum Company sports & non-sports cards (Play Ball's, Bowman BB & FB, and non-sports sets like the famous
1939 Horrors of War cards). In addition, Bob and Ted produced B/W 49-card series, which they referred to as the "1947 set". Examples shown here.......




The 1976 show was a great success, so they repeated it in the Fall of 1977. This time they expanded their 1947 BB card series by adding 64 more cards.

By 1978, Bob & Ted realized they needed a larger facility. They re-located the Philly Show to the George Washington Convention Center in Willow Grove.






I have an endless amount of stories I can share with everyone on this forum about my tremendous experiences at the Willow Grove Show (March 1981
to December 1992)....Fort Washington Show (1993 -2006)....Reading Show (2007 - 2008). But, for now I'll relate this story to you......

Circa 1986.....four of us were in my room at the GW Motor Lodge, prior to the show on Friday afternoon. Bill Mastro was shopping around a "sharp" (the
operative adjective) T206 Wagner. If I recall Bill wanted $25,000 for it. We all took a close look at it and told Bill "too expensive". That same card is now
the PSA 8 "Gretzky Wagner".
Why didn't the 4 of us pool our funds and purchase this Wagner from Bill ? ?
You explain it...I cannot not !



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Please feel free to share with us here your Philly Show memories dating back to the original Spring Garden College days....or, the Willow Grove shows
or, the Ocean City shows, or the Ft. Washington shows....or, the Reading shows.

Looking forward to reading your responses.


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Old 12-05-2017, 09:55 PM
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Ted, I don't know if it is the same George Washington Motor Lodge, but every year in high school, my school (Bullis) was invited to the Christmas city wrestling tournament in Bethlehem, PA - some of the best wrestling in the country in the late 80's and early 90's - and we would always stay at a George Wahington Motor Lodge and it looked just like that. That pic brings back memories of sleepless and starving nights thinking about food, weigh ins, and the kids I had to wrestle the next day (often ranked top 25 in country). And then we would hit Midway diner truck stop (????) on way home and pig out.

Thanks for the pic (and the flash back).
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Old 12-05-2017, 10:42 PM
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Hi Ryan

There were quite a number of George Washington Motor Lodges along major hi-ways in Pennsy. For example, along the TPKE
there was one at Neshaminy, Willow Grove, King of Prussia and Northeast Extension Interchanges.

And, several in the Lehigh Valley area. All of them basically were constructed the same.


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Old 12-05-2017, 10:57 PM
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I was a proud member of EPSC from 1989-1993 then I went away to college, and only got to go sporadically. I Started going to the shows with my Dad in 1988. Some of my favorite memories were when it rained and would come through the roof so the small isles got smaller. I remember getting great advice from Joseph Del Grippo one of the few dealers who would always spend time with kids. Buying a Pete Rose rookie from Brian Kaplan and his wife convinced him to give me a deal since I was a kid, and then paying in all 5, 10 &20 from mowing grass. My Dads favorite thing was going to an Italian restaurant called Dori’s(I think) where the elderly waiter called us both boys great food close to the motor lodge.
Took my boys for the first time last year, this show will always be my favorite.
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Old 12-06-2017, 04:27 PM
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Default Philly show

Boston Sea Party

I remember that place !
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Old 12-06-2017, 04:59 PM
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I remember some great in-show auctions where the dealers were too busy with customers to leave the table and bid. I also recall the fire marshals restricting admission at Willow Grove due to overcrowding.
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Old 12-06-2017, 11:27 PM
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Great Memories of the GW Motor Lodge. I bought my first T206 there from someone walking around. It was a Cy Young for $17.00 that appeared slightly trimmed on the top.

The promoter also had auctions near the end of the show on Saturday I think. I bought a Ty Cobb bank check for $22.50. Oh the good old days...............

Robert
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Old 12-07-2017, 08:22 AM
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I have a lot of fond memories of these shows.....I started going to the Friday night shows in the late 1980's and would stand in the line outside for probably an hour or so waiting for the doors to open....
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Old 12-07-2017, 06:34 PM
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Default Ocean City Show

During the early 1980's, the Willow Grove Show was enormously popular. It was considered by many in the hobby during then as the "real National".

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Bob Schmierer and Ted Taylor expanded the show to the Jersey shore resort town of Ocean City. It was a Friday-Saturday show held at the Music Pier.

Saturday's featured a Classic Cars parade on the boardwalk. Imagine this setting....Crashing waves beneath you....Classic Cars and Classic Cards.
Can you beat that ?

Your responses are greatly appreciated.


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Old 12-07-2017, 07:05 PM
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I enjoyed when the show was in Reading, PA. I always thought it was a nice venue for a show, but it seemed to be thumbs down by dealers and patrons of the show. Never understood why exactly?
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