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Old 12-12-2017, 07:40 PM
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Default Willow Grove Show

I started collecting Sportscards again in 1977. My first Willow Grove Show was in March 1981. I'll never forget that Show.
It felt like I was in the "big time" in this hobby.

On display here are my first two purchases at this show.





The light blue Musial in the middle





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Old 12-13-2017, 04:51 PM
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Default Willow Grove? Never heard of it.

I grew up with parents who collected antiques, so I was dragged to all these antique shows and auctions so I started collecting vintage baseball cards. When it came time for this show, my parents were more than happy to drive me the 2 hours or so from Brooklyn to the GW Motor Lodge.


The night before these shows I remember my mind would be swimming with dreams of baseball cards. I could barely sleep I was so excited.

We would get there when the show opened, they'd give me $20 and then take off and go to flea markets and antique shows.

I remember picking up my 34 Goudey Appling and Gehringer for $3.50 each but I left the Hank Greenberg there since it was 6 bucks. Too much. I also remember getting a Bob Gibson rookie for 50 cents (35 years later it graded a 4) and 59 Kaline for a dime. I'm thinking this was a 1977 show. Which was also the show I saw 1971 Topps High Number Ron Swoboda for the first time.

Do you remember when you saw a specific card for the very first time?

I remember many of the dealer names from TTS's and then SCD but one dealer memory I had from the actual show was that Irv Lerner had a table in the back, and I checked the chart and my 40 year old memory was correct.

Ted, Tom Reid gave me some advice at the NYC show at the Roosevelt Hotel. I showed him the 33 Maranville I bought for a dollar. and she said, "that's okay, but don't by cards with writing on them." I hadn't realized that someone wrote 'Boston Braves" on the FRONT of the card.

Great thread.

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Old 12-13-2017, 05:09 PM
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Default Great Thread!

Fun read! Thanks for sharing all this Ted.

Brings back memories when I was a teenager. The Motor Lodge was my
first show.

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Old 12-15-2017, 01:59 PM
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Default Reminiscing...Spring Garden, Willow Grove, Ocean City, Fort Washington, Reading Shows

Thanks guys

There are many more stories to tell....but, I'm hoping more Net54er's will chime in with their personal stories.



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Old 12-17-2017, 06:11 PM
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Default Reminiscing...Spring Garden, Willow Grove, Ocean City, Fort Washington, Reading Shows

Do some of you old-timers recognize this dude from the early 1980's Willow Grove Shows selling or trading cards with you ?








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Do some of you old-timers recognize this dude from the early 1980's Willow Grove Shows selling or trading cards with you ?



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Too much hair!! And I missed you at the Philly Show earlier this month. Maybe next time although Danny M. (whom I set up with) says I should try Chantilly.
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Default Reminiscing...Spring Garden, Willow Grove, Ocean City, Fort Washington, Reading Shows

Hey Leon

I thought my young-looking 1981 photo would fool you. But, your powers of recognition are right on.

I will be set up at the March Philly show in 2018. So, you can play "musical booths" between Dan McKee and me.

And, if you'd like, you can again check-in to the Hotel Zanidakis while you're in this area.


P.S........Note my "Golden Glove" award (next to my left shoulder). During the 1970's, I was the playing-Manager of our Softball team at work.
When I joined them, they were at the bottom of the division. First, I re-named the team....to the "DingBats". And, my "Billy- Ball" (Billy Martin)
managing style resulted in a 12 - 2 (1st place) Won-Lost record. This success was maintained for the 8 years that I managed the DingBats.
The Golden Glove award was for my exceptional defensive play in the Outfield, and especially for my very accurate rifle arm. My bat was so-so.


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Hey Leon

I thought my young-looking 1981 photo would fool you. But, your powers of recognition are right on.

I will be set up at the March Philly show in 2018. So, you can play "musical booths" between Dan McKee and me.

And, if you'd like, you can again check-out the Hotel Zanidakis while you're in this area.


P.S........Note my "Golden Glove" award (next to my left shoulder). During the 1970's, I was the playing-Manager of our Softball team at work.
When I joined them, they were at the bottom of the division. First, I re-named the team....to the "DingBats". And, my "Billy- Ball" (Billy Martin)
managing style resulted in a 12 - 2 (1st place) Won-Lost record. This was (more or less) maintained for 8 years that I managed the DingBats.
The Golden Glove award was for my defensive play in the Outfield, and especially for my very accurate rifle arm.


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Hey Ted
That is most gracious of you. I appreciate it. The last stay at Hotel Zanidakis was awesome. And your little private, breakfast restaurant, that was more like a small gathering place was a memorable event.
I have yet to plan out any shows next year. I might end up doing a Chantilly one next. Just not sure. I will be in touch later to let ya' know. Thanks again!!

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Old 12-18-2017, 07:57 PM
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Default The 1989 Willow Grove

That was a great show for my Brother John and I. John sold an Eddie Plank

T206 and I sold a 1952 Topps Mickey Mantle. Bought so much stuff had to

turn people away from the table. It was a great mad house. All Cash

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