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Old 12-14-2011, 10:41 AM
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Default Hunt's Philly Show and David Hunt

I spoke to David Hunt the other day about his show, what happened with the Oaks show dealers, and the future of shows in the Philly area.

After we finished the initial cussing and screaming at each other: (J/K David is as classy as they come), he expressed a few very good points to me.

Though I may not completely agree with him on everything, I do see where he is coming from.

David stated that with his overhead and the cost of booths at his show, that he actually loses money. Though I believe him, I would say he may need to make some changes with how many staff he uses and whatever other overhead he has to get the cost down to the dealers.

He also mentioned that in today's market, you need both autographs and the vintage dealers for a successful show. I completely agree with this.

I did not agree with the upholding of not letting the dealers do his show if they did the Oaks but I was open minded to hear his reasoning. After all, he returned thousands of dollars worth of checks in hand so that took some strength. He stated he needed to protect his loyal dealers as the area cannot support 2 shows.

I think he maybe he should have just held out another year and the Oaks show probably would have folded. But that is just a guess on my part.

David did say he has lost about 10 quality vintage dealers and in doing so has lost many vintage collectors in attendance.

I have known David a long time and I know he would like to get the Philly show back to thriving again.

He also stated that everyone was welcome back to do it, I am the only dealer on the permanant barred list.

I don't have all of the answers and I am sure he would be open to friendly sensible suggestions but I sure would be interested in maybe giving it a try again in the future after some changes are made.

David also offers $200 tables but says only 3 dealers have taken advantage of these. I do not know where he has this row set up but it may be worth looking into.


I hope I touched on everything we spoke about and I did tell him that I really miss his February auctions in Exton, damn they were fun!

Please, everyone have a very Happy Holiday Season!

Dan Mckee
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Old 12-15-2011, 08:24 AM
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I do not understand how he can be losing money on dealer fees and still be in business. He is charging almost 2x more than CSA for the same amount of space. To me it says that he is paying too much for the venue where he holding the show and needs to find a different place to hold the show that is more dealer friendly(collector friendly too for that matter)as well as more friendly to his bottom line. As far as protecting his "loyal dealers" if these dealers were having great shows and making lots of money with him they would not have sought out or felt the need to find another show to sell their wares. Even with the downturn in the economy there are still a lot of collector who would gladly come to these shows and spend money if dealers had their stuff clearly priced and priced at a reasonable amount. Many dealers are getting frustrated with EBay and their fees and collectors are tired of getting ripped off on EBay.I believe that shows have an oppurtunity to make a comeback because of this. I think that the Philadelphia area is big enough for both promoters but they need to work together to spread their schedules out so they are not so close together,it could work for both of them and be great for collectors. Also the autograph guests is a necessary evil these days I understand. The Philly show generally has Molly bring in her roster of Phillies,Eagles and Sixers players with a few other scattered in. Marco has a wide variety of Hall of Famers from various sports as well as local star players that appeal to the Philly collecter base. Dealers are an independent breed who do not want to be told where and for who they can set up with, David should realize this.
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Old 12-15-2011, 11:40 AM
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So let me get this straight heís protecting a dying and failing business from which he is losing money each and every time he sets up. Sorry but my meter is off the charts here.



If in fact this is true just walk and let the other sucker (Marco) lose his shirt. This tactic of barring and marking your territory is being done by someone who is making some profit and doesnít want to be opened up to a thing called competition. Sort of like Wal-Mart banning a local Target because they are losing money each day they open.

Hey Leon your in the food biz as an entrepreneur wouldnt it be nice to get your customers and suppliers to not allow any other food joints near you because biz is slow?

As a vintage collector Iím done with this show. It has become nothing more than a social venture as the quality of merchandise and dealers has suffered. If I want social time I can get together with folks and not pay a cover charge to a so called profit losing individual or his company.

As a business man I have no sympathy for a company or individual who canít manage his or her business and wants to dictate to other business owners their options for marketing their companies within a regional area. Think about this if in fact David is losing money here, why on earth would you as a dealer want to be tied to a sinking ship?

Takes a lot of nerve to tell folks how and where they will be allowed to market their companies and generate profits when you canít even generate one yourself.

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Old 12-15-2011, 01:03 PM
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Default Hey Dan McKee

First, off the top of my head, I can think of at least 20 vintage dealers (including you and me) that have dropped out of the Valley Forge (VF) show.
I do not see how this show can survive with the large number of quality dealers that have abandoned it.

Conversely, if the VF show hangs in there and continues to precede the Oaks show (by a month), I do not see how the Oaks show can survive. Ir-
respective of the fact that the Oaks show has a large number of quality dealers. In this current environment, only one "Philly show" will prevail.

If Marco could move up the Oaks show, so it precedes the VF show (or even coincides) with the VF show.....I think we will see a significantly larger
attendance at Oaks.

In any event, something has to give here. It goes without saying, that dealers will favor a show whose booth fees are reasonable. And, the booth
fees at VF are more than double the booth fees at Oaks.

The VF show promoters have a difficult time of defending their $600+ fee, once the BB card dealers have discovered that the Gun show dealers are
paying less than $100 for their tables at the same VF facility.


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Old 12-15-2011, 01:30 PM
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All very good points indeed. I sent David this link so maybe we can get a guest appearance from him. Though I can't blame him for not coming on here, I have left in pieces from this forum many times.

As I said, I do not have the answers, but it would be nice to have a show to set up at that was attended by a decent amount of people and was affordable for the dealer.
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Old 12-15-2011, 01:38 PM
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With all due respect to David I also think he is going about having his show be a success the wrong way. The way to succeed is to offer a better value/product, not tell people they can't play if they also play somewhere else.

Can anyone imagine if I said, well, if I see you posting on another chat board I won't let you post on this one? There would be a mass exodus and rightfully so. Lets all hope David changes his exclusionary practices...
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Old 12-15-2011, 01:42 PM
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John, we used to use the same "BS" detector at our work. We discovered that we did not need the amplified version as there is enough BS around that amplification is not necessary. Even with the regular version it would burn out periodically. We replaced it with a "Telling the Truth" meter. It has lasted a long time as it activates on a very infrequent basis.
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Old 12-15-2011, 01:48 PM
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I went to the recent Philly show. Here is my take on it. There is a lot of construction around the facility. The show itself is on the bottom floor of the complex. You had to walk down a few sets of stairs and down a large hallway. So, that atmosphere does not help. They charge $8 per day admission, $21 for the weekend, all of which I thought was a little steep. Now, having said that, the show itself wasn't as bad as I was suspecting. There was a mixture of local Philly dealers as well as National dealers. Lots of Phillies cards & memorabilia. A few auction houses had booths (Goodwin, Mile High, Heritage, Huggins & Scott, Clean Sweep). All 3 grading companies (PSA, SGC, Beckett) were there. James Spence (JSA) was there for authenticating autographs. All in all, the show has lost a lot of its luster from the old Ft. Washington days, but it doesn't seem like it will be history just quite yet.

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Old 12-15-2011, 02:32 PM
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First, off the top of my head, I can think of at least 20 vintage dealers (including you and me) that have dropped out of the Valley Forge (VF) show.
I do not see how this show can survive with the large number of quality dealers that have abandoned it.

Conversely, if the VF show hangs in there and continues to precede the Oaks show (by a month), I do not see how the Oaks show can survive. Ir-
respective of the fact that the Oaks show has a large number of quality dealers. In this current environment, only one "Philly show" will prevail.

If Marco could move up the Oaks show, so it precedes the VF show (or even coincides) with the VF show.....I think we will see a significantly larger
attendance at Oaks.

In any event, something has to give here. It goes without saying, that dealers will favor a show whose booth fees are reasonable. And, the booth
fees at VF are more than double the booth fees at Oaks.

The VF show promoters have a difficult time of defending their $600+ fee, once the BB card dealers have discovered that the Gun show dealers are
paying less than $100 for their tables at the same VF facility.


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Old 12-15-2011, 03:24 PM
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I'm being "generous" by stating $600.

I did the first 5 shows (of the 8) at Valley Forge, and it cost me $700 for a 10' x 10' booth each time I set up.

For comparison....the most Bob Schmierer charged us for the traditional Philly Show (Ft Washington and Reading, PA) was $350 for a similar size booth.

And, I had no qualms about paying the $350....since those shows were tremendous. As were the old Philly Shows at Willow Grove.

And, the best show I've had at Valley Forge was a fraction of the old Philly shows in terms of sales, trades, walk-ins, etc.


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