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Old 12-07-2017, 07:42 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?

Hi tennisguy

Not all dealers.....I, for none, really enjoyed the Reading Shows. All 5 of these Shows were great for me with respect to selling and buying.

I would guess that the main problem that some (dealers and collectors) had with the Reading location was that it was not as convenient to
get to (as the Willow Grove and Ft. Washington shows).)


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Started attending the Willow Grove show circa@1982. Dad and I went once and were hooked. We never missed a show for close to 20+ years. From surgeries, to weddings to every major life event, we were always there. The fire marshall clicking off people to get in, or parking on the lawn and climbing the big hill, that show was the best.
Honestly, every show there was something new. There were always Wagners floating around, maybe 2 a show. I remember seeing Darby Chocolates for the first time (Crawford box and a Cobb Box). Quality Autographs having just bought a collection with an autograph of every Hall of Famer. The stories are endless.....wish it was like that still.
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Throughout the 80s and early 90s I'd take the train down from Boston for the Friday preview, using your fine SEPTA commuter rail to get from 30th Street Station to Willow Grove, then hiking a mile or so to reach the George Washington Lodge. After filling my acquisitions box with goodies, I'd retrace my route, riding the Night Owl back to Boston for an early morning arrival and a nap before I had to be at work Saturday afternoon. Made the trek a couple of times to Fort Washington, but the last time returned with only one card, so abandoned the ritual. I met a lot of hobby legends there, including Tom Reid, who was quite a character as I'm sure you remember. We'd talk union politics as much as cards.
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Started attending the Willow Grove show circa@1982. Dad and I went once and were hooked. We never missed a show for close to 20+ years. From surgeries, to weddings to every major life event, we were always there. The fire marshall clicking off people to get in, or parking on the lawn and climbing the big hill, that show was the best.
Honestly, every show there was something new. There were always Wagners floating around, maybe 2 a show. I remember seeing Darby Chocolates for the first time (Crawford box and a Cobb Box). Quality Autographs having just bought a collection with an autograph of every Hall of Famer. The stories are endless.....wish it was like that still.
A Cobby Darby Chocolates. Now that is a cool card! Great stories guys. My only story is from last weekend, the Philly Show, but I don't think that counts. L
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Throughout the 80s and early 90s I'd take the train down from Boston for the Friday preview, using your fine SEPTA commuter rail to get from 30th Street Station to Willow Grove, then hiking a mile or so to reach the George Washington Lodge. After filling my acquisitions box with goodies, I'd retrace my route, riding the Night Owl back to Boston for an early morning arrival and a nap before I had to be at work Saturday afternoon. Made the trek a couple of times to Fort Washington, but the last time returned with only one card, so abandoned the ritual. I met a lot of hobby legends there, including Tom Reid, who was quite a character as I'm sure you remember. We'd talk union politics as much as cards.
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Great story......especially your trip from Boston > Philadelphia > Willow Grove or Ft. Washington Shows.
I did the reverse to get to Boston and New Hampshire Shows from my NJ (or Philly) homes.

Indeed, Tom Reid was quite a character. Back in the 1980's (when I lived in Toms River, NJ), Tom would
occasionally be down visiting relatives. Tom would drop by my home and go thru my "esoteric" stuff (he
had all the regular issue sportscards and non-sports cards in the hobby)

I miss Tom very much. He had more BB card and BB card dealer story's than most anyone in this hobby.
And, he was very shrewd in our "cash/trade" deals. I never got the better of him on any of them.



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Old 12-11-2017, 09:09 PM
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Diagram of the showroom at the George Washington Convention Center (161 dealer tables). A scan of the
dealer's list will be forthcoming for anyone interested in who was "wheeling-n-dealing" here in the 1980's.






Everyone's favorite dining place was the Boston Sea Party, which was a short walk from the Show. You selected from 3 piers of food.
The 1st pier offered some really great appetizers (including huge Alaskan King Crab claws). In the 2nd pier were a variety of seafood.
And, the 3rd pier had an amazing selection of desserts.

Just up the road (US Route 611) is a great German-American Restaurant....OTTO's. And 4 miles north was the Warrington Inn, where
you could get some really delicious Steaks, Chops, or Italian cuisine.


Hey Leon......You would have really enjoyed the Boston Sea Party.


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Old 12-12-2017, 12:23 PM
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Check-it-out guys......see how many you remember ?









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Ted brings back alot of memories
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I set up, with my Dad at all of those but the Spring Garden Shows. Miss those old shows. Some of the stuff that was for sale at those shows was mind blowing. Some of the walk ins were unbelievable not to mention some of the invetory brought to the show by dealers. I was lucky enough to have gotten to set up at the last two or three Willow Grove Shows. I still remember Kevin getting a piece of the carpet. Those Old Willow Grove shows are one of the main reasons I love cards as much as i do.

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Quite a few no longer with us, remember so many of them well.
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