The Las Vegas Tuscany Suites & Casino is in some ways my entertainment home. I gamble there. I listen to singers in their Piazza Lounge. I eat at their restaurants.
And then, not long ago I saw a sign that a card show was to be at the Tuscany. Never having been to a card show, I wrote down the dates (May 27-28) and found my way to the Front Row Card Show Las Vegas.
Producer of the show is Dan Bliss whose wife, Angela, told me that Dan worked his way through college hosting card shows and recently returned to producing shows in Las Vegas and upcoming in California. The show at the Tuscany was a sell-out in terms of vendor tables with an attendance of about 2000 collectors on Saturday and an expected 1500 on Sunday.
Obviously collecting is serious business as one looks at the customers at each of the booths. Yes, some collectors devote whole rooms to their collections at home. Some collectors open retail stores. Some collectors want whole teams of cards or every issue of a certain comic. Some sports cards and some comics have little value and some can be worth thousands of dollars. Not only can customers come to a show and possibly find cards or comics that fill a void. in their collections, but they can have their own cards or comics valued should they want to sell them later..
I knew about baseball cards, but I never knew about Pokeman cards which made many appearances at the show. And I never knew that “real” collectors follow minor league players who “may” make it to the big leagues and have very valuable rookie cards. The nice thing about collecting is interacting with other collectors and attending shows like–Front Row Card Show.
I am not a collector of anything, so the card show was new to me. I loved the mix of generations at the show and I learned a few things, but I have lots more to learn. My video is below: