Did a local show on Friday and Saturday at the Independence Mall in the KC area. There was another 20 table show in the area so the traffic was not what it has been in the past but still an average to slightly below average show. No one product stood out, but there were people chasing Topps Chrome football (starting to die), Bowman Chrome Baseball and A&G baseball. Most of my traffic was guys looking to finish sets and player collectors.
Now the fishy story. There was a guy going through the show spending big money (must have spent over $5,000) on vintage baseball. He identified himself as an autograph authenticator for a grading company and even shared his business card with me as well as his Ebay ID.
My concern, though I have no proof, is that he is getting these cards graded internally and then flipping them on Ebay or with other dealers. Again, I have no proof which is the reason that I am not sharing his company, name or Ebay ID but it just did not seem right. May be he was blowing smoke but he spent major cash and seemed like he knew what he was doing.
I stopped doing graded cards awhile ago and this situation just seems to reconfirm my belief about graded cards.
Next week I'm at the Metro Mall in northern KC, stop by and say hello!