Who remembers card conventions at the...

Who remembers card conventions at the sangertown/riverside malls

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Since: Sep 09

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#1 Sep 8, 2009
Baseball/Sport cards used to be huge when I was a kid. Once a month the malls would have these conventions and EVERY wing would be packed with sport card booths, it was HUGE.

What the hell happened? Video games take over? Not really, Arcades have died as well.

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Since: Jul 08

Ithaca, NY

#2 Sep 8, 2009
Several possible reasons from the 90s:

The 1994-95 Major League Baseball Players' Strike happened.

People moved on to collecting other worthless things, like Beanie Babies.

eBay (why haul stuff from place to place, when you can sell it from home).

Pyramid charging too much for renting out the mall space (I assume?).

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#3 Sep 8, 2009
I'm sure it was a combination of the things you listed above, plus the idea that fads/trends/hobbies, well they just die out some times.

I hope it comes back around some day, I have a killer collection to give my kids!
wHy

United States

#4 Sep 9, 2009
Ebay and the dirt balls who sit home all day perfecting the signatures of stars don't help the matter. Plus kids are ps3 and xbox junkies now.

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Since: Jan 13

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#5 Jan 23, 2013
I wish it came back as well. The only place that even sells anything to close to sports memorabilia is The Original Cooperstown Connection. Not a bad store, but I wish these things would come back, or Cooperstown Connection put on even a small one, or something similar.
Cash McCall

Massena, NY

#6 Jan 24, 2013
Cooperstown Connection has a lot of cool items, but even they don't bother with cards anymore. Card companies got greedy and flooded the market, particularly after 1970. Who wants to waste their time to set up a display, sit in that god-forsaken mall all weekend, and make next to nothing? Believe me, if there was $ to be made, people would be doing it.

“Getting To The Meat Of It”

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Since: Sep 11

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#7 Jan 24, 2013
Send me a buyer, I have 195 thousand cards. Sorted and inventoried on a commercial computer program. Retail value 35 thousand dollars. Reasonable offers would be considdered.

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#8 Feb 3, 2013
yeah I guess eBay pretty much killed the fun. oh well.
slapanut

Utica, NY

#9 Feb 3, 2013
I used to go to those Mall card shows. Fun times. I forget the promoter's name but he as known for blackballing dealers if they don't set up a table at his shows.
slapanut

Utica, NY

#10 Feb 3, 2013
Cash McCall wrote:
Cooperstown Connection has a lot of cool items, but even they don't bother with cards anymore. Card companies got greedy and flooded the market, particularly after 1970. Who wants to waste their time to set up a display, sit in that god-forsaken mall all weekend, and make next to nothing? Believe me, if there was $ to be made, people would be doing it.
Cooperstown Connection sells way too many Yankees memorbilia. Kind of an overkill if you ask me.
Quid Pro Quo

Massena, NY

#11 Feb 4, 2013
slapanut wrote:
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Cooperstown Connection sells way too many Yankees memorbilia. Kind of an overkill if you ask me.
Well, as someone who as worked retail for a number of years, I can only tell you that you sell what sells. They must know what they're doing.

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#12 Feb 4, 2013
Quid Pro Quo wrote:
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Well, as someone who as worked retail for a number of years, I can only tell you that you sell what sells. They must know what they're doing.
They are in New York after all...
slapanut

Utica, NY

#13 Feb 4, 2013
Did it ever occur to you there fans who do not like Yankees, Mets, and Red Sox?
slapanut

Utica, NY

#14 Feb 4, 2013
I'll bet Cooperstown Conection will sell 2013 Super Bowl Champs Ravens memorbilia. So much for NY team loyalties.....
slapanut

Utica, NY

#15 Feb 4, 2013
Not to mention their stuff are overpriced. Almost everytime I go by there, there's hardly any customers inside. It's a wonder how they stayed open.
cnyvoice

Baldwinsville, NY

#16 Feb 5, 2013
Cooperstown connection in the mall carries alot of different teams especially in football. There the only place in the area I could find any Redskins stuff. They always have something you want if your a sports fan.

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#17 Feb 6, 2013
slapanut wrote:
Did it ever occur to you there fans who do not like Yankees, Mets, and Red Sox?
Its a regional thing. Were in New York, they sell Yankees and Mets things. They barely sell anything Red Sox b/c again regions. They do sell other sports stuff, just not much.
Tubby Labella

Gouverneur, NY

#18 Feb 6, 2013
I wish they sold more porn.

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