Card show report: Garfield, N.J. (Feb. 3)


By Susan Lulgjuraj | Beckett Sports Card Monthly Editor

For a card show that runs from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m., getting there two hours before closing is late. In Garfield, N.J., this long-time running show is for the early birds.

They grab their morning coffees, ready for a show with a couple dozen dealers and head out on Sunday morning. The show occurs every two weeks at the Boys and Girls Club of Garfield.

The best thing about the show is the assortment of items. There aren’t just cards here, but old magazines and programs, bobbleheads, old board games, and, of course, new and vintage cards.

I headed to the show because I had to pick up two cards from a dealer, All Star Sports Cards.

Really? Who goes to a show over the George Washington Bridge (do you know how much it is just to get back?) just for two cards that weren’t even for her?

Yep, I do.

But I wasn’t going to leave empty-handed.

I picked up several cards from various dealers around the show including a 2013 Topps The Greats Derek Jeter gold parallel /99 and a 2011 Limited Hard Hats Derek Jeter /90. I grabbed a couple more Jeter base and inserts to fill the collection, and picked some Rangers items for my boyfriend, who is a huge fan, including a 2012 Topps Update Yu Darvish jersey card from the All-Star Game.

In the end, I got out of there spending $47.

I could imagine how much I would have spent if I got there with the rest of the early birds.

I’m lucky that I live in an area that is plentiful with card shows. This is the fifth card show I’ve hit this year. I may not get to any this weekend because of a big snowstorm, so if you get to hit any, let me know.

In the meantime, check out the pictures from the Garfield show.

Susan Lulgjuraj is an editor of Beckett Sports Card Monthly. You can email her here with questions, comments or ideas. Follow her on Twitter here. Follow Beckett Media on Facebook.


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  1. Jeff 8 February, 2013 at 15:36

    Looks like a fun show! We have a similar one down here that’s been going on for years in Glen Burnie, MD on the 2nd Saturday of each month and I’ll be there tomorrow! Still waiting for you to make the trek down here to see our show!

  2. Ted 8 February, 2013 at 16:07

    Susan, If you are ever in Chicago, Fred Copp Baseball card Shows ( Facebook ) has a show every weekend in the suburbs of Chicago. Check them out on Facebook or the Beckett calendar

  3. Greg 8 February, 2013 at 19:04

    This is a great show run by Gary on the 1st, 3rd, and 5th Sunday each month. Dealers like Pat, Paul, Terance know their customers and treat you well. Good variety.

  4. George 9 February, 2013 at 07:25

    I guess that I am just spoiled here in New England. Every time that you write about and post photos from a card show in the New York area I just feel bad for you. There is a great card show at the Holiday Inn in Mansfield, MA every three to four weeks that is just fantastic. Although I spend almost all of my time in the bargain boxes, there is a terrific variety of cards and collectibles and almost always a New England sports legend. If you’re ever in the Bay State, check out Cardboard Promotions at the Mansfield Holiday Inn.

    • Susan Lulgjuraj 9 February, 2013 at 11:53

      You don’t have to feel bad for me, there are about 3-4 card shows a weekend for me to attend and I’ve been happy about every one that I’ve gone to.

      Also, Mansfield is about 2.5 to 3 hours of a drive for me. That’s pushing the limits a bit for me.

  5. Elvis 9 February, 2013 at 09:56

    Good show, However He has non-brick and mortor dealers selling Upper Deck and Panini, and Topps products. He won’t allow Brick and Mortor dealers to do his show stating he has too many wax guys. None own stores. How do they get the product to sell?

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