Sports-card collectors and collectibles dealers from around the Rocky Mountain region will gather today for some last-minute holiday wheeling and dealing at the Sports Collectible Show, which offers a spread of local team and Hall of Fame-related memorabilia, just in the nick of time. Promoter Christian Bakken, a dealer himself for the past fifteen years, says there is no way to profile a collector — whether novices or regulars, they come in all genders, age groups and social castes — and they all flock to the shows looking for that magical find. “Some people will line up for six hours just to get a look at the quarter boxes, where they can find four-dollar cards going for a quarter,” Bakken notes. “The connection people have as sports fans goes way beyond the game itself.”
Expect to dig up lots of Rockies and Broncos merch, from Beanie bears and custom-framed cards to blind boxes of sports cards or baseballs signed by Tulo and Cargo. What’s the best discovery Bakken has ever made? “I once had a guy with a storage locker full of collectible cards, who wanted an appraisal,” he says. “I found Hall of Fame Mickey Mantles and Hank Aaron — he had a lot of great stuff in there. He thought he might have a couple hundred dollars’ worth, but it ended up being in the hundreds of thousands! He inherited the locker from his uncle.”
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Perhaps you won’t be as lucky, but it’s still fun to look — and maybe grab a last-second lift for a sports lover. The show runs from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the DoubleTree Hotel Denver-Westminster, 8773 Yates Drive in Westminster, and admission is free; go to www.facebook.com/5280sc for details.
Sat., Dec. 22, 9 a.m.-5 p.m., 2012