A good show (July 25, 2011)

Our 2011 show Saturday was oneof the best, with attendance up over 20 percent from last year. The collections brought in were very good; one included X-Men #1, Fantastic Four #3 and Spiderman #4.

WDBJ Channel 7, who previewed the show the Sunday before, was on hand for another segment. One of the interesting newcomers was Kym Roby, who inherited a Bronze Age collection from her uncle; he bought them and put them away unread, so many were in like-new condition. She had lots of number ones, and multiples of many copies. She had eight copies of Ghost Rider #1. At the end of the day she sold what was left to a dealer and wound up with almost double what she had hoped to get from the collection.

I bought more than any other previous show, as well as making some good trades, and - in somewhat of a surprise - one dealer gave me a finders fee in the form of Golden Age comics for the walk-in collection he bought.

This year we gave gas cards as door prizes, and they were a big hit; one small boy drew his fathers name, and another winner traded his gas card for comics. We were also able to make a donation from ticket sales to Feeding America Southwest Virginia food bank.

We added one more state to the 13 who had participated in previous shows: Alexandra Bell, who came almost 600 miles from Indiana. That's people from 14 states now who have attended a Virginia Vintage Show.

I hope I have enough energy for the Charlotte Comicon, coming up Sunday, July 31. That's three shows in three weeks, then I'll really hit the wall and hopefully recharge in time for the Hillsville Flea Market on the 4-day Labor Day weekend.

Tenative date for the 2012 Virginia Vintage Show: Saturday, August 18, 2012.