No, I didn't buy this at the National.
Why are I not there when it's a 2 hour drive from my house? Why are I not there when I have never been to one? Don't I love Chicago even when there is no card show? Good questions.
I would have liked to be there to mingle with collectors, blogger buddies, company execs, and groupies. There's card groupies, right?
Anyway, as a way to scratch the cardboard itch that was created after reading all the great Show posts, I stopped by Rookies Cards & Comics in Lowell Mi. yesterday on my way home from work. I stopped there with the intent of buying some Vintage size top-loaders for the cigar box cards that still need protecting. Rookies had the Vintage penny sleeves, but not the loaders. That meant the $10 bucks that I had set aside for baseball card related stuff would go to baseball cards.
Rookies has a great selection of cards. They're a HTA shop.
I snagged one $5 pack of 2011 Topps Lineage, and one $4.50 pack of 2011 Goodwin. Yeah, I know I swore off Goodwin until I completed the 2009 set. Oh well, sue me.