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Sunday, April 12, 2015

Sports card, comic book show coming to Annandale April 19

Sports cards and memorabilia [Shoff Promotions]

Comic book and sports card collectors – and anyone interested in popular culture – should definitely check out the show April 19 at the Annandale Volunteer Fire Department’s social hall, at 7128 Columbia Pike.

Collectors will find rare comics from the 1940s and older, as well as new ones featuring the latest adventures of Spiderman, the Flash, the Avengers, and other superheroes. The show will have 50 tables, sponsored by 35 vendors, split evenly among cards and comic books, said Nick Shoff of Shoff Promotions Inc.

The most popular comic books are tied to movies, Shoff says. Star Wars comics from the 1970s and 80s are seeing a strong resurgence in advance of the new Star Wars movie set to open next December.

Collectible sports cards vary in cost, depending on a variety of arcane factors, he notes. A Ty Cobb baseball card could be worth thousands of dollars, while the most valuable card ever, a 1910 Honus Wagner, sold for more than $2 million. And no, Shoff doesn’t have one of those.

The Annandale show will have all sorts of cards, not just sports cards. The collectible card hobby goes back to the 1880s, Shoff says, when all sorts of card sets were published on themes like aviators, dogs, and rulers of the world. In the 1950s, popular cards featured music stars of the day, like Elvis and Fabian. Some of those old cards are very affordable, he notes. An 1880s-era card with a famous actor could be just $10.

Whether you’re a serious collector or a browser, a Shoff show is a trip down memory lane. “The thing I try to do with my shows is have fun,” he says. “You will find a lot of inexpensive stuff, and if you want something old and rare, it’s there, too.”

Shoff has been doing sports card shows for 40 years and added comic books about 15 years ago. He opened his first sports card and memorabilia store, House of Cards, in Wheaton, Md., in 1975. His partner eventually bought him out and moved the store to Silver Spring. In 1980, Shoff opened a store in Vienna.

The show will be open 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Anyone 18 or under is admitted free. Admittance for everyone else is $3. Bring a printed copy of the home page on the Shoff Promotions website and get $1 off.

This will be Shoff’s third show at the Annandale firehouse, following successful shows in November 2014 and January of this year.
His next show will be at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Tysons Corner, May 17, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. There will be another show at the Annandale fire station July 26 and more shows are planned for Annandale in September and November.

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