i am guessing that there are no baseball card shows in slovakia, but there are monthly (and it looks like there are now, once again, two and sometimes three) card shows in the twin cities. i went to the more established show in early february for two reasons. one, i wanted to look for some cards for a couple of folks out there, and two, i wanted former twin tom johnson to sign a 1978 topps card for me. and he did!
so, what was the reason that had me doubting a ttm success? well, the other collector told me that johnson travels a lot doing ministry type work. so, after he signed my card, i asked johnson about his work. he said that he has established a boys and girls club type facility in slovakia, giving youngsters there a chance to hang out and play sports. he handed me a business card, too.
bratislava is the country's capital, near the austrian border. i didn't think to ask what his connection to slovakia was, but it's a pretty cool thing regardless.
i picked up a number of other cards at the show, including a big stack of 2017 rediscover topps buybacks for a great price and some other stuff to send to some frequent trading partners, but the only other cards i've scanned are for me. like this 2010 bowman erick aybar orange parallel card,
and these 2017 topps cards - addison russell,
and dustin pedroia (1987 30th anniversary insert),
i was disappointed to not find the 2017 topps salute sandy koufax card which had been added to my nefarious nine, but it was otherwise a good show with a lot of dealers.