Welcome to my first  January 2015 toy collectible report wherein each show I do, I’ll give you a little run down of how my show went and even include actual sales.  Please understand any sand-boxing is just my opinion, based on years of attempting to make a living selling toys, comics and collectibles.  Hopefully this will come off as an enjoyable read, and you’ll get a good sense of the market from someone without a storefront (as what you can charge in a brick and mortar store is very different from selling at shows).

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The January Burlington Toy show kicks off the collectible circuit every year.  There are other shows, but really over the past few years I think the Burlington Show run by the tireless Steve Buckley, and the Mississauga show a few weeks later, run by Colin Douglas (who also runs the TFCon every summer), are the two that have become the most worthwhile (from a dealer standpoint anyways).   Well this Sunday’s show really did kick it off with a bang!

Usually early bird at 10 is a slow trickle in of customers regardless of the show.   Buyers are savvy and don’t want to pay the extra admission costs associated with being an early bird.  I have to tell you though, this show was certainly different.  I found from 10:15 am straight through until about 10:45 am it was non stop.  We got a little bit of a break, and then at 11 (regular admission), we just got slammed.  Collectibles of all kinds were flying off the table and out of the showcase.  Some of my sales of note;

  • 4 different original NES games $110
  • Amazing Spider-Man 252 CGC 9.6 $170
  • The Strain # 1 CGC 9.8 $100
  • Batman Animated action figure of Harley Quinn $25
  • Commemorative He-Man figure Skeletor $30
  • Loose GI Joe toys $45
  • Original LP albums (Stones and Springsteen), sold to former CBD’er Ed Campbell
  • And on and on it went

Honestly I can’t remember the last time I felt this electric at a show, the place was really pumping.  Sadly no Abba started playing the background, but as a dealer, when you’re making sales, no matter how tired or how long of a drive it was to get there, you feel good!  And as I walked through the aisles after 2:00 pm, I chatted with a number of guys, I don’t think a single guy told me it was a poor show.  The crazy thing about it was there had to be at least 10 fresh faces in those rooms (guys I have never seen before, and I do a minimum of 5 or so shows a year), with fantastic stuff, and there was still enough money to go around (which is rare folks, believe me).  I can’t tell you how many times I went into a show with fabulous inventory and then another guy shows up with better stuff, It’s just deflating.

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So all in all a great show, happy dealers, happy buyers, some great cosplay, and now I’m full on into action figure expo mode (Feb 1st in Mississauga).  Can’t wait, and if I don’t see you there, read all about it on CBD!  Pictures courtesy of Dr. Stevil.