I’m not sure if I’m long for attending any more conventions/autograph signings — or, at the very least, I’ve already significantly cut down on the number of conventions/singings and don’t see that changing.
The hobby has gotten increasingly expensive and I cannot justify to myself the exceedingly high prices that have seemingly become the new norm (wrestlers who were once $25-$30 combos in the pre-pandemic years are now routinely charging between $40-$60). It’s become too much, too fast, and I’m probably moving on to dedicating my money toward other interests.
This doesn’t mean you won’t ever see me around — you will. I’m just going to be a little more selective with where I go and who I choose to meet.
The first Legends of the Ring without their World’s Famous Superticket was a solid, if unspectacular, wrestling convention with one of the lightest lineups they’ve ever had; that being said, there were enough wants to draw me in and I left feeling pretty satisfied. Onto the report:
I attended another Garden State Trading Card Show out of the La Quinta Inn in Seacacus to meet the newest star of AEW: Toni Storm. I’m a big, big fan of hers and the show is ~15 minutes from my apartment with a reasonable general admission fee of $10. No brainer.
Major news from one of the biggest wrestling conventions out of the North East:
This is certainly an end to an era.
My take: the Superticket was usually a tremendous bargain, though the oversaturation of names appearing at conventions throughout the country (particularly the U.S.) made the Superticket a little more expendable for me throughout the last couple of years.
This is how a convention should be: a solid guest list, spacious venue with FREE parking, and an absolute breeze to get through. My wants for the day were fairly limited but I’m thrilled with how everything turned out. Let’s get to it:
I decided to make the short trip to the Garden State Trading Card Show in Secaucus, NJ, which was about a 20-minute drive from my Jersey City apartment (Jenna was nice enough to drop me off). I had two main wants for this show: AEW’s “Legit” Leyla Hirsch and the former ROH Women’s Champion Rok-C, who is reportedly headed to NXT 2.0 imminently. There were a few other guests that I had on my radar as well, so let’s get to it: