The four of us spent the drive discussing what deals we would be looking for at the sprawling convention hall. Regrettably, none of us could participate in the Sunday tournament for scheduling reasons so this trip would be all about dueling among ourselves and picking up cool new cards. Jimmy was unsure what he would get, though we have all watched him acquire a sizable collection of dual lands over the last six months and he had been hinting at possibly using that EV for bigger and better things. Since Matt and Sean have their own blogs I won't go into much detail on what they acquired lest I play spoiler, but let's just say the original two members of our playgroup engaged in some pretty awesome wheeling and dealing.
Our adventure got off to an awesome start when we headed over to the artist area to talk to Mark Poole, who was of course the artist who created Akron Legionnaire. Matt was pleased to give him one of our pins and Mark was gracious enough to take a picture with us.
|A cool start to a cool day|
|So sweet seeing this autographed mat whenever I play|
I now have quite a few autographed Mark Poole cards thanks to his presence at Eternal Weekend and the Cleveland GP. He, Anson Maddocks, and Douglas Shuler were always my favorites growing up so it was a blast to see Mark again. I also was stoked to meet and acquire autographs from Dan Frazier, Jeff Menges, Richard Kane Ferguson, Bryon Wackwitz. I always spend some time thanking the artists for the enormous contribution they made to the game. I know as far as I am concerned it was the art that initially drew me to the game, and I think many would agree with me.
Having never been to such a large gathering of vendors, I must admit it was somewhat overwhelming taking it all in. I must have spent a few hours walking (on a broken ankle) around trying to figure out what I wanted. Even though I am trying to collect a full Unlimited set, I was not necessarily going to ignore other cool stuff I wanted. After much deliberation and browsing, I ended up getting a lot of cards that not only would add to my collection but also replace reprints in my deck.
|The Sol Ring really pops compared to the Revised version|
|God I love these cards, even the commons|
Prior to my deciding what I would get, Matt made some really cool purchases (once again I will not play spoiler) and Jimmy continued to decide what to get. I was floored that after several hours he had not yet found anything he wanted. He was so excited for weeks I could not understand how he had not yet found even one card he wanted. Satisfied with my additions to the collection, I decided to focus on my deck and pick up a really nice Mana Drain. When we returned the following day I would add a card I have always wanted, going back almost 25 years: a winter factory. When 4th Edition was new I got a Mishra's Factory in a booster and loved it. During that awesome year of 1995 I heard tale of three other factories, one for each season. It would be another 24 years before I would even know what they looked like.
|The Factory has a little wear on it, but compared to my cards from that era it is near-mint|
|Awesome, just awesome|
All in all Eternal Weekend was a resounding success for all of us. I got 16 Unlimited cards, getting me tantalizingly close to a third of the set after ten months. Jimmy got by far the coolest card either of us have ever had. The group played a little Eldraine (not gonna lie it only further solidified my love of Old School, though the art was really cool.) Matt picked up some really cool stuff. Also, thanks to some mind-bendingly awesome wheeling and dealing, Sean picked up some excellent stuff himself, though that is his story to tell. Cheers.