CARD SHOW

James Monticone, 33, of Fairfax, Virginia, displays his book series at the Wildwoods Convention Center during the Sports Card, Toys, Comics & Collectibles Show. 

WILDWOOD—Vendors were hawking everything from season sets of "Gilmore Girls" to Donald Trump campaign merchandise alongside traditional collectibles, including baseball cards and coins, Saturday at the Wildwoods Convention Center.

“It has been selling,” said Pete Dell of the Trump-themed hats, shirts and fake dollar bills lined up on his table.

Life-size cardboard cutouts of Babe Ruth, Alex Rodriguez and professional wrestling star Triple H greet visitors at the Sports Card, Toys, Comics & Collectibles Show, which will be at the Convention Center through Sunday.

The oddities on display drew a diverse crowd Saturday that ranged from comic-book junkies to sports fanatics.

James Monticone, 33, of Fairfax, Virginia, said he was hoped comics fans would be interesting in his series of books he wrote, “Cash Chronicles.” He described the genre of the stories as “sci-fi Western."

But he wasn’t getting many takers Saturday in Wildwood.

“They’re looking for collectibles,” said Monticone, who added he had better success at book-based conventions. “They’re looking for sports memorabilia.”

Another table that stood out from the dozens of vendors selling cards and signed baseballs was Sherry Goold’s stand. The Bucks County, Pennsylvania, woman was showcasing old DVDs and VHS tapes.

“People are very interested in the old shows,” Goold said. “A lot of the old shows were clean and family-friendly, more than today.”

Still, like Monticone, Goold realized her place at a show dominated by posters, cards and other sports merchandise.

“I’m a side attraction,” she added.

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