Ray - thanks for the comprehensive answer. It is contrary to everything I had heard about Palma matches, so I am glad to have my misconceptions corrected. Interesting stuff. It is nice when someone knowledgeable sets the record straight about subjects like this so we don’t continue to pass on faulty information.
Hey, I know what you mean about cartridge shows. Yes, I was at the California show. It was fun and I picked up a few items for the collection aside from what I would have received regardless (like most shows, it was the delivery point for a few rounds for me that would have been sent otherwise). However, it was poorly attended. It appears like the Phoenix/Prescott, Arizona show is becoming the California Club’s primary event. Ironic - I was one of about a dozen guys who founded the California Cartridge Collectors some 30 years ago at the home of a collector in San Francisco. Now our best event is in Arizona! I had three different obligations the weekend it was held this year, and couldn’t go. I also couldn’t fulfill one of my other scheduled items, and had to handle my duties for our bi-monthly SASS CAS match before and after the main event I had to go to. A general collector would have gone goofy at the show. Due to the small turn out, in the auction, some good cartridges went for 1/5 of their value in the auction. I even bid on a cane gun cartridge and got it just because It wasn’t being bid on and I thought it wes something different for my dupes.
I didn’t put the miles on you did, but I did put 1100 miles on my car on the trip. I just got back at 10:30 this morning. I always leave at from 3:00
to 4:00 in the morning, as I hit no traffic at all in the 400 mile drive home, It is almost erie in Los Angeles driving that way on a Sunday morning, as there is little traffic on Highway 5 thruout the entire LA Basin, and you know what it is normally like!