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Two of my lifetime passions have been Baseball and Antiques. Unfortunately, both have been taken away as a result of the Covid-19 crisis. After several month of self-distancing and quarantine, a small light is appearing at the end of the tunnel and the resumption of both appear to be a distinct possibility. Which do I miss more?

Although my What’s It Worth Radio Show airs on a primarily sports station, and although I’ll probably get into trouble with my friends at the station for saying this … I’d rather attend a good Antiques Show any day of the week rather than an MLB Baseball Game. And here are 15 reasons why.

1.  I resent paying $20 to park at, or near, the stadium in order to attend a game. ($40 for larger vehicles). It costs nothing to park at most Antiques Shows.

2.  Not only do I feel that the $20 parking fee is highway robbery, I still have to walk nearly ½ mile from my car to the stadium. Even amusement parks provide a tram service for a lower parking fee. At an Antiques Show I can usually park adjacent to the venue.

3.  Two decent seats at an MLB game can cost &75-$100 or more. I can buy two tickets to an Antiques Show for about $12, less a discount with a show card or ad.

4.  When I go to an Antiques Show I know pretty much who’s exhibiting there. When I go to an MLB game, I never know which of my favorite stars will be on the field that day, until I’m inside the stadium.

5.  There are no ticket scalpers outside an Antiques Show hassling me, trying to buy my extra ticket for nothing, or trying to sell me a counterfeit ticket for a fortune.

6.  Antique Shows serve fairly-priced catered food. At the stadium a warm beer is $6-$14, a hot dog is $4, and a bottled water is somewhere in-between.

7.  When I attend an Antiques Show I wear what I want. At an MLB Game I feel peer pressure to wear my team’s hat or jersey, regardless of whether the name on the back of the jersey is even still with the team.

8.  As I enter an Antique Show, I feel excitement about what treasures I’m going to find. At baseball game I come prepared for a few moments of excitement surrounded of 2.5 hours of near boredom.

9.  At an Antiques Show I have the freedom to walk around, or sit and rest, as I prefer. At a baseball game I’m confined to a hard-plastic seat, for nine long innings, usually surround by idiots screaming “You Guys Suck”.

10.   At an MLB Game, I have to plan bathroom trips carefully to avoid being #100 in line. It’s worse in the later innings when fans need to relieve themselves of several hours of beer before the trip home. And it’s even worse for my wife, who is forced to use a lady’s room that was designed by a man, and who’s lines are twice as long, because many of the stadium ladies drink as much beer as their male counterparts. No such problem at an Antiques Show, although we sometimes must endure a smelly and dirty port-a-potty.

11.   You never see groups of drunks walking around an Antiques Show.

12.   At an Antiques Show you’re supporting dealers who work hard, love what they do, but make peanuts for their time invested. Unlike MLB which is dominated by Billionaire owners and Millionaire prima donna super stars, most of whom feel too important to give a kid an autograph.

13.   There are 162 MLB games for each team, each year, 81 home and 81 away games. Miss one, there’s another one tomorrow. Antique Shows have become scarcer than hen’s teeth today.

14.   After the game ends, you have to walk another ½ mile back to your car. And then sit in traffic while most fans attempt to depart at the same time.

15.   When driving home from a ball game, I think about the $150 I just threw away on a meaningless baseball game. When driving home from an Antiques Show, I’m able to smile while thinking about the treasure I just purchased, usually for a bargain price, and that I’ll either re-sell it for a nice profit, or personally enjoy it for many years to come.

I think professional baseball is totally over-priced today, even when they field a talented and winning team. I’m much less tolerant when my favorite team offers me an inferior product for the same outrageous price.

So for me, I’d rather spend my money at an Antiques Show where I’m getting something in return for my cash.  And then after the show is over, I’ll go home and watch end of my teams’ game on TV, for free. Am I alone in this thinking?

WHAT’S IT WORTH? When you add in the ticket prices, parking, food & beverages, gas & travel, you’re easily talking around $150 for two to attend an MLB game today. Double that for a family of four. Clearly professional baseball has become of game of fat cats and big corporations. On the other hand, $10-$20 to attend an Antiques Show, with the probability of either making a profit, or acquiring a lifetime treasure. It’s not even close. I’ll take the Antiques Show any day of the week.

Mike Ivankovich is an Auctioneer, Appraiser, Home Downsizing Expert, and host of the “What’s It Worth? Ask Mike the Appraiser” Radio Show. Now in its 6th year, “What’s It Worth” airs live in the Philadelphia PA area on Friday mornings from 9:30-10:30 AM EST on WBCB 1490 AM, and on the Internet at: www.WBCB1490.com. You can also visit his Radio Show Web Site: www.AskMikeTheAppraiser.com  If your local station doesn’t carry “What’s It Worth” tell them they need to add it to their programing mix. If you know anyone who needs any Personal Property Appraisal work, or if you need a Speaker for an upcoming meeting or event, call Mike at (215)-264-4304, or visit:   www.michaelivankovichMEETINGSPEAKER.com