My expectation is that while you are all gathered at the SOS, I have been tipped off to another museum clean out! So, no SOS for me. I was an early member of the OVMS and still have a nice display trophy from one of the old Drawbridge Inn shows, and my member badge. I think its a great place to put faces to names and socialize. Other than that, my honest feelings over the last decade have been that its like the MAX. In many cases you can go to a local show, see the same dealer, and buy an item for a significantly lower price than said dealer would charge at the SOS or MAX.
Membership costs money, tables are more expensive, for many the trip is far, and then there are meals and lodging. So, as in any other business it gets added into the bottom line. Add to all of that the multitude of international buyers and prices are at a premium for sure. With all that said, many saavy dealers bring out great items and there is certainly something to be found for nearly every collector of any era. So overall its a great time, and one can find great items in great company, but for me the shine of it has dulled... Progress is needed but the Drawbridge days were awesome and Louisville has just gone down year after year imo.
I wish you all happy hunting and a great time, and I will look forward to reading about the treasures without having to deal with the crowds . I would also be lying if I didn't add that museum clean outs are free, and no matter what comes out, its like a great treasure hunt! So, I am just as excited for this as I used to be for OVMS/SOS. I guess I am just getting old, cranky and cheap .Scott.