The following is Part 5 in a five-part series on the history of the HGMS Show.
Part 1: 1948–1968 Early Days (in May 2006 BBG)
Part 2: 1969–1977 Rise to Prominence (in June 2006 BBG)
Part 3: 1978–1989 On Top of the World (in July 2006 BBG)
Part 4: 1990–2000 Fall from Grace (in August 2006 BBG)
Part 5: 2001–Present The Phoenix (in August 2006 BG)
Complete statistical information concerning show finances, attendance, and dealer figures for the period 1957–2005 can be found on graphs at the end of this article.
Erratum: In Part 4, I mistakenly had a heading for the 2000 show that read: “2000 – Mother’s Day (May 19-21)”. This is the correct date; however, I specify in the previous paragraph that it actually represents the week after Mother’s Day. That week was actually worse than Mother’s Day because it was graduation week for many schools. In fact, there was a graduation ceremony upstairs in the GRB at the same time as our show on Saturday. We made an attempt to attract these graduates into our show, but they had more important things to attend to. In our post-mortem analysis of the show, our dealers were quick to point out our poor judgment in choosing the dates. These things merely added to our frustration in dealing with the GRB and contributed to the events that followed the conclusion of this show.