Back in August, my pals Donny and Lou told me they were setting up at the Hyatt Woodfield show and encouraged me to attend. On the morning of the August show, I just couldn't get out of bed. With the diabetes, I have a lot of sleep issues. After the show, Donny told me how he sold Junior a bunch of Hank Aaron cards really cheap -- that was all I needed to hear, not even diabetes could stop me from attending the September show.
I still had a tough time waking up for the September show and got there close to noon. Thankfully, all the dealers were still set up. I was impressed that all the dealers and customers were wearing masks. I was also impressed that all the dealer tables were spread out between two rooms and a hallway, all socially distanced.
It was so great to see Donny, Lou, Tom, Dell, Skip, Karl, Cigar and the host of other people I knew at the show. I love these guys and had missed them while isolating the past six months.
I ended up buying a box of 1957 Topps baseball from Tom and a box of 1960's Cubs and Sox from Eric. Tom introduced me to the promoter Joe and I booked two tables for the October show, not knowing the Salvation Army was about to allow my show to start up again.
I was concerned about booking tables at this show being a vintage dealer. I had never been to the show before September, thinking it was just a modern-card show. I really struggled with what to bring.
Then, when the Salvation Army called, I was stuck doing two shows that weekend. In my younger days, two shows were not a problem, but as I've aged, lost my hair, sport a beer belly and suffer from diabetes, two shows in one weekend is very difficult for me to handle. However, there has to be some honor amongst dealers. I booked the show and it is my responsibility to attend! And attend I did!!
I was placed in the first room with Tom, Lou and Donny. After posting a blog that I was going to bring out my vintage baseball mitts, cheapy boxes and smattering of display cases, which I brought out to Oak Creek, the day before, I called an audible and decided to bring out six display cases, because I knew from experience that six would fit on two 6-foot tables. I could have done eight if I placed the cases on their side but it is difficult to deal with that type of set up. So I opted for an easy set up with just six display cases and nothing else. As most of you know, I have 70 or 80 binders stuffed with vintage cards on top of 15 display cases filled with stuff when I am at my max display.
I am amazed at how many people read this blog. I had a bunch of guys ask about my 1954 Bowman set that I started in March and have been blogging about. Then a bunch of guys at the Hyatt show called me out for not bringing out the cheapy boxes and the mitts. You know, sometimes when I write these blogs, it is just me talking to myself and I forget that thousands of folks all over the country are reading these musings. I have to be more careful!
And wow! My blog followers showed up for me at the Hyatt show. I am so thankful that so many guys came out to the show just to see me!! You guys rule!! Prior to the show, I felt I would be lucky to make table fee but I had table fee and more after the first hour of the show. Then the sales kept coming. Thank you guys!! I had a tremendous show. I booked tables for the November 1 show. Now what to bring out November 1st? I'm thinking binders but don't hold me to it, I may change my mind!!
I can't believe I've never set up at this show! I am looking forward to the November 1st show.