As I started to unload my car in the Root River parking lot, PJ pulled up with a bag of Mickey D's. I tried to load in and set up as quick as I could to follow PJ's lead and go get myself a bag of Mickey D's. McDonald's is less than a block away from the show. I was able to get an Egg McMuffin and some much needed coffee before the masses entered the show.
Shortly thereafter, I was busy and stayed busy most of the day. I brought out all of the binders, one display case, the 10-cent box and two 50-cent boxes. As you all know, I am really bad with names. Quite a few guys, who I regularly see, purchased some cards and, of course, I can't remember anyone's name. One of my regulars purchased my 1959 Topps Mays/Snider card. Another regular, who I know from the Oak Creek show, purchased some football cards. He said this was his first time at the Root River show. I'm glad he came out!
A couple of my Madison regulars made the trip to beautiful Franklin, Wisconsin, and one guy purchased some 1959 Topps baseball while the other guy found a bunch of stuff in a number of books. Thanks guys!
Another customer, who I met at this show back in February, found some 1952 Topps cards. Kevin and Rich purchased a pile of cards. Thanks guys! Jim pulled a bunch of cards out of my Braves binder. Thanks Jim! Eric found some cards. Bruce about cleaned me out of 1965 Topps star cards. Thanks Bruce! Robin found a bunch of cards.
Sales were pretty good, not quite like the February show, but good enough where I went on a buying spree. I was really surprised at the availability of cards to purchase. I don't think I bought anything at the February show. I was able to purchase a stack of Philadelphia football and some 1977 Topps Cloth Stickers from Jeff. Robin brought me a stack of 1960's football, both Topps and Philadelphia. Not much price negotiation on these cards because the prices were good.
One customer offered me a small pile of 1959 Canadian Football cards. He wanted an offer but I have never seen so many of these cards at once and was unsure what to offer. We decided he was going to research the value then offer me a price at the next show.
One of my Madison guys offered me a box of 400 cards largely filled with 1959 Topps and 1968 Topps. There was a handful of stars and high numbers. He wanted $400, which would have been a buck a card. I looked over the cards and did not think I could sell a large number of the cards for at least a dollar. I'm trying to buy for resale where I can make a few bucks on the deal. I countered at $300. We settled on $325. I appreciate the deal!
I rounded out my purchases with a nice stack of 1971 Topps baseball from Eric that included a Dave Concepcion Rookie PSA 5. Thanks Eric!
So I ended up spending just about every penny I made at the show on these purchases. After buying Eric's cards, I had just one dollar left. Eric came over and spent $20, so I was able to go home with 21 bucks. Woot! Thank Eric!
Once home, my wife promptly took the 20, I was left with one dollar... but I had a good time and am very happy with my purchases!
The next Root River show is on May 22. PJ and I are debating on whether to set up at the June Sports Spectacular. I think I have mentioned this before but traditionally the June Spectacular is a lousy show. I'm only considering setting up because the March show was really great and we are in some crazy times for the hobby, so there is a chance the June show could be alright. I also have that weekend open, so it could work. I am still a little hesitant because table fee is $400 and I have had shows where I dropped $400 on the table only to earn $400. I'm not sitting in Rosemont for three days to only make table fee! I don't know, this is a tough call!
So I forgot my phone at work on Friday and could not take any photos at the Root River show. Instead, I've got some images of my purchases.
Well, here's some of my reasoning: I have been having a tough time trying to pair the Madison show with something else so I have been checking on Iowa shows because I figure Madison is about an hour drive to the Iowa border.
So I saw this Cedar Rapids show pop up on Facebook and booked it without really thinking it through. Besides the long drive, another problem is there is a bigger show in Des Moines that same day. I think that Des Moines show might kill the Cedar Rapids show. I probably should have booked the Des Moines show but that would have added an additional hour to the drive. Gawd, I hope there are some vintage buyers at that Cedar Rapids show. If not, I may be on the road home by noon!
Reminder, my Oak Creek show is coming up soon on May 7. I've got Dorsey Levens, Craig Newsome and Shannon Clevelle signing autographs along with 77 dealers and 122 tables -- it should be an extravaganza!
Do I have any blog readers in Iowa? If so, please come out to Cedar Rapids on Sunday!!!! It has been about 10 years or so since I last did a show in Iowa. I am sort of looking forward to it. Should be different!
This was a double bill weekend. Orland blog coming soon.
More photos of my Root River pick ups: