No plug on the TV news this time around and attendance was decidedly smaller than January. Regardless, my sales were very strong. As usual, Jerome was the first customer in the door and spent a lot of time with my newly reloaded 1964 Topps baseball binder. It was nice to see Gary E., who has not been around for a while. Gary and I made some nice trades. I sold quite a few cards out of my binders and display cases to various customers.
On the buying front, I picked up a complete set of 1972 Icee Bear Basketball cards. I have actually never seen these cards before. They are cool! Glossy post-card size with all the stars from '72 like Wilt Chamberlain, Oscar Robertson, Kareem Abdul Jabbar, Pete Maravich, Jerry West and more.
I had two dealer no-shows which always pisses me off. If you book the show, you gotta be there!
Besides the no shows it was a pretty good day. We did not get the walk-ins like January, so I bought cards from the dealers. In order to keep my inventory fresh, I need to buy some cards every weekend, whether it be from customers or dealers, I'm coming home with a pile of newly purchased cards.
Monster show in Schaumburg, pictured above. Sales were tremendous. I sold a TON of cards. I sold piles of cards from both the binders and display cases. I then went on a buying spree. That was fun! All the dealers reported excellent sales.
About 400 people came through the door on this day that featured an autograph signing by former Packer Robert Brooks. Dealer Dave Horshack asked me to take his photo with Robert Brooks. I also had Dave take my photo with Mr. Brooks, who couldn't have been more gracious. I got a cool 8 x 10 photo for my autograph collection.
Speaking of awesome cards, a random customer pulled out of his pocket a 1933 Goudey Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig, a 1934 Goudey Lou Gehrig and a 1933 Tattoo Orbit Jimmie Foxx. All of the cards looked legit to me. He said he inherited the cards from his uncle who was the original owner of the cards. The customer said his uncle purchased the cards as a kid in the 1930s. A local store owner would allow the kids to search the packs for the cards they needed then resealed the packs. Interesting stuff.
Sunday, February 19, 2017, Orland Park, Illinois
Back at Orland. I am getting used to my new spot along the left-side wall. I noticed attendance was down. Chris T. told me he came out after seeing my post about the show on Facebook. I still had a decent show but nothing like the monster show I had in January.
A bunch of guys bought cards from me like Rick, Dan, Will, Paul, Chris, Neil, Joe G. and others. I had a few hours where I was extremely busy then the show seemed to die around noon which gave me time to walk around. So as you know, it has been a few years since I have been setting up at Orland. I remember many more vintage dealers. The only dealers with any quantity of vintage were me and Jim C. Where did everybody go?
Someone told me that Gary, a modern dealer, who used to have two front tables by the door, moved to Florida. I saw a lot of unfamiliar faces behind the tables. There was no shortage of dealers. Though it seemed like there was a lot more shiny stuff than in years past.
My folks stopped in which was kind of cool. My dad has a booth of sports stuff at an antique shop in Portage, Indiana. He was on the hunt for new inventory. I saw that he bought a binder of stuff from the dealer next to me. It was nice to hang out and chat with my mom for a while. They only stayed for an hour or so.
On the buying front, I picked up a bunch of stuff, as usual. I purchased a box of 1973 football commons. I also picked up a box of 1975 Topps baseball minis. The buy of the day was a 1958 Topps Roger Maris rookie. I haven't had one of those in a while.
It is really nice to be back at the Orland show. A big thank you to everyone who bought cards from me. See you at the next one!
Reminder... my next show at the Clarion Hotel, 5311 S. Howell, in Milwaukee, is set for Saturday, April 1, 2017. If you like viewing my stuff at Gonzaga, Orland, Schaumburg and the other shows, you will want to head over to the Clarion where I break into the Fat Daddy Archives and bring out 10 tables filled with stuff. There is all sorts of stuff that I do not bring out to any other show, so check it out!
In the meantime, I am setting up at Gonzaga Hall on Sunday, March 12, 2017. See you there!
Pictured below is the Orland show from February 19.