Load in and set up went smoothly. We brought with us a pile of Girl Scout cookies that Tabitha is selling for her troupe. Kolby saw some Wacky's on Willie's table and wanted 'em. I tried to hold off until I made a little money. I set the kids up with the portable DVD and they watched a movie. Kyle was one of my first customers today and was looking for guys who played with Mickey Mantle or Ron Santo. He found quite a few cards. He was also throwing some zingers at Don, the dealer set up next to me. Kyle said, "Don calls me up every night to see what I'm watching on TV." A regular picked up some '65s and a smattering of basketball cards. A guy who used to own a card shop bought a nice pile of '72s. Chuck picked up some '63s and some Post singles from the early '60s. Willie picked up a '62 Topps Gaylord Perry rookie. A new customer, a Boston native and an employee at a local card shop, picked up all sorts of Red Sox cards from the 1970s. Quite a few other guys dinked through my binders throughout the day. Mike made an appearance at the show today. Mike is a vintage dealer that regularly sets up in Orland. He was looking for a few guys from the '56 Topps football set which I didn't have.
Then there was the numb-nut who complained about my prices. I can't remember the last time someone complained about my prices, it is a rare occasion because my cards are priced to sell. Prior to each show, I spend a ridiculous amount of time pricing my cards. Generally, each card has both the book price and my sale price written on the sleeve. I price everything to condition. Numb-nut was complaining that I had a '53 Topps common baseball card in Good Condition priced at $6. The card books at $25. So he's essentially saying that my price at 25 percent of book is too high. I'd like to see numb-nut find that card cheaper. Then he complained that I didn't have any stars in the binder. Well, numb-nut, I keep the stars in my display cases. Numb-nut then has me pull out a '58 Topps Ted Williams from my display case. The card books at $600 and I have it priced at $150. The card is in Good Condition. It is off center with some edge wear. No creases and it presents real well. Numb-nut acts like I insulted him by showing him the card. What an ass!
On the buying front, I picked up a small pile of '48 Bowman and '67 Topps baseball. I also bought some Wacky's from
Willie for both kids. I always have a good time at this show with Ted, Fred, Willie and Don. No Woj today. The kids behaved well today and we sold quite a few boxes of cookies for Tab's troupe. I enjoyed having my kids with me today, hopefully they'll come along again soon. Up next week is Serb Hall in Milwaukee. I'm working on my '76 binder. I'm not sure if I'll have it done in time. I also have '59 football and '61 Fleer baseball lined up. Hopefully, we have a nice crowd at Serb Hall on Sunday. All those planning on attending Serb on Sunday, email over a want list and I'll have your cards ready to go!