I thought it was pretty cool to see Paul Hornung, who signed autographs at the show for a few hours. I have a tremendous appreciation for the legends of yesteryear. I was surprised there was not a larger crowd for Hornung, though I did notice a lot of new faces at the show.
Overall, attendance seemed a little light for this show. The lousy rainy weather may have been a contributing factor. There was some nasty wind in the morning while I was loading in. My sales were steady, not overwhelming. One customer made my day with large purchases of cards from the early 1970s. Todd also found quite a few cards for his sets in my mid-1970s binders. I had just reloaded 1976 Topps baseball for this show. I also reloaded 1966 Topps football but the cards this time around are in low grade and did not draw much interest.
Quite a few guys dinked around my binders and found cards for their sets. I can't remember what I sold. I also sold some things out of my display cases, but memory eludes me once again.
I put out a couple of dime boxes and had a few sales out of the boxes. Jim found a bunch of 1984 Topps Tigers that he plans to gift to his doctor, who is a big Tigers fan. I am not sure if I am going to bring out the dime boxes again. They take up a lot of space and did not generate a whole lot of sales. Other dealers swear by them but they are inconsistent for me.
On the buying front, I picked up a few things including some 1964 Topps baseball, some mid-1970s Topps baseball and some Exhibits. This was the first show in a while where I did not purchase a treasure trove of stuff. Gonzaga is always hit or miss for me when it comes to buying.
I had a lull at my table late in the morning and walked around the show looking for cards for my 1970 Topps set. Scott Z. had a high number that I needed. I did not see any other 1970's in the room. Around 12:30 p.m., I had a late rush and had some nice sales including a new customer who purchased a bunch of 1952 Bowman baseball.
After the show, the wind died down and the weather warmed up. It was still a little rainy. I took the scenic Route 45 down to Illinois. It is a longer drive but I am so tired of the highway.
Up next is the Fanatics show in Rosemont, Illinois. I loaded up some 1976-77 Topps basketball and some 1970-71 Topps hockey. I was hoping to get more done but work got in the way, again! I'm still working on loading up some stars for my display cases. I'm heading over to Rosemont this afternoon to start setting up. You really need to set up on Thursday at this show because the other dealers will pinch your space. There is a lot of bad dealer behavior at this show. Several guys always steal the free carts provided by the venue and hide them at their booths so no one else can use them. So, I am off to Rosemont. Stop by my booths 162 and 163 this weekend!