Serb Hall was abuzz this morning. There are often other events in the building besides our card show. There were all sorts of things going on today resulting in a lot of people congregating by the doors making load in and load out a little aggravating. Once set up, I was busy all day. A real nice crowd today and a real nice show. It was nice to see that the weather didn't keep anyone away.
I don't often see people drinking beer at these small one day shows. At the bigger shows, yes, there is quite a bit of drinking going on. But at these small shows, usually customers are drinking coffee. Today, I saw two guys walking around the show, each with a bottle of beer in their hand around 9:44 a.m., which got me thinking. I was trying to remember the last time I was drinking beer at 9:44 a.m. I don't think I have ever had a beer that early in the morning. Though, I have had a Bloody Mary or a mimosa at that hour.
Back in college at the good old University of Arizona, my buddy Steve always showed up at my place around 10 a.m. on Sunday mornings during football season with a case of beer. The noon games we watch here in the Midwest began at 10 a.m. in the Southwest. Steve's knock on the door usually woke me up on those Sundays. We'd flip on the TV, crack open some beers and watch football all day. There was usually some delivery of pizza or sandwiches involved. By the afternoon game, there was six or seven guys in my living room drinking, eating, and watching football. Steve was from Las Vegas. I don't think he had a favorite team. My memory is fading. I remember Greg from L.A. liked the Raiders. Phil from Idaho liked the Vikings. I think Ron from Phoenix liked the Broncos. My roommate Sean from Dayton liked the Browns. There was me and Tom from Chicago and of course, we like the Bears. Oddly, some Chicagoans opened up a bar in Tucson that they creatively called the Chicago Bar where the Tucson Bears fans congregated en masse to catch the games on Satellite. These were the days before Sunday NFL ticket (about 25 years ago). So we went over to the Chicago Bar on occasion to take in a Bears game and chowed down on Italian beef sandwiches. It was cool being so far from home and walking into a bar where everyone was wearing a Bears jersey.
Funny how a couple of guys drinking beer at an early morning card show sparks a walk down memory lane. I didn't see those guys buy anything. There are a couple of bars in Serb Hall. I guess they sell beer pretty early. Well, things started off well for me early and kept up all day. Jeff got things going with a big pile of 1954 Bowman and 1956 Topps baseball. Jeff also picked up my 1968 Topp Jim Palmer, 1961 Topps Eddie Mathews, and 1971 Topps Fran Tarkenton.
Jason grabbed a nice pile of late 1960s and early 1970s baseball cards. My one regular vintage hockey collector picked up some 1977-78 Topps hockey, including a Bernie Parent. Another regular picked up a pile of 1950s and 1960s baseball along with a 1952 Ted Kluzewski and Dizzy Trout. A regular pulled some 1970s basketball. A father and son team purchased some 1970's baseball.
A regular pruchased some 1973-74 Topps basketball. Another regular bought all my 1969 Topps football. Cleared me out. Another regular customer purchased a 1965 Topps Daryle Lamonica tall boy. Steve purchased a pile of cards from 1956 to 1966 baseball. Scott picked up some St. Louis Cardinals from the 1950s and 1960s. A regular customer rounded out my day with some baseball cards from the 1960s.
I was busy all day and probably forgot to write down some purchases. I even sold some cards in the auction, which is a nice added bonus. On the buying front, there was a guy I met last month and he brought me a couple of shoe boxes of cards. This was his boyhood collection and these cards were well loved. I picked up a near set of 1969 Topps football. They were all creased up, drawn on, and many have tape. I also picked up a large pile of 1978 Topps baseball, some 1982s including a Ripken rookie. Then football spanning 1968 to 1977.
A real nice show. Next month, we're going to be in the bar which will be a tight squeeze. Normally, I'd probably skip a show like that but my Serb Hall shows have been solid and I'm planning on setting up. I'll just have a much smaller display.
So, I'm a week behind again. I attended Gonzaga today and I'll try and get that blog done soon. My next show is Orland Park on February 24. I plan on starting on 1972 Topps football to reload for Orland. I don't know if I'll get much else done. I may start on 1977 Topps baseball.
I've been spending a lot of time in Milwaukee lately. I took my kids to AnimeMilwaukee yesterday (February 16, 2013). The kids got dressed up as cartoon characters and we had fun wondering around the Delta Center and the Hyatt checking out the vendors and watching all sorts of great Japanese animation. Posted below are a few photos from AnimeMilwaukee. Have a great week everybody!