I was a little apprehensive before the show because my sales were not very good at the last one. Turns out, I had nothing to worry about because I had a monster show! Woot!
I arrived far earlier than normal at 7 a.m. because I had 12 display cases to fill up and it took me quite a while at the Madison show the day before to load up 10 cases. There were only a handful of dealers there when I arrived. Slowly the room started to fill up with dealers.
I may have to get there even earlier next time I plan on bringing out display cases because dealers wanted to see my stuff which slowed down set up. I was thinking maybe I should place a tarp over the cases until I finish setting up.
Much better crowd than last show and several of my regulars, who were absent at the last show, made it out to this show.
Terry got my day going by purchasing my 1958 Topps Mickey Mantle All Star and he came back a few more time to purchase cards. Thanks Terry! It was great to see my long time friend Gil who pulled a stack of 1962 Topps baseball for his set. Thanks Gil! Rick also purchased a stack of cards including some old hockey. Thanks Rick!
Then the guy who purchased three Mantles from me a few weeks ago in Rockford, showed up and purchased my 1956 Topps Mantle along with some 1952 Topps high numbers. Well, I was ready to go home at this point as I obliterated my sales totals from the last show.
This turned out to be one of those silly days selling cards where I seemed to have the Midas touch. One guy pulled out a 1961 Aaron, a 1964 Mays and a 1967 Aaron. We negotiated a price but he did not have the funds at that moment. He came back three more times and finally paid me for the cards.
Elmwood Park Andy purchased some cards and threatened to come see me at the Schaumburg show. A newer customer who purchased a bunch of cards from me when I last brought out display cases in December, came by a few times to buy some cards. My guy working on '72 Topps with his son found a few for their set. I think they are down to just five or six cards to complete the set.
My pal Will purchased a pile of 1956 Topps and 1971 Topps along with a 1957 Topps Willie Mays. Long-time customer Arlington Heights Andy, who I met years ago at one of Fred Copp's shows, purchased my 1951 Bowman Duke Snider. Andy is pictured above going through my neighbor Kevin Farrell's cards.
One of the guys who bought cards out of my dollar boxes last month was disappointed I did not bring them out to this show. I really need to reload those boxes before I bring them out again.
A lot of guys bought cards and I just don't remember everything I sold but am so appreciative. Thank you!!! This ended up being one of my best Orland shows ever!!
On the buying front, I was able to pay off a debt to another dealer for cards I purchased weeks ago. Then I bought stacks of stuff from Jim and Terry. Chris brought me a unique item in 1979 Topps baseball panels of two that I purchased. Thanks guys!
Will brought me some Mickey D's and coffee for breakfast. Will is the best! I also enjoyed being next to dealer Kevin Farrell who has some cool pre-War stuff. Kevin will be set up at my Oak Creek show on February 5. Come check out his Ty Cobb cards and memorabilia!!
I forgot to pull out some stuff to get signed by Carlos May who was at the show. Will and Joe got some cool 8x10 photos signed by him.
Will, Joe and I capped off the day with lunch at our usual spot Submarine City. We have been going to this place regularly after the Orland show for the past 20 years. On Sunday, I was sorry to learn that owner Ted Gatses had recently passed away. Ted opened Submarine City in 1978. It is a great sandwich shop, reasonably priced with friendly staff. This is also the only place I know that serves Diet Rite Cola. I appreciate Ted Gatses and send my condolences to his family and friends. RIP Ted.
Another double bill weekend coming up. My Oak Creek show is this Saturday, February 5. Once again there is a full house of dealers, 65 total with more than 100 tables. I am proud to state that the Oak Creek show is the largest monthly show in Wisconsin. I've got a bunch of new dealers lined up for Saturday along with all the great regulars. Hope you can make it out to the show!!
Then on Sunday, I am setting up at the Schaumburg show at the Woodfield Hyatt. I'm bringing binders to both shows. Schaumburg is one of my slower shows, I'd love to see more vintage collectors attend this Sunday!!
A big thank you to everyone who bought and sold me cards at the Orland show. Wow! What a great show!! Woot!!
Pictured below is my buddy Joe with Carlos May. Photo by Will Schwenn.