I was waffling all week on whether to bring out binders or all display cases. In the end, I decided to bring out most of my binders and two display cases. My binders generally do well at this show while the display cases are hit or miss. My cheapy boxes also do well here but they are in need of reload after the Loves Park show the previous week, so I did not bring them out.
For the display cases, I brought out my pre-war because someone had asked for it at one of the previous Woodstock shows. Well, I did not sell a thing out of either display case. I think I need to stick with binders and cheapy boxes at this show. I did sell quite a few cards out of the binders. New binder for this show was 1977-78 Topps hockey. I sold quite a few of those cards.
I was really busy in the morning. Joe purchased a huge pile of cards from the late 1970's. Thank Joe! He told me he is an accountant so I had him add up that pile of cards! Big Mike purchases some cards. Thanks Mike! His pal Kevin purchases some 1950 Bowman baseball. Thanks Kevin! Kevin informed me that I looked like crap in Loves Park. Yes, I am still having health issues. It is a battle. I did not feel so good in Woodstock. I've got more doctors' appointments and tests lined up. Hopefully, they can figure something out and get me on the right path. They keep giving me new meds which I do not like at all. The meds seem to drain the life out of me. I am a little worried on how I am going to make it through the National this summer.
Anyway, a bunch of regulars purchased cards from me and I am in much appreciation. A new customer spent quite a while at my table. He told me he was building the sets from his childhood and he brought his collection with him. He kept going through his own binder before pulling cards out of my binders. He was an older guy and had a lot of questions for me about eBay which he did not understand. I tried to explain to him eBay auctions but I don't think I did a very good job, he seemed confused.
One thing I find confusing is the way some of these guys store their cards. I regularly see guys storing their oversized 1952 through 1956 Topps cards in 9-pocket sleeves. Well, those 9-pocket sleeves are not wide enough for these cards. The proper sleeves are the 8-pocket ones. The cards are getting damaged by being jammed into those 9-pocket sleeves. It is so painful for me to see cards improperly stored that way.
While I was hosting an inner monologue about proper card storage, my stomach began to rumble. There were all sorts of sporting events going on at the school simultaneously with the show that I was hopeful the school would have its concession stand open but to no avail. Good thing I brought some coffee. One of the dealers was selling chips and Gatorade but neither are good for my diabetes so I took a pass and just stayed hungry.
On the buying front, not nearly as good as the last time I was in Woodstock. I was offered some 1966 Topps Scratch Offs but the price was just slightly too high. Those things don't sell for much, even the hall of famers. My only purchase was an Exhibit Phil Rizzuto.
It was nice seeing my pal Donny, along with Lou's son Anthony. I enjoyed chatting with dealers Tom Kummer and Tom Mularz. There are a couple of regular dealer there that I always talk to but their names escape me. Nice guys. Speaking of nice guys, John and Mike from the Rockford-Loves Park-Janesville shows stopped in. Always great to see those guys.
I was sad to learn that promoter Curtis's dad died recently. My condolences to Curtis and his family. Curtis's dad regularly came out to the Church show to help Curtis pack up. As most of us know, it is tough to lose a family member.
After a busy morning, the crowd thinned out in the afternoon. I think I was out the door by 2 p.m.
So there is no show in Woodstock in June and July. Apparently the school doubled their rental rates for those months and Curtis did not want to double the dealer table rates. So no show in Woodstock until August. If Curtis can squeeze me in, I'll probably set up.
I just checked my August schedule and observed that I do not have much going on. I might just keep it that way since my health is shite. The card shows are getting tough for me to do right now. I think I might start doing more online selling this summer. I have posted cards on this website in the past but nothing seems to sell here. I might try my Fat Daddy's Facebook page. I am seeing more and more cards for sale on Facebook.
Anyway, a huge thank you to everyone who purchased cards from me in Woodstock. I had a better-than-expected day selling cards.
I am taking next weekend off, though I won't get much rest as my son is graduating high school and my in-laws will be in town. I am a little worried that I won't have much energy to hang out with the in-laws. Hopefully, I can get by.
Next show is Oak Creek on June 3. I have added a bunch of new dealers off the wait list. I also really need all dealers to prepay me. With my health failing, it is harder than ever to move around and collect table fee.
I appreciate everyone checking in with me. It certainly helps to have so many friends out there. Thank you guys!
Orland blog coming soon.