I had five tables today and was able to put out a large mass of cards. One customer called it a museum. There were just five dealers today. Fred had an entire room to himself. I picked up some 1970's Cubs scorecards from Fred. One of the scorecards had the ticketstub taped to it. In the second room, Ted had the side wall and sold me a nice lot of 1970's White Sox. Willie had the back wall and his usual merry band of autograph collectors. I was hoping Willie would have some autographed postcards that I could add to my collection today but he only had one on his table, Billy Pierce. I already have a couple of Billy Pierces. Me and Skip were in the center. I haven't seen Skip set up at a Fred show in a long time. Skip is a real pleasant guy and it was nice to have him around today. I enjoyed his anecdotes about the old Chevy Chase shows. I also purchased two boxes of opened 1989 Fleer baseball from Skip for just 4 bucks. I make 15-card packs that I sell for a quarter each with this type of stuff. We also had one no-show dealer. I think it may have been my buddy Ralf.
Sighted at the show today were Steve from Jim & Steve's Card Shop in Waukegan, Illinois, and Big John, who had a card shop in Chicago for 20 years up until April. The autograph hounds carried the day for me. Tom and Bob picked up quite a few '58s and '60s. Willie bought a bunch of stuff, baseball and football. One new customer found quite a few St. Louis Cardinals at my table today. I sold a 1979 Topps set to another first-time customer. I think his name is Marty. Another new customer picked up some 1953 Bowmans, including a real nice Luke Easter. Second Schaumburg show in a row where I didn't see Larry or Uncle Morty. Overall, I have no complaints. A real good group of guys at the show today. I enjoyed myself, sold some cards, bought some cards. Unfortunately, I won't be back in Schaumburg until September because the National is occurring next month at the time I would normally set up at Schaumburg. This will give me some time to organize some stuff for my autograph hounds and I need to put together a 1977 Topps baseball set for Marty.
Next week is the Orland Park-Gonzaga gauntlet. I have quite a few baseball card debts at the moment, so I'm hoping these are good shows so I can pay off the cards.