Today was the Orland show. There wasn't a whole lot of cars in the parking lot when I arrived which is never a good sign. An oddball dealer from Michigan had five tables today. He also took up two prime parking spots with his van. I had to squeeze my car between his van and Bill's jeep. There were a lot of empty tables today. The side room was just about bare. They didn't even bother to set up a table next to mine. A few people commented on the empty space. There was a table at the far end that was vacant until the dealer showed up around 10:30 a.m. At 11:30 a.m. he packed up and walked around the show for a few hours and went home.
Attendance was off but my sales were good. I didn't sell much out of my display cases but I sold a ton of commons. My reloaded 1956 Topps book was a hit. Denny picked up a couple hundred 1966 and 1967 Topps. Larry pulled a large pile of 1972 Topps baseball. Rick, Will, Joel, Derek, Willie, Dan, Chuck T., and a host of other guys pulled a great many cards today. Thanks guys!
I almost had a rant ready about guys who walk up to customers at my table and try and sell them cards. That's something that really pisses me off. I spend $100 on the tables and a guy who spends $1 admission tries to pull people away from looking at my stuff and sell them his stuff at MY table! It looked like a guy was pulling that trick. Turns out he was just showing off his cards, which is okay. I love looking at cards. I don't have a problem with anyone who wants to show some items from their collection. He did show me a small group of tattered and beaten pre-war cards that he was trying to sell. I offered him 50 bucks because the cards were in absolute horrible condition and I don't think I could sell them for much more than $50. He didn't even throw out a counter offer and just took the cards away. He also showed me a complete set of 1953 Bowman Colors that he had in RUBBER BANDS! I tried to tell him to go over to one of the dealers selling supplies and buy a box to put them in sans the rubber bands. He really didn't seem to care. Odd!
On the buying front, I paid off some card debts to a couple of dealers and picked up a box with about 1200 commons from 1955 through 1967. I noticed a smattering of high numbers in there. Those cards will be in my binders soon. Speaking of the binders, my project this week is 1957 Topps baseball. I may also work on 1953 Bowman football. I'm also going to set up at the Indian Lakes resort in Bloomingdale next weekend (June 23, 2013). Come on out!!