I flew down to Bridgeview Sunday morning, making it there in about 35 minutes. I was super tired because I fell asleep after the Oak Creek show on Saturday then woke up at midnight and could not fall back asleep. I was tired!
I had the same spot as last time when I was set up here in October. I brought out all of my baseball and football binders, remembering I had a very nice show in October with the binders.
Nice crowd. Far more people than last time. There were also lines to get autographs from former Bears quarterback Mike Tomczak, current Cubs announcer Pat Hughes and former Bears flanker Denis Gentry.
One of the keys to this show is the concession stand where I was able to caffeinate on several cups of coffee and enjoy a cookie for breakfast. Later, I snacked on a hot dog.
I had folks at my table all day long. Now let's see what I can remember. One of my Madison customers purchased a pile of Cubs cards from the 1970's. He stopped by a few times. Then Will purchased a pile of 1974 Topps baseball. Thanks Will! A young couple pulled some cards. My old friend Chris T. bought some cards. Thanks Chris! Chris told me that those 1970's 3-D cards from Kellogg's have been selling real well for him on eBay and Sportslots. Another good seller he talked about was a 1969 Topps Dock Ellis. I am going have to dig this stuff out and throw it on eBay.
I met Al from Net54 who purchased a pile of stuff. Thanks Al! I spent a lot of time chatting with a new customer, who wore a Sox hat. He told me his name but of course, I have since forgotten. Anyway, he purchased a pile of stuff, mostly White Sox cards.
Scott was the big winner today. He purchased a pile of autographs. Thanks Scott! Scott also gave me a big bear hug when he saw me, and we talked about my brother. I wore one of my brother's Marist T-shirts which was spotted by cross-country coach from Chicago's St. Rita high school, who figured out I was coach Jon's brother. He said he knew Jon well and had a lot of nice things to say. Thanks coach!
Overall, sales were good. Not quite as good as October but I'll take it!
I gotta say that this is a terrific show. Promoter Nick Parsons does an excellent job. I just wish it did not regularly conflict with other shows. I don't think I can make it back until the May show. I sure would like to set up at this one monthly.
On the buying front, Terry offered me a box of cards with some low-grade stars, a couple of rows of 1977 Topps baseball and half a row of 1950's and 1960's baseball. I just did not see the value in the box and took a pass. Never hurts to look and I appreciate Terry making the offer.
I walked the room in search of a 1971 Topps Roberto Clemente that I need to complete a '71 set. I forgot to look for the Clemente Saturday in Oak Creek. Nobody in Bridgeview had one. Maybe I can find one next week.
Speaking of next week, I have another double bill weekend planned with New Berlin, WI, on Saturday and Orland Park, IL, on Sunday. These are two excellent shows, and I am looking forward to both of them. I am leaning towards bringing binders to both shows. I recently reloaded 1977 Topps baseball and 1981 Topps football. I am currently working on 1962 Topps baseball and hope to have it done by Saturday.
Oh, it feels so good to be back doing shows regularly. Next Oak Creek show is February 4th. Hope to see you in either New Berlin or Orland this weekend. Have a great week everybody!