Tiredness and bad auction aside, I had a pretty good show today. I have some solid regulars at this show. Jason got things going for me by purchasing a T206 O'Hara. It was nice to see Jim today. He doesn't always attend the Serb show. I love how he can tell you the number of any baseball card from the early 1950s. Just throw out a name from the 1954 Topps set and he'll tell you the card number, or whether it's a short print or double print. No Mark today. I brought along this creepy 1960s Los Angeles Dodgers doll for him that I picked up a the Sun-Times show. Mark likes the oddball stuff. Jim purchased some 1954 Topps baseball cards. I think he is working on his third or fourth set. I told him to sell me one, he just smiled. I love the '54 Topps set with rookie cards of Al Kaline, Ernie Banks and Hank Aaron, this is one of the coolest sets from the 1950s.
Jim Z. purchased a 1963 Fleer Bob Gibson. A dealer pulled some cards out of my 50-cent box. Jeff picked up a nice pile of 1957 Topps baseball and some 1972 and 1973 Topps football. A new customer found some cards in my dollar box. Another new customer purchased some cards from the 1970s. Then I sold a 1977 Topps baseball complete set to a new customer. A regular customer purchased my 1952 Topps Willie Mays rookie. I've had the Mays rookie for a long time. It is PHUGLY. It has a corner torn off and taped back on. I figured that it would sell eventually.
Kevin purchased some 1970s baseball. A regular customer purchased some 1969 Topps. A new customer found some cards in my 25-cent box. I started packing up early because I had an appointment to view a collection. A few other dealers had packed up as well. A guy came in and was talking all sorts of trash because we were packing up early. I have never seen this guy before and I really didn't think he was going to spend much money. He wouldn't shut up. I didn't want to start with him, so I kept my mouth shut but the whole time I'm thinking that maybe next time he should show up earlier. The Serb show usually starts winding down after noon. This guy was a little too upset. Get over it, dude!
I left the show, plugged the address for my appointment into the GPS and took some small winding roads to the middle of nowhere. Then I viewed about the coolest collection of cards I have ever seen. This was a childhood collection of someone who originally gathered the cards in the 1930s. There were complete sets of 1933 and 1934 Goudeys. The four 1933 Ruths were beautiful. I'm kicking myself for not taking a photo with those Ruths. There was some awesome '38 Goudeys, old scorecards from the 1930s, autographs, a scrapbook of newspaper photos from the 1930s, magazines and more. It was cool! I don't have the kind of money to purchase a collection like this but I'm helping the owner sell the items through one of the large auction houses -- a service I provide to anyone interested (contact me for more info).
It was a long day and I didn't get home until well into the night. Of course, I had to go to work in the morning. Tired once again!
Slowly but surely, I'm catching up on my blogs. As i write this, it is April 22, 2013, and I'm gearing up for the Orland Park show on April 28. Last week, I priced some 1980-81 Topps hockey and some 1979 Topps baseball. This week I'm working on some 1975 Topps football. I also hope to get to some 1953 Bowman Color baseball. I'll also have a bunch of new stuff priced and ready to go for my display cases. A big thank you to everyone who bought cards from me at the Serb Hall show. Next month, Serb and Orland are on the same day. I'm going to set up at Orland and hopefully my friend Andy is going to set up at Serb for me with a single table of stuff. Let me know what you'd like me to give Andy to bring out to Serb. As I said, it was a real nice show at the April Serb show and I hope to see I nice crowd at Orland this weekend. Take care!