The old saying lightning cannot strike the same spot twice is apropos for this past Sunday's Orland show. After having my best show ever at the April Orland show, I was back to my pre-pandemic average Orland show. I can't help but be disappointed.
The show was jam-packed but it seemed like it was a modern-card crowd. I had brought out just about all of my binders but the legions of set-builders were noticeably absent. Though, I did have a few nice sales and appreciate Will, Chuck, Rich, Derek, Andy, and the others guys, whose names escape me, and who bought cards. There were several new customers as well.
Once again, I brought out one display case. I thought it would be fun to fill the case with vintage White Sox. I recently purchased a White Sox collection and spent weeks pricing the cards. Unfortunately, the White Sox case did not do as well as I had planned. I only sold a handful of cards out of the display case
So it is back to the drawing board as I prepare for the June 27th Orland show. I did not sell much football, so I am not going to bring those binders out next month. I also did not sell a single card out of my dime box -- which has never happened before. So, no dime box in June.
I had a lot of requests for star cards, mostly stars from the 1970's, so I will definitely bring out my 1970's stars on June 27th. Maybe I'll bring 1970's football stars as well. There was one guy at the show looking for some Bears from the 1970's. He said he works for the Bears but I did not believe him. I am probably jaded from my real job and really don't believe anything anybody says without seeing some evidence to back it up.
I also had a lot of requests for baseball inserts and oddballs. I have been working on a new insert/oddball binder and will hustle to get it done for the June show.
I keep forgetting to bring some cards that a long-time customer has requested repeatedly. I just have a terrible memory. I really need you guys to text, email or message me before the show with a reminder.
On the buying front, I went hog wild. I have not seen Jim since February of 2020 and he had all sorts of stuff for me. Thanks Jim! I purchased some old White Sox scorecards from Pat Quinn. I bought a bunch of stuff from Junior, as usual. Terry had some cards for me. I also bought some stuff from Tom and Walt. Thanks guys! I really need to stop buying cards. I don't need any more cards and am running out of room to store them. This addiction is a terrible thing!
Late in the show, three young guys came by with two large binders filled with 1956 Topps baseball and 1955 Bowman baseball. I took a good look at the '56 Topps. Unfortunately, most of the cards had water damage. I really couldn't offer much for cards in that kind of condition. Maybe we can make a deal down the road.
Even though I was disappointed with my sales, I was pretty happy with my purchases and ended up having a really good time. After the show, me, Will, Joe and Derek went to the sub shop. I love hanging out with these guys.
Next up is a double-bill weekend with my Salvation Army Show on Saturday, June 5, and the Wisconsin Sports Collectors Show on Sunday, June 6. I am leaning towards spending the entire weekend in Milwaukee, seems silly to drive all the way home on Saturday then back up on Sunday. The only reason I may head home on Saturday is that I would like to bring out an entirely different inventory for the show Sunday. I am bringing out my baseball binders on Saturday and am thinking of bringing the football, basketball, and hockey binders on Sunday along with three or four display cases. Though, if I spend the night, the easiest thing might be just to bring display cases both days. I need to figure this one out.
I am getting a lot of phone calls, texts, and messages about the Salvation Army show which is a sign that it is going to be a very good show. Once again, there will be 100 tables. My waiting list for dealer tables is heading back into the stratosphere. Please be patient with me, I will eventually return all these calls, texts and messages.
I really enjoyed seeing everybody on Sunday in Orland. It is nice that things are getting back to normal. I am fully vaccinated and did not wear a mask on Sunday. I need to check with the Sal to see if we still need masks. It will probably be very difficult to enforce. Anyway, it is nice to start putting this pandemic in the rearview mirror. Below are some photos from the show.