This was a double-bill weekend with Woodstock on Saturday and Orland on Sunday. I’ve got more space in Orland, so I loaded four more display cases into the car Sunday morning.
Easy ride down to Orland but I am so over all of this road construction on the I294. I arrived at the Civic Center around 7:45 a.m., a little early for me but I had 11 display cases I needed to fill up before customers started to arrive.
I was able to put out all of my graded cards and all of my raw baseball cards. I had additional space for raw football from 1948 through 1962. The crowd in Orland usually arrives at my tables late, so I figured I had some extra time to load the display cases. No such luck. Folks were at my cases as soon as the show opened and I was not nearly done filling the cases.
I learned long ago that if I start helping customers before all of the cases are loaded, I’ll never finish loading them. I started to stress out, put my head down, ignored the customers the best I could, and continued to load up until all the cases were filled. I think I finished around 9:15 a.m. — not bad.
The room filled up quickly. Nice crowd. I was busy! I was selling cards left and right. I waited too long to write this blog and don’t really remember what I sold. I think by 10 a.m., I had more than doubled my sales from Woodstock the day before.
I just love the Orland show. It is such a tremendous show for me. I know I have said this before but at most shows I feel like a relic with my vintage cards. However, at Orland, there is a large number of vintage collectors and I almost always have a great day. This was another great day!
I remember that Eddie bought a bunch of graded cards. Andy purchased some cards. My guy working on the 1950 Bowman set found some cards. Gil just about cleared out my 1964s. Will purchased a bunch of 1954 Bowmans. My guy working on the 1959 Topps set found a few cards. Rick purchased a few cards. That is about all I can remember. Sales were fast and furious the first two hours then slowed considerably.
Oddly, around 11:30 a.m., the buying crowd transformed into a selling crowd. This may have been my best buying day in Orland of the year! I bought all sorts of stuff including a 1963 Fleer Sandy Koufax, a 1969 Topps Hank Aaron, some 1971 Topps baseball high numbers, a 1933 Goudey Jessie Haines, a 1951 Bowman Dixie Walker, a 1960 Topps Nellie Fox All Star, a 1965 Topps Joe Morgan rookie, a 1975 Topps Mini ‘74 Highlights Al Kaline, a 1965 Yaz, a nice little grouping of 1958 Topps that included Frank Robinson, Brooks Robinson, Sandy Koufax and Willie Mays.
I purchased a nice grouping of commons from the 1950’s and 1960’s from a seller who said he “won” the cards from an online break group. He tried to explain it to me but I did not get it. That whole breaking stuff is a different world to me.
I capped off this buying spree with a purchase of around 2,000 1975 Topps baseball, mostly commons but a few stars mixed in.
It was a crazy day. I think by 11:30 a.m., I had this huge wad of cash in by pocket. Then by 1 p.m., I had just about spent it all on cards. Back in the day, this was a regular occurrence in Orland but not so much in recent years. It sure was fun selling and buying all those cards.
Rich, Karen and the rest of the crew do such a wonderful job with this show. They are the best!
My pal Joe finally won one of the hourly drawings. There was a time when Joe seemed to win every month but he has not won in years. Will, Joe and I capped off a great day at the sub shop. I went with a meatball sandwich that was delish as always.
I can’t wait for the next Orland show slated for September 17, 2023. I will probably go back to binders for that one. I should have that 1970 Topps baseball binder done by then. I also hope to load up some 1951 Topps Magic Football before that show.
In the meantime, the mighty Oak Creek show is coming up this Saturday, September 2, 2023, at the Salvation Army Community Center, 8853 S. Howell, in beautiful Oak Creek, WI. I’ve got another full house of dealers featuring everything from vintage to modern sports to Pokémon and more!
Sorry for the delay in getting this blog out. I spent most of last week in East Lansing, Michigan, moving my son into his dorm at Michigan State. Gawd, that dorm is crappy. I’m a little concerned about the boy. The temperature was hot last week and there is no air conditioning in the dorm. My poor guy suffered in that heat.
I made the mistake of walking around the campus in the heat. That was rough.
The campus was crowded! Much unlike earlier in the summer, when we visited a couple of times and had the whole place to ourselves. I was taken aback by just how young all the students look. I remember when I went away to college in the mid-1980’s, I thought all the students looked so old.
The wife and I got choked up when we left East Lansing. I know the kid will be fine but I am going to miss him terribly. He is such a good kid. So pleasant and helpful at home. I gotta figure out when I can get back there for a visit. I have been texting him several times each day. I hope I am not bugging him. I’ll slow down once I know he is settled in.
Anyway, I should be able to get the Oak Creek blog completed shortly after the show next week. Hope you guys can make it out to Oak Creek!
Below are a couple more photos from Orland then one from the Michigan State move in.