This was Roger Parker's first show at St. Matthias. He has been promoting a card show in Highland, Indiana, at the Lincoln Center for years. I've set up at the Highland show a few times and sales were brisk so I thought I'd give this St. Matthias show a try. Well, not a whole lot of people attended the show. I can't really offer a whole lot of criticism because I know just how difficult it is to get customers into a room. I was impressed that all the dealer tables were filled up in the large room.
Luckily, a few of my northwest Indiana customers read this blog and attended the show. Long-time customer and friend Dave F. made my day with a large purchase. Thanks Dave!! Dave's purchase alone made the show worthwhile for me and I think I'll set up at St. Matthias again. A few other guys bought some stuff, including Willie. Thanks Willie! I also had a nice time catching up with Derek, who I last saw at the National. There were six or seven other sports card dealers and most had vintage. One particular gentleman, who was set up next to me at the Highland show last fall, had a tremendous display of vintage stars raw and graded. I picked up a Lake to Lake Del Crandall in a PSA 7. I'm going to toss that puppy up on eBay. The dealer next to me also had a nice display of vintage cards and autographs. I picked up a bunch of 1960 Leaf baseball and a 1956 Topps Harmon Killebrew from him. I also purchased a box of 1976 Topps baseball from Dave. Thanks Dave!
I was pleased to see that there was a concession stand. I went to town as usual when there is food in the room. I started out with a delicious chocolate custard doughnut then moved on to a hot dog and later to sloppy Joe. The doughnut and the hot dog were quite good. I was a little disappointed in the sloppy Joe -- it was Manwich -- I'm not a big fan. I also enjoyed several cups of coffee. Man, a concession stand just makes my day.
Early on, I thought it would be a quick day but I ended up being one of the last dealers in the room and did not get on the road home until 4 p.m. Thankfully, traffic was not bad and I made it home by 5:30 p.m. It took me only an hour to get to Crown Point in the morning.
I decided to sit out Sunday, September 27, 2015, and catch up on loading some binders. I began work on my 1968 Topps baseball binder which had been absolutely decimated. It will be nice to bring out a full binder of 1968s next weekend. I'm heading to Indy next Saturday, October 3, 2015, then over to St. Louis on Sunday, October 4, 2015. This will probably be my last stop in Indy and St. Louis for 2015, so I hope to see some nice crowds next weekend. If anyone is looking for anything special, drop me a line and I'll bring it out. Have a great week everybody!