Okay, I want to step back a month to the October Gonzaga show. I can't seem to blog these shows in any sort of order. I am writing this one on Thanksgiving (Happy Thanksgiving!). My son is next to me watching a cartoon called Chowder where one of the characters is a fart. Yes, you read that right, a fart. So this fart cloud is following the main character around and, well, farting. It is very unpleasant. So I am trying to block out this Chowder cartoon and write this blog.
Anyway, I had a very nice show in October at Gonzaga. Jim purchased some 1954 Topps Braves. Jerome attacked my newly reloaded 1960 Topps binder. George continued to work on 1963 Fleer baseball. A new customer, James, told me he has observed my posts on Net54, a pre-War sports card forum. James purchased some 1959 Topps baseball.
Paul purchased some 1976-77 Topps basketball along with '75-76 and '76-77 Topps hockey. A new customer purchased some 1976 Topps baseball. A regular customer purchased some 1975 Topps baseball. Jason purchased my 1955 Topps Sandy Koufax rookie. Thanks Jason!
A regular customer purchased some 1948 Bowman basketball. Another regular purchased some 1952 Topps, a 1963 Topps Y.A. Tittle, a 1951 Bowman Norm Van Brocklin, and some 1960 Fleer Greats. A new customer purchased a 1965 Philadelphia Paul Krause.
A regular customer purchased a 1934 Diamond Stars Stan Hack. Bill drove up from Illinois and purchased my 1966 Topps Hank Aaron, Al Kaline, and Brooks Robinson. A regular customer purchased a 1964 Topps Roger Maris. John purchased my 1966 Topps Willie Mays along with a bunch of '66 commons.
Then there were the knuckleheads, a group of guys I have never seen before who camped out in front of my tables buying and selling cards amongst themselves. When they started to place their cards and do their transactions on my tables, I had to tell them to move along. I actually told them to conduct their business elsewhere because I pay for the right to sell cards on these tables. One of the younger guys mocked me when I said conduct business. Well, isn't that what they were doing? The young guy was buying and selling cards on my tables. I don't know what else to call it. I don't know who these guys were. I did not see them at the November show, thankfully.
So instead of moving to another place in the room, they just stepped a few feet back from my tables... complete, utter knuckleheads.
Anyway, I was having a monster day selling cards so these guys could not ruin my day. I continued with strong sales. A regular purchased a Tony Taylor autograph. Another regular purchased some 1960 Topps baseball. Another regular purchased a 1958 Topps Joe Adcock.
A customer I see every so often purchased some 1960 Fleer Greats of the Game. Terry purchased some 1960 Topps football which he promptly returned to me at the November show. I really hate returns. I am not Macy's. Once you buy a card, that card is yours. Down the road, if you don't like the card, you can always sell it, don't return it to the dealer. Terry is notorious for returns. In fact, he is the only customer that returns cards.
On a lighter note, it was nice to see Andy, who was in town from Florida. Andy never returns cards. We always work out a cash and trade deal. This show was no exception. Eric purchased a 1958 Don MacMahon. He told me MacMahon tried to retire in the 1960's to coach but was called back into duty because the Braves needed some pitching.
On the buying front, I purchased some 1963 Topps and some 1936 Goudey Wide Pens. I had a really great show.
Next up is my show December 1st at the Four Points Sheraton, 5311 S. Howell, in Milwaukee. Sixteen dealers so far. I expect one or two will sign up during the week. We will be in the Rembrandt and Monet Rooms. I've picked up some great wax to giveaway and everyone who enters the show will get three free packs of cards. I'm also bringing free doughnuts.
This is my last show at the Clarion/Four Points Sheraton after four years and three months. On the one hand, I'm kind of sad. I had a really great run there. It is too bad the Marriott Corp bought and ruined the hotel. On the other hand, I am excited about moving to the Salvation Army Community Center, 8853 S. Howell, in Oak Creek, Wi. The Salvation Army folks are so incredibly nice and supportive, I can't wait to get going there.
So I'm skipping January, no show. Then the first show at the Salvation Army will be February 2, 2019. In the meantime, come on out to my last show at the Sheraton on December 1st!