What a difference a day makes! The Orland show was jam packed even with the Bears playing at noon! I was busy all day!
Once again I brought out all of the binders and one display case that I filled with football cards from the 1960's.
Mike found a bunch of cards for his sets. Mike is one of my regulars and is working on many sets at once, like many guys who attend this show. My guy who normally buys 1951 Bowman baseball, started on 1969 baseball this day.
Another customer came back around the tables, sat down and spent an hour or so pulling cards from various binders. I forgot to ask him his name but I really appreciate the purchases! Speaking of purchases, Gil purchased quite a few 1953 Topps baseball. Thanks Gil!
Rick picked up some cards including my 1967 Philadelphia Dick Butkus. My Bears cards had a lot of looks. I sold a handful but thought I would sell more. There is one guy that regularly comes to the show and always asks me for Mike Ditka cards. I observed he was at the show an hour early, long before most dealers were set up. He did not even look at my table. I think I had five or six Ditkas in the display case.
My one regular Milwaukee Braves fan found some cards including some Exhibits. I had a new customer pull a huge stack of 1979 Topps baseball. I love when I sell '79's because I must have 20,000 of them and need to get rid of them!! I have a regular customer that always purchases some hockey, he found some '72-73 Topps hockey on this day to purchase.
A new customer purchased my 1969-70 and 1970-71 Topps basketball binders. I have a huge inventory of those and will be bringing out new binders shortly. Before the show, I finished up a new 1972 Topps baseball binder that goes from card numbers 1 through 301. I probably have 7,000 or 8,000 1972 Topps and found that I now need two binders for that year. I should have the second binder complete soon. Oddly enough, I did not sell anything out of the new '72 binder after selling my entire old binder last month at Orland.
It was great to see my old pal Tony Schaefer at the show. Tony came up to shop and purchased a few cards. Thanks Tony!
As always my best bud Will purchased a ton of cards. Will is starting the 1971 Topps set and is working on 1958 as well. Thanks Will!
I know a bunch of other guys purchased cards. It was a bit of a frenzy at my tables early on and I can't remember everything I sold or who was there. I've completely turned into my dad, sorry folks. Damn faulty dad memory.
On the buying front, I purchased some interesting old postcards from Jim. There are a few of Wrigley Field from the 1930's then one of the Old West Side Grounds from the teens. These things are cool, I might keep them and start a postcard collection.
This may have been the first show where I did not buy anything from Junior. He just did not have his usual groups of Mantles today. I am pretty well stocked up on Tom Seaver cards and had to pass on those.
A pair of young guys brought over a box of vintage commons but the cards were just trashed and not worth the money they were asking. I purchased a few cards from Walt. Then I bought a couple boxes from Dell that I actually passed on a couple of weeks ago because funds were low.
A shout out to my favorite autograph hound Willie, who was at the show. I haven't seen Willie in a while. He always patiently responds to my texts when I ask about the authenticity of an autograph. Willie, come up to Palatine so I can buy you lunch!
Also, a shout out to Mike S., who brought out his recently purchased 1933 Goudey Babe Ruth. Drool! I love the '33 Goudey Ruths. I've never owned one and probably never will as the prices are sky rocketing. Maybe once my kids finish college, I can consider buying a Goudey Ruth.
Overall, a pretty great day. I was very happy to see some concessions again after not having any since resuming the show after the pandemic shut down. Promoter Rich is just awesome. He does such a great job with this show.
I know Big Tim is a regular reader of this blog. Where have you been buddy? I haven't seen you in a while. Also, Steve was asking about you. Hope all is well!
Up next for me is the Lake Station, Indiana, show at the VFW. I visited that show once to meet Walt there to purchase cards. I liked what I saw and booked it for this Saturday, September 25. I'm leaning towards bringing just binders. I don't remember seeing any dealers with any kind of voluminous vintage card set up. If anyone is planning on attending this show on Saturday, let me know if you want me to bring anything special out. Hope to see everybody at the Lake Station show this Saturday!
Now for some photos...