I recently spent 14 months working a job where I desperately tried to find a rhythm. But I learned there cannot be rhythm when the person you are working for is absolutely toxic, a beast, really. So, I had to leave that job and find my peaceful rhythm elsewhere. For the past three months or so, I have been working full-time as a baseball card dealer. I was able to find a groove, a nice rhythm, but as much as I enjoy sports cards, it is not a sustainable way to make a living. I much prefer sports cards as a hobby instead of a profession.
I have a law degree and have been working professionally as a lawyer for most of the past nine years. With the exception of my last job, I have enjoyed the practice of law. I have earned some good money but more importantly I know I have done some excellent work and helped a great many people along the way.
My brief experience as a full-time sports card dealer ended this week. I started lawyering again and am beginning to hear that rhythm I so desire. Now I need to somehow meld the new job with my baseball card addiction and find a parallel rhythm that works.
I could not find a rhythm at all this week as I began training at the new job and tried to prepare for the Sun-Times show. It has been a very hectic week. I worked all day Thursday then spent all night in Rosemont setting up for the show. After a few hours of sleep, I was up at the crack of dawn for work Friday, which proved to be a crazy-busy day. After work, I raced to the Stephens Center, arriving at 4:45 p.m. for a show that began at 4 p.m. I definitely lost some sales from my late arrival. I was also tired, hungry and in definite need of caffeine.
For my first few hours at the show on Friday, March 20, 2015, I was pretty busy. I had customers. Guys were coming up to sell me stuff. I saw lots of friends, many who I haven't seen for a while. I shook a lot of hands. I did not get a chance to record any of my sales. I'm not exactly sure what I sold. Whatever it was, the money immediately went to purchase cards. I picked up Billy Williams and Ron Santo rookies. I also picked up a nice pile that included some old Parkhurst hockey which I absolutely love. I picked up a really solid 1958 Topps Ernie Banks All Star. I also purchased some rough '62s that included a Stan Musial and a Sandy Koufax. All in all, a really nice haul. I had to turn down a large collection because I did not have the funds. Though, I am absolutely satisfied with today's haul.
The night was really a blur. I didn't get home until 9:45 p.m. What a long day!
But all is right in the world again. I get to work law all during the week then sports cards all weekend, which is the way I prefer life to go. I will try and take some photos of the show tomorrow, take some notes, and provide a better report. With so many of my regular readers attending this show, I would also like to hear your experiences at the Sun-Time show. Send me your thoughts, anecdotes from the show and even some photos -- I'll post them here!