Load up and the drive to Orland went smoothly. I just can't seem to set up with any speed though. It sure would be nice if I could finish set up before the doors open. I just never seem to make it.
Dave was the first one at my table today. He was set up on the other end of the room. I had all sorts of new stuff ready for the show but Dave only took a few cards. I had some really clean '54 Topps and Bowman baseball along with some nice '56 Topps. Rick didn't pass on those cards and grabbed quite a few including a '64 Topps Pete Rose and Ernie Banks, a '65 Aaron and a '65 Clemente, and a '70-71 Wilt Chamberlain. One customer took advantage of my newly reloaded '76 Topps baseball book and pulled out a large pile of cards. I sold a '75 Topps Mini Nolan Ryan Highlight card to a new customer. Larry picked up my '55 Topps Yogi Berra. A regular customer pulled some '72 Topps baseball. Chris picked up a nice pile of '75 minis, some '59 Topps baseball, some '57 Topps football and some '60 Topps football. A regular customer picked up some '74 Topps football and some '77-78 Topps hockey. Another regular picked up a small pile of cards including a '55 Bowman Sherman Lollar. Another long-time customer named Dave picked up a 1955 Topps Red Schoendienst. A semi-regular picked up some '61s. A young customer picked up some '78s. Joel picked up some '58 and '66 White Sox cards. A kid, about 12 years old, purchased a '75 Topps Mini Brooks Robinson. One of my regular autograph hounds picked up some '66 Topps to get signed. Another autograph hound, Jim, picked up some '62s to get signed. A regular picked up some '75 commons along with a Winfield and Seaver. Will picked up a pile of '57s. I sold more cards but, of course, can't remember. I had a nice rush of customers in the morning than it really died in the afternoon.
One customer seemed aggravated with me that a card he previously purchased came back from PSA as miscut. I have had a quite a few customers report back the high grades they received from raw cards they purchased from me in the past. Either way, whether you receive a qualifier, low grade, or high grade, once you purchase the card, that card is your property. The grade is your business, not mine. Dealers of raw cards cannot be held responsible for cards that don't receive the grade the customer wants. If you buy a raw card with the intent to get it graded, that is the chance you are taking. I can't guarantee a card will receive a particular grade or be free of qualifiers. I have no idea what a card will grade. I hardly ever get anything graded. I prefer raw cards and so do the majority of my customers. As a result, I don't have a lot of knowledge about grading and can't offer much insight to customers. Customers who plan on getting raw cards graded really need to examine the card before making the purchase. Which is one of the great things about shows is that the customer actually has the opportunity examine the card in person before making the purchase, unlike an eBay purchase where you're basing your decision on a scan and a dealer's description. The guy today seemed upset about the qualifier, and I feel for him, but I didn't know he was going to get the card graded and I didn't notice the card was miscut. If a card is miscut or off-center, I'll knock something off the price. I can't remember what I charged the guy for the card, but if it looked miscut to me, I would have priced it accordingly. I'm not trying to pull anything on anyone. I sell cards because I enjoy it and I hope everyone who buys cards from me is happy with their purchase. Unfortunately, it is impossible to please everyone all the time. Thankfully, I get very few complaints.
I think I was actually more of a buyer than a seller on this day. I took home quite a haul. I picked up a nice grouping of '69-70 and '70-71 Topps basketball. I picked up a large pile of off-grade commons from the '60s. I picked up a nice pile of hall of famers, including a '48 Bowman Yogi Berra rookie, a '58 Topps Roger Maris rookie, a '52 Topps Feller, and more. I also picked up some '64 and '65 high numbers. A real nice grouping of '75 Topps, along with a box filled with Cubs, Sox, Bears and Bulls, mostly from the '70s. A also bought five or six graded cards including a '57-58 Topps basketball card, and some '61-62 Fleer basketball cards. Lastly, I got a nice grouping of off-grade '51 and '52 Bowman commons.
Though, I have to say that I think Rick made the purchase of the day from Steve. Rick picked up three pre-war pen caps featuring pictures Ty Cobb, Christy Mathewson and Honus Wagner. I'm going to do some research to learn exactly what those things are. They looked really cool.
Overall, an excellent day. I bought and sold a lot of cards and had a real good time. This Orland show was the first of a double bill weekend. Sunday was Gonzaga. My Gonzaga blog will be along shortly. Great day in Orland. Thanks everybody!!