Good to be back! It was so nice to see Keith, one of my favorites. Unfortunately, Keith informed me that former Wisconsin Sports Collectors Association Vice President Bob Ruesch died. I did not know Bob was ill but I had been wondering where he was.
If you ever attended the Gonzaga show, you knew Bob, who ran the monthly Kids Auction. My son Kolby participated a few times. It was so fun. Bob was a master and held the kids enthralled and gave them a bunch of great stuff for free. Kolby still has a Ben Roethlisberger plaque on his bedroom wall that he "won" in the Kids Auction years ago. Bob was a true treasure. My sincerest condolences to all of Bob's family and friends.
I think Bob would have been pleased to see the nice crowd that attended the show. Much better attendance than my last time setting up here. I brought out 12 display cases this time and had a TON of stuff out. Honestly, I waited too long to write this blog and have no memory of what I sold. I have just been too busy at work and traveling to keep up with the blogs lately. Sorry!
So if you purchased something from me at the Roma Lodge -- Thank you! I do remember that I was set up next to Dave Kania and behind Dennis Barrett and Nelson Rodriguez -- I love these guys!! I have known them for a long time and they are just a joy to be around.
Do you guys know John Gehring? He is another guy who I have known for years and absolutely love. John is a phenomenal artist and has been printing up calendars featuring his own art work for years. A previous year had famous cowboys that John sketched. Last year were famous comedians. I picked up my 2023 calendar from John at the show and was tickled to see that next year will be actresses. My wife jumped for joy when I informed her that I picked up John's 2023 calendar. She loves them too.
John is a busy man at the Roma Lodge show. In addition to visiting with everybody, selling calendars and offering interesting and entertaining stories, John worked the food counter and served me up my Italian meatball bomber that was absolutely delicious.
I think I purchased some cards as well at the Roma Lodge. Jim had his usual stack for me.
I am a big fan of the Roma Lodge show. Next one is December 18 -- my birthday! I expect Stan to bring me a cake again!! Come on out to the Roma Lodge on December 18th and wish me a happy birthday!!
I still owe you a Nashville blog. Hope to get it done soon. Next up is the Oak Creek Mega Show on Saturday, November 5, 2022. As of this writing, I am up to 114 dealers and 169 tables. I have room for just one more table which I should have filled by the end of the day today. Then it is back to adding dealers to my waiting list. Ugh!
Also, FYI, I am cancelling my Pop-Up Shop for this Sunday and the one I had slated for December. I am just tired! I need a break. Plus, attendance was poor at the recent Pop-Up Shops and I have lost my motivation to do any more.
Anyway, I am looking forward to the Oak Creek Mega Show on Saturday. My wife Lisa is going to help me again. I'm heading up Friday to set things up. See you Saturday!