Dan got things going today by picking up some 1970-71 O-Pee-Chee hockey and some 1959 Topps baseball. Dan also gave me a book to read. Thanks Dan! Steve picked up a 1963 Fleer Jimmy Piersall. A new customer purchased some 1966 Topps football. Larry picked up some 1969 Topps baseball high numbers. Paul found some 1976-77 Topps hockey. A regular customer surprised me by purchasing a 1953 Bowman Color Mickey Mantle, a 1958 Topps Mickey Mantle All Star, and a 1964 Topps Roberto Clemente. He told me he buys Mantles and puts them in a safe for an eventual gift to his kids.
Gil picked up some 1973 Topps baseball. A regular purchased some White Sox cards from the 1960s and 1970s. A new customer pulled some cards from my quarter box. Another customer named Larry purchased some 1952 Bowman baseball and football. Chris gave me a list of 1965 Topps football several months ago and I finally filled the list for him. He also picked up a 1967 Philadelphia Dick Butkus. I like filling want lists but I don't always get to them right away because I spend the bulk of my free time reloading my binders.
Rick found some 1972 Topps baseball in my newly reloaded binder. A new customer purchased some 1971 Topps baseball. My main Orland autograph hound purchased some 1960 Topps. He had a 1957 Topps Eddie Mathews that was kind of beat. He offered me the card for $20. I looked it over and figured that I would only sell it for $10 and offered him $5. He did not like my offer. I didn't mean to offend him but I can't purchase a card for $10 more than the amount I would sell it for.
Another regular purchased some 1960 Topps baseball. A new customer purchased a 1954 Bowman Joe Garagiola. A regular customer found some cards in my dime box. A new customer purchased some 1976 Topps baseball. A regular found some 1968 Topps baseball. A new customer, named Tommy, purchased some 1964 Topps White Sox. Another new customer purchased some 1972 Topps football.
Joel found some 1964 and 1972 Topps White Sox cards. A regular dug out some cards from my dime box. Another regular pulled some 1972 Topps baseball. Will picked up some 1957 Topps baseball and a 1952 Topps Billy Pierce. Dennis found some 1957 Topps Braves.
Dennis, who now lives in the western suburbs of Chicago, grew up in Milwaukee and became a fan of the Milwaukee Braves as a kid. He showed me a print-out of stats from the first game he attended in 1957. While I regularly meet fans of the old Milwaukee Braves, Dennis is unique in that he never stopped following the Braves, even after they moved to Atlanta. Every other Milwaukee Braves fan I've ever met is now a Milwaukee Brewers fan. Not Dennis, he could care less about the Brewers. So it got me thinking. I wonder if there are any fans of the old Chicago Cardinals football team that remained a fan when the team moved to St. Louis and then to Phoenix. So many teams have moved to different cities over the years, I wonder if there are any other fans that remained fans after the moves.
If one of my teams moved out of Chicago, I could not continue to be a fan. In my opinion, I think it is a real slap in the face when teams move. You support a team for years, spend money going to games, purchase apparel, souvenirs, then they thank you for all that support by leaving your city. I actually have a major dislike for all teams that have moved. I just think the teams owe fans a little something more than abandoning them. In my mind, the Braves should have never left Milwaukee. Though, Dennis is a nice guy and buys lots of cards, so I'll let slide his allegiance to a deserter.
Today at Orland, I really had nothing to complain about. The "Other" Tony rounded out my day by purchasing a bunch of cards including a 1966 Topps Sandy Koufax, some 1963 Fleers, a 1958 Topps Mickey Mantle and a 1956 Topps Ted Williams. Thanks Tony! After the show, Tony took care of our booths for the 2013 National in Rosemont, IL. I'm looking forward to that show and I'll be with the same crew as 2011, which is Tony Schaefer, Dave McDonald and Scott Ziegert. We have a much better spot this time around.
It wouldn't be an Orland show, if I didn't buy a bunch of cards. And buy I did. I picked up some 1960 Fleer football, some 1962 Post football, some Kelloggs cards from assorted years in the 1970s, some 1960 Topps baseball and a binder filled with 1969, 1970 and 1971 Topps baseball. I LOVE buying cards! It's much more fun to buy than to sell. Selling is kind of a necessary evil to come up with the funds to buy cards.
So I'm actually catching up with my blogs. It's December 18 as I write this and I'm only behind one blog now -- Gonzaga from December 16. Hopefully, I can knock out that blog shortly and get back on track.
As I stated in my last blog, next week is Indian Lakes Resort (December 23) in Bloomingdale, IL. I'm currently working on reloading my 1973 Topps baseball binder. Hopefully, I'll get that done by Sunday. Anybody planning to attend the Indian Lakes show, feel free to email over a want list and I'll bring out some cards!
A big THANK YOU to everybody who purchased cards today at Orland! See you Sunday in Bloomingdale!!
Below is an Allman Brothers video per Will's request. Enjoy!