Gonzaga was a full house. No empty dealer tables like Orland. I was late getting to the show and didn't finish setting up until 10:15 a.m. Dave Horshack was pretty excited about a new cake flavor at the food stand. It was a vanilla-cherry mix that looked pretty good. I ducked over to the food stand after setting up and grabbed one of those pieces of cake -- it was gooood. Ahhh cake.
Mark was absent today, he's usually at every show and is always my first customer. Jim told me that Mark even called him during the week to make sure he was going to the show. I had brought some non-sports for Mark because he likes oddball stuff. When I didn't see him, I offered the non-sports to Jim, who also collects this stuff. I'm not sure what these cards are called, they're from the early 1950s and depict automobiles. Jim already has two sets of them. He has been asking me for cards called "Freedom War." I've picked them up in the past but haven't seen them in a while. It's tough to find non-sports at a sports card show. There also isn't any type of price guide for non-sports. To try and gauge the price of non-sports, I'll post some on eBay. I had put some of these automobile cards up and got around a dollar a card. Hopefully I'll see Mark next month and he'll want these cards, if not, I'll put them up on eBay. Jim picked up some '53 Bowmans.
Another dealer Phil sent over a guy to my table who purchased quite a few '56 Topps. Phil's dad later bought my dime box. Jason picked up a T206 and a large pile of '70s football. I sold a few '34 Goudeys to another customer. Another good customer bought quite a few '62 Topps. Steve from Jim & Steve's Card Shop in Waukegan is usually at Gonzaga buying. His son bought a '58 Topps Ray Berry and a '62 Fleer Jim Otto. My table attracted quite a few set builders today. There were three or four guys burried in my binders with the their lists at all times during the show. I enjoyed talking with Bob, who is retired and is heading out to Phoenix for the winter. Tim came in from Madison and purchased quite a few cards -- thanks Tim!! I had an autograph hound purchase some cards to send out for autos. Another guy bought a '53 Bowman Leo Durocher and he said he was going to give it to Tony LaRussa later in the afternoon. Game 1 of the NLCS began in Milwaukee later that afternoon. I wasn't sure if they guy knew LaRussa or was going to try and lean over the dugout and give him the card. Anyway, my sales were steady all day. A real good show, my sales doubled from last month.
I didn't buy anything today. Not much was brought to my table. I saw a guy pushing some '59s to Ken who sets up next to me. Mark Smith showed me a beautiful Bob Gibson rookie that he purchased from the guy. For some reason, the seller never offered me any cards. I think I need to put up a sign at the Gonzaga show to let people know that I buy as well as sell. Another dealer offered me some '69 Topps football but his price was much too high.
Both dealers and customers seemed to clear out by noon. I think most everybody was going to the Brewers/Cardinals playoff game. It took me a long time to take down my tables and load up my car. To my surprise, I was on the road by 2 p.m. I'm usually not on the road until 3 or 3:15. I caught parts of the Brewers and Packers games. Both teams won which should continue to create electricity at the Gonzaga show. Next month Don Money will be signing autos at the Gonzaga show. It should be another great show.
Next week I'm setting up at the Fred Copp show at the Radisson Hotel in Schaumburg. I saw a great many people this weekend and hope everybody heads over to the Radisson next Sunday. I'll have some new inventory out on my table, about a thousand or so cards priced and ready to go. Schaumburg! Woot Woot!!