After an absolutely lousy week of not feeling well, I somehow woke up Saturday for the Orland show. I was able to load my car and get on the road around 7 a.m. By the time I arrived in Orland around 8 a.m., I was still feeling like shite and thought about just paying for my tables and going home. Instead, almost robotically, I loaded my stuff into the venue and chatted with promoter Rich Troy, a really great guy. We joked around a little bit and I started to feel okay.
I placed out 10 display cases and filled them up. Then Will arrived with his son Joe and grandsons Charlie and Will. I could not help but feel better with this great group of guys keeping me company all day. Will brought me some much-needed coffee and some Mickey D's. Thanks Will!
I had to really lean on Will today. My enlarged prostate kept me in the bathroom much more than usual. Will was able to watch my tables and help customers. That man is worth his weight in gold! Thanks Will!
I ended up having a really great day. I can't remember everyone who purchased cards. I know Mike was there early and bought some stuff. Thanks Mike! My guy working on the 1950 Bowman set found a few and also purchased my 1959 Topps Mickey Mantle. Woot!
Rick purchased a bunch of cards including my 1969 Topps Rollie Fingers rookie. Thanks Rick! Milan was the big winner with the purchase of my 1933 Goudey Rogers Hornsby. Thanks Milan!
I had a very busy morning then the place started to clear out early, around noon. I purchased some cards from Walt before packing up early. Karen gave me a copy of her book - pretty cool! I could tell that young Charlie and Will were hungry, so I packed up and met the crew at the sub shop.
I still did not feel so great but I was really pleased with my sales and happy to be with my pals at the sub shop. I felt a little woozy on the drive home but made it safely. Next day, my wife took me to the hospital which was a horrible experience. I was able to obtain some meds for my prostate on Monday and started to feel better.
I am still feeling woozy. I can't seem to shake it but it does not appear that anything can stop me from attending a card show.
I'll be back in Orland this Sunday, December 17, and back in St. Charles on Saturday, December 16. I'm still doing display cases while I work behind the scenes to load the binders, in between many trips to the bathroom.
Should be a fun weekend if I can get through it!
Pictured below are Will's grandsons Will and Charlie, such smart, sweet kids. They really enjoyed themselves at the show which was fun to watch.