After the Oak Creek show on Saturday, I came home, ate some food then fell asleep until midnight. I was unable to fall back asleep and was dragging something fierce at the Schaumburg show.
We were back down in the lower-lobby for this show, after being on the main floor in January. I was back at the table in the front hallway. My old buddies Lou and Don were set up on the opposite end and Eric was set up across from me. There were two other dealers in the hallway as well.
For some reason, I thought the tables at this show were eight-footers and was bummed out to see two six footers. I was able to get out all of my baseball binders but only half of my football binders.
After set up, I went upstairs to purchase some coffee at the faux Starbucks. The lady at the Starbucks made me put on a mask. I thought a downstate judge threw out the governor's mask mandate. Then I realized that the county mask mandate was still in effect and donned a mask that the Starbucks lady gave me.
Now I am not one of those militant anti-maskers. I just find them terribly uncomfortable and will wear one when asked.
Being soooo tired, I had planned on multiple trips to the faux Starbucks but was too busy the rest of the day to get my second cup.
There were quite a few set builders at my table which was a first for this show. Last time I brought binders to this show, I had a lot less action. It was nice to see all the customers! At one point, seemed like I had a pop-up shop reunion at my tables as three or four customers had remarked how they had attended. Thanks guys for attending the pop-up shop and purchasing cards in Schaumburg!
Rich was the big winner today as he purchased the most cards. Thanks Rich! It is always great to see my old buddy T.J., who came up to Oak Creek yesterday then brought his son out to Schaumburg. T.J. found a few cards. Thanks T.J.! It is always great to see Ed, who works at the post office near my office in Palatine. Ed must have a massive collection as I have known him for years and have only seen him buy cards, never sell.
I had one really talkative customer who came by several times to buy cards to send out for autographs. I find it amazing how quickly people get comfortable with me and start telling me their life story. This guy was married twice. His second wife died several years ago and he is having trouble meeting women. Being an experience card show bartender, I normally have some prudent advice, but in this case, I had nothing since I have been happily married for the past 25 years. I doubt he is going to meet any women at the card show and can only recommend that he branch out.
Talkative guy brought his buddy over. I remember the buddy from the December show when he bought a pile of 1973 Topps baseball from me. Again, he went through the 1973 book. I also remember that he has political potty of the mouth. I hate political discussions at card shows. Folks are far more passionate about politics than I am. I would prefer that we have no political discussions at my tables. This guy went off on this and that while I sort of dozed off.
I forgot to mention that my tables were set up in front of a really comfy couch. I enjoyed sitting on that couch all day. It was so hard not to spread out and snooze. I definitely snoozed during the political rant.
So I sold piles of cards and appreciate all of the purchases. Thank you! I also bought quite a few cards. Junior seemed to have better cards for sale in Schaumburg than he had recently in Orland. Though, I bought a 1965 Koufax with tape marks that I previously rejected in Orland. My Koufax inventory is getting low so I had to buy the card. As I type this up, Junior just left my office after selling me more cards! Thanks Junior!!
Randy and I had talked about his doubles at the January show and he brought them in on Sunday and we were able to make a deal. Thanks Randy! A new seller, who was very aggressive, stopped by my table several times with different cards each time. I ended up buying a 1960 Topps Duke Snider BVG 2.5 from him. Turned into a really nice haul.
Pictured below are some of my purchases from the Schaumburg show.
I knew a lot of the dealers in the main room like Karl, Skip, Tom, John, Carlos and Cano. Just about all of the dealers in the main room were carrying modern cards. Everybody seemed to be having good days selling. Promoter Joe is a super nice guy. He told me he went out to dinner the previous night with our mutual buddy Andy, who was attending the Bulls game and could not make the show.
When I returned to my tables, the hallway continued to play dead. Eric and the wax dealer were packing up. I decided to pack up as well because I was sooo tired. I was on the road home by 2 p.m. which is crazy early for me. I did not get out of Oak Creek until 4 p.m. on Saturday.
The ride home from Schaumburg is usually only a half hour but I had a few stops to make. My gas tank was about empty and I had a tough time finding a gas station nearby. I found a BP that was selling gas for $3.70 a gallon. I should have filled up in Oak Creek on Saturday where gas was much cheaper!
Then I had to stop somewhere to bring home some food for my kids. I ended up hitting Superdawg in Wheeling. Normally, I love Superdawg but not this day. First, service was crazy slow. Then I ordered tomatoes on my dogs but did not receive any tomatoes. Doesn't Superdawg put tomatoes on their hot dogs? Superdawg also gives you your hot dog in a box with fries and pickles. Seemed like the boxes got much smaller and there was not a whole lot of fries in there. It may be a while before I return to Superdawg.
Anyway, I digress. Schaumburg sales were much smaller than Oak Creek but my buys were much better. Overall, a really great weekend of card shows.
I only have one card show this upcoming weekend and that is the Rock Church show in Rockford on Saturday, February 12. I could not find a show for Sunday, so I plan on sleeping in then catching up on eBay. I still need a show for Sunday, February 27th. Looks like that will be an eBay day as well.
There were some young guys at the Schaumburg show promoting a new show in Addison, Illinois. I did not get a chance to talk with them and have no further info. Tom said the Addison show is February 26 when I'll be set up at the Madison show. Again, another new show promoter with a Saturday show. Hey, someone needs to run a show on a Sunday!!!
We're back in Oak Creek on March 5th. I wish there was a better way to get the word out that dealer tables are sold out. I am still getting an overwhelming amount of requests for dealer tables. I just don't have any available. Sorry!
I am looking forward to the Rockford show on Saturday. I plan on bringing binders. Hope to see you in Rockford!