Prior to the pandemic, my Orland shows were predictable and consistent. Post-pandemic, my Orland shows have been all over the board. I have done three post-pandemic shows in Orland and they could not have been more different.
Thankfully, my June show was much better than the May show. Once again, the show was jam packed with people. Unlike, last month, I was crazy busy. Remember that photo I posted last month of all the people standing in front of my table and looking the other way? Well, this month, they were all shopping at my table! There they are! Where were you guys last month?
It was great to see Rick. I was wondering where he was. I know I probably have his contact info somewhere and should have tried to reach him. He said he did not know the show was back until he received a call from Terry. Rick ended up purchasing a large pile of basketball cards. Thanks Rick! And thanks Terry for contacting Rick!
Regulars Dan, Chris, and Scott were back and purchased cards. Thanks guys! Scott, I'm not sure if you read this blog but I think you dropped a card at my table. I'll try to remember to bring it to Oak Creek on Saturday.
I had quite a few new customers including a husband and wife team who were working on a 1950 Bowman baseball set and found a bunch of cards at my tables. Jeremy said he came up from Central Illinois and found a bunch of cards for his 1978 Topps baseball set. There were many others that I do not recall seeing before. It was nice to see that they had lists and were working on vintage sets.
I have a bunch of regulars whose names escape me but they all bought cards and I am very appreciative. I sold some publications. My quarter box got a nice workout which was a nice change from last month when I brought out my dime box and did not sell a thing out of it.
Another long-time customer, I think his name is Mike, purchased a 1959 Topps Early Wynn. I sold a bunch of 1972 Topps football high numbers out of the display case. Derek found some basketball cards. Bob purchased some cards from the 1970's. My pal Will was the winner on Sunday with the most purchases. Will is working on 1958 and 1970 Topps baseball sets and found cards in the binders and display cases. Thanks Will!
I ended up selling a large amount of cards. With pockets full of cash, I went on a buying spree. Bought these Mantles....
A lot of compliments on this blog were received at Orland. Though, I think a few of my regulars have been disappointed lately because I have not gone on one of my patented rants.
These rants occur naturally. I don't plot them out. I need something to happen that leads to a rant and nothing rant-worthy has been happening. Life at the card shows has been good! Although, there has been some of the usual stuff that I have ranted about in the past ad nauseum like political discussions at shows. I hate them and wish folks wouldn't bring up politics -- even if I agree with your politics, I just don't want to talk politics at a card show. I want to talk cards and sports. I can talk politics any time but the only time I really get to talk about my real passions, cards and sports, are at card shows. So please keep politics out of the show!
Another subject I have ranted about in the past came up -- masks. One guy said he won't go to my show in Oak Creek because of the mask requirement. In my view, he is missing out on an amazing show for a silly reason... nuff said.
I really don't have a card-show related rant right now. I can rant about some other things. How about fireworks? I hate fireworks. Loved them as a kid, but as an adult, not so much. The little burg I live in has its annual firework show a few blocks away from my house. I'm dreading it. The neighborhood fills up with cars and usually some numbnut blocks my driveway.
The noise freaks out my dog. I hate to see that little guy suffer. He is such a great dog.
Then if I want to go watch the fireworks, there really is no space to throw down my lawn chairs. The little park where it is held gets filled up. I usually end up in a spot where my viewing is blocked by trees. So I am not looking forward to Sunday (July 4th).
I am, however, looking forward to Saturday, July 3, when my show at the Salvation Army, 8853 S. Howell, in Oak Creek, WI, is scheduled to run from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. I have a full house of dealers, around 60. I have a ton of new dealers for this show because many of my regulars have backed out for the holiday weekend. There should be some great stuff at the show. I'm bringing out football, basketball and hockey binders along with one display case. As far as I know, we still have to wear masks at the show. I'll be checking in tomorrow with the Sal to find out for sure.
A big thank you to everyone that bought cards and sold me cards at the Orland show. I had a great day. It was a lot of fun and I am looking forward to next month's Orland show. See you Saturday in Oak Creek!