I went into the day with the mindset that the cards are gone, there is nothing I can do about it and might as well enjoy the rest of the show. I actually had a good time today. Sales were slow in the morning. I sold a smattering of '33 Goudey commons, some '56 Topps football, a '56 Topps Jackie Robinson, and 34 Goudey Jimmie Foxx PSA 1, and a assortment of stuff from my cheapie box. In the afternoon, when Steve, who I can only describe as a groupie, brought some Subway sandwiches, things really picked up. Tim from Madison came by and bought a nice pile of cards including some T206 commons. Tim's friend Sean from Wassau, Wisc., purchased some '78-'79 Topps basketball. TJ was back for some '56 Topps football. I sold some '70 Topps baseball, some '70-71 Topps basketball, some '64 Topps Philadelphia football, a Diamond Stars Mickey Cochrane, and a '55 Topps Phil Rizzuto. I sold a bunch more stuff but sleep deprivation has hampered my memory.
On the buying front, I picked up a ton of stuff, including some '57 Topps, a nice group of '63 Topps including some high numbers, some '62s with at least three Frank Robinsons, a binder of '64s, some '58 Topps, some '34 Goudeys, Mantles and a '58 Topps Killebrew.
I also met Rich Mueller from www.sportscollectorsdaily.com. I have written some stuff for Rich in the past but never met him in person. Rich purchased a card from my boothmate Dave. I saw Chuck and a few of the other regulars from the Orland shows today. I also saw a few guys from the Gonzaga show. Then I met one odd-ball character who claims he "restores" vintage cards. He had photos of cards he restored. There was a '33 Goudey Gehrig that was missing a chunk on the top edge. He was able to replace the chunk, sharpen the corners and paint the card so it looked nearly new. He showed me dozens of cards where he performed his "magic." It was really unbelievable. He can fix the centering of a card. Repair anything, holes, scratches, tears, wrinkles and creases. He claims he performs a service and I was nice and listened to him. However, I'm sure the results of his "restorations" have bilked collectors out of thousands of dollars.
After the show, I received a call from another dealer who had a binder stolen today. I really feel for the guy. It is absolutely brutal to get your stuff ripped off. We work hard to earn money to purchase these cards then spend a tremendous amount of time pricing and organizing them. When you get ripped off, it takes the wind out of your sails. I'm trying to make the best out of a bad situation and hope to have a good time tomorrow on the final day of the show. I took a bunch of photos today, posted below.