A much better Orland show for me than the one two weeks ago. There was a good amount a people there, including some guys I haven't seen in a while. Sales were up while buying was down. Terry started my day off nicely with buying a bunch of cards including a really nice '62 Topps Manager's Dream card with Mantle and Mays. Rick bought a smattering of '55 Bowman baseball. Another customer picked up quite a few '62s. A customer who I haven't seen in a while bought a nice amount of '61 Topps commons and then bought a bunch of '61s from my display case including a Banks, Musial, Santo rookie, Groat, and a Spahn. No pre-war customers. I'm currently out of T206s but I still have some real nice Diamond Stars and Play Balls. I sold quite a few cards from the 70s today including some '72s, '73s and '76s. Chuck picked up a bunch of '72 highs. I sold some '69 Topps football. Will picked up my '65 Topps Mays. I sold a bunch more cards but my memory is failing once again and I'm not sure what they were.
Buying front was a little slow, which is unusual for this show. I owed another dealer some money from some purchases a few weeks ago and it was nice to be able to pay off the debt. I did pick up about 500 cards ranging from 1963 through 1968 baseball, and some '71 and '72 Topps football. I was debating on buying some baseball magazines from the '60s but I'm just not sure how well those would sell for me. I was thinking it would be nice to have something like that on my table, which is a little different from my normal array of vintage cards. In the end, I didn't pull the trigger.
It looked like Jim made a nice buy. I saw him cart out a truck load of cards at the end of the show. I'm sure I'll be purchasing some of those in the future. There were a lot of dealers I didn't recognize today, which is actually typical of Orland. There are always dealers at every show that I have never seen before. Today there were more than usual. It's nice to see modern card dealer John back at the show. John's a real nice guy who I've seen at shows forever. He said he got out of cards for awhile. I don't spend much time with the modern card dealers but a few of them are real good guys and some, not so good. One guy got there early, used the biggest cart that the hall provides, then hid the cart out the door behind his table so nobody else could use the cart to load in. Only a complete jagoff hides the Civic Center's free carts from other dealers.
On a completely different sour note, a regular customer had to be carted out by an ambulance. I'm not sure what happened. He may have fallen or just started feeling ill. He looks to be in his 70s. He occasionally buys '55 and '57 Topps from me. I hope he is okay.
Tomorrow is Gonzaga which has been consistently my best show. Former Brewer Charlie Moore is signing at the show for just five bucks. I'd like to pick up his auto but I probably won't be able to get away from my table. The nice thing about doing the Orland show on the Saturday and Gonzaga on Sunday is that I don't have to load up my car tomorrow morning. It will be a luxury to just jump in the car and start the drive to Milwaukee. I know the first-place Brewers have a game tomorrow, I hope we don't lose too many customers to the game. I had a real nice day in Orland today and hoping for the same tomorrow.