Just past Mitchell Airport the highway splits. One path goes to Downtown while the other goes west around the city toward Madison. Police had the Downtown path blocked off. I'm guessing there was a bad accident that way. Someone at the show said the fog was real bad earlier and it was almost impossible to see. The fog was not too bad for my ride, nor was the rain.
I was unloading my stuff into Gonzaga Hall around 7:30 a.m. I was actually completely set up before the customers came in at 9 a.m. -- a first for me!! The room filled up pretty quick with customers. My first customer as usual was my friend Mark, who found some 1961 Post Cereal to his liking. Jim soon followed and brought me coffee, which is always much appreciated.
Mark and Jim have a friend Joe who walks the show and sells cards. I think he should pay for a table like the rest of us who sell cards. Anyway, Joe spotted my 1974 Topps Stamps complete set of panels. He had some interest and looked through them. I'm asking $200. Joe searched eBay on his phone and found a set of panels that sold for $26 and asked if I would reconsider my price. I declined. Joe was able to look at my panels and see they are in EX+ Condition. He has no idea of the condition on the set that sold on eBay. Sports cards are condition sensitive. If the eBay stamps were in lousy shape, then $26 is the right price. If not, someone got a heckuva deal. As I said before, I can't sell cards for less than I paid for them. I paid much more than $26 for my set of stamp panels.
I had a nice steady stream of customers early on. Jason and several others found some cards in my newly reloaded 1971 Topps baseball binder. Jack decided he his going to pursue autographs from football players and pulled a large pile of football cards. Thanks Jack! A new customer purchased a 1970-71 Topps Oscar Robertson. Terry bought a bunch of stuff including a 1964 Topps Ernie Banks and a 1963 Topps Warren Spahn. Thanks Terry!
Quite a few guys dinked around in my binders and pulled some cards. I really appreciate all the purchases today. Thanks guys!
On the buying front I picked up a near-set of 1971 Topps football cards. Not much else turned up at my table. One guy had a PSA 6 1959 Mantle highlight card. He wanted $50. I probably should have checked to see if he would have taken $40 but I passed instead.
As usual, I enjoyed some cake. This time around I had a holiday cake with green frosting. Oh, I was so tempted to get a second piece but it is just so bad for my diabetes to eat that stuff -- but it tastes so good!!! I just had one piece. I also had a complimentary sloppy Joe, thanks to the generosity of the WSCA.
So I learned a little info on Jeff, who has been AWOL since the summer. Jim has a friend who talked to Jeff's manager at work. We learned that Jeff has been working weekends all these months. We were all thankful that he is okay and we anxiously await his return. Work always gets in the way!!!!
So next weekend, I initially booked a show in Oswego, Illinois, on Saturday, December 19, 2015. Unfortunately, I learned that I have a staff meeting at work and cannot attend the show (who schedules a staff meeting on the Saturday before Xmas?). I have never set up at this show before or with this promoter. I tried calling to cancel my tables but the phone number listed in Beckett is disconnected. Does anyone know Michael Taves and how I can reach him?
So far no staff meeting on Sunday so I am still planning on setting up at Chicagoland Sports Cards in Buffalo Grove, Illinois. I just finished some 1981-82 Topps hockey. I am going to work on some 1964 Topps football, though I think I just may bring my baseball binders to the show because I only have two tables. If anyone would like me to bring football, basketball and/or hockey, please let me know and I'll bring them along. Have a great week everybody!!