The Orland Park show comes to the rescue after an absolutely horrible show the day before in Merriville, Indiana. I can generally count on Orland to fix all woes.
Terry was pleased as I brought out four showcases this morning in addition to most of my binders. The binders got some action right away as a bevvy of set builders arrived at my tables and began to find cards for their sets. Andy found a bunch of cards, my first sale of the day. Thanks Andy!
Will and Joe arrived while Andy was at the table, and they brought me coffee and sausage mcmuffins. Thanks guys! Joe told me a really funny story about his dad Will. If you know Will, you know that he always has a beard. I don't think I've ever seen him in the last 20 years without facial hair. Joe told me that when he was about 9 or 10 years old, Will shaved off his beard. Joe walked by the bathroom and saw his clean-shaven dad and did not recognize him. Joe said he ran and found his sisters and told them a stranger was in the bathroom. The girls had to calm Joe down and convince him that the stranger was just his dad, who had shaved for the first time in Joe's young life. Makes me wonder, if Will shaved before the September Orland show, would I or anyone recognize him?
Anyway, a bunch of regular customers pulled cards from the binders. Gil was the big winner as a he pulled a huge stack of cards out of my newly reloaded 1961 Topps baseball binder. Thanks Gil! Chris found some 1974-75 Topps hockey which was recently reloaded as well. Rick purchased a bunch of football and basketball cards out of my showcases, along with some 1961 Topps out of the binder. Thanks Rick! Will found some '72s. Thanks Will! My one customer, who is a retired school principal, found some cards.
While sales were under my Orland average, they were still so far and above what I did in Merriville that I was happy.
On the buying front, I was lucky to snag some 1932 Orbit Gum pins from Walt as he was shopping his vintage cards heavily to all of the vintage dealers. Then Walt went home without taking back his vintage box from Tony Schaefer. Tony left the box with Rich, the promoter. I've seen Walt do this before. He luckily seems to always recover his boxes.
My good friend Paul P. gave me a pile of cards for free! Thanks Paul!!
Nice crowd. Real pleasant day in Orland. Will, Joe and I capped off the day at the sub shop. The weekend started off low but ended on a high.
Next week, a rarity, I am just setting up at one show, the Madison show on Saturday. I'm bringing showcases for that one. Let me know if you want to see any binders and I'll bring them along. I am still working on my 1976 Topps baseball binder. Not sure when I'll get that one done.
Next Oak Creek show, which is my Eighth Anniversary Show, is set for September 3, 2022. Remember when I started that show? Anyone at the first one in September of 2014 at the Clarion Hotel?
Have a great week everybody! See you in Madison!!