Day 2 with the Elantra. I was able fit into the Elantra my bins of hockey and basketball binders along with four boxes of publications along with all the bins from yesterday. No space for a cart. I hate not being able to bring a cart because it is always a battle for the carts between dealers at the Civic Center in Orland Park.
Damn road construction still going on the 294 from O'Hare on down. Though, I made it to Orland relatively quick, about 40 to 45 minutes. Once there, I was amazed that the baseball diamonds behind the Civic Center were filled with games at 7:45 a.m. I don't remember games that early when I was a kid.
I was able to snag the lone large green cart which enables me to bring in everything at one shot. Again, no breakfast and I was little weak and had trouble getting the heavy bins of binders off the cart.
I saw Jeff and Carl while loading in. I think they got a chuckle out of my struggles. Jeff came over to help. He is a good guy that Jeff T. He was set up out in the front hallway by the entrance. Carl was in his usual spot across from me. Carl said his grandson Damen, was set up in Schaumburg. The Schaumburg show coincided with Orland this month. Joe could not get his usual date on the first Sunday of the month. How did the Schaumburg show go? Anyone attend? I'm setting up there in July.
Back at Orland, Dennis and Mike took Cigar's tables and were set up next to Carl. Second day in a row Mike beat me to the show! They spent the night at a hotel in Orland. Dennis told me he forced Mike to get up early.
Terry had two tables next to me. On the other side were some new modern dealers. Nick, who used to be my regular neighbor, told me he was set up across the room. Nick took some of my Oak Creek flyers and placed them on his table. Thanks Nick!
Across from me were modern dealers Casey and Tom. I am pretty sure these guys have been setting up in Orland as long as I have.... twenty-something years.
Ran into Jim first thing who told me he purchased another 1954 Topps baseball set. He offered me the Kaline and the yellow background Ted Williams. I did not really have any money. I spent it all in Rockford yesterday. Also, the condition was off on the cards and I did not see room for profit at Jim's price, but I do appreciate the offer. Jim has given me an incredible amount of good deals over the years. Jim is the man!
It was warm in the room and I began to sweat while setting up. It is always fun to put out all of the binders. I added a couple of non-sports binders for the Orland show because my good customer Pat had requested them. Two and a half tables filled with binders looks really cool. I had an extra half table of space that I filled with publications, mostly Sport Magazines from the 1950's and 1960's. I usually sell a few publications when I bring them to the Orland show. I saw quite a few customers digging through them but I ended up not selling any. I am not sure when I'll bring those out again. It is discouraging when I don't sell any.
I thought the show was well attended but traffic at my tables was kind of slow. Gil bought a pile of 1966 Topps baseball. Andy purchased some cards. A few other regulars dinked around and pulled some cards. My main man Will purchased my 1958 Mantle along with some 1969 Topps football and some 1972 Topps baseball. Thanks Will! I also gotta thank Will for bringing me some coffee and some Mickey D's. Will and his son Joe are the best!
Our buddy Paul hung out with us all day, just like old times. Both Will and Paul had on Three Stooges T-shirts. I love these guys!!
My good friend Rick usually purchases a lot of cards. Though, he also brings me returns. I am not a fan of returns. In my view, you have all the time in the world to analyze the card before you make the purchase and you have a responsibility to look over the card before you purchase it. I do make mistakes and I may not catch something on the card when I am grading and pricing them, so I will take returns but I just do not like it. I rarely, if ever, return a card. I just suck it up if I find some flaw later on and I think others should do the same.
Pat was my big winner, once again. He purchased piles of stuff. Thanks Pat! Both Pat and Will made my show. Without those guys, I would have had a bad show but thanks to their generosity, I had a very good show.
This was a rare Orland show where I did not buy anything. I turned a few things down. Paul and I made a trade. I am not a big fan of trades but I will do it for Paul, who is my brother from another.
Road construction traffic on the way home was horrible! Only 40 minutes to the show but an hour and half home. Ugh!
So I won't be at the July Orland show because it is scheduled the same weekend as the National but I will return for the August show. I hope to have some more binders reloaded by the August show.
Next up is the Sports Spectacular at the Stephens Center in Rosemont, Illinois, on June 16 through 18. I am setting up with Dave, PJ and Kevin. We are in booths 44, 45 and 46. I am bringing out display cases. Hope to see you later in the week in Rosemont!
Reminder, next Oak Creek show is July 2 -- be there or be square!