Aahh, no Lowball Lonnie, no Mopey Mitchell, no Mr. I Got, just a pleasant day in beautiful Woodstock, Illinois. I have to give out props to all the dealers at this show (well, except for Gene).
The dealer to my right offered to move both of his tables down so I could have more room. Much appreciated. The dealer to my left was set up for the first time and was a happy camper. I think he took Gene's harassment in stride. If you ever set up at a show with Gene, expect some harassment. I first met him at Corky's old Elgin show and dubbed him the "Snarky Guy." He is as old as dirt and just as snarky as ever.
My sales were better than last week at Lake Station but not quite as good as Rockford or even my last show in Woodstock in February where I sold a 1973 Topps complete set. I did not bring out any complete sets this time around. I had one table plus a card table for space and was able to get out most of my baseball binders and most of my cheapy boxes.
The cheapy boxes were quite a hit. Phil, who I know from the Orland show, pulled out a nice stack from my dollar box. Then Gene came over and gave me a couple of cards Phil left over there. Hopefully, I remember to bring them to Orland next week and give them to Phil.
Kevin purchased a pile of 1964 Topps baseball. Thanks Kevin! A new customer purchased some 1967 Topps baseball. Another new customer about cleaned out my 1977 Topps baseball binder. Lots of set builders at this show which was really nice. Another new customer found a bunch of 1975 Topps baseball in my nearly depleted binder. He said he is just 11 cards away from completing the set.
The cheapy boxes got quite a work out. I think it will be awhile before I bring them out again. I need to reload them. Speaking of fans of the cheapy boxes, has anyone seen Larry and Carol? I don't think I've seen them anywhere this year. Hope they are alright!!
One dealer jokingly asked if I had any vintage cards.
I enjoyed chatting with Mike from the Rockford show, young Nick who sets up at my Oak Creek show, and my pals Lou and Donny. Great seeing everybody.
I did not purchase anything. The only card I was offered was a 1952 Bowman Mickey Mantle PSA 6 for $11,000. See photo below. I really enjoyed looking at the card but did not have 11 grand in my pocket. Cool card! In purchase related matters, I was able to pay off Larry for some cards I bought from him at the last Schaumburg show. It is always nice to catch up on my baseball card debts.
Curtis, the promoter, gave me a set of rules for the show. Good idea. He said he is tired of dealing with dead-beat dealers. I can relate! What a pleasant guy that Curtis is and he runs a real pleasant show. I enjoyed myself Saturday. I really appreciate everyone who purchased cards from me in Woodstock.
Unfortunately, I can't make it back to Woodstock until July. I have conflicts the next two months including a show in Green Bay in May and the Sports Spectacular in June. A shout out to Tom Mularz who gave me his table for the April show. Thanks Tom! I do not have a regular spot at the Woodstock show and am never certain I can get in. Though, Curtis always seems to find me a spot. Thanks Curtis!
Up next for me is Root River in Franklin, WI, on Saturday, April 23, then Orland on Sunday, April 24. I'm bringing out binders again. I should have my 1960 Topps baseball binder reloaded and ready to go by Saturday.
Have a great week everybody!