Sure was nice to get a couple of extra hours of sleep after a long day at the Oak Creek show. I made it to the Schaumburg show in 20 minutes. Kind of cold and windy this morning. I loaded in as quickly as I could to get out of the cold.
Joe gave up my tables to my pal Lou which I did not mind. I had a nice spot right next to Joe. Last month at Schaumburg I brought out display cases and had a pretty good show. This month, I brought out binders as several folks requested them. Unfortunately, my sales were not nearly as good. I'm going back to display cases next month.
Randy was one of the guys asking for binders and he found some tough 1957 Topps baseball semi-high numbers in my binder. Thanks Randy! Ed found some cards in the binders. A new customers purchased some 1949 Bowman baseball. Then a guy went on a loud political rant then purchased some 1973 Topps baseball. I appreciated the purchase but wish he would have shared his rant elsewhere.
I met a really nice mother and son team from my hometown of Northbrook, Illinois. The son, about 11 years old, was wearing a Maple Junior High T-shirt. Maple is located next to my old high school. This kid was a real superstar, negotiating deals left and right out of his briefcase. They purchased a 1971 Topps Thurman Munson and Reggie Jackson from me.
A lady set up across the room purchased a 1940's Cubs Newsletter. My publications binder is getting thin. I think I'm going to pull it from my regular show inventory before this weekend and start reloading. I have a large inventory of publications. Bill from Antioch made it out and purchased some cards. Thanks Bill!
I had a nice number of sales but they just did not add up like last month. Anybody who wants to see the binders at the Jan. 2 Schaumburg show should let me know ahead of time because I will have baseball star cards out for that one.
On the buying front, I picked up a few things including a 1970 Topps Thurman Munson rookie and a large JFK election button. The button was cool and I bought it for my dad who collects them. I was able to give it to him on Monday and he really liked it.
Seems like the fancy hotels that host card shows have faux Starbucks in them. It sure was nice getting some Starbucks coffee and a bite to eat during the show.
There was a nice crowd early on that seemed to clear out once the Bears-Cardinals game started. Glad I missed that game! Was anybody surprised that Andy Dalton threw four interceptions? The guy has a history of throwing to the other team. Bears GM Ryan Pace is genius for getting Dalton! A dead crab would be a better GM than this Bozo!
Then there was the dealer on the other side of the room who screeched every time he pulled a decent card from a pack. He was entertaining. After the first screech, folks seemed concerned. Sounded like he injured himself. After the second screech everyone just started to laugh. Oh, fun at the old card show!
There is not a whole lot of vintage at this show. The only other vintage dealer was my friend Tom Mularz. A couple of other guys had a smattering of vintage on their tables. It would be nice to lure out some more vintage dealers and vintage customers to this show. I know it has a rep for modern cards but this is the only show in the northern suburbs these days and I know there are a lot of vintage collectors living in these parts. If you are reading this blog, please come out to the January 2 Schaumburg show and visit me and Tom. We both carry a large number of vintage cards at reasonable prices. We'd love to see you at the show!
Next up for me is the Rock Church show Saturday, December 11, 2021, in Rockford, and the Orland Park show on Sunday, December 12, 2021. I'm bringing out binders for both of those shows. Bobby Hull will be at the Orland show. I'm hoping to get a photo with him, if I can get away from my tables. I was lucky enough to watch Bobby Hull play when I was a kid and he has always been my all-time favorite hockey player. Man, was he exciting to watch! See you this weekend!!!