The following week, Sunday, September 11, 2016, I trucked out to the Cleveland area and had two tables at the Strongsville Holiday Inn show. As usual, when I hit a new show, the first person I see is Mark Smith. He had the first tables to the left when you walked into the room. I think there were 20 or 30 dealers and about 40 tables at this show. I recognized some of the dealers from the Canton show. The room was 60-40 vintage to modern. I was really impressed with the vintage inventory. Several guys had pre-War and I couldn't help myself and bought a few T206s.
One of my favorite dealers when I come to Ohio is Paul Korst who probably has the best inventory around. I was able to complete my 1970s Topps Football set at Paul's table.
My sales were excellent -- thanks to Mark Smith. Mark sent all sorts of set builders to my table. Thanks Mark! I sold quite a few cards including all of my 1953 Bowman Black and Whites.
Promoter Jeff Mares does as tremendous job with this show. The room was packed with dealers and customers for most of the day. Jeff also provided free doughnuts and coffee for the dealers which was much appreciated.
The dealer set up to my right, Mark Knezevic, saw my business card and told me that he is a regular reader of this blog. The dealer set up to my left had all sorts of old memorabilia, pictured below, and was a pleasure to talk to. I had a lot of fun at this show. I think this show runs quarterly and I hope to make it back sometime in 2017.
Up next for me is my Clarion Show set for Saturday January 7 at 5311 S. Howell, in
Milwaukee. I have been feverishly loading my 1963 Topps baseball binder.
Happy New Year!