I am soooo far behind in reloading the binders. I lost a good three weeks prepping for the National then spending five days at the National. I have been slowly reloading my 1970 Topps baseball binder. Here is why it takes me so long:
I am not sure how many months there are in-between reloads but during that time I am buying cards just about every week. Those new purchases are not organized. Pretty much all of these purchases occur at card shows. I usually purchase a shoe box or a five-thousand count box -- sometimes more, sometimes less.
I take these boxes home and sometimes distribute the cards into boxes I already have or just leave them in the box they came in. There are a growing number of boxes in the card bunker. I have no idea how many there are but there are a lot of them and I am running out of space! So in preparation for a reload, I go through a box or two a night and pull out, say, all of the 1970 Topps.
A big problem I have with a year like 1970 is that I have soooo many cards... thousands. As a result, I don't pull out all of the cards I have. For the 1970 Topps, I pulled out around 3,000 or 4,000 cards. I have thousands more. Once I pull out the cards, I have to place them in numerical order. Rarely do I purchase cards that come in numerical order. It is quite a job pulling out the cards and placing them in numerical order.
Once the cards are in numerical order, I dig out my backstock that I previously collated last time I filled out the binder. For 1970 Topps, we are talking around 5,000 cards. Next up, I match up my backstock with the new cards, around 8,000 or 9,000 cards in total, and pull out around three of each card that I want to place in the binder. This is quite a job in itself because some players I have fifty or so of the one card. Then I check the condition of the cards, price them and place them in the binder.
While I am doing this, I also pull some cards for my cheapy boxes and I usually put together a lot that I will either sell on eBay or at a card show. In some cases, I work on building sets as well. I am currently building two 1970 Topps sets.
This whole process is slowed because I can't help reading the stats on the back of each card!
The 1970 Topps binder is coming along nicely. I just finished loading up to card 400. I still have a ways to go and I don't know when I will have it completed.
I just don't like bringing out the binders to shows unless I have at least one newly reloaded. So until I finish up that 1970 Topps binder, I am bringing out showcases. My showcase inventory is really nice right now since I bulked it up for the National.
The Woodstock show has nice 8-foot tables where I am able to fit 9 showcases. I filled up the cases with all of my raw baseball cards and a few years of football. I have done showcases in Woodstock a handful of times in the past. I recall one show where sales were excellent. Then there was another where I was shutout.
I really had no idea what to expect for this August show. There has not been a Woodstock show since the spring. I was not sure if the lack of shows would help or hurt us.
Attendance turned out to be kind of light. There was a great group of dealers. A lot of shows seem to get a good amount of dealers but fail to draw in customers. I tried to help promote this show and posted it all over the place online. I know I drew in a few customers. Thanks for coming guys!
If the Woodstock show was a baseball game, I probably batted .250 -- not awful but not too good either. I really like this show. Curtis the promoter is great. The venue is great. The other dealers are great. We just need to somehow fill it up with customers.
Next Woodstock show is Saturday, September 16, 2023. I am fairly certain I will be there. Curtis usually contacts me a week or so before the show to let me know whether he has tables available. I am hoping we can draw a bigger crowd for that September 16th show. I hope to be back with the binders for that one. I am also working on my cheapy boxes and hope to have them ready to go as well.
I really appreciate my regular crew who purchased cards in Woodstock, like Dennis, Kevin, and Willie. A new customer purchased a bunch of 1951 Bowman baseball. A couple of other new customers made some small purchases. Thanks guys!
On the buying front... nada, nothing. I have made some nice purchases at this show in the past and was disappointed nobody offered me anything to sell. One guy did have some late 1970's that I was not interested in. If you think I have a lot of 1970 Topps, the number of cards I have from the late 1970's is through the roof!
Anyway, mark your calendars for September 16th! Let's bring in a crowd to Woodstock!!
I was set up in Orland on Sunday and owe you an Orland blog. In the meantime, I have nothing coming up for the final weekend of August. I may hit a flea market, either Paw Paw, Michigan, or Wilmot, Wisconsin. I am supposed to help my pops move from his old storage locker to a new one. So I may not be able to do a flea market. I am going to play it by ear.
The next Oak Creek show is coming up fast -- Saturday, September 2, 2023. My phone has been ringing off the hook, as usual. Everyone and their mother wants to set up in Oak Creek. This should be another good one!
A big thank you to Curtis and everyone in Woodstock. It was a nice day and I enjoyed myself! Cheers!