My Oak Creek show throws off my sleep pattern every month leading to a difficult morning for the Schaumburg show. I do enjoy the easy drive to this show but do not enjoy load in as the show is in the lower lobby and requires a couple of elevator rides with my cart. I hate waiting for elevators!
Nonetheless, Joe, the promoter does an excellent job with this show. He placed me in the same spot as last month in the main room. I observed that he added dealers to the side hallway which helped keep the doors behind my table closed the whole show.
Several guys, who read this blog and follow my Fat Daddy's Facebook page, showed up for me. Thank you guys!
I brought out binders again. Randy purchased some 1955 Topps. Ed purchased a bunch of Cubs photos. Bill purchased a nice stack of 1955 Bowman football. Some younger guys purchased a bunch of stuff and had a lot of questions. I enjoyed explaining the history of vintage cards and they seemed appreciative of the info. Several other new customers purchased some cards.
Overall, this is a tough show for me as I was the only vintage dealer set up on Sunday. Lack of vintage dealers equals lack of vintage customers. I am going to keep setting up and try and build a following here. However, I am unable to attend the May 8th show because it is Mother's Day and the June 12 show which conflicts with Orland. I'll be back for the July 10th show.
While sales were much slower than the Oak Creek show, I did make some nice buys. One of the young modern dealers sold me a stack of raw vintage largely from the 1960's. He said he looked up the comps and said he was offering them to me below comps at $75. I don't think he matched up the condition on the comps because $75 seemed high for the stack. I offered $50 and he agreed. I think this was my first deal with one of these new-style young dealers and their "comp" system.
I also bought a ton of stuff from Junior, including a 1958 Topps Mickey Mantle, pictured below.
In other news, the kind folks at the Wisconsin Sports Collectors Association are back with a new location and a schedule of shows for the rest of the year! See flyer below.
In the meantime, I'm setting up this coming Saturday, April 9, 2022, at the Rock Church show in Rockford, IL. I'm bringing out binders and will include my hockey binders. I'm finishing up reloading my 1973-74 Topps hockey binder and should have it ready to go by Saturday.
Then on Sunday, I'm setting up at the Lake Station VFW, in Lake Station, Indiana. Now this show is very confusing. There used to be one show a month at the Lake Station VFW, operated by Bob and Darren. Unfortunately, the guys had a falling out and now each runs there own show at the same location. I don't think Bob scheduled an April show yet but Darren has one on Sunday, April 10, 2022, and I am slated to set up. I have done a few of Bob's shows but this will be my first Darren show. I do not know if there is any difference between the shows. I'll find out Sunday. I plan on bringing binders to Lake Station as well. Hope to see you this weekend!
Reminder, my next Oak Creek show is Saturday, May 7, 2022. Take care everybody!