I was tired Sunday morning!! It was difficult to get out of bed. To my credit, I only hit the snooze button once. I was out of bed around 6:15 a.m. I had to unload my car from yesterday to switch out the binders for display cases. I then had to drive over to my office to pick up the display cases. I still made it to the Woodfield Hyatt by 8 a.m.
We were located downstairs on Sunday. I prefer the upstairs because I just hate waiting for the elevator to take my stuff downstairs. I was in my usual spot near the end on the right wall. I was set up next to big Brad on one side and a dealer that I did not know on the other side.
I overheard new guy tell the dealer across the way that he was hurting this morning after attending a block party the previous night. He told the other dealer that he really wanted to stay in bed but believes he has a responsibility to show up after he booked the tables. Right on!!!
I wish more guys followed this guy's lead. I had a bunch of no shows yesterday in Oak Creek. I observed Joe had a bunch of no shows on this day in Schaumburg. Guys who book the show and don't bother to show up just suck ass.
For some reason I thought this show had 8-foot tables so I brought out eight display cases which always fit on two 8-footers. When I placed out my display cases, only six fit, dang these are 6-foot tables. I was able to spread the two tables apart and fit in a seventh display case. I filled five cases with baseball from 1948 through 1973, then two cases with football from 1948 through 1973.
Last time I brought out display cases to this show I did really well. Today, not so much. Take note Terry! I had a much better show in September when I brought out the binders! Really light crowd on this day which I chalk up to NFL football. As I have said in the past, it is always tough to get people to come out during football season.
I only had two sales from two regular customers. One purchased my 1961 Topps Stan Musial and a 1951 Bowman Enos Slaughter. The other purchased a pile of cards including my 1961 Post Mickey Mantle. Thanks guys!
A couple of other guys wanted to trade. As you know, I hate trading because it never benefits me in any way. One guy came by my table three times before he offered me a beat up 1955 Topps All American for my 1963 Topps Ray Nitchke Rookie and Willie Davis rookie. Um, no thank you.
Next guy wanted my 1969 Topps Mickey Mantle White Name Variation. He had some half-way decent stuff but none of it compared to the '69 Mantle variation. I hate trading and I just won't trade my good stuff for lesser cards. Did I say, I hate trading. This guy was perplexed. I don't know what was so confusing. The cards you offered were not nearly as cool and as difficult to obtain as my Mantle variation. Sorry pal.
I did buy a few cards from Junior including a 1964 Topps Willie Mays. My Willie Mays stock is really low right now as his cards have soared in popularity these past few years. Only problem with the purchase is that the Mays came in a screw down which always hides the flaws. Junior said he would take it back if the card is creased. I still haven't cracked it out yet.
The Schaumburg show is a tough nut for me to crack. I think I was the only vintage dealer today as Tom was out in Vegas. A couple of my vintage regulars, like Randy, did not show up. I really need to think about whether I want to set up next month. On the plus side, it is really close to home and easy to get to. I also regularly purchase cards from Junior at this show. Joe, the promoter is awesome. The negative is lack of sales. I can't keep showing up for just two sales. I'd rather stay in bed then watch football like everyone else.
Anyway, my next Oak Creek show is on November 5, 2022. I will be expanding into the Chapel and will grow to 170 tables!!!
Next show where I am setting up as a dealer is this Saturday, October 8, 2022, at the Bridgeview Community Center, 7900 S. Oketo in Bridgeview, IL. This is a two-day show but I am just setting up on Saturday. I am not sure what I am going to bring out since I have never set up at this show before. If you plan on attending. please let me know what you would like me to bring out.
Then on Sunday, October 9, 2022, I am having another Vintage Pop-Up Shop at my office, 201 E. Dundee Road, Suite 2, Palatine, IL. Joining me on Sunday are vintage dealers Dave McDonald and Kevin Farrell. Dave will have some high-grade raw vintage cards while Kevin will have a variety of pre- and post- War vintage. He always has some unique and interesting items.
Hope to see you this weekend!