It has been about three weeks since I set up at a show, an unusual amount of time in-between shows for me. The gap came after I missed the Gonzaga show for a little three-day weekend with the family then the Orland show was held later in the month than usual.
I almost missed the October Orland show because I was having a tough week controlling my diabetes. I'm glad I made it to the show, and, wow, there was a great inventory of vintage cards in the room!! I think this may have been the most vintage dealers at Orland in years along with the best quality.
There were the usual vintage guys like me, Jim from Indiana, Jim from Michigan, Terry, Rich, Steve, and new this month Kevin Farrell and Tony Schaefer who both created a wow factor in the room. This was the first time I met Kevin, who is a fan of this blog. Thanks for reading Kevin! Well, I'm a fan of Kevin because he had one of the best pre-war displays I have ever seen at the Orland show. I really wanted to pick up some T cards from Kevin but I had already blown my allotted funds buy the time I saw Kevin's table. Then there is Tony Schaefer who has one of the best inventories around and always gives the show some much needed credibility when he sets up.
As regular readers of the blog know, I try to come up with a game plan for each show. My plan for the October Orland show was four display cases and most of my baseball and football binders. It has been three months since I brought out any display cases at the Orland show. For the cases, I planned to place a limited amount of vintage cards, all four sports. I am currently working on upgrading my display case material in preparation for the three-day Moeller show in Cincinnati over Thanksgiving weekend. As a result, I held some stuff back but still thought I had a decent selection. I brought out a bunch of Exhibits and sold my Satchel Paige and Joe DiMaggio. Also, new, I brought out some vintage lots that I have been slowly working on. I brought out the lots with a certain customer in mind, who, as it happened, did not purchase any of the lots. In fact, I did not sell one of them. Today's lesson, don't bring lots to the Orland show. I had been on a roll at the Orland show but I guess I was due for a bad day.
I'm always reticent to change things up when I'm on a roll but I reasoned that I could not continue to roll with the same material and needed some new stuff. So, I brought out the dime box, something I have not carted out to Orland since the summer. I added new cards and observed first thing that two fought over the box which perplexes me. Those are dime cards in there, nothing special. They may be vintage but they are creased, torn, scratched, off-center, worn and ugly. Why fight over these cards?
These same two guys seem to go at it each and every time I bring the box out. They also only purchase cards from the dime box. If I don't bring it out, I don't get any sales from these guys. Once these guys finished, the rest of the dime box divers throughout the day were nice and polite. I'm probably not going to bring the dime box out in November. Instead, I think it is time for the quarter box to make an appearance. I'm pretty sure the same two early birds will fight over the quarter box. It is really a silly spectacle.
I had a lot of new stuff in the binders, including 1952 Bowman baseball, 1975 Topps Minis, and 1962 Topps football. I had reloaded my 1966 Topps baseball binder but forgot it at home. I forget something at home each and every show. It is par for the course.
I had a really pleasant day. I saw a couple of guys I had not seen in a while like Joe and Dave, who have been off traveling. Chris purchased some cards. Will found a nice pile of 1967s. A regular customer pulled a bunch of 1970 Topps baseball while another regular pulled a bunch of 1971. A dad and his two teenage sons bought a bunch of stuff.
Joel purchased my Billy Goodman Exhibit. Rick purchased a 1969-70 Wilt Chamberlain and a 1958 Topps Sonny Jurgensen rookie. A regular customer purchased some 1953 Bowman baseball. While another regular purchased some 1953 Topps baseball. A bunch of other guys purchased cards out of the binders. Overall, sales were down, so it is back to the drawing board for a new plan for the November show.
On the buying front, I picked up quite a few cards. I purchased about 200 off grade cards from 1955 and 1956. I also picked up a Lou Brock rookie, Jim Palmer rookie, and a Terry Bradshaw rookie. I picked up a 1968 Topps Gordie Howe and a 1971-72 Topps Ken Dryden rookie. I purchased a nice grouping of 1970's basketball cards including a group that seems to be part of a board game, which I need to research to learn a little more about them. I also picked up a handful of cards from the 1950s and 1960s.
Do you remember the blog where I requested that folks stop bringing me cards from the 1970's. Well, about five or six different guys came up to me, and each said with a smirk, I've got a box of 1978s for you. Haha!
I thought the show was well attended, but as usual during football season, it died down fairly early. I was able to get a chili dog from the concession stand. Afterwards, me, Will, Joe, Tony and Nate went over to the sub shop. I had a really good beef sandwich. I had been craving a beef sandwich and that one did the job.
Well, November is going to be a crazy card show month for me after a relatively easy October. I've got my Salvation Army show next week, Nov. 2. Then Gonzaga on November 10. I'm back at Orland on November 17. I will NOT be at the Sun-Times show. Instead, I'm setting up at Moeller, as previously stated. The Sun-Times show is a lot of work with very little reward for me. I had been attending as a customer, working on my '66 set but I think I've hit up all the regular dealers there and don't have a need to go. I plan on sitting in my card bunker that weekend pricing cards for Moeller.
I've got lots of new dealers lined up for my show next weekend at the Sal, 8853 S. Howell, in Oak Creek, Wisconsin. I picked up a box of 2015 Donruss Baseball from Steve Zinn in Orland which I plan to give away at the Sal. Steve is threatening to set up at the Sal, I hope he does.
A big THANK YOU to everyone who bought cards from me today at the Orland show. I hope to see you and more next week at the Sal!! Have a great week everybody!!