I've been tossing around the idea for promoting a Saturday show up in the north 'burbs. I've contacted a couple of places but nothing has materialized. I found a place in Park Ridge that looks like a possibility. Would anybody be interested in a Saturday show in Park Ridge? If so, I'll look into it. If not, carry on.
We had a pretty good turn out for a Saturday show in Orland. As a general rule, the Saturday crowd at Orland is always less than the Sunday crowd. Today, the University of Chicago students were back conducting their "survey." I wasn't able to do it last year because I was too busy. Today, one of the students was persistent and I took the "survey" late in the afternoon. It seems like they're trying to gather some data on risk. The "survey" consisted of a couple of risk-based games where you, the survey taker, choose the odds you would like to play in a "lottery." The "lottery" is a roll of a 12-sided die. Your winnings are determined by the odds you picked prior to rolling the die.
I instantly related the "lottery" to the game of craps. When I'm in Vegas playing craps, I'll put down a couple of safe bets then some slightly risky bets. Any time I do a high risk bet, I lose. So for the students' lottery today, I picked some slightly risky odds. I won $45! Whoo Hoo!!! Next year, I would like to see the students add a "double or nothing" choice. It sure would have been nice to work that 45 bucks a bit. Though, I can't complain about the FREE money!
In addition to winning 45 bucks, I had a real nice show. A regular customer got things going today with a nice purchase of some 1971 Topps baseball. Gil picked up some 1973 and 1974 Topps baseball. Steve took my 1963 Fleer Sandy Koufax and Brooks Robinson. A regular customer found some 1973 Topps baseball. Dave from Indiana made an appearance today. We made a nice trade where Dave got some 1975 Topps Minis and I got some 1953 Topps World on Wheels. If my buddy Mark is reading this, I picked up those World on Wheels for you. I'll have them at Gonzaga next weekend.
Walt purchased some high numbers from the 1960s. I don't have too many women customers but lately there have been a few regulars at Orland. I think it is cool as hell that there are some women who collect vintage sports cards!! One of these nice ladies purchased a pile of 1962 Topps and 1975 Topps baseball. A new customer purchased some 1970 Topps football. Dave from the western 'burbs purchased a 1959 Topps Billy Pierce All Star.
A regular customer purchased some 1971 Topps baseball. A customer who I met last weekend in Schaumburg, made the trek to Orland and purchased some 1959 Topps. Rick picked up a bunch of cards today, including a 1957 Topps Nellie Fox and Ernie Banks. Joel picked up a 1960 Fleer Luke Appling and a Ray Schalk. A new customer purchased some 1962 Topps baseball. Another new customer purchased some 1957 Topps. Chuck T. pulled some 1960 Topps baseball. Chris picked up a nice pile of 1975 Topps Minis.
Harry purchased my 1963 Fleer Jim Kaat and some 1963 Topps baseball. Harry is a super nice guy who sometimes sets up at Orland. He also regularly visits some of the bigger shows around the country and reports back. I always like hearing about those big shows. Will picked up some 1964 and 1966 Topps baseball. I, of course, forgot to bring a card Will purchased from me on eBay. Speaking of eBay. Feel free to bid on my auctions and I'll bring (if I remember!) the cards to a show where you can pick them up and skip the shipping fees. My eBay sales have really picked up lately. Check out my eBay auctions here.
I have also picked up some regular consignors which I think is helping the activity on my eBay auctions by diversifying my listings. As I said before, my wife runs the eBay auctions and she can handle a lot more consignors. So if anyone is interested, be sure to contact me. We'll scan your item, draft the listing, then ship the card out for you. We take a 25 percent commission. About 12 percent of that goes to eBay to cover fees.
Well, on the buying front, I took home a gaggle of cards. I picked up a group of about 400 cards from the early 1970s. I picked up a nice pile of star cards from the 1976 Topps baseball set. I purchased some 1951 Red Backs, some 1954 Topps baseball, some 1934-36 Diamond Stars, a few 1934 Goudeys, some 1939 and 1940 Play Ball, and some star cards from the 1969 Topps baseball set, including an Ernie Banks. I love bringing home this sort of treasure trove.
This was a double bill weekend, the Orland show was the first of two shows. On Sunday, I went up to the wonderful city of Milwaukee for the Serb Hall show. The Serb blog is in the hopper and I should have it ready to go shortly. Next weekend, I'm back in Milwaukee for the Gonzaga show. I'm currently working on reloading my 1976 Topps baseball binder. If I manage to finish it early, I'm debating between reloading either 1976-77 basketball or 1972 Topps football. I haven't decided yet which one I'll do.
A big thank you to everyone in Orland today. I had a great time. I LOVE this hobby. It's terrific fun!!
Pictured above is the main room at the Orland show. I took this picture from the front of the room. Usually, my Orland photos are taken from behind my table at the back of the room. I thought it would be nice to capture another part of the room.