Denny McClain was signing autographs at the May 18th Gonzaga show. I was too busy to get an auto. Hopefully, he comes back sometime. I had a pretty good show. I can't remember exactly what I sold but I know I sold a bunch of cards and picked up a nice grouping of 1954 Topps baseball. I started passing out flyers for my September 13 show at the Clarion Hotel Airport in Milwaukee. The initial reception was extremely positive.
I was at Orland on May 26th. I passed out some flyers in Orland and it looks like some guys might make the road trip up to Milwaukee for my show. The Orland show was slow except for a nice purchase by the other Tony (Thanks Tony!). I made some purchases as well including a nice group of 1962 Topps baseball. After the show, I went for BBQ at the Patio with the other Tony and his buddy, whose name escapes me. Tony's buddy got me going by knocking the Clash, one of my all-time favorite bands. I still remember the first time I heard the Clash -- August of 1981. I went to a fairly large high school. Five or six different junior highs fed into my high school. I think there was about 650 people in my class. So when freshman year "Spartan" football practice started that August, I hardly knew anybody on the team. I remember one guy Tom B. with his Sony Walkman tape player listening to all kinds of music I had never heard before. Tom kept playing the Clash's "Police on my Back" over and over. It's a great song. I was hooked. I think the following month the Clash played at the Aragon Ballroom in Chicago. A bunch of my buddies went to the concert but for whatever reason, I didn't go. I have been kicking myself ever since. The video below is in salute to one of the greatest bands of all time.
Today, Sunday, June 8, I was at the Gonzaga show. Jerry Kramer was signing autos... and yes, Willie, I got your '59 Topps card signed! A big thank you to Keith along with Scotty and his son for helping me get Jerry Kramer's auto. I was busy all day and could not leave my table, these guys got the auto for me. I had another good Gonzaga show. I sold my entire dollar box to Larry. Thanks Larry! Jeff and Jason also made their usual large purchases. Quite a few guys purchased cards from me today. Thanks everybody! I picked up a group of 1964 Topps commons from Dave, who also tried to trade me some Juan Gonzalez rookies. Dave, I'm pretty sure Mark Smith wants those rookies! Hit him up next month!!
I passed out quite a few flyers today for the Sept. 13 show. We seemed to have a little buzz in the room for the show. Scott and Jim Zeigert have committed to setting up. Thanks guys! Many other dealers expressed an interest. I suspect we'll start enlisting more dealers soon. So mark your calenders for Saturday, Sept. 13, at the Clarion Airport Hotel in Milwaukee for the Smith and Gordon extravaganza!
In a rare move, I'm going to take the next four weeks off from doing shows to spend some time with the family. I'll be back at it on July 12 for Orland and July 13 for Gonzaga. Have a great spring everybody and see you in July!!