Gonzaga was a little slow as well but nothing like Orland. I still had a good number of sales but it was just down from what I have been doing. I also didn't buy much. Not a whole lot of cards came by my tables. It was nice to see Candy back at the concession stand with her outstanding cake and sloppy Joe. Candy and the concession stand are key to the Gonzaga show.
Quite a few of my regulars came out today like Mark, Jim, Jeff, Jack, Robin, Jason and a bunch of other guys. Andy made the trek as well today. Too bad I gotta wait a year to see Andy again. I sold some cards to Steve from Jim & Steve's card shop in Waukegan, Illinois, the best card shop around.
The show cleared out around noon today. I think a lot of guys were going to the Brewers' game. I wonder what it is like to have a winning baseball team in town. It has been 9 years since major league baseball was played by any of my hometown Chicago teams. Anyway, I was out the door at Gonzaga early today. I thought I'd be home early but traffic had other things in mind. The highway was a parking lot. Ugh! It took me nearly two hours to get home. It is usually just an hour ride. Though, at one point I was so frustrated that I got off the highway and drove through some beautiful backroads and was reminded why so many Illinoisians like myself spend so much time in Wisconsin -- it is just a beautiful place.
Which brings me to the magical day of Saturday September 13, 2014, when Mark Smith and I are promoting a show at the Clarion Hotel Airport, 5311 S. Howell, in Milwaukee. The two Scotts from Milwaukee are setting up as well. Quite a few other dealers are mulling it over. Mark and I are going to bring out much more inventory than we normally bring to Orland and Gonzaga. There is going to be some great stuff in that room so mark your calendars for Sept. 13.
In the meantime, I'm setting up next Sunday August 17, 2014, at the Indian Lakes Resort in Bloomingdale. I plan on reloading my 1969 Topps football binder. I also plan on pricing more cards for my display cases. I have a really large inventory right now, I just wish I had time to price everything... Oh well. I hope everyone has a great week and see you Sunday in Bloomingdale.