Slow arriving crowd, as usual. My first sale of the day was to Terry who purchased my 1961 Topps Robin Roberts. We looked over to Record Store Steve's table which had a crowd. Eventually, the crowd made its way to us.
Speaking of the crowd, by 10 a.m. the place was jammed. You could not even walk through the aisles. Huge crowd today! Another great job by Rich, Karen and the crew!!
Andy is always one of the first guys to hit my tables. He found some football cards. Thanks Andy! Vietnam Vet Jim spent some time in my discount boxes along with several other guys. A new customer wiped out my 1949 Bowman baseball. Will was happy I finally reloaded my 1954 Bowman baseball.
On the other hand, the nice couple working on 1977 Topps, were not happy I did not bring out that binder. I did not bring out most of my 1970's binders because they are soooo empty right now. Eventually I'll get them reloaded.
I have a regular customer that always comes with his mother. He worked on the discount boxes today. A new customer purchased my 1960 Topps Nellie Fox. Chris purchased my Red Man Casey Stengel. Thanks Chris! A new customer was the big winner today. He purchased Exhibits of Sandy Koufax, Eddie Mathews and Hank Aaron. Quite a few guys purchased cards from my discount boxes, binders and display cases. Thank you everyone!
I put out the 1975 and 1974 Topps baseball sets I purchased in Appleton a few months ago. No takers. I was surprised.
On the buying front, I purchased a few boxes of 1972 and 1969 Topps baseball. I don't need cards from these years but the price was right and I could not resist. I have a problem.
There are no problems with Jim who always brings me some nice cards. I picked up a nice group including a 1961 Topps Stan Musial, Willie Mays, and 1963 Topps Hank Aaron and Ernie Banks. Thanks for the cards Jim!
Milan stopped by to show me the Goudey Hornsby he purchased from me last month and got slabbed by SGC. It only garnered a 2.5 which neither of us can understand. There is a small, light wrinkle on the surface which is really hard to see. Other than the wrinkle, the card is perfect. Milan said he is going to submit it to PSA.
Like most shows, the Orland show is more than just a card show, it is a social event. I enjoyed chatting with regulars like Chris, Paul, Eddie and Rick. It is always great to see these guys!
Now for a little rant: I am set up to sell to vintage set builders -- those are my people. I will sell to anyone but I cater to set builders. I buy cards with set builders in mind. I organize my cards with set builders in mind. I prefer to sell cards to set builders.
Yet, for some reason, I always get quite a few resellers at my tables. I do not cater to resellers. I do not offer big discounts. I do not sell in bulk. I prefer not to sell to resellers.
Generally, I do not mind them but there are always a few that make crazy offers. Today, for example, there was a guy who came by my tables five or six times. I have seen him before and I think he has purchased cards from me in the past. Today, he kept looking at the cards in my display cases. He did not ask about any of the cards. He just stood in front of the cases and stared at the cards on several occasions.
Near the end of the show, he told me he was a reseller and was interested in my $1 box. Mind you, the cards in the $1 box are already discounted. I could sell most of them for $3 to $4 each, if I wanted. Anyway, Mr. Reseller says he wants all the cards but is only willing to pay 35 cents each. No way! Bye!
Why would I sell cards valued at $3 to $4 that I discounted to $1 for just 35 cents. I cannot purchase them that cheap. This guy is totally off his rocker!!
Many of the resellers drool at my inventory. They do not realize the work involved and the money spent in obtaining this inventory. I set up at shows most every weekend and buy cards. I always network like crazy and pick up cards between shows. Then I spend a ton of time organizing and pricing these cards. When I place these beauties out on my show tables, they are for the set builders, not the resellers, especially the low-ballers. Those guys can bite me.
Despite this low-ball reseller, I had a really enjoyable day, as is always the case in Orland. Will, Joe and I capped off the day at the sub shop.
Next Orland show is slated for February 18, 2024. I will be there! Low-ball resellers, please stay away!!
In the meantime, I am setting up in Madison, Wisconsin, at the Sheraton Hotel on John Nolan Drive on Saturday, January 27, 2024. I am bringing out display cases. If anyone wants to see any of the binders, please let me know ASAP.
Next Oak Creek show is slated for February 3, 2024. I have been busy contacting all the dealers. I am currently at 180 tables. I still have more dealers to contact. If some drop out, I will contact the guys on the wait list. Dealers who have not confirmed with me yet, please do so!
See you guys in Madison!!
Pictured below are some customers dinking through my binders and discount boxes at the January 21st Orland show.
Warning, you never want to walk on the left side where my neighbors have an array of lights because they leave their dog out over there and he just poops and poops and they rarely clean it up.