I got to the Stephens Center around 8:30 a.m. They don't let the public in until 9 a.m. and there was a nice line waiting to get in. A changed my set up a little bit today. I didn't sell any cards out of my cheapie quarter book or my '78-'79 hockey book yesterday so I placed those books behind my table. I also pulled my '69 baseball book off the table because it is nearly empty. In place of these books I put out my '70 & '72 football book, my '58 book and my '59 book. I thought this gave me a much stronger display. Dave was again busy all day. It took awhile for customers to find my stuff. From 10 a.m. to about 2 p.m. there was a steady stream. Though at past Sun-Times Shows, this time period was always a mob scene. Late in the day, the crowd thinned out significantly. My first sale of the day was a '66 Philadelphia Mel Renfro to Willie, who regularly sets up at Fred Copp's shows and the Saturday Orland shows. Willie loves the autographs and bought the card to get signed by Renfro at the show. Later I sold some Jack Lambert cards to other customers who were going to get the cards signed by Lambert at the show. I saw Tom, a memorabilia dealer from Orland, who had a pile of Lambert gear to get signed. I had one customer pull out quite a few '66 Topps baseball from my binder. I sold some '65s. I sold quite a few '53 Bowman Color to a gentleman from Springfield, Illinois. Another customer pulled out quite a few '55 Bowman from my binder. I had a customer buy some '60 Fleer Greats of the Game. Another customer from Iowa was buying up Fritz Peterson cards because Peterson is doing a signing out there. I sold a smattering of football out of my binders but not as much as last night. I had some sales out of my dollar box, my 50-cent box and my quarter binder.
There is a group of guys that always come out to this show and they belong to a vintage collectors/trading club called Old Baseball Cards (OBC). You can't miss them because they wear these somewhat loud white and blue baseball caps. I love these guys, they always buy from me but, like I was telling T.J. who belongs to the group, they need to bend up those brims on those hats. When I was a kid, we couldn't bend those brims enough. Thirty something years later, I still want to bend up those brims. These OBC guys are good guys and T.J. was telling me that the guys at the show today have some amazing collections. I've known T.J. for years and I can attest that he has a great collection. He was telling me how he just finished up his '61 set and is three card away from the '67 set. T.J. buys a lot of pre-war from me and today was no exception. He picked up my American Caramels and some Diamond Stars. Another guy in the OPC group bought my 1964 Topps Stand-Up Ernie Banks.
I had a father and son team that I remember from the National buy some cards today. The dad picked up my '52 Bowman Duke Snider and Gil Hodges while the son picked up my '59 Topps Stan Musial. Another customer bought my '62 Topps Whitey Ford. Jim Goodfriend made an appearance today. He was in a real good mood. Often he's a bit surly. Jim bought my '55 Topps Willie Mays. I sold a lot of stuff today but as I write this in the wee hours of the morning, I can't seem to remember all that I sold.
I didn't buy anything today. Not much showed up at my table and I didn't get a chance to walk around. Though I did see Al Oliver signing autographs at the Bob Feller Museum table. I always liked Al Oliver, he was a tough player and great hitter. I also saw a guy wearing a Jim McMahon jersey. I haven't seen one of those No. 9 jerseys in a long while. My tablemate Bob "Memoraboblia" Downing noted that he saw a guy wearing a Cubs Jim Riggleman jersey.
It was a good day today and I'll take a repeat tomorrow. Unfortunately, I always bomb out on Sunday at this show. I remember last November, I had some real nice sales to another dealer first thing in the morning then nothing, zero, zilch, the rest of the day. I priced out some more cards for my cases tonight, so I'll have some good stuff but with football games starting at noon, I'm expecting a long day. So if you're reading this and live within an hour or so of Rosemont, Illinois, please come out to the show and buy up my stuff!!
Sorry, no photos today because I forgot my freakin' phone. I'll have some photos tomorrow.