No rest for the weary. The day after the National ended, I was in court representing clients for my real job. I had a pretty busy week of work as I have been putting everything off for the National. When Saturday rolled around, I was dead tired but had agreed to join my parents and my brother for the Cubs/Sox game at Wrigley Field. I really was hoping for a rain out. No such luck.
When traffic is light, I can make it to Wrigley Field from my house in about 40 minutes. However, the Edens Expressway in Suburban Chicago was a parking lot when I got on at Lake Cook Road. Things opened up a bit when I got past a nasty looking accident by Tower Road.
Traffic tightened up and I got off at Peterson Road and drove down to Western and meandered to the Wrigley Neighborhood. I parked at Irving Park Road and Lincoln Avenue, near Timber Lanes (a great old-time bowling alley and bar, if you are ever in the neighborhood). I have lived at two different apartments near Wrigley Field and know the neighborhood well. One thing I observed was a ton of new restaurants and bars and need to come back and try these places on a non-game day.
It was jammed in Wrigley Field. My dad got us tickets in the upper deck behind home plate. Ugh! It was quite a walk. I purchased some water before finding my seat. I arrived as they were singing the National Anthem. My folks and my brother had already been there a few hours. My dad, who is always snarky, told me that he and my brother had a bet as to when I would arrive. He took the 7th inning while my brother said the 8th.
Snarkiness aside, I enjoyed the seats.
My mom grew up just down the road from Wrigley off Lawrence Avenue. My dad grew up in Chicago's Logan Square neighborhood. They were high school sweethearts at Chicago's Roosevelt High School, Class of 1955. Check out the lady behind us who covered up the Cubs logo on her jersey with a Yankees logo. Awesome!
So I am one of the rare Chicagoans who is a fan of both the White Sox and the Cubs. In the past, I would wear a Cubs hat to Wrigley and a Sox hat to Comiskey. But after the Cubs gutted the team, I do not feel I can ever support the Cubs again. I wore a Sox cap and rooted for the Sox at Wrigley for the first time in my life. The Sox did not disappoint. Rondon pitched a gem. Sox won 4-0.
I was so hot and tired after the game. It was a struggle walking to my car. I slept a few hours after arriving home. Go Sox!
Load in and set up went smoothly. I brought out just about all of my binders including my newly reloaded 1976 Topps football binder. Attendance was nice early on. I had some nice sales. Robert pulled some nice piles of 1953, 1954, and 1955 Topps baseball. Thanks Robert! Dean found some cards and also lent me a book about Larry Doby and Satchel Paige. Thanks Dean!
A bunch of other regulars found some cards and I ended up having a decent day. Not quite the same amount of sales as my last Buenavista show in June but I'll take it. I also picked up some 1971-72 Topps hockey from Robin. Thanks Robin!
I once again chowed down on five steak tacos. Man, those tacos are good!
I was set up next to Tom John and Larry Larsen. Behind me was PJ and Nelson. I love hanging out with these guys.
The show started to clear out around noon as folks were heading over to the Brewers game. I stuck around until about 1 p.m. then had an easy drive home. Once home, I went straight to sleep.
I had a tough time waking up for work on Monday. I had two long cases in court that took all morning. Tuesday has been a fairly easy day at work as I do this write up. I hope to be rested for the Orland show on Sunday, August 15, 2021. I am probably going to bring out all of my binders and one display case to Orland. I had a request for some star cards from the 1950's, so I'll fill the case with that stuff. Hope to see you Sunday in Orland!
A big thank you to everyone who bought cards and sold me cards at the Buenavista show. Once again I received many complements about this blog. I really appreciate all the kind words. Thank you!
Pictured below is a corner of the room at the Buenavista show on Sunday.