Some of my overall observations about the Orland show...
Each show appears much the same for me. I get to hang out with my pals Larry, Will, Joe, and Paul. I also see a lot of other friendly faces. There is now a concession stand which has me excited.
On the down side, my sales have gone down. While attendance is steady at this show, for some reason my sales have taken a nose dive. I think one of the problems is that less and less collectors attend this show. It seems like most customers coming to my table want wholesale deals so they can resell my cards. I can't make money with these customers, I need collectors. Not just any collectors, I need some guys working on vintage sets and ready to spend a little dough. Where did all the Orland collector go?
I still get a handful of regular collectors who I really appreciate. You guys know who you are and a big thank you for your support! Overall, it seems like the amount of Orland vintage collectors has shrunk.
I don't even know what to bring out any more. I brought all of my display cases at the March show and sales were minimal. I didn't bring out my 1950's binders in March, I'll have those this month.
Buying, on the other hand, remains strong at Orland. I've bought quite a few cards these past five months at Orland and will probably continue to do so.
As far as the thief goes, I told him in January to stay away from my table. So far, so good.
The next Orland show is Saturday, April 27, 2019. I hope to see a return of the hordes of vintage collectors. My baseball binders are pretty well stocked. I need to work on the others. Let me know if you are looking for anything special.