Outside of the Sun-Times/Fanatics shows, I have been setting up in Orland longer than any other show currently active -- about 22 years. It is always good to be at this show which feels like home.
The folks that run this show treat me so well, I don't know what I did to deserve it but I sure do appreciate it. This past show I received two condolence cards along with gifts from these super kind folks. Such incredibly nice people, I appreciate them so much!! My wife swiped the super soft stuff animal gift as soon as I got home after the show. I guess what is mine is yours and what is yours is mine. In retaliation, I'm stealing her lip gloss today!
Another great aspect of this show is that I get to hang out with my good buds Will and Joe, who brought me some coffee and sausage McMuffins. Will and Joe Rule!
I gotta tell you about another character at this show. His name is Phil. He has the first table to the left as you walk in the main room. Phil is a retired police officer, who loves sports, collecting sports cards, flea markets, music and playing the guitar. I told Phil that I play guitar as well so we always talk guitar. He told me he recently recorded a CD with another police officer and I can't wait to hear it! Phil has always got a smile on his face and is just a joy to be around. There are just so many great people at the Orland show!!
Orland and Oak Creek are my top shows. My sales are consistently strongest at these shows. This past Orland show was no exception. I brought out all of my binders but I could only get out a couple of the hockey. New binders were 1962 Topps baseball and my vintage programs binder. I also placed out three display cases filled with graded vintage and some raw vintage stars.
Sales were excellent. Once again, I was busy all day. Chris got things going with some '62s. A bunch of regulars pulled cards out of various binders. Will worked on '74 baseball and '72-'73 basketball today. Thanks Will! Andy arrived early on and purchased some cards. Thanks Andy! I sold several programs including a 1967 Baltimore Orioles game program and a 1959 White Sox game program.
Nick bought several autographs. Thanks Nick! Then Tim, who I met at this show back when I started 22 years ago, purchased some cards. Thanks Tim! Eddie purchased my 1941 Double Play Tommy Heinrich and my 1954 Bowman Gil Hodges, both graded. A new customer purchased three 1970-71 Topps graded hockey cards.
I also sold a bunch of the raw star cards throughout the day. Mike purchased his usual pile of stuff. Then my pal who grew up in Berwyn and who I see at the Rockford show, purchased a pile of stuff. Thanks buddy! A father bought his young son a graded Frank Thomas.
Longtime customer Mitanette capped off my day with a large purchase of cards. Mitanette is a reseller and regularly purchases cards from me for her auctions. She emailed me last week asking that I put a box together for her. Seems like an easy request but it is actually difficult for me to do. While I have a large inventory of cards, I do not have it sorted by price. Mitanette wanted a box of quarter cards. I just could not get it done.
Maybe half my inventory is sorted by year, while the other half is just sitting randomly in boxes. It is quite a job to go through all of these boxes to gather cards by year so I can refill a binder. I would not know how to begin to search out quarter cards. So at the show, Mitanette had me go through a pile of binders and pull out all of the quarter cards. It gave me something to do at the end of the show and I appreciate Mitanette's purchase. I think I will slowly start to fill a box of quarter cards for Mitanette. I don't know when she will be back but I do know that she will definitely be back.
On the buying front, I purchased a small pile of 1954 Red Hearts, which is one of my favorite vintage issue of cards.
Tremendous crowd. It was packed early on then thinned out by the afternoon. We did not hit the sub shop after the show because Will and Joe had some errands to run. I went home, ate some food, slept, then worked on refilling 1976-77 Topps hockey.
I had a really fun weekend between New Berlin and Orland. We're back in Orland in just two weeks with a second January show on Jan. 29th. I think I am bringing out all display cases for that one. I need to change it up after bringing out all the binders.
If you are a vintage collector, you are not going to want to miss this January 29th Orland show. Jim C. told me our good friend Tony Schaefer is setting up. Tony has the best vintage inventory around. Add him with me, Jim C., Terry, Record Store Steve, Mark A., Phil and possibly Kevin Farrell and you are looking at a lights-out inventory from pre-War through post-War vintage. I can't wait for that show!!
In the meantime, come see me at Woodstock North High School, 3000 Raffel Road, Woodstock, IL, this Saturday, January 21, 2023. I am taking requests prior to the show. What do you want me to bring out?
Also, next Oak Creek show is February 4, 2023. Tables are sold out.
See you in Woodstock!