Baseball Cards: What happened at the Easter Show?
A Card Show on Easter??
Well, yes. Most card shows are planned months in advance and each show generally takes place at the same time of the month. A show might be on the first Sunday of every month for example. This allows everyone to plan - however, it leaves shows sitting on Holidays at times and there is nothing to do about it.
This show was in Rahway, NJ. Its a fun show that usually features a few vintage dealers, a dealer who busts cases of the current Topps product (for customers trying to complete the set - he has everything), one guy selling packs/boxes and a couple of us selling everything else. It's a good mix that has something for everyone. I had spoken to a few of my regular customers who all said they were coming to the show. Unfortunately, only six dealers showed up. We really didn't know what to expect from the regular stable of customers.
We got what you would expect on Easter. Some regulars came through but not a huge amount of business was being done. I did ok actually and was able to not only pay for my table, but I also bought about 20 1968 cards in great shape and traded for the 1968 Topps #1 and #150 cards, both featuring Roberto Clemente. Why was I buying/trading for these cards?
I'm sure I'm not doing anything radical here but I have a few buyers who can't get to shows but they can get to my house. I pick up stuff for them by request and keep it until they have the time to get to me during the week. I have maybe 4 or 5 buyers who routinely come to the house to look at cards. One of them is putting together the 1968 and 1969 sets.
THAT'S THE REASON TO DO THE SHOW......
Did I expect a lot of business on Easter? No. Did I expect to turn over cards I picked up at the show during the week? Yes. Will this extra sale make that show on Easter worth it? You bet it will. Of course, next month the show is on Mother's Day - who put this schedule together anyway???
The other reason to do the show - I had already done all the cooking I had planned to do for my company coming later on in the day. It was good to get away from the kitchen for a few hours.
The other question you might ask is if I picked up anything else at the show and sadly. the answer is no. One of the other dealers brought an enormous amount of Dime boxes that I would have loved to go through but I left at 12 to get home for my company. Maybe next time I'll get a chance to search through his stuff....