Just as a reminder, COMC Challenge #3 is continuing and we’ll announce a winner later in the week. I really enjoyed delving into the 19th century for this challenge and for Challenge #4 we’ll return to 1997.
The folks at my day job told a few of us recently that we were moving to a new building. After I packed up and moved half of my material to my car, I was told “oh by the way, you are all staying.” Well, other than getting a good cardio exercise and scaring the security guard by carting around a bunch of huge boxes, the whole adventure was actually pretty funny if you think about it. No one was hurt, everyone stayed employed and I got some real good exercise.
Doing that reminded me of the 1968 Topps Lee May story I mentioned a couple of months ago in association with the local Texas show where I set up a table. I sold a customer a VG/EX Lee May card. It’s not an easy card to find but when I found a better one, I made sure to save it for him and he brought me back the first one. And, then later in the show, I had a customer actually drive back for, yes that returned 1968 Topps Lee May card.
Back in the day when we used to trade cards in person, that sort of thing happened a lot, too, where one card was passed back and forth (sometimes several times between the same owner) before resting in a particular collection. For example, my late dealer friend M. Keith Mitchell bought and sold much of his own collection over the course of several years including some nice Old Judge cards. Plus, I pretty much guarantee you on really high end or rare material, all the collectors involved knew who had what and what they would really want in trade.
The really serious collectors and dealers usually know who needs what and how much they are willing to pay, who has what to trade and where to find the material. I learned about that when another company I worked for, Sports Information Data Base, had their bankruptcy “sale” in the fall of 1985. I told Mike Gordon to go and bid on some of the items so we could keep them in the family. What I remember he bought was our collection of North American Soccer League (NASL) press guides and other documents. When the word got out about what he had, all four of the then major collectors of NASL told him who needed what items. The funniest part was some of the materials were photo copies of guides and that was actually sufficient for these collectors. They just loved the information. To me, that was a great example of networking among fellow collectors.
Networking can really be beneficial. Posting a want list or letting people know what you collect can remind others to keep an eye out for your needs. In addition, being out there among the people can also lead you to other items you may never have considered before. And usually, in my dealing days, when I picked up something I knew very little about at a reasonably inexpensive price, that almost guaranteed extra profits and a heck of a learning experience.
We referenced the Dallas Card Show earlier, so I will remind the readers the next show is Saturday October 12 at the Holiday Inn Express Hotel and Suites at Preston Road and 635 (LBJ). I will be interested to see how many people come out for the show and how much publicity the promoters do for their new venue. Here’s hoping they really put an effort into getting lots of collectors through the doors. Tables are sold out, so we have a location and a nice roster of dealers. Now all we need are the collectors to come to spend money. And I have thousands of new pre-1980 cards in my inventory so please stop by!