Recently, I noticed the first signs of the upcoming holiday shopping season. The first was that a local station was getting ready to go all in on Christmas music pretty soon. While the date varies, they, along with tons of other radio stations will soon be playing it all the time through Christmas Day. Stores are either putting holiday decorations and related merchandise out … [Read more...] about Ramblings: Secret Santa Anyone?
Our second charity fundraising show in the Dallas suburbs is history and after a couple of days of reflection, I realized that Plano II, white not quite as a major success as Plano I, was a truly good show in its own right. We understood going in that Labor Day weekend, although not the official end of summer in Texas that it is in the northern part of our country, may keep … [Read more...] about Ramblings: Plano II Recap
The date of our Plano II show is this Sunday and since we really explained in an series earlier this year about the genesis of a show, I figured a couple of days before the second volume was as good as a time as any for a follow-up and preview. We even received a call from the Dallas Morning News who said they would attempt to feature us with a significant article in their … [Read more...] about Ramblings: Almost Show Time
Recently the Dallas Card Show returned to the LaQuinta located at Walnut Hill and Central (Highway 75) in Dallas. As usual, the show had free admission and even had some free packs at the door courtesy of Panini. As a seller I did fine for the day but as usual there were several interesting occurrences. Flyers for the show seemed to arrive via email not far ahead of time … [Read more...] about Ramblings: A Little Selling, a Lot of Promoting
Following the story on 1969 Topps ‘white letter variations’, we were very pleased to hear from good friend and long-time reader Bill Hedin with some personal memories of how he received some while opening packs as a kid in Massachusetts. And, reading his letter, that distribution makes sense as many vendors who set up at the Albany shows I referenced were from the southern New … [Read more...] about Ramblings: Readers Recall Brushes With 1969 Topps White Letters, Other Scarcities
Once again, my inbox included some feedback from some prior editions of Ramblings. There's no shortage of passion for baseball cards among collectors. Even though not everything they tell the card companies is glowing praise, the reaction is good news for Topps because the worst thing that can happen when you own a business is that the customer stops caring. This time in … [Read more...] about Rich’s Ramblings: Reader’s Thoughts on Topps Archives Possibilities