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dodgerblue38501
About a month and a half have passed in 2011 and I have been bombarded with messages from fellow TCCers wondering..... where are the stories?

2011 may finally answer the burning questions that we have all been discussing the past couple of years......Is the customer always right? Are there more massive collections of 1991 Donruss baseball cards that I will have the opportunity to purchase? Do I even buy cards or do I only sell them? Are my autographs in fact........real? ohmy.gif

For the past 6 weeks since the calendar turned to a new year, I have heard and saw more of the same madness that has been well documented in my 2010 and 2011 threads. As I approach my 9th year in business at my current location, sales are off to a red hot start. 2011 is looking very good thus far. Just when I thought I had heard it all.........well, you know the rest. This thread will be devoted to those close encounters of the "special" kind that happens at my shop during 2011. I hope that everyone can read and laugh and enjoy these true tales of the odd, strange, weird, and just plain dumb things that people say when it comes to sports and our great hobby.

I want to especially say thank you to everyone that enjoys reading my threads. You have given me an outlet to express my frustrations that develop from dealing with the public. For those that are new to these stories, I have linked the previous 2 years threads below for your reading enjoyment. smile.gif

2011 is in full swing........LET THE GAMES BEGIN!!!

Things Overheard at the Shop.....2009

Things Overheard at the Shop.....2010

sasports
Sweet! These are very good reads! laugh.gif Definatley somthing to get you laughing!
dodgerblue38501
This past weekend saw an influx of people trying to sell me their valuable collections.

Collection #1:

A guy in his ealy 20s came in with a large dusty cardboard box. My heart raced as I hoped he had decided to sell his grandfathers collection of mint T206 cards that had been stored away in the attic for the last 90 years. However, reality set in, the guy carefully removed the items from the box. "These have been in my garage for 20 years", the guy explained. "I've been holding on to them until the right time", he continued. "I know there are some good cards here", he affirmed. I looked through the Trapper Keeper of yellowed 9 pocked pages containing 1988 Topps baseball and 1991 Hoops Basketball cards with a heavy heart. I explained to him that these cards were from the era of mass production and were virtually worthless. "What about my Mark McGwire Rookie Card?", he asked pointing to a 1987 Topps McGwire card. I then explained that the 1987 card wasn't even McGwire's true Rookie Card and that his 1985 Topps Team USA card was his only true rookie. "I thought his stuff would be hot since he broke Hank Robinson's record", the guy said. It was at that exact moment that my soul left my body for a happier place. A place where people actually knew a little bit about what they were talking about. "My brother told me that my Jose Canseco Rookie was my best card", the guy concluded. "Your brother was probably right", I agreed. A sadder statement has never been made. I then just closed the box and pushed it back across the counter to him. I thanked him for coming in. I will also be eternally grateful to him for not only making the Trapper Keeper useful again but also for teaching me about the great baseball slugger, Hank Robinson. blink.gif

Collection #2:

Another younger guy came in with yet another dusty cardboard box. I prepared myself mentally and tried to compose my emotions before openeing his box to reveal a complete 1952 Topps baseball set. However, all I found was more early 90s mass produced stuff. sad.gif I again went into my routine explaining how cards from that era were printed by the millions and how they are virtually worthless in today's market. "Well, I have some older cards too", the guy said. I told him that I would be interested in seeing them if they were in fact, "old". "They are in this album", he continued. He then handed me a 3 ring binder and my heart started to flutter. What would I find inside? Ruth, Gehrig, Dimaggio, Ted Williams, Mantle, maybe even a Hank Robinson Rookie Card! Nope. Sorry. Just another 9 pocket page filled with those dreaded black bordered early 90s, Conlon Collection cards. I then launched into routine #2 about how newer cards are still made of older players from the past. He then followed that up with, "I have a plaque at home of Jackie Robinson's 50th Anniversary. It has the official coin and everything on it. It has a gold card of him too. I'm not sure if it is his Rookie Card though." Luckily for the both of us, I am sure. unsure.gif

Collection #3:

Another 20 something young man came in with a large shoebox. I just knew that he had to have something of value. I mean, I couldn't possibly strike out on all 3 collections that walked through the door....could I? As I opened the shoebox, I went down looking. He just painted that outside corner and I was frozen. My knees buckled as I got a big 'ol eye full of 1989 Pro Set Football. "I'm not sure if this is the whole collection or not", he said. "I wasn't sure if they were in order by color or the number on the back", he continued. I then explained that the number on the back of the card did in fact serve a purpose. After my third and hopefully, final speech of the morning about the overproduced 90s, I was exhausted. I didn't care if he had Sanders or Aikman RCs. I didn't care if he had any of the "error" cards from the set. I only cared that it was over and I was left hoping for a real collection of value to walk into my shop one day.

Fortunately, I didn't have to wait very long. A man in his 40s-50s came in with a box. In that box I could see baseballs in ball holders. Could they be autographed? Could this be the big one? Tune in next time to find out............ cool.gif
sasports
laugh.gif What a way to kick off this years thread!
ffman
My guess - fascimilie autographs or photoballs.
19th Century Indiana Jones
Oh come on!!!! mad.gif
chopinalex
to be continued!!!!!!!!!!!!! Hurry up dodge!
Johnny Number 5
lllolol
road_runner_1964
QUOTE(chopinalex @ Feb 14 2011, 05:36 PM)
to be continued!!!!!!!!!!!!! Hurry up dodge!
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Johnny Number 5
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Kmart6nets
It's amazing how many people walk into your shop with that 80s/90s stuff.. you'd think at some point in the last 20-30 years they'd have done SOME research, no?
kooljazz1966
QUOTE(dodgerblue38501 @ Feb 14 2011, 03:05 PM)
This past weekend saw an influx of people trying to sell me their valuable collections.

Collection #1:

A guy in his ealy 20s came in with a large dusty cardboard box. My heart raced as I hoped he had decided to sell his grandfathers collection of mint T206 cards that had been stored away in the attic for the last 90 years. However, reality set in, the guy carefully removed the items from the box. "These have been in my garage for 20 years", the guy explained. "I've been holding on to them until the right time", he continued. "I know there are some good cards here", he affirmed. I looked through the Trapper Keeper of yellowed 9 pocked pages containing 1988 Topps baseball and 1991 Hoops Basketball cards with a heavy heart. I explained to him that these cards were from the era of mass production and were virtually worthless. "What about my Mark McGwire Rookie Card?", he asked pointing to a 1987 Topps McGwire card. I then explained that the 1987 card wasn't even McGwire's true Rookie Card and that his 1985 Topps Team USA card was his only true rookie. "I thought his stuff would be hot since he broke Hank Robinson's record", the guy said. It was at that exact moment that my soul left my body for a happier place. A place where people actually knew a little bit about what they were talking about. "My brother told me that my Jose Canseco Rookie was my best card", the guy concluded. "Your brother was probably right", I agreed. A sadder statement has never been made. I then just closed the box and pushed it back across the counter to him. I thanked him for coming in. I will also be eternally grateful to him for not only making the Trapper Keeper useful again but also for teaching me about the great baseball slugger, Hank Robinson.  blink.gif

Collection #2:

Another younger guy came in with yet another dusty cardboard box. I prepared myself mentally and tried to compose my emotions before openeing his box to reveal a complete 1952 Topps baseball set. However, all I found was more early 90s mass produced stuff.  sad.gif I again went into my routine explaining how cards from that era were printed by the millions and how they are virtually worthless in today's market. "Well, I have some older cards too", the guy said. I told him that I would be interested in seeing them if they were in fact, "old". "They are in this album", he continued. He then handed me a 3 ring binder and my heart started to flutter. What would I find inside? Ruth, Gehrig, Dimaggio, Ted Williams, Mantle, maybe even a Hank Robinson Rookie Card! Nope. Sorry. Just another 9 pocket page filled with those dreaded black bordered early 90s, Conlon Collection cards. I then launched into routine #2 about how newer cards are still made of older players from the past. He then followed that up with, "I have a plaque at home of Jackie Robinson's 50th Anniversary. It has the official coin and everything on it. It has a gold card of him too. I'm not sure if it is his Rookie Card though." Luckily for the both of us, I am sure.  unsure.gif

Collection #3:

Another 20 something young man came in with a large shoebox. I just knew that he had to have something of value. I mean, I couldn't possibly strike out on all 3 collections that walked through the door....could I? As I opened the shoebox, I went down looking. He just painted that outside corner and I was frozen. My knees buckled as I got a big 'ol eye full of 1989 Pro Set Football. "I'm not sure if this is the whole collection or not", he said. "I wasn't sure if they were in order by color or the number on the back", he continued. I then explained that the number on the back of the card did in fact serve a purpose. After my third and hopefully, final speech of the morning about the overproduced 90s, I was exhausted. I didn't care if he had Sanders or Aikman RCs. I didn't care if he had any of the "error" cards from the set. I only cared that it was over and I was left hoping for a real collection of value to walk into my shop one day.

Fortunately, I didn't have to wait very long. A man in his 40s-50s came in with a box. In that box I could see baseballs in ball holders. Could they be autographed? Could this be the big one? Tune in next time to find out............ cool.gif
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My day sucked today! You sir just turned my frown into a smile!!! smile.gif laugh.gif laugh.gif ....from the bottom of my heart THAK YOU!!!


-kjazzzzzzzzz
dodgerblue38501
QUOTE(kooljazz1966 @ Feb 14 2011, 08:51 PM)
My day sucked today! You sir just turned my frown into a smile!!!  smile.gif  laugh.gif  laugh.gif ....from the bottom of my heart THAK YOU!!!
-kjazzzzzzzzz
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Anything for the Jazz man! thumbsup.gif
dodgerblue38501
QUOTE(Kmart6nets @ Feb 14 2011, 08:36 PM)
It's amazing how many people walk into your shop with that 80s/90s stuff.. you'd think at some point in the last 20-30 years they'd have done SOME research, no?
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You would think so. Many of these folks don't own computers and have no idea what that evil internet is all about. They don't know anything unless someone tells them. It frustrates me to see people so backward and out of touch with everything in the world. Ignorance is truly bliss I guess. I'm sure next weekend will bring more of the same. Of course, I was closed Sunday to attend a show and a guy came in with a lot of nice GU and AUTOS. The guy that has a space next to mine, dabbles in cards, he told me the guy sold a Matt Ryan RC AUTO for $20 to a customer in his booth. mad.gif That summarizes my luck. I get tons of mass produced 80s and 90s junk and the moment I take a day off, people are selling Matt Ryan RC AUTOS for $20....... blink.gif
NYStateOfMind1976
Chad thank you so much for bringing the thread back. Always puts a smile on my face. It is greatly appreciated. smile.gif
MWS
Sweet theads back!!!
rjcla30
I found this thread today...where I have been for the past two years...read 2009 and 2010 today. One best threads I have ever read. I worked in a LCS in High School in 1997. Even though it is different times conversations are still the same and I don't care what you sell, if the general public comes in your store you are going to have stories!
Please keep it up...you will have one more reader of this thread from now on!
edgerrin32
Ahhh it is back!!! This is by far the funnest topic on tcc!! There have been some funny ones here and there, but this one just keeps rolling as if it was day one! And I cant get enough. You will have to start making them up just so I can have my fix in between updates! laugh.gif cool.gif


You should start a burn barrel out back and let people burn those cards and maybe a year or 2 from now the population will be down like 0.000000000012 percent! tongue.gif
dodgerblue38501
Well folks, I do have some updates. I have some photos to upload to answer the cliffhanger in my original post about the autographed baseballs. I also have an amusing story that happened this weekend involving a baseball, a candy bar, and $10,0000 !!! I will try to update late tonight when I have time to upload pics and write the story. Stay tuned....... smile.gif
Luke2411
Oh C'mon!!!! I'm hanging by a thread here. Don't leave a brother hangin' like this.
road_runner_1964
QUOTE(Luke2411 @ Mar 1 2011, 09:11 PM)
Oh C'mon!!!!  I'm hanging by a thread here.  Don't leave a brother hangin' like this.
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Ditto....
aceecards
swingin from the gallows pole here!
dodgerblue38501
O.k. folks, I can't sleep so I guess I finally have time for an update. smile.gif

A couple weekends ago, a guy came in with a box of autographed baseballs and a few vintage cards. He was a former collector that was getting out of the hobby. I found a nice 1968 Topps Ernie Banks card in the small album of cards that he brought in. It was in very good shape unlike most of the others he had. I set it aside as we began to take a look at the autographed baseballs. My heart began to race as the man pulled a ball out of the box. It was in a ball cube for protection. "I got this one signed at a show" he said holding the ball proudly. "Atlee Hammaker" the man smiled. Atlee Hammaker, really? blink.gif I couldn't be more disappointed. "Here is another one" he continued pulling out another Atlee Hammaker signed ball. "I got these two here as well" he said. "Rick Honeycutt" he displayed the ball proudly and then pulled out another one to match it. You see folks, back in the early 90s there was a fairly large card show every February on the campus of my alma mater, Tennessee Tech University. The university's baseball coach at the time would promote the show and have a Major Leaguer on hand to sign autographs. I got to meet such all time greats as: Braves Infielder Glenn Hubbard, Tigers pitcher Steve Searcy, Cubs pitcher Mike Harkey, and you guessed it, Giants lefty Atlee Hammaker, and good 'ol Rick Honeycutt of the A's. The man continued on, "I went to a lot of shows back in the day. I've got a couple of other baseballs here also. I got this one signed in Atlanta but I have forgotten who it was" he concluded placing the following baseball on my display case........

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"That is Nolan Ryan" I confirmed to the man. "That's right!" he exclaimed! "I couldn't remember for the life of me whose signature that was" he said looking relieved. He then turned to his wife and said, "Show him your autograph, honey." The woman then pulled out a small envelope that was slightly yellowed. There was a date written on the envelope. The year was 1982. The lady then pulled out an autographed 1968 Topps Hank Aaron card. "We got this when the mall in town first opened" she said. "I waited in line for hours to get it" she said with a smile. For years I had heard stories from local long time collectors about Hank Aaron signing autographs at the grand opening at the mall in town back in the early 80s. That info along with the fact that I attended the same local shows where Atlee Hammaker and Rick Honeycutt had been signing made me feel very good about the authenticity of the Nolan Ryan ball. It also made me feel even better when the man whipped out the final baseball from his box and said, "I got this one signed at a show in Nashville back in the late 80s."

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ohmy.gif ............jawdrop.gif.............. drool.gif..............

There it was a Mickey Mantle autographed baseball signed right on the sweet spot. It had been years since I owned one. Needless to say, I am now the proud owner of another one, along with a Nolan Ryan autographed ball, and a sharp 1968 Topps Ernie Banks card. I just love happy endings. cool.gif
spuds1961
Holy schnikey's that makes coming to work worthwhile,you have to kiss alot of frogs to find a prince,but that mantle and ryan were well worth it,Congrats on your finds,take care Steve
road_runner_1964
Congratulations, Chad. Great stuff right there....
dodgerblue38501
After my score with the autographed baseballs a couple weekends ago, I thought last weekend would only bring more rare treasures. Well, I was wrong. A man brought in a plastic toolbox filled with beat up early 90s Pro Set football commons which oddly enough contained a stack of 2003 Topps Pristine baseball cards........ unsure.gif I never really associated those two products until now. The stash contained several star base: Pujols, Jeter, Ichiro, Mattingly, Willie Mays, and a couple Ryan Howard RCs, a Hanley Ramirez RC, and 3 Robinson Cano RCs. I was excited to get these because I knew I could sell them right away. For the record, I only bought the stack of Pristine. I passed on the Pro Set. smile.gif

Last weekend wouldn't have been complete without some interesting questions from customers though. You see, over the past couple of years in this ongoing thread we have learned a lot about some of the most important questions in our hobby. Things like, "Do I buy cards or do I only sell them?", "Are my autographs real?", "Am I open every weekend or does my entire shop fold up into a briefcase for easy carrying and storage?", "Do I know how much a 24 carat gold Dale Earnhardt Home Shopping Club special is worth?", and of course, "Do I sell cell phone covers, video games, or pork rinds?", and most importantly, "Do I know where the bathroom is?" These burning questions have all been asked time and time again..........and answered time and time again.

Another popular question has been asked of me many times over the years, although the players in question have changed with the season. People have a really hard time understanding the concept that college athletes do not have any licensed cards produced until they leave school to turn pro or they graduate. In essence when their collegiate eligibility has ended then the major card companies start to produce their cards. Of course some college stars have had a few team issued cards or cards in magazines like SI for Kids but that is just too exhausting to explain so I generally just go with the response that they must first declare their intentions to leave school early for the pros or graduate before they have any cards made. I have had to give this response literally hundreds of times over the years. Many times I have had to give the same response to the SAME PERSON regarding different college athletes within a span of 30 seconds! I have had this question a lot over the last couple years concerning: Tim Tebow, Eric Berry, John Wall, Tim Tebow, Cam Newton, Mark Ingram, Tim Tebow, Jimmer Fredette, Tim Tebow.......you get the idea. I had not been asked about one guy though.......until now.

A guy came in with his grandson. The kid was probably around 10 or so. He looked around and whispered to grandpa who then apparently translated those thoughts into English and verbalized them to me.......which at times required a bit of translation on my part as well. "My grandboy loves these cards" the man began. "He knows everthang about 'em." "He can tell you anythang you need to know about these players. He has a whole cabinet at home full of cards. He is a big Vols fan. He is Tennessee crazy" the man just continued to wow me with facts about his "grandboy". The kid continued to look around and whisper to his grandpa. He then located the monster box of former UT Vols players that I keep on my showcase which contains the autographs and GU of former UT Vols players (I know.....it is the last place I would look also) and he began to dig through the box. I then knew, it was on! Of course it was off very quickly when the man began to relay questions from the "grandboy" who five minutes earlier was the world's foremost authority on everything sports. "Does Tee Martin still play ball?" the man asked. I had to then explain that Tee spent a couple years in the NFL as a backup/practice squad player then went into broadcasting and now coaching. "Eric Berry still plays, don't he?" the man again asked on behalf of the kid. I then explained that Eric Berry did in fact "still play" and had just completed a fairly successful rookie season in the NFL. After more looking through the box, the moment I had waited for arrived. The "grandboy" spoke !!! He actually spoke to me directly! Oh happy day! "Do you have any cards of Tom Bray?" the boy asked. "Tom Brady?" I asked for clarification. "No, the Vols quarterback, Tom Bray" the boy confirmed. Yes that's right, the wonderkid who is "Tennessee crazy" didn't even know the name of the team's QB. "Oh, you mean Tyler Bray" I finally understood. I then had to explain again about college players and when they have cards produced and yada yada yada. The kid then moved on to my $5 GU box and began conferring with his grandpa again. I heard lots of whispers and talk of, "Well, if you want it then get it" and such. Then the man asked me yet another doozy on behalf of the kid, "Does Warren Moon still play?" blink.gif I then had to explain that the 54 year old Moon no longer played in the NFL and had been retired for 11 years and was now a member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Yep these folks are really up on their sports knowledge. The man then rattled off what might very well go down as the understatement of the century, "I don't know nothing about ball but my grandboy is crazy about it." blink.gif I didn't even have a response. I just let that statement speak for itself. What happened next though had me afraid the go home later that day. You see after they made their purchase of a couple $5 GU cards, the man handed the boy the car keys and said, "I'll let you take her home, but we have to go the backroads." Look both ways my friends, he is out there somewhere. laugh.gif
babybraves05
Hahahaha, good Ole Tom Bray. Combination 6th round gem/Man with wierd tattoo.

Great stories man, especially that Mantle one. Needless to say, that was well worth the wait.

If you find any Tom Bray cards, hold em for me =p... wait... he still plays right?
NYMETSJETS
Candy bar? $10,000? These have to come into play somewhere.
Luke2411
I snorted out loud when I read he was going to let the youngster drive home.

Chad, if you can get your hands on those autographed balls of Hammaker, Honeycutt and whomever, I might take them for a good price. I've got a shelf in my office I'm trying to populate with autographed balls and those are some great names of guys that I stuffed my card binders with in the 80s and 90s. I would love to be able to put one or two on my shelf.

Right now I've got guys like Denny McClain, Rusty Greer, Mark McClemore and Todd Hollandsworth right next to Curt Schilling, Duke Snider, and Robin Roberts.

So, let me know.
Gadsden86
Must be hard sometimes not to just do a facepalm.
dodgerblue38501
QUOTE(NYMETSJETS @ Mar 4 2011, 10:28 AM)
Candy bar? $10,000?  These have to come into play somewhere.
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Doh! How could I forget? That story will be coming next.......
chopinalex
haha the stories are back and hilarous still!!!

Is Warren Moon still playing?..hahah!!
Johnny Number 5
how many touch downs did micheal phelps have at the track meet?

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msw_sportscards
Ha.....trick question. Michael Phelps is a snowboarder not a pommel horse champion. rolleyes.gif

QUOTE(Johnny Number 5 @ Mar 5 2011, 12:53 AM)
how many touch downs did micheal phelps have at the track meet?

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msw_sportscards
lol

QUOTE(Johnny Number 5 @ Mar 5 2011, 01:18 AM)
oopso
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THUNDER9
just curious - how much did you pay for the mantle ball?
chiefsfan101
Whatever happened that interesting kid that used to come and bug you years ago?
msw_sportscards
Yeah!!!! Where's packlets?


QUOTE(chiefsfan101 @ Mar 5 2011, 11:41 PM)
Whatever happened that interesting kid that used to come and bug you years ago?
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chiefsfan101
QUOTE(msw_sportscards @ Mar 5 2011, 11:45 PM)
Yeah!!!! Where's packlets?
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YEA! Packlets!
dodgerblue38501
Don't worry folks, Packlets is alive and well. I see him every weekend. His dad does maintainence for the facility. He spends most of his time in the video game shop at the other end of the building. He likes to hang around there and play PS3.......... and that is fine with me! He did stop by and bust a couple of packlets of 2010-11 Prestige Basketball a few weeks ago. He is still chasing a GU or AUTO of his idol, Kobe Bryant.

As for my reference to the candy bar, baseballs, and $10,000, that is an interesting story. It actually took place the next day after the guy had brought in the Mantle and Ryan autographed baseballs. A guy that I had never seen before came strolling up to me with a baseball firmly entrenched in his hand. His palm covered 90% of the ball. All I could see was the stitching of one of the seams. He held his arm straight out, ball in hand, and said, "Would you give me $10,000 for what I have in my hand?" blink.gif "Probably not" I responded. Then he slowly opened his hand to reveal a Babe Ruth 100th Birthday Commemorative baseball with the Babe's career stats and facsimilie AUTO on the sweet spot. "I asked Larry Harris if he would give me $10,000 for it and he said he wouldn't give me 10 cents" he continued. Of course that statement was somewhat amusing and pretty much summed up how I felt as well. The more amusing part is that I guess I am supposed to know who in the heck Larry Harris is. unsure.gif The guy then pulled out another baseball from his pocked and said, "What about this 'un?" It was a Mickey Mantle commemorative ball similar to the Ruth except this one also had a photo of The Mick on it. "I never even heard of him before" the guy admitted pointing to the Mantle ball. "You've never heard of Mickey Mantle?" I asked somewhat suprised. "Naw, never heard of him" the guy confirmed. Another vendor walked up spotting the baseballs like a vulture lying in wait for the perfect time to pounce on a rotting carcas. "What do you have there?" the other vendor asked. "Two baseballs, one of 'um is Baby Ruth, the other'n is Mickey Mays". laugh.gif I actually laughed out loud and snorthed a tiny bit. Another passer by slowed to try and catch a peek at the goods. They guy held up the Ruth ball and said, "Baby Ruth!" and looked at the passer by with distain. I continued to laugh and eventually the small crowd dispersed and the treasures were put away before another traffic jam developed. You see I have been very fortunate over the last few weeks to learn about the great slugger Hank Robinson and now the legendary Mickey Mays! I have also been fortunate enough to see a candy bar with a $10,000 price tag that looked strangely like a baseball. You just never know what you are going to see at a place like that. cool.gif
edgerrin32
O man laugh.gif laugh.gif


Those were great. I don't think anything will ever top the scratch and sniff GU, but always great to read a new add. cool.gif


I bet you could publish a little book with all your adds in these topics!! Just a cheap little paper back maybe $10 bucks each. Nothing big, but would be worth the price. You could sell them to hobby store to sell to there customers! I honestly think it would do great, maybe not millions but it might be worth looking into! Or I could look into if for you?? wink.gif

I mean who wouldn't want to read something like this, who is in our hobby? And what would you call it, "Things Overheard at the Shop". How could you call it anything else? laugh.gif
chopinalex
does that little guy still come around. I forgot his name and its been a while.
dodgerblue38501
QUOTE(chopinalex @ Mar 8 2011, 10:37 PM)
does that little guy still come around. I forgot his name and its been a while.
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Packlets is alive and well. I see him every weekend. His dad does maintainence for the facility. He spends most of his time in the video game shop at the other end of the building. He likes to hang around there and play PS3.......... and that is fine with me! He did stop by and bust a couple of packlets of 2010-11 Prestige Basketball a few weeks ago. He is still chasing a GU or AUTO of his idol, Kobe Bryant.

MWS
Good old "packlets"
dodgerblue38501
Well, I haven't updated this thread in a while. I actually don't hear very much new material these days. I am still swamped with same stories, questions, and tall tales of the great collections that everyone seems to have at home. They want to sell these fine collections. Somehow though, they never seem to bring anything in to sell. unsure.gif Don't worry folks, that is fine with me. I would rather just dream and believe that they are all sitting on mint stashes of T206s rather than 1991 Donruss commons anyway. Most of the comic relief that I have had recently surrounds my decision to mark all my single cards with discount price stickers. Each card has a white price sticker with the current BV. Directly under that white sticker is a flourescent orange sticker with the discounted price, or more simply what I am asking for the card. The number on the white sticker is bigger.......I promise. In fact most of the time it is 50%-75% more than the number on the orange sticker. I have heard no less than a dozen people over the last few weeks having discussions amongst themsevles wondering how much a particluar card is. They don't know if I am asking $25 for the card or $10. I have taken to answering this perplexing question in the following manner.

Customer: "Is this card $25.00 or $10.00? It has 2 prices on it."

Me: "Today we are running a special where the customers can choose which price they would rather pay."

I answered that same question in that very same way just last weekend concering a Ryan Howard rookie card. The white sticker said $20. The orange sticker said $10. The response I received from the customer was a pleasant surprise. "Oh, I'll give $20 for that card! I think he is going to break the home run record some day." The man then gave me $20 and walked away with the Howard RC. Needless to say......I hope that dude comes back soon and often!!!

Just yesterday I had an interesting encounter with a couple that made me wonder why I live such an extravagent lavish lifestyle.

A guy stopped in and was checking out my GU display case. I recognized him. He stops by a few times per year. He knows just enough about our hobby to be annoying. He asked me if I had any game used bat cards. He kept saying that he only saw "fabric cards" but no bats. I directed him to my $5 GU Box that has several HOF GU Bat cards. He did say that he liked old school players so I figured that would be where he needed to direct his attention. Of course he didn't even bother looking through the box but rather asked me another question. "What kind of package deal can you give me?" he asked. "What cards are you interested in?" I wondered. "I like that A-Rod jersey with the pinstripe, that Tom Brady jersey there, and both Terry Bradshaw pieces you have" he answered. I looked over the A-Rod, Brady Ultimate Collection GU /50, Terry Bradshaw GU, and Terry Bradshaw Triple Prime GU /50, and shot him a very fair price, discounting the cards an extra 15% off the already discounted prices. "I think I've only got ten bucks" the man said pulling out his wallet. blink.gif Really? You are going to ask about 4 very nice pieces of top superstars while you are packing all of $10 to spend? At that point I had decided that I would walk away before assault charges would be filed. "Let me walk around and thank on it" he continued. "I need to find my wife, she is here somewhere spending my money" he concluded. No sooner than he said that did his wife appear and announced that she had made some purchases. She said, "I bought a few things". "What did you get?" he asked her. "I got these hot peppers for daddy, she said holding up a bag, and I bought a piece of furniture." The guy look confused and somewhat worried, "You bought some furniture?" he questioned. "Yeah, I did and it was VERY expensive" the woman said. The guy did not look happy. Just to add to his enjoyment of his wife's purchase I then cracked a joke about her showing up just in time to have him carry the furniture to the car. The guy then remarked to his wife that I was "playing hardball on some cards". "I will allow you to spend as much as I did" the wife said. "How much did you spend?" the man asked with a glimmer of hope in his eye. "I spent $3.00 on daddy's peppers and $7.00 on the furniture" she said. What? A few minutes earlier she was acting ashamed that she had spent so much on a VERY expensive piece of furniture and now I find out it was all of $7.00. Really? $7.00? Folks, that sums us the mentality of the majority of people that I encounter. If $7.00 is a VERY expensive piece of furniture, then my house is furnished better than Buckingham Palace! I just laughed out loud in front of them, shook my head, and walked away. The guy ended up getting some money from his wife and buying a card before they left. I had to strongly resist the urge to follow them outside to see him load the bank breaking purchases into the car. I will always wonder just how nice the $7.00 furniture could have been. I bet it was the finest TV tray that $7.00 could buy........some people...... dry.gif
Luke2411
Good story Chad. I would like to think that the woman was joking about being all scared about spending $7. Maybe she was giving her husband a hard time.
2006BowmanDraftFan
I keep telling my wife's relatives to stay away. Not only dangerously inbred, but hard of hearing I guess.

Keep them coming!!!
road_runner_1964
"Oh, I'll give $20 for that card!"......laugh.gif (this smilie does not do justice to the laughter I just exhibited.)
Gforce083
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Me: "Today we are running a special where the customers can choose which price they would rather pay."

I answered that same question in that very same way just last weekend concering a Ryan Howard rookie card. The white sticker said $20. The orange sticker said $10. The response I received from the customer was a pleasant surprise. "Oh, I'll give $20 for that card! I think he is going to break the home run record some day." The man then gave me $20 and walked away with the Howard RC. Needless to say......I hope that dude comes back soon and often!!!



PRICELESS!!!!
dodgerblue38501
QUOTE(Luke2411 @ May 23 2011, 07:06 PM)
Good story Chad.  I would like to think that the woman was joking about being all scared about spending $7.  Maybe she was giving her husband a hard time.
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I would like to think that she was joking also, but based on the other evidence in this case, I have to believe that she was very serious. laugh.gif
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