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dodgerblue38501
Each year for the last 3 or 4 years I have started a thread in this very forum on this site outlining the often times ridiculous, insane, outlandish, and down right crazy things that customers have said at my shop. There have been some real doozies over the years. Many of these encounters have left me with a look of....... blink.gif Others have provided us all with hours of entertainment. There have been tall tales of safety deposit boxes filled to the brim with autographed Babe Ruth rookie cards and other rare treasures. There have been many silly questions that have proven that while the customer may always be right, they often times still have no idea what they are talking about. These stories are meant to give everyone a chuckle and even more, a look inside the things that dealers have to go through on a daily basis. For every good solid educated customer that knows sports and sports collectibles, there are 10 that have no idea if a football is pumped or stuffed but who are more than happy to talk to you about everything and anything. Mark Twain once said, "I prefer to remain silent and appear to be a fool, than to open my mouth and remove all doubt". I'll be honest, I don't know anything about how to fly an airplane, so you won't catch me having a conversation about my piloting skills. Still, some of these customers relish the opportunity to educate me about the world of sports collectibles. Luckily, I have learned a lot in my 25 years in the hobby, but I know I still have a lot to learn smile.gif If you are new to this site and haven't followed the saga, I linked the past threads below. Now its time to sit back and enjoy the latest installment of Things Overheard at the Shop.......2012 edition.

Things Overheard at the Shop.....2009

Things Overheard at the Shop.....2010

Things Overheard at the Shop.....2011


Two weeks ago I relocated my shop to a new mall that was recently renovated and reopened after being empty for the past 7 or 8 years. This place is right on the very busy I-40 corridor between Nashville and Knoxville. The location could not be more perfect. Local traffic studies put thousands of cars per day passing by this area. I already love it. My previous location was out of the way and I had to work non-stop to establish myself and build up a client base. It's hard to believe but I made it work at that location for 10 years !!! I had been ready to make the move to a better spot for years now, it just had to be the right opportunity and the right situation. I got a U-Haul and a buddy to help me and we carefully loaded and unloaded my entire shop inventory all in one day. My new shop looks like a disaster zone behind the counter but the storefront is coming together nicely. The first two weekends at the new location have been awesome. I have already met more knowledgeable sports fans in two weeks there than I did in 10 years at the other place. The 2 locations are only about 11 miles apart but they are like different worlds. Nonetheless, I still have met some folks that will no doubt provide me with lots of material for this thread in the coming months. The first 2 memorable encounters from my first 2 weeks are outlined below. Read at your own risk. Once you start reading, there's no turning back wink.gif


My very first weekend at my new location came and went without much of the strange and unusual encounters that I had become accustomed to at my previous locale. Sunday evening just before closing time, a guy about my age came in walking with a cane. I greeted him and we exchanged hellos. He seemed like a fairly normal guy. Surely, he wouldn't ruin my perfect game? He wouldn't spoil my shutout this close to end of the business day? I had made it through my grand opening with only positive experiences. No crazy stories or tall tales or ridiculous questions. My high school English teacher had a saying, "If it seems to good to be true, hey baby, it ain't true!" I should have known my streak would come to an end sooner rather than later. The guy looked around and then it began....."Do you have any Michael Jordan cards?" he asked. "I sure do. What type cards are you looking for?" I questioned. "I have a card of his and I'm not sure what it is worth" he continued. "I have never seen another one like it" he affirmed. My mind began racing, oh boy, we are about to go off the tracks, I just know it. "It is the one where he is dunking the ball" he stated with a straight face. There it is folks! I knew it was coming! This guy has the card where Michael Jordan is pictured dunking the basketball. You know Jordan rarely did that, so this MUST be valuable! "I think it is from 1989" he continued. "I would just have to see it and then I could give you an idea of what it might be worth" I replied. "It is put up" he nodded. "I've got it in my safe with my rare Emmitt Smith gold card" he said. "Do you know what that Emmitt card might be worth?" he asked. "It is 14 karat gold" he continued. "It is the one that shows him running with the football" he confirmed. Oh no he didn't! There it is again! I knew it! Emmitt only made a living running the football. Why would he ever be pictured on a trading card doing such a crazy thing? "I would just need to see that one too" I said filled with a familiar feeling of deja vu. The guy poked around for a few more minutes. He may have mumbled some other things but by that time I was tuned out. He shuffled off and I thanked him for coming by. Mostly I was just thankful for his contribution to this thread as the very first entry of 2012 !!!

Last weekend a couple teenagers came in. They were blown away by each and every item they saw. They were filled with the usual questions......"Do you buy cards?", "Are these autographs really signed?", "Is this card $10 or $5 because it has 2 prices on it?" You know the usual stuff rolleyes.gif One of the kids who had a nice set of Bama Bangs covering half of his face, declared that he loved the game of basketball. Before you know it that had turned into a game of 50 questions, all of which began with, "Do you have any cards of (insert basketball player here) ?" After showing the kid my selection of base, inserts, RCs, and GUs of every player he asked about, he was ready to make a purchase. You see this kid had wasted a good 2 hours of my time and now he was about to reward me with.......$2.00........in dimes and nickels. mad.gif I could tell from our conversation that he knew very little about basketball and even less about cards but he was determined to spend his $2.00 in change and he was prepared to go ask his mother for as much as another $1.00 if necessary. His sidekick was of the same ilk. Very little knowledge about sports or cards or life in general. He disappeared for a few minutes and returned to ask the question of the day....."Do you have any cards of Mickey Rooney?" unsure.gif Now I was without a shadow of a doubt certain that he had no interest in any Donruss Americana cards so I assumed that he was perhaps looking for another Mickey that some sports fans may have heard of. "You mean Mickey Mantle?" I asked. "I don't know his name. My mom said he was some famous baseball player or something." ohmy.gif "I'm sure she meant Mickey Mantle" I affirmed as I showed him a stack of modern Mantle base and inserts. "I'll be right back the kid said" as he disappeared again. He then returned with $1.00 of his own, and be still my heart....he even had paper money! He picked out a Mantle base card and left. He then returned several more times asking each time for a different baseball legend whom his mother had told him about. All in all I made about $8.00 off these 2 kids for a couple hours of aggravation and frustration. The best part is that they both said they would be back every weekend. Maybe I can teach them a thing or two and they may even turn into solid members of our hobby. Who am I kidding, I hate to say it but I miss Packlets already....... laugh.gif
Gforce083
Packlets!!!!
SFGiants
Congrats on the new locale! Great read as always, but refering to the previous post, did you let packlets know you were moving?

Jerad
tyrodsports
Please don't take this the wrong way, but aren't we always saying that we need to get kids interested in collecting to save our hobby? It seems that this kid was excited and even gave you all that he had and got more?
19th Century Indiana Jones
Okay, now I HAVE to visit and spend a day or two at your new locale!
road_runner_1964
Congrats on the new location, can't wait to hear more.
dodgerblue38501
QUOTE(tyrodsports @ Apr 11 2012, 05:59 AM)
Please don't take this the wrong way, but aren't we always saying that we need to get kids interested in collecting to save our hobby?  It seems that this kid was excited and even gave you all that he had and got more?
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Absolutely! That is exactly why I was patient with them, showed them everything they asked to see, and tried to teach them about some of the older players like Mickey Rooney....er Mickey Mouse......er Mickey Mantle. Hopefully they will turn into solid members of our hobby. It's still not fun to jump through hoops for a couple bucks but hopefully it is the start of something better with them. I wouldn't bet on it as I have seen this same scenario many many times over the years, but I can still hope.
dodgerblue38501
QUOTE(SFGiants @ Apr 10 2012, 11:42 PM)
Congrats on the new locale! Great read as always, but refering to the previous post, did you let packlets know you were moving?

Jerad
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I didn't have to......he was there before I was!!! laugh.gif His mom has a storefront down the hall. He proudly presented me with a coupon for 10% off at "Stiches", the store in the mall that sells jerseys and hats. Of course, I'm not really into hip hop fashion so I have no use for a straight bill pink and flourescent green Dodgers hat but I appreciated the gesture nonetheless. Packlets is growing up right before our eyes. cool.gif
sschind
QUOTE(19th Century Indiana Jones @ Apr 11 2012, 07:22 AM)
Okay, now I HAVE to visit and spend a day or two at your new locale!
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Just make sure you ask the right questions and spend more than $8.00 or you could find yourself the subject of a post on here.



Its a joke people. I'm in retail I know exactly what Chad means.
tyrodsports
QUOTE(dodgerblue38501 @ Apr 11 2012, 08:16 AM)
Absolutely! That is exactly why I was patient with them, showed them everything they asked to see, and tried to teach them about some of the older players like Mickey Rooney....er Mickey Mouse......er Mickey Mantle. Hopefully they will turn into solid members of our hobby. It's still not fun to jump through hoops for a couple bucks but hopefully it is the start of something better with them. I wouldn't bet on it as I have seen this same scenario many many times over the years, but I can still hope.
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Awesome, now can you tell me how much my one of a kind 89 pro set Barry Sanders is worth. I think it's ultra rare because he is in a lions uniform. Congrats on your new store
finestkind
Chad, congrats on the new store. You have far more patience than I would ever have in my life. Mark Twain never uttered these words of wisdom. It might be that he wasn't from Boston. "Everyone's an idiot until proven other wise. Some people keep on proving it." tongue.gif
dodgerblue38501
I just found out that the local cable TV series, "Tennessee Back Roads" will be filming at our mall this Saturday. Hopefully I will get some air time and maybe some free publicity smile.gif
chopinalex
Great start to volume 4! Mickey Rooney! Isn't he a newsman..biggrin.gif
Gforce083
I would pay Packlets $20 to hang at your store all day Saturday so I can have a shot at seeing him on TV!
dodgerblue38501
Time for an update from last weekend. Sad to say I saw no TV cameras or air time. I guess I will have to wait for my 15 minutes of fame. Not much new in the strange or unusual question department. Same old same old, "Do you buy cards?", "Are these real autographs?", "Do you have a shop somewhere else?"....you know the usual.

I did have a return visit from a new "customer" that purchased several mid-late 70s Carl Yastrzemski cards from me a few weeks ago for $25.00. I didn't recognize the guy. He looked a bit different with a Lenny Dykstra sized chew of tobacco in his jaw. He strolled in and said, "You get any Carls?". It took me a second to realize what he said. "What's that?" I answered. "Did you get any more Carl Yastrzemski cards. I bet you are stocked up on him now" the guy continued with a sheepish grin. I absolutely detest the idea that I am so desperate to sell something that the moment someone asks for a particular product or player that I can't wait to rush home and "stock up" on that merchandise. I'm not sure why people feel this way but it has been a prevailing theme over the years. Anyway, I informed the guy that I didn't have any new Yaz cards at the moment. "All your cards are authentic?" the guy asked. Any high hopes I had of an intelligent enthusiastic new customer went right down the drain. I guess he had second thoughts about those fake looking 1973-1979 Topps cards I sold him. dry.gif I informed him that everything I sell is 100% authentic and original and he should have no worries. "I'll just check back with you then" the guy concluded as he shot out the door. Let's just say while I appreciate the business, I'm not going out of my way to find any nice early 60s Yaz cards with a little steeper price tag.

The next somehwat interesting encounter occured when a woman came in with her mother. The woman had a shaved head, Marine Corps hat, and was sporting some serious ink on her arms. "Do you have any Babe Ruth cards?" she asked. Now this is another question that I get asked a LOT, usually by children. "I have some modern Ruth cards. Would you like to see them?" I asked. "Yes, please. I collect Babe Ruth and Luke Gehrig." she continued. unsure.gif "Wow, you picked two of the most expensive guys to collect. " I continued. "Yeah, I love the old Yankees like Babe and Luke." she said as she looked through the assortment of Ruth cards I showed her. "I have some Gehrig cards also" I stated. "Can I see those?" she asked. I placed the stack of Gehrig base and inserts in front of her. For the next few minutes I watched as she went through each stack card by card and said aloud, "I have this one", "Ooooh I don't have that one", "I have this one", "Wow I need that one", "I don't know if I have that one", and on and on and on and on. When she finished I said, "If you like old Yankees players I have quite a few cards of Joe Dimaggio, Mickey Mantle, Yogi Berra, Whitey Ford, and others". "Nah, I only collect the GOOD Yankees" she stressed to me. blink.gif She made her $8.00 purchase of Babe Ruth and the great Luke Gehrig cards and away she went leaving me with lots of BAD players like Dimaggio, Mantle, etc. smile.gif

What will next weekend bring? There is never a dull moment......that is for sure.
tyrodsports
should have traded for those crappy players, lol
Gforce083
So we hear the stories of the nickel and dimers... does anyone come in a drop some serious cash! Maybe not as entertaining as the lowballers but I'd get excited to hear about someone buying some high dollar inventory.
dodgerblue38501
QUOTE(Gforce083 @ Apr 19 2012, 11:36 AM)
So we hear the stories of the nickel and dimers... does anyone come in a drop some serious cash! Maybe not as entertaining as the lowballers but I'd get excited to hear about someone buying some high dollar inventory.
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Yes they do G! Unfortunately, there just isn't enough high rollers to go with the nickel and dimers! The largest single sale I have had recently is $1,300. That was for various autographs. There are a few customers that visit every weekend that can be counted on for $300 - $500 per visit. Most people fall somewhere in between. I'd say the average purchase is around $40.
finestkind
QUOTE(dodgerblue38501 @ Apr 19 2012, 01:07 PM)
I'd say the average purchase is around $40.
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That's my lunch money for the week. laugh.gif
dodgerblue38501
QUOTE(finestkind @ Apr 19 2012, 04:10 PM)
That's my lunch money for the week.  laugh.gif
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I say that only because the couple big spenders bring up the average for the folks who typically spend $20 or less. Actually, that would be an interesting study. If I have time this weekend I may crunch some numbers and get an answer for everyone.
Gforce083
QUOTE(dodgerblue38501 @ Apr 19 2012, 06:04 PM)
I say that only because the couple big spenders bring up the average for the folks who typically spend $20 or less. Actually, that would be an interesting study. If I have time this weekend I may crunch some numbers and get an answer for everyone.
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I'm not trying to figure out how much money you make a weekend... I just thought it would be cool to hear about some "intelligent" interactions as well as what these big spenders come in and buy.
dodgerblue38501
QUOTE(Gforce083 @ Apr 20 2012, 08:24 AM)
I'm not trying to figure out how much money you make a weekend... I just thought it would be cool to hear about some "intelligent" interactions as well as what these big spenders come in and buy.
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No worries G. I just usually don't include the normal transactions because they are much more boring. smile.gif Now that a card/memorabilia shop has a reality show (Ball Boys on ABC), it is only a matter of time before everyone thinks I am making millions! smile.gif
dodgerblue38501
Another weekend in the books. Business was strong again. The new location really is like a whole new world. Still I encounter some of the same silly non-sense as before, just not as much. This past weekend saw only a couple of run ins of interest for the readers of this thread.

A man stopped in early Saturday accompanied by his wife/girlfriend. I greeted them in customary fashion with the usual spiel. They browsed around for a few minutes and then asked everyone's favorite question, "Do you buy cards?" rolleyes.gif Of course I answered in customary fashion, "Only cards produced BEFORE 1980". "Well I have a block of cards that are still in the plastic. Never been opened" the man said. I doubted that he was holding on to a 1952 Topps set, still in the plastic, all these years so I thought I would ask just because I am a glutton for punishment. "What year are they from?" I questioned. "Well, I'm not sure. They have all the players in there. They've got the Rangers in there too" he continued. Now don't get me wrong, I like the Texas Rangers just fine, I'm just not sure why this guy chose to stress the fact that his block of cards, still sealed in the plastic, contained all the Rangers players. "I used to manage a convenience store" the lady chimed in. "These were part of a Christmas display we did with some toys, candy, beer, and stuff" she stated. blink.gif Nothing says Christmas like a cold 6 packs of brew. "I think they were from 2008 or 2009. They are all there. They've got the Rangers in there I know" the guy confirmed again. "Sounds like you may have a Topps factory set" I said. "Yeah they are Topps" the guy agreed. With that unusual exchange the happy couple left with the woman telling the man how they need to bring them in for me to see.......Rangers and all. laugh.gif

Later that day a man came in with his two kids. They were browsing around talking aloud about the autographs and were in awe of everything. They were discussing how they would purchase this card and that card and this item and that item IF they had the money. Then they discovered my display case of local teams autos and GU. They ran down the list of Titans autos discussing how they would be worth something IF they were really signed. Then they had a loud talk abou the Marc Mariani Donruss Rated Rookie auto and how it appeared to be printed on the card rather than signed. Without realizing it, I had apparently worn my invisible suit again and could not be seen standing 2 feet away from the loud ramblers. Then came my all-time favorite question............"Are these really signed?" the boy asked. "Yes they are. They come right out of the pack already signed and the COA is printed on the back of the card. Card companies pay players to sign cards to insert into packs and have been regularly for the last 15 years or so" I further explained. This sppech was met with the sounds of silence. blink.gif After a brief pause, they started right back with their discussions about the autographs and how they MIGHT be worth something IF only they were real. dry.gif After all these years I still can't comprehend why people just cannot accept the fact that someone who deals in sports memorabilia could have items that have been autographed by famous athletes. That remains a great mystery. It will go down in history with all the other great riddles such as, whether or not I do in fact BUY cards, the location of the ATM machine and/or bathroom, if I am there every weekend, and of course if I have ever tried those delicious homemade pork rinds, kettle corn, or "Country Boy's Toe Jam Fruit Preserves". laugh.gif
SFGiants
Great read. IF only those autos were REALLY real!

Jerad
dodgerblue38501
I thought I would try something new today. Live stories from the shop....as they happen. This exchange just went down a few moments ago.

An older gentlemen in a Hover Round equipped with an oxygen tank rolled in and said, "I bet I have a card you don't have." I just love it when someone tries to play a game of everything I have is better than what you have. "Oh yeah?" I said lacking enthusiasm. "It is a rookie card" the guy continued. I looked at him waiting for the payoff. We shared a long awkward pause. "California Angels" the guy continued. After another long awkward pause I said, "What is the player's name?" hoping to get an answer within the next day or so. "It's my nephew" he asserted. "O.k. What is your nephew's name?" I asked again. "Minnis" he answered somewhat unsurely. "His name is Minnis. He was a shortstop. Broke his hand. A fastball got him. That's all it takes." the man concluded as he rolled away. And thus, I have been educated as to the short pro career of the promising Angels prospect, Minnis. blink.gif
dodgerblue38501
QUOTE(Gforce083 @ Apr 20 2012, 08:24 AM)
I'm not trying to figure out how much money you make a weekend... I just thought it would be cool to hear about some "intelligent" interactions as well as what these big spenders come in and buy.
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I meant to post this last week. The average transaction amount was $39.67 per transaction for last weekend. smile.gif Several transactions north of $100 brought the average up again for the $1 - $10 sales. Business continues to be strong at this location. I'm seeing more "big ticket" items such as autographed memorabilia selling well. My WWE merchandise sales have dropped somewhat but still remain a solid part of my business. Unopened pack sales have come to a screeching halt. That is probably the most surprising and disappointing part of my move thus far. Also, people are really loving my McFarlane figures at this location. I am waiting now for a regular vintage buyer to stop by and pick up the sweet 1961 Topps Mickey Mantle card that I have put back for him. That sale alone will bring today's average up ! laugh.gif As always.....more to come........
finestkind
QUOTE(dodgerblue38501 @ Apr 28 2012, 12:34 PM)
I thought I would try something new today. Live stories from the shop....as they happen. This exchange just went down a few moments ago.

An older gentlemen in a Hover Round equipped with an oxygen tank rolled in and said, "I bet I have a card you don't have." I just love it when someone tries to play a game of everything I have is better than what you have. "Oh yeah?" I said lacking enthusiasm. "It is a rookie card" the guy continued. I looked at him waiting for the payoff. We shared a long awkward pause. "California Angels" the guy continued. After another long awkward pause I said, "What is the player's name?" hoping to get an answer within the next day or so. "It's my nephew" he asserted. "O.k. What is your nephew's name?" I asked again. "Minnis" he answered somewhat unsurely. "His name is Minnis. He was a shortstop. Broke his hand. A fastball got him. That's all it takes." the man concluded as he rolled away. And thus, I have been educated as to the short pro career of the promising Angels prospect, Minnis.  blink.gif
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dodgerblue38501
QUOTE(finestkind @ Apr 28 2012, 06:00 PM)
Maybe he meant
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laugh.gif laugh.gif laugh.gif

You might be on to something.......
dodgerblue38501
Another live update......this just happened moments ago.

A lady came in eating a bag of popcorn, dropping most of on my shop floor, flanked by her band of merry misfits. "Do you know anyone in town that buys collectors?" she questioned. "Buys what?" I asked for clarification. "Collectors" she asserted as she pointed to my display cases filled with cards. Now I'm pretty sure that even here, human trafficking is still illegal, so I informed her that I bought cards and memorabilia in order to re-stock my inventory. She simply said, "Oh. Well they are gold plated and autographed" as she walked away with her brood. I still don't understand how the Shop At Home Network ever went out of business since everyone in this area managed to purchase the "Limited Edition 24 kt Gold Specials" that they were hocking late at night. I still have nightmares with Don West screaming, "A GEM MINT 10!!!" rolleyes.gif
dodgerblue38501
This doozy of a brag-fest just concluded and man am I exhausted. A guy came in, who I recognized from my previous location. Luckily he didn't recognize me. He had been in my shop a year or so ago and told me much of the same garbage. This time I let him ramble on before letting him know that he had told me all this before. He started out with, "I have a hypothetical question." "O.k." I said while thinking aren't those the types of questions that aren't meant to be answered but are designed to make a point. blink.gif Anyway he started going on and on about how he had 350,000 cards going "Plum back to the 1940s". He went on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on about this great massive collection he has acquired over the years. I listened or at least pretended to, while he explained to me the rarest of the rare items that he had such as cards from the 80s, 90s, and even some Troy Aikman cards in a can! laugh.gif He also explained how he refused to let anyone view this collection although many have tried over the years. "I would just have to stand right there with a camera and watch them. I would be afraid they would bend a corner or something." he declared. laugh.gif "It is going to be difficult to sell your collection without allowing anyone to see it" I explained. "I don't want to sell just one or two cards. I could do that all day long. I want to sell everything. If someone offered my .50 per card I would probably sell them. That would be an awesome deal. You would be getting some $300 and $400 cards for .50" he said proudly. "Maybe so but you would be getting thousands of .05 and .10 cards for .50 as well. Usually there are far more of those in a collection that the $300 and $400 ones" I countered. He kept on hanging around talking about things that made no sense like how he had cards as big and thick as his hand that were old, old, old. As usual I was unimpressed. He told this tall tale all while leaning on my display case oh high grade vintage cards that apparently he didn't notice. He finally left after providing me with this parting shot of business wisdom, "You've got to spend money to make money. If you can't afford to spend any money, then you aren't going to make much money." clapping.gif That is true in some sense. Of course I prefer to spend money on things that I can actually re-sell to make money and not old, old, old, Pinnacle cans of 1990s Troy Aikman cards. That is just me though. I'm weird like that. Before anyone asks I did not spend $175,000 on this collection. Oh brother.......the day is only half over........
road_runner_1964
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dielonthug
LOL, the woman asking you if you buy collectors had me rolling. Love the human trafficking line. laugh.gif

And "technically", that guy with the "Minnie" card does have a card you don't have. "technically" we all have millions of cards you don't actually have, lol.
tyrodsports
QUOTE(dodgerblue38501 @ Apr 29 2012, 12:34 PM)
laugh.gif  laugh.gif  laugh.gif

You might be on to something.......
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Lolololol
dodgerblue38501
Nothing too much this past weekend in the way of the humorous or disturbing. Lots of the same old questions, "Do you buy cards?", "Do you have any My Little Ponies?", "Do you take cash?", "Do you frame jerseys?", etc. The only moment that gave me a chuckle occured when a regular customer stopped by to say hello and introduce me to her boyfriend. He immediately puffed up and started to tell me about all the great stuff that he had when he was younger. I guess he was in full impress the girlfriend mode. Then he had to show her his knowledge of baseball by asking me this, "So how much is that MVP card of John Maddux worth these days?" unsure.gif "Who?" I asked somewhat confused. "Atlanta Braves" the guy said with a smirk like I was the idiot. "You mean Greg Maddux?" I asked. "Yeah Greg Maddux. How much is that MVP card of his worth?" he continued. I then had to inform him of the mass production of the 80s and 90s stuff and how most of Maddux's cards are fairly cheap..........even THAT MVP card.
osufan2383
lol puff his chest only to be deflated because he is not that smart.
dodgerblue38501
Just checking in with an update or two. Not really much new to report. I still get asked if I buy cards about 20 times per day. I still get told stories of all the great super rare mint condition turn of the century rarities that everyone else has and are willing to sell, but never seem to bring them in for me to look at. Basically, I deal with a lot of folks that are full of ...........misinformation and incorrect ideas about their stuff. One such example occured this past Saturday.

A lady and her husband came in and began to scan around my display cases. They settled on the vintage case and the lady began wondering aloud how much "daddy's cards" were worth. Luckily for them I was standing behind the counter less than 3 feet away. Of course, I had yet again worn my invisible suit so I could go undetected and eavesdrop on all these great conversations. Finally, before her head exploded with worry, the lady acknowledged my existence and said, "I have a question". "O.k. What can I help you with?" I responded. "How much is a Pete Rose rookie card?" the lady continued. Now folks, I have been asked about the Pete Rose rookie card more than any other single sports card in history. It seems as though everyone has one or two or in this case...... "That is a rare card. In near mint or better condition that is about a $1,000 card" I said answering the lady's previous question. She smiled and looked at her husband and said, "My daddy has 3 of them!" blink.gif Of course he does. Apparently I was sick at home the day everyone received their multiple 1963 Topps Pete Rose Rookie cards. dry.gif Everyone has a Pete Rose Rookie Card, a Nolan Ryan Rookie Card, and some Michael Jordan and Dale Earnhardt 24kt Gold cards. That is the foundation upon which all of these people's ultra valuable collections are built. "It is a pretty rare card. I have only seen a dozen or so in person in my 25 years of dealing in sports cards" I continued. "There are also a lot of counterfeits of that card" I asserted. "Well these are the real deal" the lady confirmed. Then her and her companion thanked me and went away. Then I was thankful. I will wait with great anticipation for the day that this lady brings in all 3 of her 1986 Pete Rose Years subset cards valued at .25 each. laugh.gif
Luke2411
Pete Rose RC PSA 8.5
ISLP55
Man you have the life of Riley. You ever seen that old show? You have a good thing going there in the new location and people surrounding you that seem to make it so! LOL If you never seen the the show you may not get the referance.
dodgerblue38501
QUOTE(Luke2411 @ May 22 2012, 09:36 PM)


Well looks like daddy only has 2 left now.......... laugh.gif
dodgerblue38501
A couple tidbits from today's happenings at the shop. Once again, we will prove that most people have absolutely no idea what they have. A guy strolled in and said that he had been directed to me by someone else. Who that person is that did the directing, I have no idea. If I ever find out though...... dry.gif Anyway, the guy sat a bag on one of my display case and said, "I have some old comic books and ball cards here that I thought you may need. Do you buy cards?" There it is! I had been open for business all of 30 minutes and I already received my favorite inquiry. "Only cards produced BEFORE 1980" I stressed. "I've got some 50s, 60s, and 70s in there" the guy continued."Ok" I said knowing in the back of my mind exactly where this was headed. I opened a shoe box to reveal some cards arranged neatly in 2 rows. I could see the back of the cards in one row and quickly my trained eye recognized that they were........drumroll please.......1989 Topps baseball. A quick thumb through the other row revealed 1988 Topps baseball and 1990 Topps baseball. "These are 1988,89, and 90" I said looking at the guy waiting for 1950s, 60s, and 70s to fall from the sky. The guy got somewhat agitated and said, "I don't see how these cards could be from the 80s because I wasn't even collecting then." blink.gif I informed him that if he doubted my information the dates could be found on the back of any of the cards. then he went on his merry way grumbling and muttering under his breath. I just love happy endings.

I am still waiting for another golden opportunity to retire to waltz through my door. I received a call from a man yesterday informing me that he had found me via the CardShopFinder.com smart phone app. That was cool to hear. The folks at www.cardshopfinder.com do a great job helping promote card shops across the US and Canada. The guy then went on to tell me that he had about 15 cards that he was looking to sell. I then informed him that i was looking only for cards produced BEFORE 1980. He then rambled on and on telling me about each card. After he ran through a few of the cards he had, I noticed an interesting trend......1968 Topps Nolan Ryan RC, 1969 Topps Reggie Jackson RC, 1981 Topps Joe Montana RC, 1982 Topps Cal Ripken RC,1984 Fleer Update Roger Clemens RC, etc...... You see every card that the guy managed to name is known to have many counterfeit examples out there. I didn't tell him that. I invited him to bring them in and if I didn't want to purchase them I may be able to offer him my consignment services. I just want to get out the old magnifying glass and take a closer look. He said he lived in Sparta which is about 20 miles south of my location. He said he didn't want to "come all the way there if I didn't want to buy". Still he agreed to bring the cards in. I am about 30 minutes from shut down and still nothing. Maybe tomorrow....maybe tomorrow. Tune in next time and see if these cards ever showed up in my shop.
chopinalex
Your just missed out on 'the guy' that was gonna make you rich!
dodgerblue38501
QUOTE(chopinalex @ May 26 2012, 09:10 PM)
Your just missed out on 'the guy' that was gonna make you rich!
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Not so fast my friend! I received a call from the guy with the array of RCs at 7:30 am on Sunday. Needless to say I didn't answer. If someone calls super early or late, I don't answer. If they don't have any concept of common courtesy and having respect for someone's privacy then I ignore them. He then called me again at a more reasonable 2 pm. That time I answered and he just wanted to confirm that I was in fact open before he "wasted gas" and came "all the way" to see me. I live 68 miles from my shop. It takes me about an hour to an hour and 15 minutes to get there. I have no sympathy for someone driving 15 - 20 miles and acting like it is a week long cross-country journey. Anyway, the guy said he knew exactly where I was located. About 15 minutes before closing as I was securing some items and locking up some display cases I got yet another call from the guy. This time he was at the mall and couldn't find me. I had given him exact directions on where to park and enter the mall to find me. I told him to come to side facing the interstate past JC Penney and enter through the door marked "Service Merchandise". He called and started rambling about how big the place was and how he didn't know where to go. Of course he had parked on the opposite end of the building than where I had instructed him to park. He was naming off every store and shop he passed as I explained that he should look for the big sign that says "SPORTS CARDS". I had zero patience at this point because the guy was getting on my nerves with his whole schtick. Finally he found me at 6 pm....closing time. I told him that he would have to wait until I had closed up because securing my merchandise was the most important concern I had at that moment. After everything was put away, display cases covered and locked, I took a look at what this guy had brought me. He proudly displayed Donruss, Fleer, and Topps Cal Ripken rookie cards, a Topps Frank Thomas rookie card, a very worn 1971 Topps Nolan Ryan, another worn 1977 Topps Nolan Ryan, and a very badly worn Reggie Jackson rookie card. Then he pulled out 1 other card....a pretty nice 1972 Topps Nolan Ryan. This card was well centered, had nice corners, no marks or blemished of any kind front or back. It is from the high number series and has a high BV of $100. In short, it didn't belong with the rest of those cards. It belonged in my vintage display case where it will now proudly reside for a few weeks until someone snatches it up. At least it wasn't a total loss. Sometimes you have to put up with a lot of aggrevation to get something worthwhile. The guy even remarked that I had a lot of nice things that he would like to have when he gets the money. Who knows maybe he will come back at a later time and do some more wheeling and dealing. This may be the start of a profitable business relationship. I just hope that he made it "all the way" back home those 15 grueling miles without having to get a hotel room and layover for the night. wink.gif
Gforce083
I see you don't like the potential business I throw your way wink.gif
Gforce083
Do you want to offer your consignment services for what's left of my Jason Campbell collection? I'm sure you have plenty of people who come in and ask for his stuff smile.gif
dodgerblue38501
QUOTE(Gforce083 @ May 30 2012, 10:34 AM)
Do you want to offer your consignment services for what's left of my Jason Campbell collection? I'm sure you have plenty of people who come in and ask for his stuff smile.gif
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No offense G but I would probably have better luck selling Glenn Campbell CDs than Jason Campbell cards. wink.gif
Gforce083
QUOTE(dodgerblue38501 @ May 30 2012, 02:32 PM)
No offense G but I would probably have better luck selling Glenn Campbell CDs than Jason Campbell cards.  wink.gif
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Ouch... come on, think about it. A whole display case and banner reading "2004 SEC OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR" people would flock from miles and miles!
19th Century Indiana Jones
QUOTE(dodgerblue38501 @ May 22 2012, 02:21 PM)
Basically, I deal with a lot of folks that are full of ...........misinformation and incorrect ideas about their stuff.
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You mean second-hand-informational-theory?
dodgerblue38501
QUOTE(19th Century Indiana Jones @ Jun 2 2012, 08:45 AM)
You mean second-hand-informational-theory?
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Absolutely! laugh.gif
dodgerblue38501
As the weekend winds down I thought I would change it up a little bit and share some of the more amusing questions I have been asked this weekend. These are direct quotes. If you don't understand them, don't feel bad, I didn't either! smile.gif

"Do you buy gold?"

"Do you have any baseball cards or only football?"

"Would you take $15 for this Jerry Rice autographed photo?"

"Could you use 100 St. Louis Cardinals lapel pins?"

"Do you have any real rookie cards?"

"Will you be getting any more of those hats?"

"Did you see which way Danny went?"

"I've got a complete set of 1991 Nascar cards. How much would they be worth?

"How much is Peyton Manning worth?"

"Do you have any Ricky Cheshire cards?"

"Are you going to open today?"

"Do you have any Jim Cena wrestling dolls?"

That's only a s mall sample folks. It's no wonder I'm loosing my mind. blink.gif



sschind
Are you going to tell us or not...which way did Danny go...the world wonders.
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