OK, so in yesterdays post, I teased a mislabeled box at a card show. Here are some relics and autos I grabbed from it as a teaser:
Here's the story:
One of the dealers I frequent at our monthly show had quarter boxes out. Not only is this dealer (I'll call him cooldealer) a good guy with great prices, but I'm a sucker for the cheap stuff, so I wandered over and started perusing the boxes with a couple of other regulars.
A minute after I got there, another dealer (I'll call him psychodealer) a few tables down made a little grab for business. He does this all the time, calling over to people he knows and saying things like "I got some great stuff today", and "come on over, I have something for you". He had enticed me to come over the show before by telling me he had a dime box that he had put some extra good cards in. "Better than a normal dime box", was how he put it. So I had gone over and pulled out about 20 cards. When I took them up to pay, psychodealer grabbed them and went through them. He pulled out 4 of them and said he couldn't let me have them for dimes but quoted a much higher price. I didn't want the hassle, so I put back the non-dime cards, paid and left. But it left a sour taste in my mouth.
So when psychodealer called out and tried to get some of us to come look at his stuff, I told the story to cooldealer. I told him that I wouldn't probably look at the pushy guys cards again and he said he would feel the same way. So I continued with the quarter boxes...
At first I only found a couple of cards I liked and was on the verge of leaving for some dime boxes on the other side of the show. But then I started finding good stuff. Or at least interesting stuff to me. The stack of cards I wanted was growing high! I put a cool card on the stack and cooldealer made a slightly confused look. I didn't think much of it. I put a few more on the stack and he came over and looked at my stack and another guys. He mumbled something about "these aren't all my quarter stuff", and wandered off. I was thinking, is he serious? and, why doesn't he pull the box then? I stopped and went over to talk to him. I asked if they were really higher end cards and he said that some of them looked like stuff he would have asked more for. I told him to grab the box and re-sort. He was hesitant, and I realized that the story I told about psychodealer renegotiating on the fly might have something to do with it. That made me feel like crap! I told him that didn't apply here, this was an honest mistake!
So I pushed a little harder and he agreed to pull stuff out of the box. I was really glad. He's a good dealer and I hated to see him feel crappy. I pulled out some of the cards I had pulled, the really obvious stuff and took it to him. He tried to refuse, but I told him I still had more that should come out. We settled on him taking back some cards, but me keeping some for quarters. I could tell he felt good about it.
I gave him a few extra dollars and will be giving him my business every show. I turned out good, but it was very uncomfortable for me while it happened.
So here are some examples of the kind of stuff I got. They aren't really all that awesome, but some are right up my alley!
I got about 20 cards I think were great deals. And I did the right thing, at least I think I did. Its a win-win.