Where: De Anza Flea Market
What: SLU's, a McFarlane, some Star Wars figures, a Yu-Gi-Oh booster box, & two trading card sets
How Much: $81
Purchase #1: 1985 Robotech Trading Card Set $2
This is the most affordable purchase and easily the best deal of the day (IMHO). It's a 60 card Robotech trading card set that was produced in 1985. The set highlights the first 36 episodes from The Macross Saga, which was the cartoon I watched religiously in the 80's.
I've never seen this set before and wasn't able to find any completed sales on eBay... but it's the best $2 I've spent all year.
Purchase #2: 2010 Aaron Rodgers McFarlane $13
I'm not sure how much these sell for at Target and Walmart... but Toys R Us sells these for $15.99. I probably can find one of these for $10 or less online... but ultimately... shipping is costly. So when the lady offered me this figure for $15, I countered with an offer of $13... which I consider to be fair for both sides. She gets to make a few dollars on the piece... and I get to add another Green Bay Packer to my McFarlane collection.
Purchase #3: 1996 Star Wars 12" Luke Skywalker & Obi-wan Kenobi Figures $16
These two figures were actually two separate purchases, but since they make a nice pair, I decided to combine them in this post. I found the Kenobi figure first for $8. The box was sealed and in beautiful condition, so this purchase was a no-brainer in my book.
Less than five minutes later at another booth, I came across the Skywalker counterpart. His box was a little beaten up, but I decided to inquire about the piece anyways. The gentleman wanted $15 for the Skywalker and I told him about my Kenobi purchase.
He asked me about my collection and I explained that I planned on opening up both pieces to display them on my Star Wars shelf in my office. I had no intention of paying $15 and just as I was picking up my backpack... he told me he'd sell it for $8 too.
Purchase #4: 1991 Upper Deck Football Set + Bonuses $5
This is one of those purchases that was too good to pass up. I know what you're thinking... 1991 Upper Deck football? What a waste of good cardboard!
But for $5... I received the following:
A. The complete series one base set (#1-500), which books for an overwhelming $10.
B. Joe Montana Heroes set (#'s 1-9 w/ SP header card) BV: $10
C. Game Breaker Hologram set #'s GB1-GB9) BV: $8
D. 1991 Upper Deck #SP1 Darrell Green BV: $.50
E. Binder & Pages
Okay... so book value doesn't mean anything... but anytime I can pick up a complete base set with two insert sets, a short print card, and a binder with enough pages to hold everything for $5... well... I'll take it.
Purchase #5: Various Kenner Starting Lineups $30
At first glance... some of you might be shaking your heads asking yourself... why would this guy waste $30 on a bunch of worthless toys. However... if you collected SLU's in the 80's and 90's... then you can appreciate the money I spent on these pieces of plastic.
Sure... these weren't super cheap... but at the same time... as a SLU collector... it was money well spent. Four of the six figures are either Kenner Club or Convention figures... and were not sold in retail stores. The other two figures are retail store pieces, but were popular in the 90's and difficult to find on shelves.
Best of all... all of them are in beautiful condition... as if a collector purchased them and tucked them away for the past 13 years.
1994 Kenner Collector Club Joe Namath
1995 Kenner Great Western SLU Convention Joe Montana
1996 Kenner Collector Club Bobby & Brett Hull
1998 Kenner Collector Club Joe Montana Freeze Frame
1989 Kenner SLU Jerry Rice
1995 Kenner Timeless Legends SLU Walter Payton
Back in the 90's these six figures would have easily fetched $100+. But today... I was able to add these beautiful figures for a fraction of those prices.
Purchase #6: Pharaonic Guardian Booster Box $15
As I was heading back to my car, I came across a box of Yu-Gi-Oh packs. The woman wanted $.50 for a pack, which seemed cheap... so without thinking... I offered her $15 for the box. She accepted and now I'm the proud owner of some cards that I don't know how to use.
I checked online and noticed that these boxes sell for as little as $39.00 (+ $9.99 shipping) on eBay... so I guess I got a decent deal.
The plastic wrapping on my box was coming apart, so the lady suggested I open it up in front of her... to make sure it hadn't been tampered with. I figured I was probably going to give them away as prizes in my class anyways... so it didn't matter if the box is sealed or not.
So how did I do? After today, I have two days left of summer vacation. Then I'm headed back into the classroom for another year of joyous wonder with my students... teenage drama... waking up early... checking and correcting homework... and of course report cards.
And since I have to do report cards... why shouldn't you?
Today's question of the day:
How would you grade each of my purchases?
Here's the grading scale:
A = Steal of the Century
B = Impressive, but not great!
C = Ummm... you did okay... I guess.
D = What were you thinking? Did you really need this?
F = You need to turn around and see if they'll give you a refund. Epic waste of money.
Here's how I graded myself:
Purchase #1: 1985 Robotech Trading Card Set $2 A+
Purchase #2: 2010 Aaron Rodgers McFarlane $13 B-
Purchase #3: 1996 Star Wars 12" Luke Skywalker & Obi-wan Kenobi Figures $16 B
Purchase #4: 1991 Upper Deck Football Set + Bonuses $5 A-
Purchase #5: Various Kenner Starting Lineups $30 B+
Purchase #6: Pharaonic Guardian Booster Box $15 C+
Obviously, I'm a little biased... since I'm completely happy with my purchases and have no regrets for once.
But as always... I'm interested in hearing what all of you have to say. So keep it real and don't hold back... I'm a big boy.
And just in case you're wondering... I truly love my job. I compare it to Aaron Rodgers and football... I get paid to do something I love... teach.
Happy Monday everyone... enjoy the rest of your week. Sayonara!