Where: Capitol Flea Market
What: A Hockey Stick & Some Baseball Cards
How Much: $3
This is the first time I've purchased anything sports memorabilia related at the flea market in close to two months... an I ended up only spending $3. But, it might have been the best three bucks I spent all year.
Purchase #1: Game Used/Practice Used Autographed Hockey Stick $1
At first glance, it looks like it's a Todd Gill stick, because his name is written (in Sharpie) on the shaft and his signature is signed boldly on the blade.
But after closer inspection, I saw some faint lettering (IAFR) printed on the shaft under Gill's name. I decided to look at some older Sharks cards from the mid 90's and noticed that Gill used Bauer hockey sticks, while Al Iafrate used the same Koho Revolution.
The guy who sold it to me didn't know anything about the stick other than the fact that it belonged to his son. So unfortunately, I don't have any proof that it was used by Iafrate in a game or practice... but my buddy who owns several game used sticks says this stick is legit... which is good enough for me.
By the way... the stick also has autographs of:
Ed Belfour: This guy is my least favorite Shark of All-Time.
Greg Hawgood: Hawgood was one of my favorite players in the mid 90's, because his son attended the preschool I taught at.
Purchase #2: 1992 Topps Gold Winners Lot & a 1991 Topps Magazine Card Sheet $2
This guy had boxes of cards for sale, so I dug through his stuff and found a couple of things for my collection. The first thing was a plastic box filled with 1992 Topps Gold Winners, that included two of my favorite players: Greg Maddux & Rickey Henderson.
The other item that caught my attention was this card sheet from an issue of Topps Magazine:
If you know me... than it's obvious why I picked it up. However, just in case you don't know... I collect Tony Gwynn and needed this card for my collection.
I'm a sucker for oddballs, especially 80's & 90's oddballs. The cards on the left are the original 1986 issues, while the ones on the right are the "replicas".
It's your turn...
Outside of cards, do you own any "game used" or "practice used" memorabilia?
Happy Wednesday everyone... enjoy the rest of your week. Sayonara!