Where: Capitol Flea Market
What: A Baseball Card Binder
How Much? $20
I'm on a pretty strict cardboard budget after the purchases I made earlier this month. But there's just something about vintage cards... I just can't walk away from them.
My buddy and I were just about to wrap up our flea market tour, when we stumbled across a guy with a tub of cards and a binder filled with everything from late 90's parallels to junk wax era inserts to good old vintage base cards.
As I flipped through the binder, there wasn't anything that was going to pay next month's mortgage. No Mantles or Mays. But there were around one hundred 60's and 70's Topps cards, including a few stars. After going back and forth on a price, we settled on $20 for the binder... which isn't exactly a steal... but it's a price I was willing to pay.
Most of the newer stuff is garbage, but I did find a few cards for my personal collection:
1985 Topps Woolworth's #15
Remember Topps and their 44 card, retail oddball sets from the 80's? This one commemorates one of my favorite pitchers from the era and the MLB strikeout record by a rookie pitcher that still stands today.
1983 Fleer #643 and #644
Did you rip Fleer products in the mid 80's? If so, then I'm sure you remember their cool, 2-card puzzle subsets. Black & Blue. Speed & Power. Carew & Boggs. Sax & Thon. Good times... good times.
1990 Fleer Soaring Stars #6
This card is proof that inserts don't have to be autographed, holograms, foil wrapped, embossed, refractors, shiny, or die-cut to be awesome.
1989 Pacific Legends II #220
Can't say for sure... but this might just be the first Shoeless Joe Jackson. It's not worth much, but it's a nice addition to my collection.
And finally a few of my favorite vintage cards:
1972 Topps #420
I already own this card, but I needed an extra one for my vintage card binder. Actually there were a few cool pitchers in this binder: Seaver, Blyleven, and Jenkins. But Lefty is easily my favorite.
1972 Topps #454
What's so cool about this card? It's the team card of my favorite team from my birth year. According to Beckett it's worth $2, but to me it's priceless.
1972 Topps #???
Okay, it's your turn:
What do you miss more? Topps' 44-card box sets or Fleer 2-card puzzle subsets?
Happy Tuesday and sayonara!