Where: Capitol Flea Market
What: 1989 Upper Deck Baseball Set
How Much?: $15
I can't believe it's already been 25 years since Upper Deck released the premier baseball product. It definitely makes me feel old. It seems like yesterday that I'd go into my local card shop and watch people ripping into their unique foil packs... while I busted the more affordable Topps, Fleer, Donruss, Score, and Bowman packs (insert me shaking my head).
It didn't take long before 1989 Upper Deck was well out of my budget. And by the time I could actually afford to buy myself a set, there were newer products out there that demanded my money.
However... good things come to those who wait and after all of these years, these sets are now very affordable. In the past year or so, I've seen several people selling their sets at the flea market in the $25 to $40 range. But thankfully I waited just a little bit longer, because last Thursday I finally found a sealed set at a price I felt was very reasonable.
I was a little concerned at first, because it wasn't shrink wrapped. In fact the only thing it has is a clear, circular seal in the middle of the set.
From what I gathered on the internet, it looks like these seals are legit. But I guess I won't truly know unless I break it open. Any one out there an expert on these factory sets?
Oh I almost forgot. Last month, I went to the Capitol Flea Market and stumbled across this guy who had a bunch of posters for 50¢ each. Unfortunately he didn't have many sports posters, but I was able to grab this Starline poster of Rickey Henderson from the early 90's.
Happy Monday and sayonara!