Eventually creative cardboard ideas began to dry up and so was my credit. By the late 90's, I had maxed out several credit cards with sports cards shouldering most of the load.
It's during this period of my life when I dove into adulthood headfirst. I became a teacher and started making better, more responsible choices. I cut up my credit cards and slowly paid off my debts. I sold off the bulk of my collection and bought my townhouse. Last, but not least... I promised myself I'd never travel down that road again.
Obviously that was short lived. I'm collecting again and still drawn to the innovative and ingenious pieces of cardboard produced in the 90's. But this time around I'm being more responsible with my money. It also helps that most of the cards produced during that era are worth much less these days. Yesterday's flea market purchase is the perfect example.
When: Thursday, August 14th
Where: Capitol Flea Market
What: Three Sports Cards
How Much?: $3
There were probably four or five guys with sports memorabilia, but I fought the urges and walked away with only one purchase. One guy had several boxes filled with top loaders priced at a buck a card. It was filled with a little bit of everything: vintage, inserts, autographs, memorabilia cards, rookie cards, base cards, and parallels. I pulled out ten cards. Unfortunately he wasn't willing to give a bulk discount, so I narrowed the stack down to three.
Purchase #1: Two Inserts and a Rookie Card $3
1998 Leaf Rookies and Stars Crusade #103
Yesterday was the first time I've ever seen one of these inserts in person and now I know what all the hype is about. This card is absolutely stunning. The "refractorish" foil really helps the Medieval "coat of arms" card design stand out. It's even cooler that this "green" version goes perfectly with the Oakland Athletics' colors. One day I hope to add the Tony Gwynn and Greg Maddux to my collection.
1997 Pinnacle Certified Epix Purple Season #E10
I never figured out this multi-tiered, cross product insert set, but I've always liked them. For a buck, this card will make a nice addition to my Brett Favre PC.
1998 Bowman #1
The final card I grabbed is this Peyton Manning rookie card. I've always admired the Manning's work ethic and the way he's approached the game. Even though values have dropped a lot over the years, I was still surprised to find his rookie card available for a dollar.
Well that's it for now. This is my last weekend before I report back to my classroom. I'm hoping to make it out to at least one more flea market, but if not... at least I ended things on a solid note.
Happy Friday and sayonara!