Where: Capitol Flea Market
What: Baseball Card Binder & Bobbleheads
How Much?: $16
Purchase #1: Binder Full of Baseball Cards $3
Until... I stumbled across this binder:
It was somewhat hidden under some issues of Life magazine, but I saw the word "CARD" on the cover and decided to flip through it.
Inside was a complete, yet partially damaged, set of 1987 Hydride Baseball All-Time Greats. They're were several cards I was interested in, so I asked the guy his price. His response was $20, so I laid it back down without a counteroffer.
He asked me, "how much do you want to pay?" and I replied "we aren't really in the same ballpark". He dropped his price down to $5, so I countered with a respectable offer of three bucks... and he accepted.
Here are the key cards I wanted for my collection:
Let's kick things off with the Holy Grail of Cardboard... the 1909-11 T206 Honus Wagner. I'll never be able to afford an original, so I was excited to see this reprint sitting in one of the pages.
This was the primary reason I was interested in the binder. I remember seeing these pop up a lot in the 90's and was excited to see a copy of #42. It's an excellent addition to my Jackie Robinson binder.
Last, but certainly not least is this sweet card of Phil Niekro. How often do you see baseball cards sponsored by a major beer company? This card by itself is almost worth the three dollars I spent on the binder.
Purchase #2: Derek Jeter Columbus Clippers Bobblehead $10
Judge me as much as you want. I know I overpaid for this bobble, but it's not everyday you see minor league bobbleheads sitting at my local flea market. This is going to look awesome standing beside my other baseball bobbleheads.
Purchase #3: Kobe Bryant Upper Deck Bobblehead $3
I keep saying that I don't collect basketball memorabilia anymore, but I keep adding stuff to my collection. The Black Mamba is one of my all-time favorite players and I just couldn't pass this up for three bucks.
Well that's all I picked up last weekend. Like I said... there were plenty of vendors with sports cards. They just haven't figured out that their stuff isn't going to pay for their child's college tuition.
Happy Wednesday and sayonara!