But what I failed to mention was my very productive trip to the Branham Flea Market earlier in the day.
When: Saturday, July 18th
Where: Branham Flea Market
What: An Abundance of Stuff
How Much?: $68
Purchase #1: 2015 Archives and Stadium Club $15
One of my buddies loves busting boxes in search of "The Pull" and I'm the guy who stands around and buys the leftover scraps.
I'm in the process of building the 2015 Archives set and had hoped to complete it with this purchase. I DIDN'T. But I'll save my frustration for another post. I also grabbed his Stadium Club, because I need the singles for care packages I owe, plus there were a few parallels I could use for my binders.
Purchase #2: Jason Giambi Autographed Card $1
Found this card in my buddy's dollar box, so I grabbed it. Hard to pass up an on-card autograph of a former American League MVP and member of the 400 Home Run Club.
Purchase #3: Fred McGriff Autographed Ball $20
Another one of my buddies had a bunch of bags of Tristar Hidden Treasures that were opened. Saw this McGriff and figured it'd make a nice addition to my San Diego Padres shelf in my office.
What the heck are Chu-Bops? Well... they were miniature album covers produced in the early 80's that came with pieces of gum in the shape of LP's.
Here's a closer look at the front and back covers:
I vaguely remember these from when I was a kid and the price was right, so I picked them up. There were twenty-four album covers in the bag. Here's a look at all of them:
If I ever get really bored, maybe I'll chase down the entire collection of these. You can see the entire checklist over at Jeff Allender's House of Checklists.
Purchase #5: Game Boy Advance SP Collection $25
Do you ever buy cards you don't really want, because they seem like a really good deal? This is the video game equivalent. I already own one of these, but a working console plus thirteen games was just too good of a deal to pass up.
This is an example of when nostalgia crashes into bargain hunting.
Purchase #6: Box of Trading Cards $5
I quickly flipped through the box and found the checklist card for a set I'm building, so I asked how much he'd sell the whole box for. Five dollars was my limit and that was his asking price. I'll keep you posted if this box ends up being a good deal or not.
Well that wraps up my busiest flea market trip in months. Some of my purchases were better than others, but all-in-all... I'm happy with what I walked away with.
I hope all of you have a great week. Happy Tuesday and sayonara!