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Thursday, October 27, 2016

Flea Market Finds #113: The One I Never Had

When I was a kid... your level of coolness was based on who you hung out with, the kind of bike you rode, and the lunch box you brought to school.

Even though I was often the runt of the classroom, I was lucky enough to have friends who were either jocks or thugs who looked out for their little Japanese buddy.

I always had solid grades, which meant that my parents always rewarded me up with a decent ride.  One of my personal favorites was my Schwinn Predator with the layback seat post and Z-Rims... but I also loved my GT Mach One.

And being the huge Star Wars geek... you know I had the original Star Wars metal lunch box with the Tie Fighter shooting at the X-Wing.  But for some reason or another... I never owned either of The Empire Strikes Back lunch pails.

Now I do.  Last weekend, I walked around the Capitol Flea Market for the first time in a few weeks and stumbled across a guy who had a bunch of 80's memorabilia.  There were tons of action figures and comic books, but the only thing that really caught my eye was this:

The guy wanted $30, which I thought was probably a fair price since it included the Thermos:

But... just to make sure I wasn't getting ripped off, I did a quick eBay completed sales search and discovered that prices ranged from $17 to around $70... depending on the condition.  I decided to offer him $20 which I felt was a win/win price.  He wouldn't have to pay eBay and shipping fees... while I wouldn't have to pay the crazy prices some collectors were paying.

He accepted... and now it's proudly displayed on my Star Wars shelf with my trio of Bandai Movie Realization figures and Asian movie poster.

Anyone out there know what language this poster is written in?

I better include at least one baseball card into this post, so people will continue to read my blog.  Back in June, I picked up a box of 2016 Topps Archives and pulled a redemption card for a blue paralleled autograph of injured Cubs outfielder... Kyle Schwarber:

Well... he's back.  On Tuesday he became the first positional player in MLB history to collect their first hit of the season in the World Series.  Yesterday he had two more hits and drove in two runs to help the Cubs even the series.  I'm not sure how much playing time he'll get at home, but assuming he doesn't start... I'm sure we'll see him pinch hit at some point.

That's all folks!  I hope everyone is enjoying their week.  Only one more day until the weekend!  By this time tomorrow, I'll be sitting down with my legs up watching Game 3.  Happy Thursday and sayonara!


  1. I had that lunchbox back in the fourth grade.

  2. That Chinese movie poster is pretty cool! Congrats on the lunch box pick up!

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  4. My first reaction was "Wow, he got two 1980's lunch boxes for $20?" until I realized that it was one lunch box with different images on either side. Guess it's been a while since I carried a lunch box.

  5. The Schwarb is becoming a legend. Might turn out to be a really great pull for you.

  6. That lunchbox is incredible. I have a few old school lunch boxes that I use for work. Nobody ever touches my lunch.

  7. gcrl - you and i must be around the same age... b/c i think i would have owned it in the 3rd... maybe 4th grade too.

    r laughton - thanks for the info... for years, i had hoped it was japanese, but down inside i kinda thought it might be chinese

    sport card collectors - thanks

    fashion shoes - thanks. glad to see you're back.

    shlabotnikreport - lol. sorry about the confusion. probably should have made that more clear.

    hackenbush - probably should sell it now for top dollar, but i'm too lazy.

    snorting bull - nice. which ones?

  8. OMG....I had that same lunchbox too. That is a nice memory for me. I certainly hope that the Pujols auto does not fade like some of the autos did on those cards.

    1. Lucky. I wish I had it back in elementary school. It's a lot cooler to say you owned it as a kid, than it is to own it as an adult. As for the Pujols... I think as long as I don't display it, it'll be fine. I have three that are fading badly... but all three showed signs of fading many years ago. All of the other ones in my collection have held their colors.

  9. Late to the posting party but thats an awesome star wars setup and kyle auto!

    1. Thanks. I really like the SW Movie Realization figures. It's a pretty neat concept.