There are three major flea markets that I attend and Branham is by far the smallest. However when it comes to finding reasonably priced collectibles, it's my favorite one to browse. Last weekend there were five vendors with trading cards. I made purchases from three of them.
Purchase #1: Water Damaged Shoebox $5
The first vendor's setup focused on action figures, lunch pails, and other children's collectibles. Sitting off to the side was this water damaged shoebox filled with 80's and 90's baseball cards. 75% of them are 1982 Donruss.
Let's get this out of the way. There weren't any Ripken rookies to be had.
There were also a handful of other cool rookie cards:
Plus a slew of stars for my 80's binder:
And some errors and corrected versions from this set:
The vendor wanted $10. I offered him $5 and he accepted. If anyone out there is building this set, there's a good chance that I can help you out.
Purchase #2: Just the Hits $10
Box Bottom Guy was back. He didn't really have anything new in terms of singles... but he told me he'd accept any reasonable offer.
I was excited to find one of Verlander's first trading cards and one of those nickname autographs. But my favorite card is the 2001 Topps American Pie Woodstock card of Maury Wills. Topps did a great job with this set's design.
I felt $10 was a fair offer for the five hits... and he agreed.
He also threw in a few things I found from his dollar bin:
80's Baseball Calendars
1985 Topps Super #7
2003 Donruss Classics Timeless Tributes #128
This purchase was proof that if you take care of a valued vendor, they'll take care of you.
Purchase #3: Vintage Star Wars/Star Trek Stickers $10
I met a woman who was selling off her son's Star Wars collection. There were a lot of cool items, but I settled on these $2 packs of stickers. I grabbed all eleven and she gave them to me for $10.
Most of the stickers were in really nice condition... and I was really surprised at how popular the Star Trek stickers are. But my favorites were the Empire Strikes Back letters:
That wraps up my Branham Flea Market Finds. I'm on Spring Break this week, so tomorrow I get to walk around the Capitol Flea Market, which is about five times bigger... but not necessarily five times better.
Happy Wednesday and sayonara!