About a month ago, I wrote a post announcing the end of my relationship with the Capitol Flea Market. After a very uneventful visit, I had an epiphany and realized that it was no longer worth my time.
Fast forward a few weeks.
My buddy Mike was in town for the Serramonte Mall Show. The mall doesn't open up until 10am on Sundays, so he asked me if I wanted to walk around Capitol to kill time. I probably should have passed, but...
I couldn't resist the temptation.
The worst part is I enjoyed it and actually found stuff to buy. The question is... will I go back?
Let's see if my purchases are worth future visitations...
Purchase #1: Two LP's $4
Led Zeppelin: Houses of the Holy (1973)
I'm not a diehard Zeppelin or Beatles fan, but I appreciate both bands and their contributions to music history.
The Beatles: Abbey Road (1969)
Both of these album sleeves are iconic in design... and at two bucks a piece (paid $5 for my other copy of Abbey Road).. it was a no brainer.
Purchase #2: Two boxes of Cards $10
I found a guy who had close to twenty thousand baseball cards ranging from the early 2000's to a 2015 Topps.
After 30 minutes of digging through his stuff, I filled up two boxes (550ct/800ct) worth of baseball cards.
More than half of the cards were 2007 Topps Moments and Milestones (btw... I hate this product:
There was also a bunch of 2005 Donruss Leather and Lumber, some 2005 Topps Chrome, and a handful of 2005 Topps Finest commons.
The rest were hand picked inserts, parallels, a few base cards of players I collect, plus a small stack of autographs and memorabilia cards.
Honestly there weren't any high end cards in the lot, but I was able to add a few cards to my Prime Number PC:
Plus anyone who reads these posts knows that I lack the willpower to resist framed parallels and shiny refractors:
Purchase #3: Six Card Lot $10
There's a guy who buys storage units who always has cards at Capitol, but I'm so used to his inflated prices that I don't bother to look at his stuff anymore.
However this time around, Mike saw a 10 box case of 1996 Finest Star Wars boxes. The guy wanted $100 for them and after a quick eBay search, he took him up on his offer.
Mike also spent another $400 with the guy on a collection that featured a Derek Jeter autograph, a Peyton Manning autograph, a PSA 10 Steph Curry rookie card, and an MLB authenticated Mike Trout signed ball.
He brought out more cards, which I was hesitant to dig through... but he kept insisting he'd give me a good deal. So I pulled out these six cards:
After going back and forth, we settled on $10. I was especially happy to pick up the 1960 Topps Don Larsen for my vintage binder. The front looks amazing...
But the back has seen better days.
Purchase #4: 1996 Finest Star Wars Boxes $20
Until then... let's get back to the initial question... will I go back?
No and yes. I don't have any immediate plans on returning. My feelings on this flea market haven't changed and I'd rather catch up on sleep or grab breakfast with a friend. However... I have a few friends who still enjoy this flea market, so if they were to go... I'd consider tagging along.
Well that's it for now. I hope all of you enjoyed a safe 4th of July holiday.
Happy Thursday and sayonara!