When: Saturday, April 2nd
Where: De Anza Flea Market
What: A Bossk action figure & two boxes of sports cards
How Much: $13
This morning I went to the ATM before hitting up the flea market and pulled out $100, which was expected to last me the whole weekend (including tomorrow's A's game). The fact is... I dropped most of my extra spending money on the Masterpieces case & Panini HOF boxes.
So while I walking around I knew I was on a tight budget. My first purchase was off one of my friends who sells toys and action figures. Unfortunately... he didn't have any new McFarlanes... but he did have the last piece I needed to complete my bounty hunter scene from The Empire Strikes Back.
I've been hunting down a Bossk for a few years now... trying to find one at the right price. My buddy was asking for $3 (or 2 for $5). Since I didn't need anything else he had... I dished out the $3 and was on my way. Here's a look at the set:
These figures are going to go great with my sketch cards.
After walking around for over an hour without finding anything within my budget... I made my way down the 2nd to last row when I saw a guy selling a ton of old stuff.
He had everything from albums to coins to stamps... and of course... he had these two boxes of cards:
I sifted through both boxes and found a bunch of 70's baseball, football, and basketball mixed in among some junk wax era stuff. I came across a bunch of A's cards I wanted and a Jack Morris rookie when I finally decided to ask the guy how much he wanted.
I was a little nervous, because a few minutes earlier a lady asked about some vinyl 45's, but he wanted way too much. So I figured he was going to want something crazy like $100. I knew there were several hundred 70's cards... so I was prepared to pay $20. I figured if he had a Jack Morris rookie in the boxes... maybe I'd find something else in the mix. If not... I'd have some cool 70's cards to add to my collection.
Well... I lucked out and he sold me the "lot" for $10. I was really excited, because I couldn't wait to get home and sort through my purchase.
A few hours later... here's what I found:
70's Topps basketball cards - around 50
70's Topps football cards - over 250 (mostly 1974)
70's Fleer football cards - around 50
70's Topps baseball cards - over 200 (including a bunch of 1975 minis)
There wasn't anything crazy like a Mike Schmidt rookie... but I added a bunch of cards to my A's, Padres, Lakers, and Packers PC.
A's PC Additions
Padres PC Additions
Lakers PC Additions
Packers PC Additions
Along with all of the cards above... I found two cool rookie cards:
During the 80's I was a huge Jack Morris fan, so it was nice to pick up my second rookie card of him. Hopefully he'll make it into Cooperstown in the near future. The other rookie card I liked was a 1976 Topps Willie Randolph. I didn't like Randolph much, since he spent most of his career with the Yankees... but it's hard not to like a 70's rookie card of a seven time all-star.
Finally... here are the key stars from the lot:
My favorite card in the bunch is easily Gary Carter. It's a nice addition to my Expos PC. However... I won't lie... I was extremely happy to see the Gibson, Munson, and both Carltons. None of these are valued high... nor are they in great condition... but they're cards I can hang on my wall (without worrying about fading). LOL... the Carlton Fisk actually has four staple holes in it.
There were also a few junk wax era cards I'm planning on keeping... like a Topps Chipper Jones rookie... but most of them I'll be giving away to my students.
Now on to today's question:
Do you think Jack Morris is Cooperstown worthy?
Why or why not?
Enjoy the rest of your weekend everyone. Sayonara!