This morning I took my cruiser for a little ride into my childhood neighborhood (about 3 miles from where I live now). It was weird seeing the house I grew up in completely remodeled and upgraded. In fact, most of the houses in the neighborhood seemed to go through the home improvement phase.
While riding home, I came across a garage sale. I had seen a few earlier in the morning, but didn't bother to stop. But this house looked to have some Star Wars stuff, so I decided to check it out.
There wasn't anything I was interested in and just as I was about to leave a woman asked me if I was looking for anything in particular. I asked her if she had any sports memorabilia or cards and she told me she did.
Her brother had passed away and was an avid collector, so she was selling his cards. She hadn't put them out yet, but she had them spread out in her dining room. I guess someone had gone through the stuff last night and spent $300 on a bunch of vintage.
At first glance, it looked like your typical collection of overproduced 90's cards. A few Shaq inserts caught my eye, so I decided to look through the boxes. I'm glad I did, because buried amongst the piles of cards were some real sweet treasures.
There's way too much to list. Some of the cheaper items, I'll share in future posts... but today... I'll just post the highlights of my purchases:
94/95 Upper Deck "Slam Dunk Stars" #S12 Shaquille O'Neal
94/95 Ultra "Scoring Kings" #5 Shaquille O'Neal
94/95 Flair "Center Spotlight" #4 Shaquille O'Neal
93/94 Ultra "Scoring Kings" #8 Shaquille O'Neal
94/95 Ultra "Jam City" #8 Shaquille O'Neal
95/96 Flair "Hot Numbers" #11 Shaquille O'Neal
95/96 Finest "Refractors" #252 Magic Johnson
1996 MotionVision "Limited Digital Replays" #LDR7 Brett Favre
1996 MotionVision "Limited Digital Replays" #LDR8 Brett Favre
2006 Press Pass Bronze Autographs #15 Maurice Drew
1975 Topps Mini #660 Hank Aaron
1975 Topps Mini #370 Tom Seaver
1969 Topps #100 Hank Aaron (writing on back)
1977 Topps #650 Nolan Ryan
1974 Topps #20 Nolan Ryan
1952 Look N See #11 Nathan Hale
1990 Action Packed Rookie Update #35 Emmitt Smith
1984 Topps #123 Dan Marino
1984 Topps #63 John Elway
1981 Topps #216 Joe Montana
1982 Topps #21 Cal Ripken Jr. (x2)
1980 Topps #482 Rickey Henderson
1983 Donruss #277 Ryne Sandberg
I'm pretty stoked about finally adding a Joe Montana rookie card to my collection. The other card that stands out for me is the Shaquille O'Neal Hot Numbers insert. Actually... who am I kidding...I'm pretty stoked about all of them.
The lady mentioned that she didn't know much about cards, so I went home and brought her a price guide. I taught her how to look up prices and how to find BV's on COMC. I also told her that BV isn't necessarily accurate and suggested that she search "completed listings" on eBay.
It may seem like I bought a lot of stuff, but I barely scratched the surface. She had a ton of vintage star cards: Nolan Ryan, Willie Mays, Hank Aaron, Pete Rose, etc.
I can only imagine what the guy from last night hauled in. Mantles? Tobacco cards? Anyways... I explained to her that she had a gold mine in her possession. And after a couple of hours, I had helped her sort her treasures from her trash.
I left with a few more cards... some of them PC additions.. and part of them were "thank you" gifts for helping her out. I gave her my phone number and told her I'd help her out when she's ready to post some of the bigger cards on eBay. The rest she plans on selling at the flea market next month.
I won't go into specifics on what I paid, but it was definitely worth my time to stop by and check out her stuff.
It's crazy to think that this morning I figured I'd do something different for once and get some exercise... but in the end... it lead me back to sports cards. The only downside is I might be addicted to garage sales now.
Here is Saturday's question of the day:
Do you ever go to garage sales?
If so, what's the best thing you've ever found?
Oh... updated contest standings have been posted. In the next few days... I'll be adding something to the prize list as promised. Until then... enjoy the rest of your weekend. Sayonara!