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Saturday, April 20, 2013

Flea Market Finds #35: Comics & Cardboard

When:  Sunday, August 14th
Where:  Capitol Flea Market
What:  A Handful of CardboardA Bag Full of Comics
How Much?:  $22

This is a flea market fanatic's favorite time of the year, because plenty of people are wrapping up their spring cleaning and the weather (at least in the Bay Area) is perfect for both vendors and bargain hunters... sunny, yet cool.   In other words... there's plenty of new vendors and fresh goodies out and about.

In fact, last Sunday was the flea market's version of Opening Day.  There were at least 25% more vendors than usual and the place was packed with shoppers.  Usually there are two to four vendors with sports cards.  Last week, there were at least seven. Unfortunately, most of their stuff wasn't worth looking at and the one guy who had cool 90's inserts was still living off of 90's Beckett values.

But I didn't walk away empty handed.

Purchase #1:  Sports Cards $2

Fifteen minutes into my flea market hike, I came across a guy who had a ton of toys from the 80's and 90's, including SLU's, action figures, and Transformers.  I was interested in a bunch of his stuff, but his prices seemed high.

Hidden under some Beanie Babies, he had a small shoebox filled with sports cards in penny sleeves.

I ended up pulling out this 1969 Topps Joe Morgan and a 1993/94 Finest Joe Dumars Refractor.  He wanted $2 for the pair.  I told him it was a deal, if he threw in this pack of 1984 Mother's Cookies A's.

It's not a complete set, but it had the Rickey Henderson... and that's the card I really wanted.

Purchase #2:  Thirty-five Comic Books $25

Okay.  Let's go over this one more time.  I'm not really a comic book guy.  But this guy was dumping his collection and if there's one thing you should know about me by now... I can't walk away from a bargain.

He wanted a dollar per comic, but offered bulk discounts.  Since I often associate first issues with rookie cards, I grabbed a bunch of those... plus a few with cool covers.  

In the end, I had thirty-five different comics.  Here are a few of my favorites:

Super Pro #1

Spider-Man/Gen 13

Superman/Batman Annual #1

Web of Spider-Man #95

X-Men #1

Fantastic Four #375

The Savage Dragon #1

Stormwatch #1 (Autographed by Scott Clark)

Robin II #1

Well that wraps up another Sunday at the flea market.  If things go as planned, I'll be headed out to the 17th Annual Tristar Bay Area Classic Collectors Show this afternoon.  After that, I'm going to watch Henderson vs. Melendez at UFC on Fox 7 over at the San Jose Arena.  I've never been to a live MMA fight, so it should be pretty cool.

Happy Saturday and sayonara!


  1. Sweet comics!

    Jim Lee, Ed McGuinness, and Erik Larsen do some pretty good work!

    Also, Venom and Ghost Rider are two of my favorite Marvel characters, so any book that they make an appearance in is all right by me!

    1. Venom is one of my favorite characters too. Whenever I see him on the cover with Spidey, I'll pick it up.

  2. That Morgan looks to be in really nice shape. Great pickup.

  3. That $2 deal is fantastic! I love the Finest refractors more than life itself, and you can never go wrong with some Mother's Cookies oddballs!

    1. Refractors have sort lost their luster since Topps includes them in every product. But I'll never pass up a nice 90's refractor.

  4. I'm sure both cards go for $2 each minimum.

  5. nice pickups, always loved the mothers cookies cards.

  6. ditto the $2 pull. wonder what transformers were being offered? and what, no SLU pickup?

    1. Stay tuned... I picked up three SLU's yesterday. As for transformers, he had several G1 figures. He wanted $30 for Cliffjumper... which told me everything else wasn't going to be cheap.