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Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Flea Market Finds #50: 60's, 70's, and 80's Oh My!

When:  Sunday, November 24th
Where:  Capitol Flea Market
What:  Cardboard, Plastic, Metal, Ink, and Paper
How Much?:  $13

I haven't been getting a lot of sleep lately, so I came very close to sleeping in on Sunday morning instead of walking around the cold and dirty flea market.  Then I remembered how important it is to get out in the fresh air and exercise.

There were only two vendors with sports memorabilia, but sometimes it's not about quantity... it's about quality.  And at the end of the day, both of these guys had some of my money lining their pockets.

The first three purchases came from one guy as a single package, but I decided to break it down for this post.

Purchase #1A:  1977 Burger Chef Trays  $4

I have made it pretty clear on this blog and to fellow collectors that I am not a fan of logo-less cardboard.  But these were just too cool to pass up.  They remind me of those Pepsi Glove Discs from the same time period, except for these are a little smaller in diameter and come as part of a tray.

He had a bunch of different teams, but I only grabbed the Oakland A's and New York Yankees.  In hindsight, I probably should have grabbed the Detroit Tigers (for Mark Fidrych) and Philadelphia Phillies (for Steve Carlton) trays too.  Oh well.  Maybe next time.

Purchase #1B:  1968 Fleer Green Bay Packers Big Signs $2

Another oddball item that I've never seen and a great addition to my Green Bay Packers collection.  I probably would have also picked up the Oakland Raiders, San Francisco 49ers, Dallas Cowboys, and/or Pittsburgh Steelers if he had them.  But he didn't.  He had just about every other team except for these four.

If you're interested in learning more about these vintage signs, please head over to The Fleer Sticker Project.  He scanned all of the different signs and wrote up an excellent post. 

Purchase #1C:  Kenner Starting Lineups $4

1988 Kenner SLU Kirby Puckett

1989 Kenner SLU Baseball Greats Reggie Jackson/Don Drysdale

The guy had a bunch of Kenner Starting Lineups for sale, but most of them had damaged packages.  Luckily for me, I don't care.  I have no problems freeing figures from their plastic prison cells and putting them on my SLU shelf, while adding the cards to my cardboard collection.

It's the first time I've seen this guy at Capitol, but he mentioned another flea market he sets up at.  I'll definitely be checking it out and hopefully he still has a few of those trays I mentioned above.

Purchase #2:  Manon Rheaume Autographed 8x10's $1

Remember the guy who sold me the 1984 Donruss set and the San Jose Sharks photo inserts the other weekend?  He was back again.  This time, he had a lot less stuff, but I managed to find these two autographed photos of the only female to ever play in a NHL exhibition game.

Neither of these photos are perfect.  The autograph on the left is personalized to Boo Boo and the silver ink used on the other photo is starting to bubble.  However... it's kind of hard to pass up 50¢ autographs of one of the greatest female hockey players to lace up skates.

Purchase #3:  Turn It Up A Notch VHS Tape $1

Don't laugh too hard.  I typically don't buy VHS tapes anymore.  But while browsing this lady's items, I noticed out of the corner of my eye that this tape was autographed.  Upon closer inspection I recognized former 49er's running back Roger Craig on the cover and gave the lady four quarters.

Purchase #4:  The Nightmare Before Christmas Monopoly Game $1

Do you ever find a deal that's too good to pass up... even if you have no use for the item?  This was one of those purchases.  Although the board game wasn't shrink wrapped, it's obvious that it hasn't been played.  The money, cards, pewter tokens, and plastic houses/hotels are still sealed.

I'll most likely take this out to the flea market in a few weeks and flip it to recoup some of my money.

Happy Tuesday and sayonara!


  1. Nice snag on the Burger Chef Trays. I got one for my Brewers and my Yount collection a while back. The only bummer is they are hard to display with cool stuff on both sides when they're layed flat.

    1. Very true. I was actually debating on popping them out and putting them into a binder so I can appreciate them more. But once I go down that path, there's no turning back.

  2. A very nice pick up, especially on those trays and the Packer sign.

    1. Thanks. Can't wait to display it in my office (assuming I can find some wall space).

  3. LOL @ "To Boo Boo"

    Nice pickups.

    BTW.... the Reggie looks like Eddie Murray and the Drysdale looks like my Portuguese grandfather. ;-)

    1. Yeah... something is off with Reggie. Kenner had difficulty with figures of athletes who wore glasses. The eyes sockets are indented as if he's wearing glasses.

      As for Boo Boo... not sure what I'm going to do with that. Maybe she signed it for her boyfriend.

    2. You know... maybe it's the fact that I've gotten old and my tastes have changed but she looks a lot prettier now than she did when she played. She's a very attractive woman.

  4. I'm not a big football fan, but even I would have snapped up that tape !
    I buy a lot of VHS baseball tapes and actually watch them on my combo player.

    Nice pick-ups !!

    1. I just watched my VHS copy of Friday. The best part about it was watching the movie premiers before the movie.

  5. You did well on that Monopoly game. I've picked up a Star Wars one and a Lord of The Rings - heck, the pewter figures are worth a buck each !

    1. If I could own any Monopoly game, it would be the Star Wars one. One of these days I'll add it to my collection.

  6. Happy Thanksgiving!

    We just ordered the OBopoly game from Ocean Beach in San Diego. Most of the businesses in Ocean Beach are represented. That's one game we won't leave wrapped up -- we can't wait to play it.

    1. Very cool. I've seen these before when I've gone on vacation. Have fun and hope you had a good Thanksgiving.

  7. Everything with 'The Nightmare Before Christmas' brand in is simply great!

    1. I'm not sure I have ever watched the entire movie from start to finish. One of these days I'll have to sit down and turn it on.