But that's okay, because I probably shouldn't be spending money on things I don't really need. Plus it's also nice to get out, exercise, and if I'm lucky... take a stroll down memory lane. This past Sunday, I did just that when I discovered this Playskool Alphie from 1978:
Although I don't remember who bought it for me or what it even did, I remember owning one. Maybe R2-D2 wasn't the first robot I owned. Anyways... the guy wanted $5 for it, which I felt was fair. But then I though about it. Do I really want to start buying every toy I owned from my childhood? And where the heck would I keep all of these toys?
So I passed on it... and ended up buying some other stuff.
When: Sunday, May 3rd
Where: Capitol Flea Market
What: Two Bobble Heads and an Autographed Mini Helmet
How much?: $33
Purchase #1: Ichiro and Tony La Russa Bobble Heads $8
I just can't pass up reasonably priced bobble heads... especially if they're of people I actually collect. The Ichiro is one of those super high quality bobble heads produced by Forever Collectibles. I own my fair share of bobble heads and this is probably the most detailed. It's so solid, you could probably be used as a weapon. However it'd be a shame to hit something or someone with it, because I wouldn't want to damage this hand painted bobble which is numbered out of 1,008.
The La Russa isn't nearly as nice or limited, but it's a stadium giveaway and I couldn't pass up adding my 2nd A's skipper to my office shelf.
Purchase #2: Jerry Rice Signed Mini Helmet $25
Remember the guy with the vintage baseball cards from a few weeks back? He's the guy who isn't a fan of the internet. Anyways this time around he had a collection of autographed Oakland Raiders helmets.
He works at the Santa Clara Convention Center and over the years, he's had his nephew grab autographs for him when the players sign at the annual GTSM Sports Memorabilia shows. Some of the helmets were pretty beat up, but I really liked the Rice.
There's no COA, but I compared it to his certified signatures online and it looks good. I'll submit it to PSA the next time they're set up at a local show.
I also went to the De Anza Flea Market on Saturday and picked up this $5 box of 1991 Pro Set Super Stars MusiCards:
And if you're a fan of Legos, then you might appreciate this...
WWII Imperial Japan Battleship: Yamato
This sucker was huge. I'd say it was 10 to 12 feet in length. Any guesses on how much the vendor wanted? If you guessed $10,000... you're correct. Crazy, right? I never realized how expensive these toys were until I started picking up a few sets here and there.
Well that's it for now. Today's question is...
What were some of the popular toys when you were growing up?
Happy Wednesday and sayonara!