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Thursday, June 22, 2017

Flea Market Finds #122: The Poor Man's Claw

High expectations can sometimes lead to extreme disappointment.  Sports fans might have experienced it when they think their team is going to compete for the title, but instead they compete for the worst record.  If you're a foodie, then maybe you've gone to a highly recommended steak house and they overcook your filet mignon.  Or what about the movie with the blockbuster cast, Academy Award winning director, and an insane budget that you wait in line for hours to see, but is so terrible you can't help but laugh.

That's kinda how I felt when I drove out to the Branham Flea Market this past Saturday and only found one vendor (Box Bottom Guy) with sports cards.  Normally there are at least three or four.  Even my buddy Tony was nowhere to be found.

Oh well... at least I didn't walk away completely empty-handed.  Box Bottom Guy had a few things I was interested in...

Purchase #1:  Discounted Relics and a Wannabe Rookie Card $12

All of the cards marked $2 or $3 (and the $5 Mulder) were a buck each, while the $5 Mazeroski and Kershaw were two bucks a piece.

2006 Bowman Heritage Prospects #BHP85

The main card I wanted was the Kershaw.  After reading one of Night Owl's posts about his 2008 Topps Update official rookie card and the insane prices they're currently selling for, I figured this card was cool find and the closest I'd get to actually owning a rookie card of The Claw.  The card looks clean in the scan, but the bottom left corner isn't "gem mint", which is probably why the guy was selling it so cheap.

Purchase #2:  1991 U.S. Playing Cards  $1

The same vendor had this deck of cards sitting on his table for a dollar.  I'm not sure about you, but I just can't pass up oddballs.

Outside of Box Bottom Guy, there really weren't any of vendors of interest (at least to me).  I was in and out of this flea market within 30 minutes.

Normally this wouldn't bother me too much, but I had high expectations for this flea market now that the Capitol Flea Market has been put on hiatus.  I'll try to mentally not get my hopes up for my upcoming trip to the De Anza Flea Market.

What about you...

What was something you had high expectations for, but was left feeling disappointed?

Happy Thursday and sayonara!


  1. Check to see if there is a Dan Gladden card in that box of US Playing cards....I know he's got 2 cards in one of the sets but it may only be in a regional twins issue, and not the national issue. Saturday at Serramonte?

  2. The Force Awakens. Totally killed the Star Wars franchise in my opinion.

  3. Oh man - I have that deck of cards! Hilarious...

  4. The Giants this season - major disappointment!

  5. First guy to say 'my wedding night' wins the internet.

    Me? I'll say Vegas off the top of my head. I was expecting Ocean's Eleven and wound up with Casino.

  6. mr haverkamp - will do. haven't had time to bust it open, but i'll let you know when i do. yeah... i'll be there today. got a small package for you.

    billy - lol. i liked the movie. but kylo ren and captain plasma were both huge disappointments

    rob - i'm looking forward to busting it open for my player collections.

    arpsmith - i hear about that almost on a daily basis on my morning drive to work. at least buster is killing it.

    commish - lol. don't see any takes bob. oh man. that's pretty good. i've had both worlds. these days it's usually just me chilling with my parents. not sure if they've made a guy in his 40's hanging out with his two parents going out to eat in las vegas movie yet. maybe they should.

  7. I love those oddball decks of cards!

    1. Me too. A lot of bang for a buck.