I'll be honest, I'm not enthusiastic about flea markets as I used to be. The number of hidden treasures I've discovered has decreased dramatically the past two or three years. In fact, I have lowered my expectations to the point where I'm just happy to get some low impact exercise and hang out with some fellow collectors.
Up until last Saturday, I hadn't walked around the flea market more than once or twice this year. But a few weeks ago, I circled the date on my calendar and made it a priority to walk around the De Anza Flea Market.
I was pleasantly surprised to see that there were tons of vendors set up, including five or six guys with baseball cards.
Purchase #1: Baseball Card Binder $6
As soon as I saw this binder, I was as giddy as a teenage girl meeting Justin Bieber for the first time. My heart rate shot up and I couldn't wait to see what was inside the binder.
Was it worth the six bucks? Well... I bought it, so that says something.
However... it wasn't exactly filled with Mantles, Mays, or Aarons.
See for yourself:
The first five pages contained one lone 1957 Topps card, a small stack of 58's, three 61's, fifteen 62's, and a 9 pocket page of 66's.
Not quite enough to allow me to retire early, but at least it'll help me fill some care packages. The only cards I plan on keeping are these early 70's Fleer cards:
I love the artwork on these vintage oddballs. They're so colorful.
Purchase #2: Dime Box Cards $3
Technically these thirty cards were purchased from two different vendors, but since they were friends I combined them. Just like the vintage binder, there's nothing too special to write home about. A few of the singles will find a home in my insert binders. The rest will be sent out as part of care packages.
Purchase #3: 2017 Topps New York Yankees Team Set $7
I've been trying to cut back on these types of purchases, but I really wanted the Jeter and Tanaka for my binders and this oddball rookie card of Judge:
This card completes my trifecta of his rookie cards:
Regular Base Rookie Card
Complete Set Rookie Card
Neither of these rookie cards were purchased at the flea market. They were part of a complete set I purchased earlier in the year with Target gift cards.
Purchase #4: Teacher Resource Books $2
Ten months out of the year, I spend a high percentage of my time standing in front of middle school kids. But every summer, I switch things up and teach math to incoming 5th graders. I don't consider myself a "Ditto King", but teachers can never have enough resource books... especially when they're only $1 each.
Well that wraps up my first spring trip to the flea market. It wasn't as exciting as Nick's haul, but it was nice to get back out there and breathe in some fresh air. I don't plan on going out again this weekend, but there's a small flea market held at a local high school that's happening on the 19th.
The date has been circled on my calendar.
Happy Thursday and sayonara!