30 Day Baseball Card Challenge

Tuesday, May 29, 2018

Flea Market Finds #129: Cards, Games, and Vinyl

There are three different flea markets in my area and over the past four weeks, I've forced myself to walk around all of them.  I realize that the days of finding a Pete Maravich rookie card or a Willie Mays autographed baseball for less than the price of a blaster are long gone.

But I'd be lying if I told you I only go there for the exercise.  Deep down inside, I'm hoping that I'll find guys with bargain sports memorabilia.

And the one thing I've learned is that when it comes to flea markets in my neck of the woods... bigger isn't necessarily better.

Two weekends ago, I walked around the Branham High School Flea Market which is much smaller than the other two flea markets and I was pleasantly surprised (and happy) to come home with a backpack full of goodies.

Purchase #1: 1990 Topps TV All-Stars $1

The second vendor in the first row is a regular that I've purchased cards from on multiple occasions.  He never really has any high end stuff, but he's the king of oddball issues.

Back in 1990, this set (along with five team specific sets) were available to collectors through a television offer.  I'm not sure exactly when I first heard about these sets, but I've wanted the Tony Gwynn and Rickey Henderson for awhile now.

If you look at the Henderson card, you'll notice he's sporting #22, instead the two numbers he's famous for:  #24 and #35.  That's because when he returned to the Athletics in 1989, Ron Hassey wore #24 and Bob Welch had #35.  Eventually, Rickey traded a set of golf clubs and a new suit to Hassey for #24.

By the way... the set is in pretty rough condition, but I just couldn't pass it up for a buck.

Purchase #2:  We Are The World Single LP  $2

The first three purchases came from the same vendor, but I separated them since I reached into my pocket three different times.

After looking through his box of sports cards, I started looking through his small stack of LP's.  This single from my childhood was the only one that really stood out.  The cover is in decent shape and the record itself looks like its brand new.

Purchase #3:  New Monopoly Games $15

This is exactly the kind of purchase I try to avoid, because I just don't have the room to store this kind of stuff.

However the price was too low to pass up.  If I ever decide to start flipping my flea market finds, these two board games should net a decent profit.

Purchase #4:  2018 Topps Angels Team Set $7

A few rows over, my buddies were set up with their usual assortment of "stuff I don't need".  Tony was the guy who sold me the 2017 Topps Yankees team set earlier in the month.  This time around he had the 2018 Los Angeles Angels team set with the Shohei Ohtani:

Later that afternoon, I went to Target and they had 15 to 20 of these sets for $4.95 each.  On the flipside... the Ohtani alone sells for $5 to $10 on eBay.

Purchase #5:  2018 Bowman Blaster Boxes $10

Bowman has been out for over a month and I've yet to see one blaster of this product at my local Targets.  I know I overpaid for these two stacks of Bowman, but maybe... just maybe one of the rookies will one day help cover the cost.

Purchase #6:  SCD Baseball Card Price Guide $1

There were actually three or four other vendors with trading cards set up at this tiny high school flea market.  The last guy I stumbled upon had a bunch of older Sports Illustrated issues and Becketts.  He also had a dollar box.  That's where I found this magazine.

I grabbed it, because it has a cool cover and contains this interesting Michael Jordan oddball issue:

Looking at older card values is one of the main reasons I enjoy picking up these old school price guides.  Hard to imagine a time when mint Jordan rookie cards were less than $300.

Well that's all I have for today.  In addition to walking around the much larger Capitol Flea Market this past weekend, I was also able to finish sorting that collection I purchased.

As soon as I take some photos and scan some singles, I'll show off that purchase.  Like I mentioned previously... it wasn't exactly my finest purchase.  But there were a few cool cards hidden within those 5,000ct. boxes, so stay tuned.

By the way... on Thursday, I'll be posting my final All-Autograph Team, which also means that I'll be wrapping up my contest probably this weekend.

Happy Tuesday and sayonara!


  1. Ohtani and Trout for $7 is a good deal. And I probably would have bought the Bowman base lots, too.

    I lol'ed at the $275 value of an MJ RC, but then I saw the date on the cover. Still hard to believe though.

  2. It's interesting that people knew Jordan rookies were likely going to hold their value, yet there were $100+ promo cards that people were speculating on that now sell for pennies on the dollar. $10 for all those Bowman base cards??? I would have jumped all over that. Thanks for sharing.

  3. 1) Never seen that 90 AS set, 2) I would have grabbed all of those Angels team sets, 3) Even though I have the "paper" Bowman set already I would've bought those too, 4) what would we ALL do if his bb RC were $275?

  4. My jaw literally dropped at the thought of that TV All-Stars set selling for $1, even in rough condition. I thought I was doing well when I recently got the Mets team set for under $20.

  5. At first I thought you paid 10 for two unopened Bowman boxes...I assume you didnt get an Ohtani in the Bowman stacks. Nice Jordan find!

  6. Nice steals on the Bowman blasters

  7. Fuji, one of my life goals is to go to a flea market with you.

  8. That Topps TV set is excellent! I have never once seen anything from that set for sale in person. Anywhere. The only one I have came from COMC.

  9. Love those old price guides. Lots of cool articles in them.

  10. That's a hell of a score on the Topps TV set. I never saw those anywhere on the West Coast. I've since purchased a few singles for my collections and they're always around a buck (or more) each on COMC or Sportlots.

  11. chris - i thought the same about the team set, until i found them at target for $4.99 (+ my 5% redcard discount)

    sumomenkoman - feel bad for anyone who spent $100 on promo cards.

    john miller - i was actually surprised to see them here in the bay area. ironically... there were no a's sets :(

    the shlabotnik report - yeah... i was pretty happy. but... it's in really rough condition.

    hackenbush - me too. although, i don't have the guts to cut it out of the magazine

    jafronius - nope no ohtani in the boxes

    sport card collectors - thanks. hoping one day some of the rookies he left inside will pay for this purchase

    the lost collector - let me know when you come out to cali and i'll give you a personal tour. i'll be honest though... it's not nearly as awesome as it used to be

    nick - i'm sure they'll eventually spring up in some of those dime boxes you dig through ;)

    matt prigge - yeah. great reading material. love seeing what cards were hot back in the day

    nick vossbrink - didn't realize that set was such a bargain. just glad to finally cross rickey and tony off the wantlists