Two years and four months or eight hundred fifty-four days. That's how long it's been since I last purchased something at the De Anza Flea Market. Well... at least according to my records.
For over a decade, De Anza has been my favorite monthly flea market, but they were shut down since March 6th, 2020 due to Covid. This past weekend, they reopened. It wasn't exactly back to normal in regards to number of vendors. However there seemed to be lots of customers eager to walk around and spend money. As for sports memorabilia, there were the same vendors that normally set up.
Purchase #1: Michael Jordan Pre Rookie Magazine $2
Sports Illustrated 11/28/83
My first purchase was my best purchase in regards to value. This copy of Sports Illustrated was Jordan's first cover and it's an issue I've been seeking for a long time. I actually owned a copy when I was a kid.
This particular copy isn't in mint condition. The mailing label has been ripped off and there's some wear along the top of the back:
However, there was no way I could pass this up for two bucks. I've seen copies of this magazine sell for $50 to $150 on eBay.
Purchase #2: Comic Books $1
A few minutes after purchasing the Sports Illustrated, I came across a guy selling cheap comics. I don't really collect them, but I figured for the price (50¢) I'd ask to see if he had any Star Wars, Robotech, Star Blazers, or Usagi Yojimbo comics. He had this lone issue of Robotech:
2002 Wildstorm Comics Robotech #0
He didn't have any change, so he told me I could have it for free. But I decided to look for one more comic book to make it an even buck. I found this:
2019 Dynamite Bob's Burgers (Free Comic Book Day)
I've really enjoyed watching this show on Hulu over the years. I'll put on in the background while sorting cards. Lately I haven't had time for either, but when I do get some free time I hope to read this comic.
Purchase #3: Topps Basketball Cards $20
In the very last row, there was a guy with a small display case of cards. I've actually purchased some stuff from him before. Anyone remember the Lil' Bow Wow autographed card that turned out to be a promo? If so, this purchase was made from the same vendor.
He had a bunch of cheap basketball that I would have been all over two years ago. Due to current budget restrictions, I just focused on some affordable Topps base cards:
1997-98 Topps #123
1997-98 Topps #171
Even though I don't really watch basketball anymore, I still enjoy collecting MJ and Kobe... especially when they're cheap. The two Kobe cards are from his second year. The guy also had this second year Lebron:
2004-05 Topps #23
I'll never be able to afford Lebron's rookie card, so I'll settle for his sophomore card instead. This was pretty much the main card in the purchase, but the next card was the hidden treasure in the lot:
1997-98 Topps Minted in Springfield #123
When I added this MJ to the stack, I thought it was just another copy of his base card. But when I got home, I noticed that this one had a bronze stamp in the lower right corner. After a little digging, I discovered this is a parallel inserted into Series 1 packs.
This card easily covers the twenty bucks I spent with the vendor, which means this insert is just a bonus:
1996-97 Topps Pro Files #PF-3
This is one of those over produced, easy-to-pull mid 90's inserts. However since Jordan is featured... it's transformed into $5 to $10 insert. I actually thought this card was rarer, because of the vendor's asking price. This card and the Lebron were $8 each... while the Jordan parallel, the other Jordan, and two Kobe base cards were each a dollar.
Purchase #4: Star Wars Prequel DVD's $3
Star Wars Episode 1: The Phantom Menace
Star Wars Episode 2: Attack of the Clones
Star Wars Episode 3: Revenge of the Sith
We're currently in the middle of state testing and last Thursday our 8th graders took their science test. Unfortunately that left a 3 hour window where 7th grade teachers literally had to kill the entire time with their home room students. My solution? Show one of the Star Wars movies in celebration of May the 4th. The problem? I must have lent out my set of classroom DVD's, because when I looked for them... they were gone.
Anyways... there are always plenty of DVD guys at our local flea markets. This particular vendor had his for a buck a piece. I'm pretty picky about purchasing used DVDs, but upon closer inspection there wasn't a single scratch to be found on any of these.
Purchase #5: Orchids $10
Every year I buy my mom a new orchid for Mother's Day. One of my mom's favorite hobbies was gardening. Sadly, I did not inherit her green thumb. Every year the goal is the same. Keep the orchid alive an entire year in her honor. So far that hasn't happened.
Hope you enjoyed my latest flea market finds. If things go smoothly, now that spring has arrived and the De Anza Flea Market is back on the calendar... I'm hoping to start going to at least two flea markets a month. There's actually a third flea market option that could be explored, but that's sitting on the back-burner until things settle down around here.
Happy Wednessday and sayonara!