Hello there. Sorry I haven't been very present in the card blogosphere the past few weeks. Life happens.
I'll spare the explanations and excuses. Most of you who check out this blog know the deal. Let's get to the collectible stuff.
This past weekend, I hit up the De Anza Flea Market. I planned this trip out earlier in the week and set aside a few hours in my schedule.
In recent trips, this flea market hasn't been that good. Although it reopened after the lockdown over a year ago... it has struggled to lure both vendors and visitors... and seemed to be clinging to life. I'm happy to report aisles were filled with collectibles and people treasure hunting.
Made a purchase within a few minutes into the walk and it involved one of my favorite things to collect...
Purchase #1: Vintage Cards $5
An older gentleman I hadn't seen before had a bunch of unopened wax boxes from the early 90's. The only thing I was remotely interested in was a box of 1990 Pro Set PGA Tour cards. Next to them were three monster boxes with dollar packs. One of these boxes had a bunch of cheap, pre-priced vintage in top loaders. I ended up pulling out two cards:
1964 Topps #246
I've always pictured Mota as a Dodger. This card will be a healthy reminder that he was a Pirate too.
1956 Topps #7
I bought this card thinking #15 in the front row was Bart Starr. It's not. It's Paul Held. Starr was drafted in 1956, but didn't show up on a Topps card until the following season. There are at least two hall of famers featured on this card though: Jim Ringo and Bobby Dillon. Possibly more.
Purchase #2: San Francisco Postcards $5
Two rows over, there was a family with a bunch of garage sale stuff. The father had a box of old stereoscope photos and postcards. There were hundreds of them related to San Francisco, but I narrowed my stack down to these five:
I couldn't find any dates on these, but the guy said they were likely from the 50's or 60's... maybe even a little earlier. His asking price was a little steep ($3 each), but thankfully he accepted my $5 counteroffer.
Purchase #3: One Lone Curry Card $1
The postcard guy's son had a few stacks of cards (wrapped in rubber bands). I found two... but this is the only one he'd let me have for a buck:
2021-22 Panini Hoops Slam #193
Like father, like son... his asking prices were a bit extreme. Both cards I pulled were Steph cards. He wanted $5 for one of them and $3 for this one. After I was about to leave empty-handed, he told me he'd take my dollar for this one.
Purchase #4: Pac-Man Beer Mug $3
I have way too many mugs sitting around. Probably because I just can't say "no" to cool mugs with affordable price tags at the flea market.
Purchase #5: One Lone Junk Wax Pack $5
1989 Donruss Value Pack
As I was walking down the last two rows... there was a guy with some clothes, books, and cd's laid out in rows on the ground. I strolled down the cd aisle and saw a box with some late 80's rack packs. All of them had at least one star showing. There were three that stood out. One was a 1990 Fleer with Gwynn on top. Another was a 1989 Topps with a Nolan Ryan showing. However the guy wouldn't budge off from his $5 per pack asking price, so I put both of those back and took home The Kid.
That'll wrap up my recent trip to the flea market. There were actually two more purchases (a succulent and a pot) made on this trip, but I gave them to my friend's mom before writing this post. Sorry about that succulent fans.
Thank you for those who have stuck around and continue to support the blog... even though posts are few and far between. I actually have plenty to write about... including a pair of recent care packages... it's just a matter of finding time in my hectic schedule. In fact... if it weren't for the extra day off this week... this post would have been written and published much, much later.
Okay... no more moaning and groaning. Happy Thursday and sayonara!