Thursday, April 18, 2024

Flea Market Finds #162: Some Nice Surprises

Clear skies and fresh air have a way of drawing people out of their homes.  That's why the De Anza Flea Market was packed two weekends ago.  Not exactly a fan of large crowds but if it motivates more vendors to set up in the future... it's something I can live with.

Made a total of eight purchases... which is more than usual.  So let's get to it.


Purchase #12019 Topps Clear Travel Packs  $Free


I'll be teaching summer school again for the first time in four years, so I was looking for some cheap packs for a math lesson involving statistics.  I found a vendor with a bunch of these packs which would totally work.


The purchase involved a storage tub filled with over 200 of these, but I ended up selling the bulk to a friend to help cover the cost of the thirty-six packs I kept.

I kind of regret selling the, because when I got home I discovered these weren't your ordinary 2019 Topps cards.  They're an oddball issue that was distributed at ballparks and airports.  I plan on writing another post about this nice surprise in the near future.


Purchase #2New VHS Movies  $1


Stumbled upon a lady with a box filled with brand new VHS tapes.  Believe it or not... I still watch movies on my VHS player.  But I won't be opening these.  Pretty much purchased these for nostalgic purposes and because the price was too good to pass up.


Purchase #31992 Impel Star Trek TNG Master Set $5


The husband of the lady with the VHS tapes had a bunch of non-sports sets.  My cardboard addiction was drawn to the shiny holograms.  Back in the 90's, I was one of those collectors drawn to holograms... especially if they were inserts.

Included in the purchase was also the base set, some promo cards, and a foreign language insert set.


Purchase #41989 World Series Program  $5


I wasn't sure if I had a copy of this program or not... so I picked it up.  With the news of the A's leaving for Sacramento next year... I guess I was feeling extra nostalgic.

Tucked between two pages was a white envelope containing a nice surprise:


You're looking at a 1989 phantom World Series ticket.  The Oakland A's swept the San Francisco Giants that year... so there wasn't a need for a Game 5.  


Purchase #5Early 90's Rap Packs  $16 


Discovered this set during the hobby boom... when people were grading anything and everything.  I'm a fan of late 80's and early 90's rap... so the idea of pulling cards of NWA, Naughty by Nature, and Too Short appeals to me.

The vendor had twenty packs left in this box for a buck each.  I bought one to see if they were "bricked" and they weren't.  So I offered up $15 for the remaining 19 packs and he accepted.


Purchase #6NSYNC Dolls  $15


Not all of my flea market finds are for me.  My friend is a huge fan of Justin Timberlake, so I asked her if she wanted it and she did.  Made a special trip to the car to drop this off, because I didn't want to be seen carrying it around the remainder of my time there.


Purchase #7Steve Carlton Bat Relic $3

2003 SP Legendary Cuts Historic Lumber #B-SC (#'d 005/350)

Ran into a guy who had some monster boxes sitting on his table containing mostly football and basketball cards.  He was one of those guys who looks up singles on eBay and gives you a price.  He couldn't find any listings for this card, so he told me he'd sell it for $10.  I politely passed, so he asked what I was willing to pay.  Three dollars later, the card was in my pocket.


Purchase #8Another Toyota Supra  $6.50

2024 Hot Wheels Gran Turismo

There's a regular vendor that specializes in diecast cars.  I'm always searching for MK5 Supras I don't own.  Sometimes he has some, most of the time he doesn't.  This time he did.

It's from the Gran Turismo series that was released about a month ago.  I'm pretty sure these are only a couple of bucks in the store, but like blasters... I never see these at my local Target.

Well that wraps ups another trip to the De Anza Flea Market.  I was pretty happy with the haul.  I'll be heading out to the Branham High School Flea Market on Saturday.  Looks like the weather will be nice again, so hopefully I'll find a few more nice surprises this weekend.

Happy Thursday and sayonara!

13 comments:

Matt said...

That World Series ticket is awesome! Good finds, as usual!

Bo said...

I got some Clear cards at a Yankee game in 2019.

Bat relic of a lifetime .201 hitter!

Johnnys Trading Spot said...

some nice gets there.

Chris said...

Those clear packs of 2019 Topps are interesting. can't wait to read about the related 'surprise'.

Three classic movies for a buck apiece is a great deal in any format. Only a collector would nod in support of your decision to keep them sealed :)

$5 for a World Series program of any year is a good deal, especially one in that condition. Throw in the unused/phantom ticket and you got a steal!

bbcardz said...

Congrats on some great purchases and the nice surprises. Hope you find more at the upcoming flea market.

Elliptical Man said...

The Carlton bat relic wins it.

Nick Vossbrink said...

Very nice with the WS program and ticket. And I love the STTNG holograms too.

The Lost Collector said...

Still a life goal to attend a flea market with you!

GCA said...

Ugh, it's bad enough when the dealers pull out the Beckett book. I guess it's an improvement to compare eBay prices, but only if there's a generous selection so you don't get the one outlier guy trying to get several times the value.

Fuji said...

matt - thanks. now i've got game 1, 3, 4, and 5 tickets. just need to add game 2, 6, and 7 tickets for the complete run.

bo - higher than some hitters today :D

johnnys trading spot - my largest flea market haul in quite some time

chris - looking forward to writing that post too. i have grease on dvd if i ever want to watch it. doubt i'd be interested in watching either of the other movies again.

bbcardz - went to the flea market again on saturday. it wasn't nearly as good. but i did find a few items

elliptical man - not often i add lefty relics to the collection, so that was a nice addition

nick vossbrink - me too. didn't think anyone else would appreciate them.

the lost collector - i'd love the company. if you plan a trip to california, just remember to reserve either the first or third saturday of the month :D

gca - if it's a card i really want, i don't mind pay around ebay. but i try to remind the vendor he is saving on ebay fees and possibly shipping.

SumoMenkoMan said...

Oh wow, this was fun to read. What an adventure! I wish I was there with you to shop. Those Travel packs are awesome and the VHS tapes are legit!!

Jon said...

I get that the Star Trek set probably isn't all that desirable at this point, but it's still hard to believe that a master set could be had for five bucks. Seems like the holograms alone would be worth more than that.

Fuji said...

sumomenkoman - still need to write up a post on those travel packs. hope one of these days we'll be able to hit up a card show and flea market in the same day. wonder if there are any flea markets in japan

jon - the holograms were the main thing i wanted. after some research, i have since discovered that this isn't actually a master set. there are some hologram variations i'm missing. i did end up purchasing a few of them, but still need one.