Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Flea Market Finds #73: It's A Small World

When: Saturday, October 18th
Where:  Branham High School Flea Market
What:  Cards and Disney Memorabilia
How Much?:  $5.50

Every third Saturday, there's a small flea market about fifteen minutes from my house.  There's probably only 50 to 60 vendors, which is much less than the other two flea markets I frequent, but the quality of merchandise makes up for the lack of vendors.

There's always at least a handful of guys with baseball cards, so at the very least I do a little window shopping.  But this time around, I actually picked up a few cards from one of my friends.  He had a bunch of low-end cards for sale, so I spent a solid 30 minutes hanging out and sifting through his stuff.

Purchase #1:  Baseball Cards $1

He told me that I could have anything in his $1 or $2 bins for 50¢ each (or 3 for a dollar).  I ended up grabbing these three cards:

2014 Gypsy Queen Sepia Mini #330 (#'d 45/50)

I'm a huge fan of Pudge and minis.  Put them together and this was a no-brainer.

2014 Stadium Club Gold #83

I've been watching everyone else post their new Stadium Club cards and now I've officially joined the club.  This card brings me one step closer to finishing my first Brooks Robinson page in my inserts and parallels binder.

1969 Topps #263 75th Anniversary Buy Back

The third and final card I chose was this card of Roberto's dad.  It's one of the 75th anniversary stamped buyback cards out of this year's Topps and it's in awesome condition.  He might not be a HOFer, but he's a nice addition to my vintage binder.


Purchase #2:  Non-Baseball Cards $3

These cards came out of my buddy's $3 and $5 boxes.  Normally I wouldn't bother digging through these, but he told me I could have anything from these boxes for a dollar a piece.  So I grabbed these...

2014 Certified New Generation Materials #NGDA1 (#'d 233/599)

This is my first memorabilia card of Aaron Rodgers' newest target.  He's a solid #3 receiver behind Jordy Nelson and Randall Cobb.

2014 Allen and Ginter Relics #FRBAS

Yeah, I bought a card containing a piece of Adam Schefter's shirt.  Not exactly sure why Topps decided to produce this card or why I decided to purchase it.  But it's a conversation piece and probably a future blog post.


OMR Slabbed Gem Mint 10

I can't find anything other than eBay listings for this OMR card company, so I'll assume it's a Broder of some sort.  However it's a gorgeous shot of Sharapova (btw... Happy Hump Day!) and the fact that the card is damaged inside of the holder, while the company graded it "gem mint" is irony at its finest.


Purchase #3:  1975 Walt Disney World Guide Book 50¢


I know I collect a lot of different things ranging from comic books to action figures, but believe it or not... I've never really dove into Disney memorabilia.  However I realize that other people are into it, which is why I picked this up.  I'm hoping to flip it at the De Anza Flea Market in a few weeks to recover some of my flea market finds.


Purchase #4:  The Magic Kingdom Postcard Book $1


I picked this up from the same vendor.  Unfortunately there isn't a year printed on these, but if I were to guess... I'd say these postcards are from the late 70's.  Either way, I'm pretty sure I'll be able to sell it for some kind of profit.  Worst case scenario, I'll give them to students who appreciate Disney.

Today's question...

Do you own any Disney memorabilia?

and

Do you have a favorite Disney character?

The only pieces of Disney memorabilia that I own are some trinkets students have given me over the years that I have displayed in my classroom.  One of my favorites is a Goofy/Darth Vader bobble head.

As for favorite character, I'd probably go with Russell from Up!.  When the movie first came out, my students kept telling me I look like him...


I have no idea what they're talking about.  Happy Wednesday and sayonara!

Monday, October 20, 2014

The Swingin' A's

Last Friday marked the 40th anniversary of the Oakland Athletics celebration over the Los Angeles Dodgers for their third consecutive World Series title.  At the time, I was just graduating from diapers and probably wasn't a fan of them for at least another year or so.

But that's not going to stop me from celebrating their history.  The A's have been my favorite team longer than any other franchise in any other sport.  And since I grew up in the 70's, one of my favorite things to collect is cardboard of The Swingin' A's.

Luckily for me, card companies have been very helpful in producing cards of most of the key players from those World Series teams.

Let's start with their starting rotation, which had three 17-game winners:


And if the big three weren't enough... the A's also had one of the best closers in the game and World Series MVP:


In terms of run support, they had the American League stolen base leader running around the bases:


But North wasn't alone... he had some historical company:


Mr. Washington is the first and last player to ever have "pinch runner" listed as their official position

They also had four guys who hit twenty-two or more home runs:



Rounding out my collection of old school Athletics is the lesser known "Campy":


Bert Campaneris is the franchise's all-time leader in hits and games played.  He also has the second most stolen bases in franchise history.  I'm sure you can figure out who's first.

Well that's it for today.  I can't believe it's already the start of the work week.  Ugh.  At least the World Series starts tomorrow.  Congratulations Kansas City Royals and San Francisco Giants fans!

Happy Monday and sayonara!

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Duh-Duh, Duh-Duh... Wilson!

The Seattle Seahawks might be the reigning Super Bowl Champions, but they are no longer the feared team they once were.  They're beatable at home.  Their defense is good, but hasn't looked great.  They no longer have Percy.  And they haven't even gotten to the rough part of their schedule.

But that's okay, because they have... duh-duh, duh-duh, Wilson!

2012 Crown Royale #280 (#'d 235/349)

I'm not saying he's an elite quarterback, but there's no denying that this guy is good.  Hopefully last week's loss to Dallas will help jump start both Russell's offense and the Hawk's defense.

Let's go Hawks!  Duh-duh, duh-duh...


Happy Sunday and sayonara!

Friday, October 17, 2014

Flash(p)ack Friday!

Stress.  We all cope with it in different ways.  Some people drink.  Other people smoke.  Me?  I eat Baja Fresh and bust packs.

I've been saving some packs for future A Pack To Be Named Later posts, but last night I couldn't resist temptation and dove head first into the pack stack.  It's actually a small shoe box filled with random packs that are either:

A. duplicates for my non-sport wax pack collection
B. oddball packs I find at card shows and flea markets
C. gifts from fellow bloggers

Out of all the packs, I decided to go with some vintage packs.  Okay so maybe these aren't exactly what you define as vintage, but all of the packs are at least twenty-four years old and were the oldest I found in the box.

As luck would have it... there's a variety of sports and non-sports issues, so hopefully there's a little something for everyone.

I decided to rip open the packs in reverse chronological order...

1990 Topps Heads Up!

First up... a nice oddball set from the early 90's.  Have you ever wanted to stick a blown up cardboard face of your favorite baseball player on your bathroom mirror?  If so, this product is for you.  I busted a box of this stuff last year, so I knew what to expect.  And since the checklist is loaded, I knew I'd probably pull a decent player.

#6 Craig Biggio

Not too shabby.  Biggio just missed the HOF cutoff this year... but the lifelong Houston Astro shouldn't have any issues getting in next year.

1986 Topps Garbage Pail Kids (5th Series)

Next up... a pack of our favorite Cabbage Patch doll parodies.  If you're into busting old packs, you might want to stay away from 80's GPK.  I can't speak for all packs out there, but this pack was severely damaged by the gum.


Most of the cards had this brown residue on one of the edges and all of the cards were warping, which caused some of the stickers to start pulling away from the backing.  On the flipside, this pack was like trip down memory lane.  I loved collecting these cards back in middle school.

1986 Topps 3-D Baseball Stars

Here's another oversized oddball issue from Topps.  And just like the Heads Up! product, they were intended to be hung on something like a poster.

#15 Don Mattingly

However these aren't your everyday posters.  These are embossed plastic cards made from the same material vintage Halloween masks from the 80's were made from.  It's hard to see, but Mattingly is popping off of the card.

1981 Topps Animal Posters

Try to hold off on giggling.  This isn't something I'd normally purchase for my collection.  However I found an eBay dealer with a bunch of older packs at reasonable prices, so I took advantage of combined shipping and grabbed them.

#NNO Lioness and Cub

I was secretly hoping to pull the panda poster, so I could hang it up in my classroom.  Yeah.  I like pandas.  Oh well... maybe I'll find a student who loves lions.

1981 Topps Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders Photocards

Now this is more my style.  I have never liked the Cowboys and after they marched into Seattle last weekend and knocked off the Seahawks... I like them even less.

#13 Cheer Up, Judy!

But I'm okay with their cheerleaders.

Last... but certainly not least is the pack I was looking forward to busting the most. 

1975 Topps Wide World of Sports

Although I had no idea this product existed, the show was a childhood staple... as was my obsession with stickers.  Combining the two equates to awesome.

#6 Hockey and #14 Skiing

And I couldn't be happier with the two that I pulled.  Well... let's rephrase that.  I really wanted the Muhammed Ali, but I'm not disappointed with what I got.  Hockey rules and skiing is probably the sport I excelled at the most as a child.  Plus if there's one thing I remember from watching ABC's Wide World of Sports, it's the skier wiping out in the show's opener.

Well that's all folks!

What are your thoughts?  Did any of these products catch your attention?

My next Flashpack Friday post will feature more modern packs, but I'll try to include at least one "vintage" pack.

Happy Friday and sayonara!

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Two Nice Racks and a Rod

September is one of my least favorite months.  It's notorious for being hot in my neck of the woods.  It's marks the start of a new school year and the end of my summer break.  And since I'm on a ten month salary schedule, it marks the second month in a row without a regular paycheck.  But this year, that didn't stop me from going way over my cardboard budget.

Last month, I sort of went on a cardboard shopping spree that included box breaks, multiple eBay purchases, and several trips to flea markets and card shows.  In fact, I spent nearly four times my usual cardboard budget in September.

Which means that I probably won't be purchasing too many cards until the start of the new year.  But that's okay, because I was pretty excited to cross off two of my all-time favorite sets from my wish list.

#207 X-Rated Version

One of those purchases was the complete five series 1977 Topps Star Wars set.  This is the first card product I ever collected and it will always hold sentimental value.  It's a shame I didn't save any of these cards from my childhood.

I'll keep the other set purchase a surprise for a future post.  In the meantime, I'll wrap up this post with two 1987 Donruss rack packs I recently added to my collection:



It might be hard to see, but each of these racks has a Greg Maddux rookie card sitting on top.  These are welcome additions to my unopened pack collection.  My goal is to eventually pick up a third rack pack with Maddux featured on the left side of the pack.

So wha'cha think?  Nice pair of racks right?  Or do you prefer my golden rod?

Nah... my guess is you guys prefer Rusty Kuntz:


Happy Hump Day and sayonara!