Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Flea Market Finds #119: Another Shoebox and Vintage Star Wars

Good things often come in small packages.  That's exactly what the Branham High School Flea Market is.

There are three major flea markets that I attend and Branham is by far the smallest.  However when it comes to finding reasonably priced collectibles, it's my favorite one to browse.  Last weekend there were five vendors with trading cards.  I made purchases from three of them.

Purchase #1: Water Damaged Shoebox $5


The first vendor's setup focused on action figures, lunch pails, and other children's collectibles.  Sitting off to the side was this water damaged shoebox filled with 80's and 90's baseball cards.  75% of them are 1982 Donruss.

Let's get this out of the way.  There weren't any Ripken rookies to be had.  

There were also a handful of other cool rookie cards:


Plus a slew of stars for my 80's binder:


And some errors and corrected versions from this set:


The vendor wanted $10.  I offered him $5 and he accepted.  If anyone out there is building this set, there's a good chance that I can help you out.


Purchase #2:  Just the Hits $10

Box Bottom Guy was back.  He didn't really have anything new in terms of singles... but he told me he'd accept any reasonable offer.




I was excited to find one of Verlander's first trading cards and one of those nickname autographs.  But my favorite card is the 2001 Topps American Pie Woodstock card of Maury Wills.  Topps did a great job with this set's design.

I felt $10 was a fair offer for the five hits... and he agreed.

He also threw in a few things I found from his dollar bin:

80's Baseball Calendars

1985 Topps Super #7

2003 Donruss Classics Timeless Tributes #128

This purchase was proof that if you take care of a valued vendor, they'll take care of you.


Purchase #3:  Vintage Star Wars/Star Trek Stickers  $10


I met a woman who was selling off her son's Star Wars collection.  There were a lot of cool items, but I settled on these $2 packs of stickers.  I grabbed all eleven and she gave them to me for $10.


Most of the stickers were in really nice condition... and I was really surprised at how popular the Star Trek stickers are.  But my favorites were the Empire Strikes Back letters:


That wraps up my Branham Flea Market Finds.  I'm on Spring Break this week, so tomorrow I get to walk around the Capitol Flea Market, which is about five times bigger... but not necessarily five times better.

Happy Wednesday and sayonara!

13 comments:

  1. Whoop! Nice find and congrats. Can't wait to see what you did up next!

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  2. I remember having those letter stickers and being PO'd I never got a 2nd "F" so I could spell my name.

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  3. From the 1982 Donruss, I'm looking for Jays/Expos and Terry Puhl lol

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  4. Man. Another great round of goods! You should use that Star Wars lettering as your header!

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  5. I second Sports Card Collectors suggestion of using it as a header, that was my first thought.

    I recently got a ton of 82 Donruss, but still have a ways to go on completing it.

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  6. Oh, that Wills bat card is the star of the show.

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  7. Nice purchases. With the ESB stickers I think you got yourself a blog header!

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  8. Fantastic Haul. Sweet on the Star Wars Star Trek Stickers. Man oh man excellent pickups all the way around.

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  9. Aw man! The elusive Randy Lerch! Jealous!

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  10. I used to love going to flea markets with my mom when I was a kid.I haven't been to one since :(

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  11. sumomenkoman - didn't find nearly as much today at the flea market... but at least i didn't leave empty handed

    jedijeff - topps used those letters for a few sets. i have some michael jackson ones too.

    mike matson - i'll put together a pile for you. email me your addy

    sport card collectors, jupiterhill, and jafronius - maybe i will at some point

    jupiterhill - if you email me a list, i'm sure i'll have at least a few of your needs

    night owl & hackenbush - agree 100%. there are a few star wars stickers i like better, but in terms of baseball cards, it's my favorite

    captkirk42 - thanks. i was really stoked about the stickers

    gca - i know, right? i think he sells for 14¢ on COMC

    big tone - you'd love the ones in my neck of the woods. there are action figures all over the place.

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  12. Been looking for a Doc Gooden relic/jersey/autograph card for a while. Trying to collect autos from the starting lineup of the 86 Mets! My fave team of all time!

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