Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Flea Market Round Up IV

Braved the arctic temperatures of 40 degrees on Saturday morning and took the family out to a different flea market than our usual stomping grounds at Big Top. Drove about 45 minutes to Oldsmar Flea Market and was met with a extra windy day. My daughter walked around in a blanket all day and we looked truly Floridian in our heavy coats. It might have dropped to 39 at the lowest the whole time we were there. Brrr I say!

My biggest purchase of the day: $10

Anyways getting to the cardboard, my best find of the day was a gentleman in the very back of the market with a small, warm booth. We chatted as I browsed his  vintage boxes and he even gave my daughter a pack of Pokemon cards much to her delight. I grabbed the '62 Spahn above off the wall and when he said ten, I threw it on the stack.


I found this matching '62 to go with it in a large vintage dollar box the guy had. Yeah, it's a little beat but you don't find '62s of Hall of Famers for a dollar everyday.



I absolutely love these 1975 SSPC cards, also dollar box finds.


Again this Topps game card of Rod Carew is a little worn but I just like to think that was from people actually playing with them in the 60's. For a buck I'm glad I brought my first one of these home and can see why so many of you have chased this set.


Another first for me is this super clean 1962 Post card. 


Was the 1957 set less produced than other sets, in my area they always seem to go for a lot higher than the earlier years, Either way I really like the photos in this set, they just all seem so classic. Maybe it's the way they're lit or the way the backgrounds all seem to fade out but these cards are all sharp, even if the corners on this one aren't.


Trio of 1960's including my first card of the late great Ernie Johnson. I'll always remember him and Skip calling games when I was a kid.


To tell you the truth I didn't know that Eddie Mathews went on to manage the Braves until recently. I can't believe the fact that he was the manager when Hank hit 715 never smacked me in the face but that's pretty cool that he was there for the moment.

''While the crowning of Aaron as baseball's all-time home run king made 1974 an exceptional season for the Braves, the strong performance of the team on the field also marked the campaign. The Braves' 88–74 (.543) record was an 1112 game improvement over 1973, and resulted in a third-place finish in the NL West.
But a mid-season slump cost manager Eddie Mathews—for years Aaron's fellow-superstar with the Milwaukee Braves of the 1950s—his job on July 21 during the All-Star breakwith the club at 50–49'' 1974 Braves


Here's a photo my wife snapped of me digging thru the boxes.


Which is where I found this super protected Chipper Best card I didn't have. I'll let it live on in it's home for now but will probably binder him eventually.


The guy asked for a dollar for that Chipper but when he said he'd throw in this pocket schedule from the Inagrual season I dug out, I agreed.


The back.


Also grabbed these 2 cards of new Braves, my first card of both guys.


Finally I grabbed this autographed oversized 8x10 card for one dollar, thanks for reading.


15 comments:

  1. That was one helluva booth. SSPC might be the most minimalistic cards of all-time; but, I'll be damned if I don't love every single one.

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    1. I love the minimalist look of them.

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    2. That SSPC set is currently my second favorite. I've got a Top 30 post series going on my blog right now.

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  2. That is a very TMZ shot that your wife took of you. Nice haul my friend!

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    1. Haha I guess it is kinda paparazzi-esque

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  3. A lot of folks love the 1957 set for being the first "standard" or "modern" sized cards -- so that's why it often goes for a premium. Great haul -- I wish my flea markets had booths like that!

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    1. Makes sense. I always look for a decent flea market when I'm up there but have yet to find one.

      There was one near Kennesaw Mountain about where that Hooters is probably 10 years ago but it's long gone.

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  4. Quite the haul! I am starting to get jealous of all you guys that have such great luck at the flea market. If you decide you want to chase that Game set, let me know, I've got a few dupes. They're not in the greatest condition, but they'd make for a good starting point.

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    1. That'd be awesome, the guy had more for a buck in his box but none off your list (I checked)

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  5. Nice pickups Jeff. That Lightning schedule is cool. I think this has inspired me to get back out to my local flea market soon.

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    1. You should do that! Looking forward to your recap

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  6. Good stuff! I love 1957 Topps and would love to work on it in earnest, but yeah, they seem to be tough to come by for cheap. I think I like it because it's the closest baseball card set to being just simple polaroid photos, and there's something nice about that.

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    1. The simplicity is my favorite part but there's just something about it. If I were to go after a vintage set that'd probably be the one.

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  7. Man, you are blessed to have local flea markets with cardboard at them. Ours pretty much only has old china, some vinyl, and random trinkets.

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  8. Super vintage pickups. Love that "no-hit" Spawn card. It's a little too cold and wet for flea markets here in the Bay Area... but hopefully it'll warm up this weekend. Until then, I'm happy to keep reading about your flea market finds. Great stuff.

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