Posts in category: flea market
Flea Market Finds #6: Fourth Binder Page

I’m starting to get on a roll, might even get close to finishing before the next show!  Here is the 4th binder page: Why Purchased: Because I collect Frank Robinson, and also for the Alex Rios RC & A-Rod Thunder insert. Keepers: Just the Frank Robinson I guess. Notes: There’s something unflattering about Willkie’s photo there, […]

Flea Market Finds #5: 25-card $1 Grab Bag Pack

Here be the first of the two 25-card $1 grab bag pack things.  This be the football version.  Here’s the pack in order (accomplishments via Pro-Football-Reference): Vintage, it’s all vintage! 1970 topps David Lee (1x First-Team All-Pro), Dave Osborn (1x Pro Bowl), Jon Morris (7x Pro Bowl; 1x First-Team All-Pro), Jerry Smith (2x Pro Bowl; […]

Flea Market Finds #4: Third Binder Page

Hello all.  Tis I… back once again with the third of a dozen binder pages full of goodies (and other things) I picked up from the card guy at the flea market over the past weekend. Why Purchased: The beat up Bears Team Leaders, Future Stars Hamilton/Crawford. Keepers: At least one of the Bears Team […]

Flea Market Finds #2: First Binder Page

Heya, card blog homies!  Here is the first binder page from my glorious afternoon at the flea market: Why purchased: Very early career Montana (close as I’ll likely get to his rookie anytime soon); Hall of Famer (Jackie Smith); Daryle Lamonica card I have no idea about; Vintage! Keepers: Just Montana for the time being. […]

Flea Market Finds #1: Overview

Heyas.  Been a long time, huh?  Nothing’s really changed since last we chatted, except for getting a few more of the sketch cards from the previous post finished (and a few new ones drawn up), and a seriously loudass person moving in upstairs pushing me to the end of my rope with this lousy place. […]

American Nitpicker (or something).

I’m a fourth generation antique and collectible “dealer.” That is to say, I buy and sell things that other people collect, display, or cherish. I do so to make a profit. While this is not, and will never be, my full time job, I have a great respect for folks that do turn it into […]

Vintage Saturday revisited

It’s always good when I get to spend a Saturday at the flea market or at the card shop. My goals are pretty much the same: I’m not really expecting to find anything I actually “need”, like for one of the sets I’m chasing or from a particular player.Wh…

High season is here. Goodbye for now.

FYIHigh season is about to kick in here at my job so I won’t have enough time to keep posting. I won’t cancelled the blog just to keep my hope alive of coming back again in a couple of months. Hopefully.I’ll keep visiting hobby blogs and forums.Enjoy t…

Joe playing Keanu

I’m not a Matrix or Keanu fan but I was quite impressed when the first movie of the trilogy came out. Since then I’ve seen it many times but never been patient enough to sit down and watch #2 or 3 in full. Today I have the morning off and took some tim…

Luis Aparicio: An affordable HOF’er

Luis Aparicio is the living proof that you can still purchase great HOF’ers, even graded, for less than $15 on ebay any given sunday.During his 18 seasons MLb career, he achieved many distinctions:1956 Al ROY10 time All Star1966 World Series champ wit…

That guy could run… without getting caught often: Dave Lopez

You can steal many bases but..How many times were you caught?It’s like baseketball stars (no offense): keep shooting and eventually you’ll average more than 20pts a game. Some guys really suck so there’s no rule of thumb. The caught stealing “CS” data …

That guy could run: Bert Campaneris

The all time latino stolen base leader, Bert Campaneris is one of those guys who amazingly does not get much attention from the hobby. If you ebay his name you’ll come up with less than 70 results and surprisingly none of them is a triple threads, ster…

Catfish vs Termites

Even though in this crazy weather and high humidity environment we live in, I’ve never had problems with termites or any type of bug messing with my baseball cards.At a flea market a couple of months ago I spotted this Catfish Crawford card:It caught m…

Maybe Sammy will also resurrect

Now that McGwire is back in a MLB uniform, I’ll take a moment to blog about none other than Mark’s nemesis and who helped him put baseball back on the map with their steriod-Hr race: Slammin Sammy.In the late 90’s Sammy was by far the most recognizable…

Your weather forecast for the 80’s

Prospecting has never been easy. It used to be a tough job only for scouts trying to make a living as pythoness and oracles but now they’re not alone; diehard collectors/prospectors spend long hours attending minor league games, reading Baseball Ameri…

1991 Panini stickers

1991 was a great year. I was just starting high school and officially began collecting. The first baseball trading cards I got my hands on were the now cheap and famous 1991 Panini stickers. I don’t know how much money we paid for the album and single …

Shave & Behave

I’m not a Yankee fan so that puts me in a good position to bash or praise the pin$tripe$. One of the things I’ve always found ridiculous about them is the “Shave & Behave” policy every team member must obey. Do you remember how Giambi used to look …

Fleer 1983. Only 640 cards short to complete this set…

Fleer 1983 is one of the 80’s sets I like and recently realized I own a couple of singles I bought separately. With plenty of stadium background shots, I think you can’t go wrong. Even tough a lot of players are featured posing for the cameras, the “pl…

DGW Draft gone wild. Paul Coleman. 1989

June 1989, Draft day:With the 6th pick of the first round… the St. Louis Cardinals select…. Paul Coleman…Doesn’t this guy looks like Bo Jackson stunt double? Don’t you dare lie to me!! He even has the blue Kansas uniform.But look on the back of t…

SP LC. If it ain’t broken, don’t fix it.

Recently I’ve been sharing my opinion with other collectors in some blogs and websites about my thoughts on “cuts signatures” and most important of all: “SP Legendary Cuts”.Why is this brand so important for me:SP LC’07 was the first HOF/Greats players…

Hey Pete, we also bet on baseball.

I remember rooting for the Cubs (obviously it proved to be worthless) and the Braves back in the Maddux/Glavine/Smoltz/Avery days starting up the early 90’s.There were 4 of us (Gregorio, David, Hector and me) and our morning ritual consisted on visitin…

Sunny day. I need my sunglasses: Bobby Murcer

I had no idea who Murcer was when I bought this card just because it looked funny. Later I found out he had a decent career overall.This post was brought to you by RayBan, Arnette, Oakley, Vuarnet, Tuscany and any other sunglasses brand you can think o…

1968 Topps Game. Matty Alou

The middle brother of the Alou saga, Matty is one the baseball players of whom I’ll collect any affordable baseball card I run into.About the card picture below, I bought it on Ebay a couple of months ago and really enjoy looking at it and comparing th…

I want my money back 1: Felix Pie

Nobody ever said he was meant to be the next A-Rod but !damn! I had high hopes on Felix Pie. But I was not alone, in 2007 Baseball America ranked him as the #1 Cubs prospect in their farm system & #49 overall.So high were my expectations that I now…

The first Dominican who ever made to the show: Ossie Virgil

It’s been a couple of months since I wrote something on this blog. That doesn’t mean I forgot about the hobby, is just that lately I haven’t been able make it down to my nearest vintage flea market (a 3 hours drive from home) and therefore I had to rel…

My Ruth’s cards

You gotta love reprints as long as they’re not from Todd Van Poppel. So when you hit a Hall of Fame shot courtesy of Score 1992:Or a 1976 Topps honoring the Bambino:Just open the binder and add that up to your collection.The truth and main reason for t…

Cool nicknames: “The human vacuum cleaner”

A sign that you’ve made it to the show is having your nickname. If you’re lucky enough it will stick with you through good and bad; in sickness and health; Pujols and Andrew Jones type of season, for ever.I have to admit that Brooks Robinson has one of…

My Rickey Henderson RC tks to Cardboard Icons

Back on March 7th, Ben from CardBoard Icons hosted a contest celabrating his 25,000 visits in which the winner, a.k.a yours truly, won a 1980 Topps #482 Rickey Henderson RC. Being new in the blogosphere there’s no need to say I was thrilled when I fou…

Centered? the Wade Boggs saga. Card #630

Ever since I picked up this card I’ve been curious about the “centering”. For a while I thought it was my copy who had the problem. Browsing Ebay today I found this one just like it. Looking further into the matter, I found the match #629 for the AL B…