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Flea Market Finds #86: Bobbles and Autos

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  • Flea Market Finds #86: Bobbles and Autos

    When: Sunday, June 21st
    Where: Capitol Flea Market
    What: Bobble Heads and Autographs
    How Much?: $19

    Holidays and flea markets don't mix. Vendors stay home with families... and that typically means less people walking around too. Father's Day was no exception. But that wasn't going to stop me from getting my daily steps.

    Compared to the average Sunday, Capitol was probably missing 35 to 45% of their regular vendors. However there were plenty of bargains to be found. In fact, I found more stuff that day in the three previous trips combined.

    Unfortunately... sports cards weren't part of the equation. But I was definitely happy with my purchases.

    Purchase #1: Forever Super Bowl XXXVI Bobble Head$5

    I recently cleared off one of the shelves on a bookcase in my office and started filling it with random bobble heads. This one caught my attention, so I picked it up. It's a little chipped, but nothing a little touchup paint can't fix and it looks great next to my brokenKlay Thompsonbobble.

    Purchase #2: Joe Thornton Autographed Puck$5

    Each year, the Sharks Foundation holds several "mystery puck" fundraisers, where they sell blind bags containing a random puck signed by a San Jose Sharksplayer. They are sold for $20 each at specific games during the holiday season and usually have a holiday theme. Each player signs the same number of pucks. I've actually considered purchasing them in the past, but since the odds of pulling a big name are slim... I always pass.

    However I met a guy who had six or seven different pucks, feature a variety of years and holidays who wanted $5 per puck or 3 for $10. Joe Thornton was the only big name, so I decided to pass on the bulk deal.

    Purchase #3: Autographed Tim Brown 8x10 Photo$1

    If this photograph were a sports card, it'd probably be graded a PSA 3. There are a couple of indentations and the autograph is kinda faded... but for a buck, I figured it was worth it.

    Purchase #4: Funko Pop Vinyl Batman$3

    Funko Pop Vinyls are this generation's version of beanie babies. I see them everywhere: toy shows, toy stores, Target, Walmart, in classrooms, and now at the flea market. This one has a damaged box, so the guy sold it to me for $3. It'll make a nice addition to my classroom.

    Purchase #5: Landon Donovan Bobble Head$5

    As I've slowly lost interest in the NBA, I've started watching other sports like mixed martial arts and soccer. Landon Donovan is one of the greatest players in our country's history and although I wasn't watching soccer when he played for the Earthquakes... I'm still happy to add this to my San Jose shelf in the office.

    2009 Calbee

    Speaking of soccer... my heart goes out to Laura Bassett and her fellow Lionesses. I was totally cheering for Nadeshiko Japan, but that was the worst possible way to watch them win. I'll definitely be cheering for England when they face Germany on Saturday. As for the big game on Sunday, I really hope it's an exciting game like in 2011.

    I'd love to see Team USA bounce back from their epic loss at the lastWorld Cup, but at the same time, I'd like it to be a close game. If USA turns this game into a blowout, I might end up flipping sides and pulling for the underdog.

    Anyone else out there soccer fans? Any of you following the Women's World Cup?

    Happy Saturday and sayonara!

    Collecting autographs, game-used cards, & certain inserts/parallels of the following players/teams: Tony Gwynn/Padres, Kurt Suzuki/A's, Greg Maddux, Brett Favre/Packers, Steve Largent/Seahawks, Kobe Bryant/Lakers, & Devin Setoguchi/Sharks.

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