For the most of my life, I remember rummaging through yard and garage sales, flea markets, and antique shops. Mainly looking for sports things, or whatever else caught my eye that would not need an immense area. So recently, I discovered a way to electronically map out local garage sales, and then word-search them for “cards” or “sports” or whatever to help filter the sales.
Last weekend was my first trial, and I came up with five yard sales with 10 miles or so. Here were the results:
Yard Sale #1 – a kids collection of some rubber banded football cards for ten cents a piece, maybe 100 cards in total. There were a bunch of rookie cards (that I typically don’t collect, but for 10 cents a piece, what the heck.) As you can see, I grabbed a Kolb and Gabbert and a bunch others. Nothing to complain about here as I dropped a measly $2.10.
Yard Sale #2 – In the garage there was about six 5,000 count boxes of late 80s/early 90s which saddened me, but I did come across a small box of Georgetown cards and a slew of early 90s unlicensed cards from places like: Sports Report, Investor’s Journal and the like. From there, a bunch of Shaq cards, as well as some other Hall of Famers. I had not actually seen any of these cards before (lived in Japan in the early 90s), so I grabbed the box for $3. If it did not have the Georgetown cards or Ewing and Thompson, I would have passed.
Yard Sale #3 – Someone beat me to it and bought it all. Football cards was all I heard from the working ladies. Bummer.
Yard Sale #4 – These folks had a bunch of eclectic things as they had purchased a bigger collection from an estate sale. I started br grabbing some 1978 Dover Great Player Postcards. Eddie Collins and Tris Speaker are two of my favorites, and they were still there. So snag them. 19 postcards were listed for $30. Got them f0r $20. Also, saw a small table of autographed cards, and only one caught my eye – a Topps Retired signature card of Rob Dibble for $2.
How can you go wrong with that. It was only when I got outside in the sun that I discovered what it was.
Yard Sale #5 – There was a small table of “baggied” cards for $2 a piece, or two for $3. As I browsed through, I was impressed by some of it. Plenty of mid-70s Topps Basketball with some of the minor stars (Gervin, Parish, etc). Even some early 70s baseball and football. I aked what he wanted for theentire box (Maybe 50 baggies). He said $60. I told him I was more comfortable at $25-30, and even upped it to $40, but he would not go lower than $55. Pass. So, I grabbed $10 worth of the best bags I found. nagged about a dozen cards that book over $5.Overall, I thought it was a crazy success. Most of the fun is the hunt and the thought of something new at every stop – for example, I had a few first-time seen items this weekend. Over the weekend, I dropped $39 and kept about $210 (BV). All good. Lets see what next weekend brings.