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Shop Around (the Flea Market, Part 1)

"Shop Around" 7" single label
Mashup license plate

Stuff I Didn't Buy (but caught my attention anyway)

Just wanted to share my day at the Rose Bowl Flea Market in Pasadena, CA this past Sunday. I posted on my Twitter account a lot of uncropped pics of cool things that I didn’t buy but I also saw some cards I really wanted and actually did buy. I’ll show those in the next post.

These Grid-Star static-cling stickers/decals apparently were produced between 1988 and 1992 (according to one ebay seller). On the COMC website, one seller had like 38 different NFL players in his portfolio going for $2.95 and up. They’re listed on COMC under 1990 Grid-Star Premier Edition – [Base]. The flea market vendor was asking $1 each but only had multiples of these three players.

Grid-Star 49ers static cling stickers featuring John Taylor, Ronnie Lot and Michael Carter
Grid-Star 49ers static cling stickers featuring John Taylor, Ronnie Lot and Michael Carter
Bobbleheads!
Bobbleheads!

The same flea market seller also had these bobbleheads: former Dodgers pitcher Joe Beimel (a June 2008 stadium giveaway), former Angel Josh Hamilton (a May 2014 stadium giveaway) and former Angels manager Mike Scioscia (an April 2008 stadium giveaway).

He also had a good stack of these 1980’s era Smokey the Bear and the Los Angeles Raiders coloring books. Inside are coloring pages of Marcus Allen, Howie Long, Todd Christiansen and other Raider players.

Coloring book featuring Smokey the Bear and the Los Angeles Raiders
Coloring book featuring Smokey the Bear and the Los Angeles Raiders

There was also this large framed poster of the NFL Hall of Fame.

Poster of the NFL Hall of Fame
Poster of the NFL Hall of Fame

Another seller had this early 2000’s autographed Green Bay Packers helmet. He said Brett Favre’s signature is somewhere on top and was asking $600 although I’m sure the price was negotiable. How many autos can you identify?

Autographed Green Bay Packers helmet - right side
Autographed Green Bay Packers helmet - right side
Packers helmet - left side

Here’s binder of junk-wax era baseball cards. There were a few Topps gold insert cards in this binder that I wanted but the seller was asking in the neighborhood of $1 per card–not exactly a bargain.

Baseball cards in a binder
Baseball cards in a binder

Pins! Another seller had loads of pins and not just sports pins but buttons too. Unfortunately, he did not have a Super Bowl VII pin available. I would have loved to have one of those.

Assorted Super Bowl pins and other pins
Assorted Super Bowl pins and other pins
Assorted pins
Assorted pins...
more assorted pins
...and more assorted pins
Hisashi Iwakuma bobblehead (a July 2014 stadium giveaway)
Hisashi Iwakuma bobblehead (a July 2014 stadium giveaway)
Baseballs with multiple autographs
Baseballs with multiple autographs
Assorted pennants
Assorted pennants
A binder of 1990 Collegiate Collection Notre Dame Football cards
A binder of 1990 Collegiate Collection Notre Dame Football cards
An 8 x 10 photo of Sandy Koufax
An 8 x 10 photo of Sandy Koufax (think the signature is real?)
A couple of hand-painted signs featuring the logos of a couple of our local teams
A couple of hand-painted signs featuring the logos of a couple of our local teams
A binder of cards featuring NASCAR race driver Tony Stewart
A binder of cards featuring NASCAR race driver Tony Stewart
A binder full of cards of NASCAR driver Jeff Gordon
A binder full of cards of NASCAR driver Jeff Gordon
Raiders neon bar sign
Raiders neon bar sign
Assorted LA Kings hockey pucks
Assorted LA Kings hockey pucks
More pennants
More pennants
Assorted 1977 and/or 1978 RC Cola cans featuring MLB players (and an NFL player)
Assorted 1977 and/or 1978 RC Cola cans featuring MLB players (and an NFL player)
A tin full of assorted autographed NASCAR and country music cards
A tin full of assorted autographed NASCAR and country music cards
Assorted Star Wars cards
Assorted Star Wars cards
Not sure if these are toy USC megahorns or cups
Not sure if these are toy USC megahorns or cups
...and more pennants
...and more pennants
A tin full of assorted sportscards
A tin full of assorted sportscards
Vintage '70's LA Rams glasses
Vintage '70's LA Rams glasses
NFL bedsheets and Star Wars bedsheets!
NFL bedsheets and Star Wars bedsheets!
Starting Lineups figures, a Red Sox book and a box of 1990 Bowman hockey cards
Starting Lineups figures, a Red Sox book and a box of 1990 Bowman hockey cards
Assorted plastic sports cups
Assorted plastic sports cups

That’s wraps up our look at things most of us would love to have if we had the money and the space (or use for tradebait). In the next post, I’ll show off what I did buy and I promise it will be a much shorter post. Stay tuned…

7 thoughts on “Shop Around (the Flea Market, Part 1)

  1. I always wanted to go to that flea market, but never did, and now that I’m on the other side of country, I probably never will. If I ever did go though, it would be for all of the non-sports stuff, that being said, it was still fun to see some of the sport related items that you encountered.

  2. Lots of great stuff. I recognized William Henderson’s autograph on that helmet as well as the Favre. I’ve seen people with the license plate names at my local flea market as well. I think it would have been cooler had they used only California plates. Can’t wait to see what goodies you picked up.

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