Yes, I live!
We're gradually establishing normalcy at the new house, so I've got some time to post about things, and I've also had time for 2 flea market trips so far!
Those of you who follow me on Twitter already saw pics from my first trip, which was a pretty good one, but if you didn't, here goes...
Let's start with the wide-angle shot of the first week's haul. From left to right, there's an album of '68 Topps cards that I got for a song, a cube of junk wax, an assortment of beater '50s cards ('59 Jerry Casale, no relation, I don't think; a couple of '52 Topps, '53 Topps Dutch Leonard, a couple of '53 Bowman Colors including Joe Garagiola, and '57 Topps Randy Jackson, an incomplete-but-not-that-badly-incomplete '99 Topps set ($2, so it was worth it if only for the factory box), a couple of Marvel Spotlights with Son Of Satan in 'em (needed 'em both), and another card album, not as inspiring as the '68 album, but with a nice "obviously came from one of those card collecting starter sets" assortment of TCMA stuff in it.
A better look at the '68 binder, which was in order. Guy had doubles behind the individual cards (thankfully pretty loose sheets). The cards also skewed in favor of the two highest series, which was nice. You can see Al Kaline on this front sheet, but here's a better look...
Here's the other big highlight, aside from Salty...
Was *very* happy to get this one. Didn't even notice it in there in my first 2 passes through the book, at the market.
Here's what everything looked like, once freed from the binder. Stack on the left were singles (186 checked off of my checklist), and the ones on the right are all dupes. Once I'm a little better situated, that's plenty of trade bait right there.
Here's a better look at those '50s beaters. The Randy Jackson is a dupe (Owl?), but unsurprisingly, I needed the rest. Weird, but neat to find a playing-era Joe Garagiola in the wild the week of his passing.
Here's the whole mess of TCMAs. Bottom left corner are TCMA the 1930's cards, the first of which I've ever seen in person. The Gene Hermanski and Bud Harrelson cards are from the 5th Annual National, which was held in Parsippany, NJ in 1984.
You know you wanted to see the '88 Topps I pulled out of these lots.
This past weekend didn't yield much, but I did fish these out of a dime box I found. All duplicates, but I couldn't see leaving good cards like these sitting in a box in the dirt where they'd get manhandled further.
Still, '16 flea market season is off to a decent start.