Thrift Treasures 55: 120+ year-old card at antique store
Earlier this week, my wife and I made a trip to a local town to hit the antique and thrift stores. We spent six hours bouncing in and out of stores. She did a lot of spending; I did a lot of looking and lamenting at what could have been if I looked around just one more corner, or on one more shelf.
In the end, I wound up with just three cards on the day. I had more lucrative trips than this one, but what I found was pretty cool.
We’ll get these two afterthoughts out of the way real quick. In the second store I found a box of cards where everything was priced for a quarter each. Lots of commons. LOTS of commons. But I found a 1987 Fleer Mitch Williams rookie and n ball 2000 Pacific Backyard Baseball Cal Ripken Jr. Price for these treasures: 50 cents.
And just two stores down the street I came across this 1889 Allen & Ginter Types of All Nations Syria card priced at $5.
It’s not really a baseball card, but it is a trading card from a cigarette card set that has seen some increased interest in the last five years due to Topps’ stroll down memory lane with its version of Allen & Ginters World Champions. Kinda bummed it’s Syria and not Portugal, which is the country from which my wife’s family hails. Of course I see that Mr. Brony showcased a Portugal card just like this six years ago.
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