Not exactly a Thrift Treasures post

On Wednesday I hit a few thrift stores before work in hopes of bringing in the new year with some treasures.  That wasn’t exactly the case.  The stores had cards and sports items, but none of them appealed to me.  But I wanted to share this to show that not everything is always gold at these second-hand stores.

At one shop, where they seemingly always have a tub or two of cards, they had a giant plastic bin this time full of cards.  But as you can see, they are high-dollar cards from the legendary 1988 Topps set.  John Smiley anyone?


At another shop, they actually had cards displayed in the show case …

TTNotBox2There was a stack of second-year 1987 Topps Jerry Rice cards, 1989 Upper Deck Nolan Ryans and some various 1987 and 1988 Fleer Jose Canseco cards.  Also some 1989 Donruss packs priced at 49 cents each.  You can also see some other stuff in the picture.

TTNotBox3Here are some more cards in the showcase right next to the previous one.   The glaring issue here is not the high prices, but the fact that the price tag is affixed DIRECTLY TO THE CARD.  If I didn’t want to pay 98 cents for a 2000 Private Stock Albert Belle, I definitely did not want to pay 98 cents after having the sticker price tag stuck to the surface.

TTNotBox88Here’s a goodie … a box of 1988 Topps cards priced at 98 cents each.  The gem here is the sealed 1991 Score Series 1 box that is actually “reasonably” priced at $15.99.  Also not pictured is a stack of 1991-1992 Pro Set hockey boxes priced at $16.99 each. ugh.

And then at another store they had no cards, but they had this semi-cool paperback edition of Yogi Berra’s “It Aint Over.”  What makes this cool?  Check out the cards shown on the cover.  In hindsight, I should have bought this … it was like a buck anyway.  I’m sure it’ll still be there in a few weeks.


I wound up spending nothing but time and gas money on Wednesday, but you know that won’t deter me from keeping up the hunt.  My track record suggests things will get better soon.

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