Thrift Treasures 85: A mini helmet signed by an NFL HOFer
I have two kids. One is in elementary school and the other is in pre-school. Neither of them really enjoy shopping at thrift stores because “everything is old.” When they were younger they didn’t vent their displeasure, they just went along with the program. So the only time I really get to go is when they both are in school. My son (pre-schooler) goes to school two days a week and for only two hours. What does this mean? This means that in those two hours I get to jam in as much thrifting as a man can do. I can cover stores within a 15-mile radius in that time if I stick to a quick search of the stores.
Well today, Tuesday, was one of those days. I saw lots of cards today but not a single one came home with me. I wasn’t interested in the baggies of 90s commons for $2.99 each or the 500-count boxes of 1987 Topps and 1988 Donruss for $9.99 either. I had mild interest in a box that contained 20 packs of 1991 Fleer and a 1989 Donruss rack pack that had a Ken Griffey Jr. Rated Rookie on top. And I would have bought that box ($9.99) had I not already found something that really caught my eye.
Behold, a Washington Redskins mini helmet bearing the signature of Pro Football Hall of Famer Joe Theismann. This thing was sitting unprotected on a shelf in the misc. section. Thankfully his signature is really only recognizable to sports fans. The price tag ($4.29) as you can see in the picture made this an absolute no-brainer.
The autograph is in silver paint pent and is in pretty decent condition considering the rough environment in which it was found
Total cost of these treasures: $4.29
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