We loaded up the kiddos and drove down. When we got there, and I first walked up, I saw a face I recognized. As it turns out, the guy who posted the sports autographs for sale at the mini-storage location was the guy I sold my autographs to the week before! What a sight! There he was, with all my old autographs all over his tables. I was a bit disappointed that it was my old stuff, but it ended up being a fun story, plus, I picked up an autographed Canseco baseball from him that he got when Canseco was in town for the Fan Expo. I tried to negotiate with him, and he came down a bit, but wouldn't get to my price, so I asked him to throw in a baggy of cards on the table he had, and he agreed. As it turns out, there were 4 or 5 autographed cards in it. That was fun!
As what might be one of the few remaining Canseco fans out there, I would not be selling my Canseco ball I just got, but I already have one from the 90's when my grandparents bought me one (and probably at 10 times the price of what I bought this one for.). At the card show I went to this past June, I also had about eight autographed 8x10's of his, and have 20 or so Star rookie sets from another deal, so I decided to put in a few pieces of the duplicates, and post them online to see if I get any bites. Here is the picture of them.
If you are interested, let me know! I also picked up the frame that the autographed 8x10 is in from a garage sale from later that day.
The next garage sale we went to, I decided to ask the guy if he had any cards. "As a matter of fact, I do!" He ran inside, pulled out a big box of cards, binder, etc. I looked through them, and found literally nothing. The problem was, is there was a guy behind me watching me go through the cards, and would keep throwing out comments "wow bro, that's gotta be worth a pretty penny..." etc. I kept thinking yeah, altogether, you may very well get one pretty penny for the box. He said "Oh yeah, I do have another box inside with some better stuff." He came out with another box - the cards were jumbled up, but there was an 89 Upper Deck Griffey, a chrome insert refractor of Jeter, and some others. I made an offer and he said "You know what? I think I'm just going to hang onto these for now."
Why bring them out then? Oh well.
We continued driving, and stopped at a yard sale where everything was in the dirt. It was a bunch of just "stuff" everywhere. I found a big Norman Rockwell picture as well as a painting of ships - both were awesome, both were dirt cheap and my family thought I was nuts I wanted to buy them. As it turns out, the picture of the ships apparently sells online for $325 without the frame! I was going to sell the Norman Rockwell, but after hanging it to take a picture and post online, my wife kept saying "wow, that looks really good. I really like it." Ok, fine - we'll keep it. I guess I owe her anyway, for trading her guitar she barely touched for a bunch of cards and bobbleheads a day or two before that! :)
|This thing looks awesome, and is hanging in my office right now, until the right buyer/trader comes along.|
So yeah, I guess the pictures more than made up for the sports cards I lost out on.
The last one I bought anything from was a garage sale these two older ladies were running. I picked up a huuuuge Houston Rockets poster and 2 bobbleheads, along with the frame I put one of my Canseco 8x10's in. Later that day, I was able to pass the poster & bobbleheads on to someone else for more than I bought everything that whole day for.
I don't see myself ever making a living on this stuff, but I don't know if it is possible to have more fun than that. It was an absolute blast!