Sunday, February 3, 2019

Thrifting again

I finally did find some Series 1 yesterday afternoon, so I'll share my thoughts shortly on those. It's really nothing earth-shattering. I think the design is cool, I think the inserts are pretty boring and the sets too large. But I'll show off a few of the cards in an upcoming post.

Prior to venturing out to Target, I did my usual Saturday morning walk to the church thrift shop. It's a two-three minute walk, so I'm not exaggerating when I say how close it is.

As custom, I made a bee-line to the area where the cards would be, and immediately saw a binder sitting there mark $6.
Their pricing seems to be a little inconsistent, but I suppose it just depends on the volunteer working there. Last time I found binders there for $1 a piece, although this one was a little larger. Still, $6 for this wasn't a horrible deal, as the binder and pagers were in good shape, which isn't always the case.

I quickly flipped through it to make sure it wasn't utter junk. Some junk = expected. Full of junk = leave it there for someone else. I saw plenty in there to make me grab it.

The binder was about 60% baseball and 40% basketball. Nothing newer than maybe 1993 or 1994. The real reason I wanted it was because there were quite a few Michael Jordan cards in there, mostly from the Playoffs, but a nice base Upper Deck as well. You can't go wrong with a handful of Jordans.
There were also a lot of Phoenix Suns cards, which makes sense because the Bulls and Suns matched up in the Finals in 1993, right around when most of these cards were from.

The baseball cards had quite a few HOFers, mostly from early editions of Stadium Club. While I think the 1990 Griffey is awesome, unfortunately it was in pretty bad condition.
Overall, very solid purchase for $6. Good entertainment value, good Jordans, good binder, and good Ultra Pro pages. Can't ask for much more than that. I'm impressed with how frequently this little church thrift store is delivering cards for me.


  1. Man, $6 is probably worth it for the binder and pages alone. Nice find!

    1. Yeah, when the materials are about right for the price, can't really go wrong!

  2. If only the church rummage sales around here had cards. I've only come across old kids clothes and recipe books from the 80s.

  3. This post made me stop in my tracks because I just donated one of those exact binders to Goodwill the other day. For a moment, I was trying to think how mine could have possibly ended up in your neck of the woods!

  4. I would love to see more of the basketball stuff from that binder. That era was right in my wheelhouse. That actual binder is pretty nice as well. I have a couple and the padding is a good touch.

  5. Nice find. The binder and the pages alone are worth the $6.

  6. That is a great snag and a quick walk down memory lane.