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Old 03-06-2017, 08:05 PM
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One time I saw a can of Plow Boy tobacco at an antique mall and almost bought it, but they wanted $100 and I wasn't sure what the return would be.
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Old 03-06-2017, 08:23 PM
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Last year I obtained a group of four pre war cards at an antique center here in NJ. I got:

T205 Wheat (poor condition)
Harrington's Frisch (fair condition)
Harrington's McGraw (fair condition)
T206 Fred Clarke (good-very good condition)

Wasn't a tremendous bargain but enough so that I picked them up.

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Old 03-07-2017, 07:32 AM
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I hit the Antique Malls in New England quite often. I also go to the Brimfield Antique show. As others have said almost always way over priced. I've seen boxes of 88 Topps, cards all messed up, creased etc. for $1 a card. Reprint Goudeys for $50 each. 74 Topps commons in VG for $5. 1966 Topps commons in VG for $1, not too bad, but $1 was written on the back of each card. I've made a few pick ups: T206 beater under $5, 66 Sand Koufax, creased $4.

I've had more luck at Flea Markets and Yard Sales.

It is fun to look, even if 90% of the time I find nothing.

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Old 03-08-2017, 06:44 PM
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The antique malls I've been in are typically severely overpriced.
That's been precisely my experience--when you don't know what it's worth, price it sky-high and hope one of P.T. Barnum's guys (a sucker's born every minute!) takes care of you!

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So, for those of you on the West Coast, particularly California, any good finds when shopping around the antique malls?

I would imagine the best finds would be on the East Coast and Mid-West, because you know, the history of baseball and all that.
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Old 03-09-2017, 03:51 AM
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One of the rockstars that I travel around with loves antique malls, so we frequently stop on our travels across this continent, and others.

9 out of 10 have little of anything that interests me, baseball wise, beside the already mentioned 89 Score cards, and vg/ex Topps / Bowman cards priced at mint from the the peak market. But, every so often, I find a bunch of old Police Gazette's some with full pages of baseball at $5 an issue, or a stack of programs, with some scored for $2 each, etc.

I've posted this before, but I love to show it off. My best score was a game with a really cool box at a flea market at a park in Tokyo (or maybe Osaka) for 1000 yen, which at that time was $10. All the pieces were included, too.

It a little less than 2 feet square. Sorry for the fuzzy pix.

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Mall finds do happen! In the very few antique stores I visit every year there are usually a couple baseball items. I've found a couple dozen 1950's Topps/Bowman cards and a couple years back I found a really nice late 19th century Allen & Ginter tin.

Hopefully one day I will find a T206 Wagner but I will settle for a Plank!

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My best antique mall find was in Reno. Score a T213-1 Engle and 1952 Topps Thomson high number from the same seller for a total of $50. I think the Engle later graded a 3 or 4 from SGC.
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One time I saw a can of Plow Boy tobacco at an antique mall and almost bought it, but they wanted $100 and I wasn't sure what the return would be.
The ROI would have probably been about <-$50> negative 50 bucks.

It seems like, to non collectors, a hundred year old baseball card has to be worth at least a hundred bucks, right?
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I have found cards to be marked up on average 30% more than on ebay, and condition seems to be largely ignored. I did find a legit Mantle ball for $100, but the finds are few and far between. It's like buying a box if cards, you strike out way more than you hit on one, but you remember the one time it was worth it.

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