March 19, 2016

Where Was The Most Unexpected Place You Have Found Trading Cards For Sale?

As trading card collectors I think that we have all experienced the pleasant surprise of finding trading cards for sale in unexpected places. It could be finding some cards dropped off at your local Goodwill, or a dollar store, or possibly shop that you would never suspect to find some cardboard for sale. 

I recently had an interesting experience in that third category while visiting the Martin Luther King Jr. National Historic Site in downtown Atlanta. In their gift shop located in the house next to King's birthplace home I came upon two smaller complete sets featuring Negro League players. The top set is from the early 1990's and was produced Historic Limited Editions who were known for their postcard series including sets of veteran Yankee and Dodgers players. These were limited to 5,000 sets as the back of the cards say and the shop was selling them at $15.95. 

The bottom set is probably the most famous and complete Negro League set featuring the top stars from the league. The set was issued in 1986 by Fritsch Card Company and includes 119 cards 
in total. As you can see the front has red text while the reverse side has blue. The museum was asking $24.95 for the complete set and looking at eBay that seems just a little over what they typically go for. 

I passed on the sets at the time as I didn't have the patience to figure out if this was a good deal or not but if I make it back there I will probably pick up the Fritsch set. So that is my story, what's yours? Where was the most unexpected place you have found trading cards for sale?
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