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2014 Yard Sale Finds #2

Posted in Comics, Fast Food, Trading Cards, Video Games, Yard Sale Finds with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on June 3, 2014 by Jason

Even though I hit the sales on Sunday, I was still able to find a little bit of everything.  But, by having to work Saturdays, I’m sure that I missed a few things.  But my wife will be keeping an eye out for me on the Saturdays she is able to hit the sales.  With that being said, let’s take a look at the goods.

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First of all, I haven’t seen this movie in more than 20 years, and I’m not even sure I liked it.  But it has a few things going for it; it’s directed by Ron Howard(Richie Cunningham), it features Steve Guttenberg(Officer Carey Mahoney), and it’s from the eighties. But there will be no loss even if I absolutely hate it(which I’m sure I won’t), since it was free(it was in a free box, and it is in great cosmetic condition).

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And what would yard sales be without a few fast food toys?  The Pokémon Game Boy toy is from 2000,and it only ran me 50 cents.  I’m, not sure if I want to keep it sealed, as I am a bit curious as to what toy it actually is.  The cat and dog on the pull-back couch is a Taco Bell toy from 1995.  There aren’t too many Taco Bell-centric toys I can think of, but this one is pretty cool looking, and, to me, fits the mid-nineties perfectly.  I found it in an antique gallery, and even though it was marked at 75 cents, they had it in the “Bargain Basement”, so it came to a total of 41 cents!  Money well spent!!  🙂

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I did see quite a few decent figures, but the prices weren’t exactly yard-sale-priced, and a lot of the sellers didn’t want to move on the prices.  But I did come away with a few decent scores.  Beetlejuice was bundled with a PS1 game(which we’ll get to later), for $4, which would mean he cost me $2.  I found Ugnaught(Star Wars figure in the center), in a bin of Matchbox cars for 50 cents.  I will never refuse a vintage Star Wars figure for 50 cents, and it’s the icing on the cake when it’s a figure that I don’t already own.  Twitch, from Toy Story 3, was bundled with a PS 1 game as well(and these were 2 totally different sales), and only cost me 25 cents.  I don’t know if it’s bootleg, but this one’s got 2 right hands.  The only marking I’ve located is on the lower back, and it just says Disney/Pixar, with “China” under it.

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Both of the boxes you see above a full of early-nineties hockey cards.  They were in a shed at a gift shop type place, and I was chatting up one of the proprietors ,and happened to mention that I saw the boxes of cards in there.  He said that he would only need a dollar or 2 to take them all, as they had been there for years.  For $1.08, I came away with what you see above.  The Garbage Pail Kids were a bonus, as I only found them while I was taking pictures.  The autographed card is of Radek Bonk, who was a pretty high pick in his draft class, but didn’t have too much of an impact in the NHL.  I’ll always remember him just because of Bonk’s Adventure.  🙂

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As you can see, with the exception of the Dark Knight comic, the other 2 are in pretty rough shape.  The lady selling them wanted $2 each, and most of what she had was in horrible condition.  Now, condition isn’t a huge deal, if the price is right.  But there is no way I would pay close to $2 per issue for these comics in this condition.  I countered with 2 for $1, and she just said that she would rather not.  I re-countered with 3 for $2, and she still said she’d rather not .  At this point I told her that I was not interested paying any more than my final offer of $2 for the 3 comics.  Shortly before I left her sale, she found me, and said that her boyfriend would do the 3 for $2.  It’s just ridiculous what people value certain things.

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And as you may have guessed, these are the 2 different PS1 game I bundled with the action figures we saw earlier.  I have never played either, but both look like they could be fun to play.  If we break it down with what I bundled them with, we’re looking at a total of $2.75 for the games, and a grand total of $5 for the games and 2 figures.

Not a bad haul, and definitely a good time.  And to think, the season has only really just begun.  There is a weekly flea market/swap meet that happens every Sunday close to where I live, that I plan on hitting up in the next few weeks.  I have high hopes for this, as deals are usually a-plenty, but we’ll see.

 

Yard Sale Finds #21 and Other Pick-Ups

Posted in ALF, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Yard Sale Finds with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on October 6, 2013 by Jason

Even as we’ve entered October, the weather has been cooperative enough for yard sales to continue.  Of course there aren’t as many as there are during the summer months, but I appreciate seeing any at all during this time of year.

What we’ll be taking a look at came from a garage sale, a thrift(-like) store, and a big-box establishment.

So, let’s start out with what I found at my local Wal-Mart.

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I actually found all 3 live-action TMNT films on Blu-ray this weekend, but I couldn’t justify purchasing all 3 at once.  Surprisingly, I only have the second live-action film on dvd, so I was able to justify buying 1 of the movies on Blu-ray.  And the first one was the best way to go.  Since I already owned the second one, the choice was between the first and the third.

Eventually, I will have all 3 films on Blu-ray, and just so we’re clear, I do like all three films.

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As you can see, this version of Tetris is for Macintosh computers.  I was helping someone mover recently, and they asked if I wanted it.  Since it’s a classic game, and it was something I didn’t currently have, I accepted it without hesitation.

The 2 Game Boy games were found at a thrift-like store(the proprietors consider it a flea market), and cost me about $5 each.  The reason I say about $5 each, is because one of the games was marked at $8, and the other was marked at $5, and I got both of them, as well as 2 comic books, for $10.

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The ALF(a favorite comic series of mine) and The Punisher(one of my all-time favorite characters/comic series ever) comics were the 2 comics I got with the Game Boy games.  The others came from the same people I got Tetris from.  As I have said in the past, I don’t actively collect and read comics, but if the opportunity is there, why not(I’m also not a stickler when it comes to condition[depending on price]).  The ads in these might be used for a few posts, but we’ll see(I haven’t looked through them thoroughly yet).

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What you see above are fast food premiums.  Ickis is from Hardees, Doc Brown and Taz are from McDonald’s, and the Beetlejuice toys are from Burger King.  I already had one of the Beetlejuice toys(I’m a big fan of the animated series, and I’d like to get the complete set of these toys), as well as the Taz, but these toys were going for 5 for $1, and they were among the best(plus they’re good for trades etc.).  The Doc Brown Delorean looks like it may have been melted a little in the rear(I didn’t notice this when I bought it, and I did have 2 to choose from).

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The Killer Tomato is the whole reason I even went through the tubs of small toys in the first place.  when this cartoon/toyline debuted, I was 12, and I was slowly getting out of the toy/cartoon game.  But, for years, I have always thought that Attack of the Killer Tomatoes was a very interesting idea,  as well as toyline(looks like I have a new collection to start 😉 ).  I haven’t delved too deep, but I’m really diggin’ it!  This is the first I’ve seen of them in the wild, and I’m not sure that I’ll turn up any more.

The Slimer candy container is another great addition since it’s a Ghostbusters item,and a candy container I remember having.  I’m almost positive that the Scrooge McDuck is a cereal premium(I remember having it back in the day), but I’m not too sure.  I casually collect California Raisins, and this trumpet playing one was one I haven’t seen, nor had.  And lastly, the figure on the left is from the Flintstone Kids, and is stamped 1986.  I’m not sure where it came from, but hey, at 5 for $1, I couldn’t go wrong!

Yard Sale Finds #20

Posted in Yard Sale Finds with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on August 18, 2013 by Jason

This will be the third post on my new blog, and it will also be the third installment of “Yard Sale Finds”.  I didn’t mean for it to happen this way, but it’s not a bad thing right?  I do have other things I would like to post(including some figure reviews), but they still need work.  Yard sale season is in full effect, and I’ve been taking advantage of the great deals and nice weather that we have been having. Here we go!

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I paid a total of 25 cents for these 2 Charlie Brown Encyclopedias.  This is the first time I came across them in the wild, and I didn’t hesitate in the least to make the purchase.  I don’t have any real sentimental attachment to them(other than I’ve been a fan of the Peanuts since I was a kid), but I think that they will be fun teaching tools for my “almost here” daughter.  🙂

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Now, I am a huge fan of comics(Marvel in particular), even though my collecting has dropped way, way off.  These comics are in terrible condition, but I bought them for reading, and I think I can include a few of the ads in my “Reminiscing with Old Comic Book Ads” posts.  I’ve collected comic books off and on for many years.  And that’s the key word, collected.  I’ve never “invested” in comics, so condition isn’t the key with me.  As long as the price is fitting for the condition, it’s okay.  But my enjoyment has come from the reading of the comics, as well as the artwork.  Secret Wars is a great series(as are the toys), but I amnot familiar at all with any of the Conan comics(I bought it primarily because it’s from 1986).

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When it comes to video game strategy guides, I’ll pass most of the time.  But if it’s an old-school guide, or for a game that I dig Ill definitely pick it up.  Which was the case here.  I’m more of an old-school gamer, but I really like the Smash Bros. series.  Melee is the only one I own(a Yard Sale Find last year), and this guide is a perfect companion.  Plus, it’s the official Nintendo Power guide.  25 cents well spent!!

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Toys from my childhood just keep getting harder to find at yard sales, so I was surprised when I found a pile of these guys.  Since I was interested in all of them, the seller only wanted a dollar.  Of course, I obliged.  When it comes to M.U.S.C.L.E.s I’m not too picky.  The only requirement is that I don’t already have the specific figure.  If I have the flesh colored one, and come across a different colored one, I’ll pick it up.  This is the most I’ve came across at a single time, and I was pretty giddy when I found them at the bottom of that box.  🙂  I only know that Sunshine is the one in the center, I do not know any of the others(neither did I when I was a kid).  I’m still on the lookout for the Claw(in any color).

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As I said in my last post, I have been very fortunate when it comes to finding Game Boy games this year.  These 2 came with their instruction manuals, and only ran me a buck a piece.  They’re not sought after or anything, but nice additions nonetheless(any incarnation of Frogger has to be good, right?).

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And these might be the finds of the day.  The M.U.S.C.L.E.s are my favorites, but I have never found a single Game & Watch in the wild, let alone 3!  I don’t know if they work, but the seller was asking 2 dollars for all 3, and I thought that was fair enough.

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These don’t really fit my collecting focus(other than that they are Nintendo products), so I put them up on Ebay.  If you’re interested, here’s the link if you’re interested.

Yard sales have been very good to me this year, and I really can’t complain.  But I just wish that the video game luck I have been having would equal out with old-school toy luck.  But no complaints on my end.

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Yard Sale Finds #19

Posted in Yard Sale Finds with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on August 11, 2013 by Jason

Well, it’s been over 2 months since I last posted anything.  During that time I have started a new job, and my wife and I have been preparing everything for when the birth of our first child occurs(we’re less than a month away from the expected due date 🙂 ).  I also have a new smart phone(my first!), and have been getting used to taking photos with it.  I have a bunch of photos on it already, and there are a few(one in particular), that I can’t wait to share.

I am awake much earlier than I have been in the past, and just can’t seem to focus on getting any writing(typing) done.  But that changes today!  I have been itching to get something up, and the perfect storm came about today.  For those of you who are familiar with my last blog(or even the first post on this one), you should know that I am a huge fan of yard saling(and flea markets and thrift stores etc.).  So, today we will continue with that theme.

Since it’s been a little while since I’ve updated, this one is a doozy!

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In the center is a “Super Fright Features” Egon Spengler.  Even though it’s loose, incomplete figure(as are most yard sale finds), It is one I did not yet have, and was a good deal at 75 cents.  The Road Runner and Wile E. Coyote figures are non-poseable pvc figures that were pretty popular in the 80’s and 90s.  They’re already in storage, but I believe these are stamped 1989, and they were only 50 cents a piece.

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Now, I know this TMNT Thermos is in pretty rough shape, but they are exactly all that common these days.  Even though I only paid 50 cents for it, I would have happily paid three times that amount for this(you can tell it was loved).

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Three more Game Boy games!  This year has been really good to me when it comes to finding these(and Ghostbusters as well).  Including these, I’ve added 7 games to the collection(6 really, I already have Tetris).  It was only $2 for the three of them!  Power Racer looks like it’s pretty early GB title, and I’m not familiar with Dexterity.  I can never turn down retro video games, which are becoming more and more scarce in the wild these days.

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At a big mutli-family sale, I found Hulkster on a table full of varied toys.  Everything else had price tags, so I asked one of the sellers how much they wanted for this figure, and was told that this was the free Hulk Hogan figure!  This figure is in pretty awesome shape, and the colors are still bright.  I traded away my Ted DiBiase last year, so Hulk is now my only wrestling figure(from the only set that appeals to me…there are a few others I wouldn’t mind having).

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The above items were found in a box of mixed small toys marked at 25 each.  Turtle Tunnel is a handheld game made by TOMY, from either the late seventies or early eighties(I can’t find a date on the thing).  The timer still works, and it’s reminiscent of games I played back in the day.  It’s hard to believe that this is what was considered portable gaming in the early eighties.  While I prefer the original robot Changeables, I also collect the dinosaur ones.

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The Superman book is a choose-your-own-adventure type book from 1983, and the Heathcliff book is from 1987.  Under the printing information inside the Heathcliff book it states that this is a “Special book club edition”.  I don’t know if that really means anything, but even if it’s irrelevant, the reason I bought it is because I’m a fan of Heathcliff.

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Commercial Crazies is a game I can’t seem to remember, and that’s pretty odd.  It’s from Mattel, it’s a VCR game, and the box art is awesome, so I’m not sure why I can’t recall this.  It’s missing one damn card, but is complete otherwise.  I was able to get the game and the 2 books for 50 cents.  The books were priced at 25 cents each, and I found CCVCRG in the board game section, where all board games are 50 cents each.  So, I was prepared to pay one dollar for my items, but when I got to the register, the woman said “how about 50 cents?”.  Two quarters later, and they were on their way home with me!  The funny thing is, I wish I still had a VCR so I can play games like this(and I would actually watch some VHS tapes just to watch the old trailers and commercials some tapes have).

I’m happy with everything above, but the last item is the greatest find of the group, and one of the best I’ve ever found!

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Castle Grayskull!!

Yes, this isn’t a rare piece, but it’s the first one I’ve seen at a garage sale.  It’s definitely one of the more iconic playsets, and one I’ve been wanting to add to my collection for a while.  The real kicker though, is the price I paid for it.

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It’s already found it’s way to the storage unit, but not before I got some additional photos.  It was dirty as hell when I bought it, but it cleaned up pretty nicely.

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And I just had to get some pictures of some figures interacting with the Castle.

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Not a bad haul, and I plan on hitting more sales before the summer is over.  I’m not sure that I’ll be able to top this, but you know I’ll be trying to.

I have started to add links, and I’m hoping to post at least once a week.  I have a few posts that are started, but I’m not making any promises to the frequency of when I will post,  but I do want to make it somewhat regular.

Yard Sale Finds #18

Posted in Yard Sale Finds with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on May 26, 2013 by Jason

With the warm weather we have been having lately, it seems as if we have a had a little bit of an earlier start for yard-sale season.  Over the past 3 weeks, I have hit up quite a few, and found some very cool things, all for great prices.

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To me, this is a very cool item!  It’s old-school Avon(I can’t find a year anywhere on the box or decanter), and it’s in very good condition.  I believe it to be from somewhere in the mid-to-late-80’s mainly based on the artwork, and the fact that the remaining cologne smells somewhat like the original Old Spice(unlike all of the different scents Old Spice makes these days).  Plus, owls are pretty awesome animals!

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Each of these little figures were marked at 25 cents each, but the seller said that I could have all 3 for 50 cents.  I couldn’t argue with that!  The Tang mouths are stamped with a General Foods copyright, and were manufactured by Applause, but there is no year stamped on them.  I’m not sure if these were pulled from cereal boxes or sold in stores.  The little cheeseburger is from Hardee’s(the logo is printed just behind the eyes).  It is a water squirter, and is stamped 1990.  Who doesn’t love anthropomorphic food?!

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Above, we have Rodney and Rhonda Reindeer, from 1980 and 1984, respectively.  There were produced by Hallmark, and from my research, it looks like they were on the market for a number of years.  I remember them from a promotion Burger King ran in the eighties, which is where I originally got one from.  I don’t believe that these 2 are from that promotion, but the only difference would’ve been the tags(and maybe the copyright dates), which these do not have.  I have been scouting these guys online for a while, but never pulled the trigger because they weren’t that high on the priority list.  But for 25 cents each, there was no way I wasn’t finally going to get them now.

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Myself and a frien went halves on a lot of The Real Ghostbusters figures and 2 vehicles(Ecto-1 wasn’t one of them).  We paid the $5 asking price, and my cut is above.  My friend got just about the same amount of figures, as well as the 2 vehicles.  In all, I think it averaged out to be less than 30 cents a toy.  I love finding eighties toys at yard sales, and it’s a plus that I currently didn’t have any of these figures in my collection yet.

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The “Haunted Humans” gimmick was pretty neat for it’s time.

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I didn’t know what this was when I picked it up, but it was stamped 1987 Hasbro, and that was enough to warrent a purchase.  It turns out that this is a “Sleep Creep” named Creaky.  This was part of the Moon Dreamers line, which, from what I can find, were part of My Little Pony.  Creaky is missing it’s tail, but is in pretty decent shape overall.  Yes, this is a girl’s toy, but I took a chance because it was from the 80’s, it’s from Hasbro, and it only cost me 25 cents.  I think it’s a neat piece, and at this point, I think I’ll hang on to it.

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These 2 Game Boy games are probably the highlight of my finds so far.  Metroid II is an awesome game, and has been on my want list for quite a while.  Oddworld just happened to be sitting right next to Metroid.  I inquired about how much the seller wanted for them, and was promptly told “25 cents each”.  This was a no-brainer.  Since I have picked these up, I have not even tested Oddworld, but I have put some time into Metroid II.  It’s a great game, and a lot of fun to play, especially if you’re a fan of the original NES Metroid.

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And lastly is this Mario Superstar Baseball poster.  It’s framed, but these’s no glass or plastic on the front.  From what I was told, this is a display poster from a game store, and the seller had it framed to give as a Christmas gift to his son, who no longer wanted it.  He wanted $1 for it, but I wanted to press my luck to see if I could get it cheaper($1 is a great deal btw), because a part of me didn’t want it to take up so much space in the car(I put it next to a PS2 game to give a sense of scale).  I offered 50 cents, and he countered with 75 cents, to which I agreed.

Now that it’s Memorial Day weekend, I expect the sales to ramp up.  When that happens, you can be sure that I’ll be hitting up as many as I can.