My wife and I went to First Monday Trades Days in Canton Texas this past weekend for the first time together in about a year. First Monday began in Canton over 150 years ago and has grown into a unique shopping experience spread out over 100 acres. There are numerous covered pavilions to stroll through along with the uncovered grounds where you can find almost anything from antiques to home grown honey. This isn’t your typical flea market and you are kidding yourself if you think you can see it all in one day.
Back in the mid 80′s to early 90′s you could find someone selling baseball cards on nearly every aisle but as the glut of cardboard and the speculators took their toll on the hobby there are only a few left on the grounds. I managed to find one booth in a pavilion that was offering some singles along with licensed signs and framed photos. The vendor dressed in his Luv Ya Blue Earl Campbell jersey had something I just love to dig through, 5,000 count boxes.
All of his boxes were organized by team in alphabetical order which I was not quite used to. Most of these type boxes I run across are organized by player or set. I found the Texas Rangers section and began to browse through the cards looking for Pudge, Kinsler, Teagarden, Davis and Andrus. I found 7 Kinsler cards that I needed and sat them aside. I didn’t find anything else I needed so I moved on. The Kinsler’s I picked up were a 2009 Topps Ticket to Stardom, 2009 UD Starquest Emerald Super Rare, 2009 UD Starquest Silver Common, 2009 O-Pee-Chee, 2009 Topps Heritage and a 2009 Bowman. It turns out one of the cards I selected was a dupe, the 2007 Allen & Ginter.
Next up I went through the Green Bay Packers cards hoping to find some nice Aaron Rodgers or Jermichael Finley cards and maybe a Favre or two. I didn’t find one Finley card but I did find one each of Rodgers and Favre I needed. The Rodgers is a 2006 Turkey Red and the Favre was a 2006 Donruss Threads Dynasty insert. I almost didn’t get the Favre because the card was not impressive at all but rather boring. The card had too much wasted space but if I am going to Touch’em All I was going to need it at some point.
I browsed through the Yankees and Astros looking for cards I wanted or would have been steals as every card in the 5,000 count boxes were fifty cents each. I came up empty so I turned my attention to looking for former Texas Longhorns. That is a time consuming process since the boxes were organized by teams instead of player names. I did end up finding a Limas Sweed from the 2008 UD Draft Edition issue.
Another interesting thing about the organization of these boxes was that he had placed all the players by their current team, not the teams they were with on the cards. For example in the Rangers section he had cards of Rich Harden with the A’s and even Mike Lowell with Red Sox. I guess he sorted these before the Lowell to the Rangers deal went south. Anyway, it was great to get to browse through thousands of cards again.
Later in the day I found some bobble heads from stadium give aways the Rangers had done. I was interested in the Jim Sundberg bobble but I didn’t want to pay the asking price of $15, I wished I would have now though. I would have paid $15 if she still had the box, I offered her $8 hoping she would take it or counter at $10. No deal she was firm at $15 so I moved on.
All in all it was a good day of browsing the hand made, home made and old items of today and the past. There truly is something for everyone at First Monday Trades Days.