As posted Saturday evening, I headed to DeAnza College to check out their monthly flea market. As far as flea markets go, this is hands down my favorite. The other two San Jose fleas are weekly, multi-day permanent fixtures, generally full of Chinese dealers peddling cheap new stuff, and Hispanic dealers peddling cheap old stuff, cheap stolen stuff, and cheap women's clothing. Not that there's anything wrong with that - occasionally something nice pops up in one of the Hispanic dealer's spreads (last month I found that Pinnacle Inside can pack at one of those blue tarps), and the Chinese dealers have every household good imaginable at low prices. But when I go to flea markets I'm generally hunting for cards and other cool stuff, and those can be fairly tough to find.
The DeAnza flea market is huge, held in the college's two uncovered side-by-side parking lots, with hundreds of dealers. There are a few Chinese dealers, and a few Hispanic dealers, but a large part of this flea market is what I love to look at - random people selling random stuff.
I picked up one last thing at the flea market, this box:
Stay tuned over the next week or so and you'll see what I found. Here's a hint: I didn't see any Pujols RCs. (But how cool would that have been?) If this was an eBay listing, I would have used the title "2001 BOWMAN CHROME BASEBALL FOOTBALL LOT RC #ED INSERTS no PUJOLS" because that's how all the lame sellers do things.