Unbelievable Finds in a Craigslist Purchase

I recently picked up a collection from Craigslist. After seeing the post I arranged to look at it, and it exceeded my expectations. Then, after unloading the contents in my basement and perusing through boxes it became an even better find.

The description on Craigslist was fairly vague, though it did include some of the “hits” in the collection. When I look at collections to buy, I want there to be immediate value off the top. What I mean by that is I want to quickly flip items to recoup my costs. Then, I can cherry pick the rest of my collection to sell here and there, use a bunch for trade, and of course keep the Cubs memorabilia.


At first glance based on the Craigslist ad, it did not seem worth it. In fact, I passed on the ad at first. I circled back a day or two later and considered a low ball offer. Since I did not have many plans for the weekend, I reached out to arrange a look.

When I arrived, the seller took me down to his basement to a card room and closet. The two rooms were filled with boxes of cards, binders, and other memorabilia. I asked what was included and his response floored me: “It all needs to go.” After seeing a few items, I didn’t even negotiate the price, and thanked the heavens that I didn’t just send the guy a low ball offer. Take a look at what I got!


This post is being updated one year after the purchase. Most of the items have been traded or sold.

A box of vintage football and basketball cards.
Another box of vintage football and a nice Ernie Banks.
Set of Coca-Cola Baseball Greats posters including Babe Ruth
A stack of some 1950’s and 1960’s baseball cards
Johnny Unitas 3-D Superstars
1980-81 Topps Hockey Scratch Offs.

I do have some singles of the 1980-81 Topps Hockey scratch off cards in my eBay Store.

1970’s Hostess Baseball Cards

While many of the Hostess cards have been traded, several 1970’s Hostess are available in my eBay Store.

A box of baseball oddball cards
1971 Topps Reggie Jackson
1929 Spalding’s Official Baseball Guide
1972-73 Topps Wilt Chamberlain
1973 TCMA All-Time Greats Set

The above 1973 TCMA All-Time Greats set sat in a box for several months. One day I pulled it out and checked pricing. I was shocked, and listed it for sale on eBay. It sold within 24 hours for $200.

1978 Elvis cards
1980 Topps over sized football
1981 and 1982 Fleer baseball sets
1981 Baseball Scratch Offs
1982 Donruss unopened packs
1982 MLB Gumball Bank
Vintage Green Bay Packers football cards
Gale Sayers and Jim McMahon

I sold the two Gale Sayers cards, but I am keeping the Jim McMahon rookie card. He was my idol as a five-year old. Lately I’ve been thinking about adding a Bears team set collection, but I should probably just focus on Cubs cards.

Vintage football stars
1985 Topps WWF cards

Since the 1990’s I’ve been a pro wrestling fan, and have some random wrestling cards in my collection. I don’t collect them, but these vintage WWF wrestling cards were too good to get rid of.

Madison Muskies autographed baseball (1983)
1986 Provigo Montreal Expos
A box of 1985 Topps including the wax wrappers
1988 Topps including unopened packs
1989 All Star Masks
Hank Aaron and Kentucky Derby buttons
Autographed baseballs – Don Sutton, Jim Palmer, Bob Grich, Lee May, & Davey Lopes
The Baseball Hobby Card Report – First Issue
Baseball Digest issues
Unopened Mystery Packs
Baseball Foldouts
Milwaukee Brewers place mat from Pizza Hut
Brooks Robinson rookie card and autographed baseball
A few Cal Ripken Jr. rookie cards
A box of various unopened junk wax

The 1982 Donruss wax packs have sold, and I’ve opened some random packs. Still a few unopened boxes. Maybe with the additional time, I’ll have to do a junk wax rip soon.

San Diego Chicken autographed photos
1971 Topps Steve Garvey and Garvey autographed baseball

The 1971 Topps Garvey is in really nice condition. The 1971 Topps Steve Garvey card is listed for sale in my eBay Store and I tried to take some close pictures for a buyer to decide. The signed baseball will be listed in my eBay Store soon.

A box filled with 1981 Topps Stickers books
And an unopened box of 1981 Topps Stickers
Hostess panels
1972 Topps Carlton Fisk rookie card
Early 1970’s Chicago Cubs Photo Packs
Various figurines
1978 Grease trading cards
Sports Illustrated George Brett poster still in original sealed packaging
Second George Brett Sports Illustrated Poster

I sold the unopened George Brett poster to Big Shep from the About the Cards podcast. The other Brett poster sold on eBay. There were a few others that included Rod Carew, Willie Stargell and Ron Guidry. I was shocked when the Guidry eBay auction ended…$120. Yes, it was paid.

Baseball glove signed by Harmon Killebrew and Vida Blue
Greatest Moments in Sports Record
Several Kellogg’s 3-D Superstars sets
Kevin Seitzer Superstar Plaque
SI For Kids Uncut Sheet featuring Steph Curry in college
Kraft box side panels
1961 Life Magazine featuring Mickey Mantle and Roger Maris
Keepers! Ryne Sandberg rookie cards
1976 Linnett Superstars Uncut
Complete run of Perma Graphics credit cards
Nabisco All Star Autographs – Willie Stargell and Catfish Hunter
1950’s Milwaukee Braves fan from stadium giveaway
1985 Beckett Baseball Card Monthly featuring Steve Garvey
Kansas City Royals pictures
Mork & Mindy cards
1981 Topps Movie Posters – Rocky
Quad City Cubs Autographed Baseballs (1983)

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