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Last fall, I found some promos at a local flea market. It wasn't a huge find but I got some semi-uncommon ones for 25-50 cents each. I had only about $12 on me and not much time because I had a family gathering to go to (squeezing in a quick pass through the flea). The dealer is a nice couple who've been selling sports/non-sports for at least 20 years but are now trying to unload a bunch of stuff - everything was 75% off. I think it was the year before that they had a feeding frenzy because they found some old Garbage Pail Kids sealed boxes in storage.

This was the same dealer who had told me two years ago that they had sold out of non-sport promos. This time, I stopped at their tables and decided to look to see if they had any oddball sports promos and noticed a whole row of non-sport promos they must've forgotten about. I bought the following

Dragonball Z (1995) holofoil (hard-to-find when you're looking for it - $3-5 card
Chips cards - Saw Whet Owl (oddball skip-numbered prototype for a set never released)
NSU "You have Doubles" card ($3-5 card)
Benchwarmer (1992) 4 of 9
Sannco unnumbered card
Hercules (1996) Topps ($3-5 card)
Rare & Endangered Species (1992, Collectible Imagery) - Grey Wolf ($5 card)
Spider-Man Mcfarlane Era
Marvel Universe - Silver Sable ($3 card)
In-Line Motorcycles prototypes 05, 06
Street Fighter SF1 ($3-5 card)
Comic ball 2 4-card promo set ($6-8 set)
Coca-Cola Sprint Phone cards/Cels - "Zeit fur Coca Cola" cel (I hadn't seen this one before - probably the find of the group)

Along with those added to the pile were a sealed copy of Collect (Star Trek issue with Marvel Universe Cards 4-card sheet) and 2 Ultraprints case cards (Random, Cable) from X-Men Ultra 95. I got all of that for 12 bucks. They had more promos that I could have bought if I had had more money and time (Olympics set from 1991). They haven't been at that flea market since though it was rained out the past two months.

Jess

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Posts: 3458 | Location: San Jose, CA, USA | Registered: December 23, 2002Reply With QuoteReport This Post
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Nice Find, Jess.The Grey wolf and Coca-Cola cards are definitely uncommon. I can't find anything at the flea market anymore.

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Thanks, Promoking. I forgot to mention that another card in the lot is a Mars Attacks #56 card which shows art from the wrapper of the original 1962 set. It's not dated but it says on the back that it's an "Official Mars Attacks Reprint" with Renata Galasso, Inc. as the company. Was this just the last card in the reprint set or was it some kind of bonus or promo card?

I vaguely remember this set as it was still offered by a few dealers in magazine ads in the mid-90's. It was from 1984 and there were 3 overprinted cards that were stamped as "Sample" on the back. You could get a 56-card sample version of the set as well (promo for some dealers?). It's just that I've seen at least one seller offer the reprint set with just 55 cards and don't recall if the #56 card was some kind of extra card.

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Local flea markets started reopening in the spring and I've even seen some cards but haven't found any I wanted until recently. One seller had a binder of miscellaneous trading cards and I flipped through it getting almost to the last page when I came upon five of the Jurassic Park/Kenner toy promos. They were a buck a piece and included one of the high-number blue-bordered ones. Good find.

Sellers try to get $10 or more for singles, but they tend to actually sell for $3-6 each. If you're patient, some offer lots of 10 or more in that range and there might be a couple of the blue ones mixed in. Sometimes you see one of the toys and a blue-bordered card sell for $30 or more and two have gone for over $60 recently. I assume some high numbers are rarer than others so those are cases of someone willing to splurge to get closer to finishing the set.
 
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Those higher numbers are definitely hard to get. Great find especially these days.

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Yes, I can't imagine that anyone is paying $60-80 for the loose toy. They are not flashy toys, some being cheap metal (I know because I have some); some plastic and not as scientifically-accurate as some of the high-end dinosaur toys/models you can find. I assume some collectors want the cards to get them signed or just because the cards are limited and neither Sam Neill, Laura Dern, nor Jeff Goldblum are on many other cards.

Goldblum has picked up more of a following in recent years from his great talk show appearances, his album, and his own show, "The World According to Jeff Goldblum."



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Those higher numbers are definitely hard to get. Great find especially these days.
 
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I have never collected the Jurassic Kenner cards, as there are just so many.

I saw two recent auctions in which the sellers had about a dozen each of the blue cards, and the lots sold for $ 80 and $ 100. I guess people are really into Jurassic Park !

Also, I noticed that Todd listed in PCE that 8 cards between # 35 and 60 do not exist and were never issued. I wonder how he determined that ? Anyone know ?
 
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You're only into Jurassic Park until the dinosaurs find you...

...then you're in the dinosaurs.
 
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Yeah, there are people trying to build that set. It's tough and the cards aren't always in great shape even right out of the packaging. With some of the toys, you could get two cards inserted but some have just one card. Over the years since '93 though, you could find bargains on singles or lots if you watched for them.

Someone determined the nonexistent cards years ago. It might've been confirmed by Kenner. There's at least one website that covers it.


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I have never collected the Jurassic Kenner cards, as there are just so many.

I saw two recent auctions in which the sellers had about a dozen each of the blue cards, and the lots sold for $ 80 and $ 100. I guess people are really into Jurassic Park !

Also, I noticed that Todd listed in PCE that 8 cards between # 35 and 60 do not exist and were never issued. I wonder how he determined that ? Anyone know ?
 
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