This year's version was today, and I came away with some fun stuff again. As I've already told a few people, I just missed out on picking up some nice wood bats for cheap, and I was only able to dig up one new baseball jersey, but I still had a great time and ended up with all this:
A chest protector and shin guards. Why? Why not? Definitely used, I'm just not sure if they're game-used, but they could prove useful somehow.
A composite, used fungo bat (35 inches/22 ounces). I love going to the park and hitting fly balls, and this should be a lot of fun to use--I've always wanted a fungo bat, and not just because the name is awesome.
Five t-shirts for $5! I'll probably be giving most of these away but may keep one or two for myself.
A size 50 gray baseball jersey. Not sure who #34 was since nobody on a recent roster had that number--maybe a coach? Anyway, I'd been wanting a gray jersey since I spotted them last year but missed out. Too bad it's so enormous, but I usually get my jerseys pretty large anyway, so I'll enjoy wearing this one, and it'll be a good replacement for one I'm sending Larry at ECDG since he obviously couldn't make it all the way out here this weekend. You gotta respect a guy who preaches the Maize and Blue all the way out in the Pacific Northwest!
The surprise of the day was definitely this autographed ball. As I was flipping through the cheap t-shirts, I noticed this ball and picked it up out of curiosity, then noticed the autograph. I brought it to the checkout with me just in case and found out that it was just $5. SOLD! Turns out the signature belongs to sophomore pitcher Jake Engels. The signature may be a bit smudged and I may not know a lot about the guy, but it's still a pretty cool piece of memorabilia to have, and at that price, too!
Next year I'm looking to get there earlier--not because the lines were bad, they moved--but to make sure I can get my hands on some much-wanted stuff, including the aforementioned wood bats and more baseball jerseys. As for this year, I again enjoyed the craziness and chaos of an indoor grab-all-the-memorabilia-you-can-carry sale, including multiple grown men carrying closets worth of game-worn jerseys of teenagers, sitting on the floor and sorting through them in hopes of selling them at a mark-up on eBay. Hmmm, maybe the chest protector, shin guards and bat will come in handy next year after all....