Garage Sale Madness!!!

Hi. My name is SDPads1 and I am a Padres merch addict.

Yes I said merch. You know, as in merchandise. I hear that admitting that you have a problem is the first step to fixing it. Though the only problem I have is that I don’t WANT to fix it.

In case you don’t know .400 in ’94 is a site where I post random Padres memorabilia that I’ve accumulated through the years. One day it could be a bobblehead and another day it could be a cook book. Whatever I feel might be interesting I’ll post it.

To keep with the FanFest theme I will be discussing some stuff that I’ve bought at the Garage Sale in years past. Earlier this week Corey Brock gave a glimpse of some of the items you can get this year so get those game plans mapped out, because this is the one time of the year where I turn into someone who’d literally stab anybody in my way to get the chance to buy a plain white towel that COULD HAVE been used to ice Milton Bradley’s knee after Buddy Black broke him in half. The thrill of the hunt is an amazing thing.

First up are some old “Padres Report” newspapers ranging from 1979 to 1984. I acquired these at last years sale for something like 50 cents a piece. There were more too, but I didn’t want to get greedy. Now after having actually read some of these, I wish I had scooped them all up because they are pure gold.

Yes we have a little thing called the internet and blogs now, but back then this is where Padres fans had to go to get something that is entirely devoted to their favorite team. There is things like Minor League news, player spotlights, interviews and all the stuff you’d want to know about the Padres. I’m going to be using some of these articles throughout the year for posts so I’ll leave the description at that.


Next up is my mysterious #43 pre-2008 Portland Beavers jersey that I also bought last year. I have no clue who it is, but it is small enough to fit me so my original guess was a scrappy, middle infield, speedster, who is probably long gone by now. I’ve dug deep on this and can’t find a roster with numbers from any of the teams that wore this particular jersey design. Based on the 2007 roster I have a few guesses but as we’ve seen with the Dave Staton jersey looking at the height & weight of the player could be very misleading regarding the jersey size.

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I scored this next item in the early Garage Sale days in 2010. It is one of those big banners that hang on light posts downtown of Mr. Padre himself. Of course not only is it Tony Gwynn, it’s pre-1985 Gwynn in all the brown & mustard glory! I moved recently and have yet to rehang this (hence the folds) but I absolutely love this thing. It was a calmer time back then for the Garage Sales. Fans didn’t literally run to it as soon as the gates opened. I went right away, walked around and saw the banners but passed since I didn’t want to carry them around all day long since they were big and dirty. As I was leaving I returned to see what was left and saw this and immediately scooped it up. These days you’d be lucky to find an Orlando Hudson banner since people scoop up anything and everything right away no matter what the subject matter is.


The Garage Sale, it’s a wonderful thing and the proceeds go to a great cause. Go to it and buy some things but don’t be “ebay dude” scooping up everything to sell online. Nobody likes ebay dude. Nobody.

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  • Axion

    my favorite game is Name That Smell. stick your head in a box of pants and go hog wild.

    • SDPads1

      I once found a pair of John Kruk pants…they smelt like something was missing.

  • I got Joe Thatcher’s Portland jersey and, while he and I are the same height, the jersey makes me look like I’m wearing penguin tails. It’s like a bizarro-Staton jersey.

  • Tim Stoops

    I’m sort of stunned that there hasn’t been a lot of Garage Sale gear listed on eBay yet. Usually by this time there’s a good amount of stuff there. Seems like you all did a good job keeping “eBay guy” at bay this year!

    I managed to track down someone on Twitter that was in the Garage Sale at the time, so he picked up a current blue alternate for me. It made my Saturday a whole lot better. I was down in the dumps that I couldn’t travel back for FanFest a second year in a row.

    • Vocal Minority actually found a few things yesterday on eBay that were likely purchased at the Garage Sale.

  • Tim Stoops

    A few of my favorite FanFest buys, since SDPads1 has got me in the spirit.

    1) This picture of Eddie Williams
    Eddie went to my church when he was a Padre, so I was always a fan of his. I got his autograph on a baseball card after service one Sunday. I also like that this picture probably hung in a hallway or office somewhere in Qualcomm, but instead of being some great moment in team history, it’s clearly a throwing error by someone in the Padre infield.

    2) Keith Moreland #6 1988 road jersey
    Another fan tipped me off on this jersey as I held it in my hands. He said Moreland was asked to switch to #7 at some point during the 1988 season and it had to do with Garvey. Whether the Garvey angle is true or not, the number switch is fact and it made the jersey all that more interesting to me.