Hey again all. Today I have pictures of a really cool vending machine I found outside a convenience store around the block from a job I was working on back in June. I went back to get some pictures (and more packs) to show everybody. At the end I will spin it into a contest.
I like to refer to this as the "Vend-O-Pack Machine"
Here is a shot from the street while I am in my car.
A bit closer. (click on the picture to enlarge and get a better look at all the different packs inside)
Even closer, the reflection off the glass is getting brighter. If you look close you can see me and some of my car.
A close up of two of the seven shelves. Each shelf has nine rows of packs. Here you can see the row of 2005 Topps Rookie Cup packs that I got for a post I have up now on BA Benny's Pack Rip Cafe and another one on A Pack To Be Named Later. Keep checking back to those two blogs as I now have a bunch of different pack ti rip from a few trips to the Vend-O-Pack machines.
There are actually two of these machines on two different sides of town so depending where I am working or even shopping I can check them out. This one is in front of a convenience store and the other on is in a supermarket. I can only guess that the owner is a dealer of some sort who has these old candy machines loaded with old stock he wants to move as the prices are very reasonable and there is quite a selection from old 80's wax to the new 2010 releases from Topps. I would estimate 40% to 50% is baseball and the rest is split up between football, basketball, hockey, wrestling, and kids non-sport packs. It's always fun to see what new stuff he adds every couple of months or so and I can get some different packs from stuff I didn't have the chance to collect when they were original released.
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My name is Mike and I live and work in Queens, New York City. I am lineman for the telephone company. I am married to a great woman and have 2 teenage kids. I am a big time NY Mets fan and an avid NY Jets and NO Saints fan. I also like the Yankees and football Giants.