Collecting Yastrzemski....Back in full swing in 2012!
by, 07-29-2012 at 12:25 AM (1193 Views)
I guess if you want to get technical about it, I got back into the hobby around October of last year, but most of those 3 months were spent just getting caught back up with everything I had missed out on since 2006. The beginning of this year brought some changes to my collecting which I believe will do nothing but make my collection even better.
It started in January which saw my first PC cards submitted to Beckett for grading. To be honest I don't care what grade any of my cards get that I submit, I did it primarily for protection purposes & I like the way they look in the cases. My first ones back were my 1960 Topps RC (First time that card left my possession in nearly 35 years! Yes, I was nervous!), a 1964 Topps (wrong back/printer's error 1st one ever graded by Beckett.), 2-1966 Topps Venezuelans (1 of which shares the top grade given for this card with 2 others) & a 1968 Topps Venezuelan AL HR Leader card (1st one ever graded by Beckett.)
January also marked the beginning to a player expansion to my personal collection, to which I owe thanks to my youngest son, Zachary. He had come up & asked me one day who my favorite player to watch now was? I didn't really have an answer. Ever since that first MLB game it had always been Carl, even though I rarely ever got to see him play growing up in the Midwest. My son started to get a rather sad look upon his face & said that he had wished that Carl was still playing so we could watch him play again & then he apologized for the fact that can never happen. I told him that Carl's grandson, Michael, is playing college ball for Vanderbilt & maybe we might be able to see him play sometime. His next question to me was, "Why don't you collect cards of him too?" Talk about a mind blower! My entire love of the game & this hobby has always been generated from my family, so why shouldn't my hobby contain a family as well? So my search began for items from Carl's son Mike, who played in the minor leagues, & any items of Michael that I could find from Vanderbilt & Cotuit, where he played in the summer leagues.
As Spring started to roll around & the new releases of baseball cards started to come out, I tried my luck at busting some boxes to try & pull a Yastrzemski for my PC. My wife just loves helping me open the packs again, & even though she hasn't gotten back into wanting to work on her Ortiz collection, she still has proven to me that she has all of the luck in the family when it comes to opening up boxes. We are a little over halfway through the year now & she is working on three or four sets & through all of the boxes we've bought, she's pulled all of the auto's, game used & SP inserts, as well as the only Yastrzemski card that I've gotten from a box this year!
Thanks to trades I've added several more cards to my PC in my quest to achieve Supercollector status on SCF, one of which immediately went to Beckett for grading, a 2012 Topps Tribute Orange, serial numbered to 50. I also went to a live auction, which I haven't been to in years which yielded a 1971 Topps Scratch Off & a 1958 Post Magazine with the cover featuring a Norman Rockwell painting in the Red Sox locker room with a reporter talking to Ted Williams. Now I know Carl wasn't up with the Sox yet in '58, but sitting on the bench behind Williams is a young Sox player wearing his #8 jersey, so it's more than welcome in the collection! Additions also included are a 1968 Sports Digest with a pair of articles on Carl, the 1983 Boston Globe retirement insert as well as an autographed Yastrzemski model Triple Crown series glove & Louisville Slugger bat.
After putting the word out about adding Mike & Michael Yastrzemski to my wants I was fortunate enough to find someone with an autograph of Mike from his playing days. I thought this one would be a pipe dream to get since he never made it to the majors & since his passing back in 2004. I was also able to find Michael's cards from Cotuit, both in sets & uncut sheet form as well as a Cotuit Kettleers yearbook after they won the CCBL championship in 2010. I later found out that I was very lucky to get the cards from Cotuit as apparently the NCAA passed a ruling that items of that nature can't be sold containing players that haven't exhausted their college eligibility.
Summer got here & my quest for Supercollector status is slow going, but this has never been a race. It was just a little upsetting knowing that back in 2006 when I left the hobby that I already would have had enough cards for the percentage part of the requirements. I did however complete my Yastrzemski family tree of autographs when I obtained Michael's signature on a baseball after a Vanderbilt game during the SEC Tournament this year. I also picked up a pair of minor league sets with Mike from his playing days in Vancouver, as well as a Boy Scout Merit Badge booklet on photography from 1973 with Carl on the cover. Those items all made wonderful Father's Day gifts from my wife & kids!
Thanks for the read, & here's hoping that the rest of 2012 goes as good as the first half did!