Collecting Yastrzemski - August, 2013
by, 08-31-2013 at 11:39 PM (2069 Views)
This was a very big month for not only my collection but for being a Yastrzemski fan as well! Michael was named Minor League Offensive Player of the Month for the Orioles organization & was selected for the 2013 New York-Penn All-Star Game! At the time of this writing his Aberdeen Ironbirds sit a half game up of Brooklyn for the lead in their division. I so wish that I lived closer to be able to attend some games. On September 3rd, the first 873 fans to Ripken Field will receive a Mike Yastrzemski Ironbirds T-shirt! If anyone reading this happens to attend, I would gladly pay for one of these!
As far as adding to my collection, August started off with a bang thanks to the National. My one day at the show yeilded 95 total Yastrzemski pieces! Including this large lot of 60 pieces that was sold as a Yastrzemski grab bag!
Most of the "regular" cards I already had, but I was thrilled by the old postcards that I have to track down now since there was no year or anything on the back of them! Up next is a nice 3 piece lot that I picked up from another dealer at the show which includes the '69 Topps Stamps Red Sox Team Booklet, a 1966 Topps LL card & a 1970 Topps Poster of Don Mincher! That's right, I said Don Mincher! Now the large color head shot is of Don, but the small black & white action shot is of Carl. Carl's #8 can be seen on the back of the jersey & not Don's #5 that he wore for his one season in Seattle. This is actually an unrecognized, uncorrected error that was pointed out to me a while back.
This next shot is of everything else I picked up from various dealers at the show, with the exception of the 2006 Allen & Ginter that BSEBALLCOMMISH75 picked up for me!
Lord knows I spent more than I probably should have at the National, but this next shot is what made it all worth while!
That's me, LoQtus, doniceage & BSEBALLCOMMISH75! Couldn't ask for a better company at the show than these guys! Of course it wouldn't have been a worthwhile trip to Chicago without going to Wrigley! Of course the Cubs lost, but LoQtus, Commish & my wife all got to cross this off their "bucket" lists.
Here's a shot of the Commish with his first Official Wrigley beer!
LoQtus at the statue of Harry!
And one final pic from Wrigley, the Mrs. & I! Nobody freak out or anything with me in a Cubs hat, I wear one every time I go there out of respect for my grandmother who was a die-hard Cubs fan!
My wife was such a trooper throughout the entire weekend, but by the end of the game she was hurting something awful. After all was said & done when we were on our way home, she asked if we were going to Cleveland next year though! I love my wife!
Now ordinarily that would be a great month in itself, but it didn't end there. Even though I didn't make a single trade on SCF I was able to find some great deals on eBay which included a 4x6 autographed picture of Michael at the plate for the Ironbirds.
I also picked up one of the programs from the 2013 New York-Penn All-Star Game, which incidentally Michael & the American League won! Other eBay wins included a 5 card lot of Carl (all of which I needed), the 1975 Kellogg's (which completed my needs for that brand), a 2007 Topps Sterling white suede #/50 & a 2009 Topps Legendary Letters Comemorative Patch card (only 9 more of those to finish his name!)
To top off all of that, since I was so close to getting the number of Carl's cards needed to reach the 15% required to apply for SuperCollector status here on SCF, my wife went & ordered me a 20 card lot from COMC to allow me to submit my application. She also found one of the minor league cards that I still needed of Mike from there as well! Have I mentioned how much I love my wife?
So with a little bit of luck, next month I'll be able to report that I am an Official SuperCollector! That will definitely make for a nice 42nd birthday gift! Keep your fingers crossed!
Special Thanks go out to the following for helping me add to my PC this month:
BSEBALLCOMMISH75 - 2006 Allen & Ginter #277
My wife - for either buying or allowing me to buy everything else!
SuperCollector status: Carl - 15.1%, Mike - 77.8%, Michael - 100%
Well, that's it for this month!