Collecting Yastrzemski - October, 2013
by, 11-01-2013 at 04:35 AM (1229 Views)
Well, The 2013 MLB season is officially over & I must wish a very enthusiastic congratulations to the Boston Red Sox for winning the World Series this year! Boston fan favorite & only remaining player from the 2004 World Series championship team, David Ortiz was named MVP of the series. He batted .688 (11 for 16) with two homers, six RBIs and eight walks, as well as posting the 2nd highest OBP in series history at .760.
It was nice to see Carl back out there to throw out the first pitch in game 1! I only wish I had been there...
He's still got it after all these years!
I'd like to be able to tell you that it was a very busy month as far as adding to my collection, but this just wasn't the case. I was able to make a couple of deals here on SCF though. The first one was for a nice pair of serial numbered cards including the 2005 Donruss Elite Turn of the Century 154 Carl Yastrzemski & a 2008 UD Heroes Emerald 187 Carl Yastrzemski / Carlton Fisk / Wade Boggs. The second one was for the 1982 Permagraphic Credit Cards #13 Carl Yastrzemski, a 2013 Panini Cooperstown Induction #7 Carl Yastrzemski & a 2013 Panini Golden Age Playing Cards #49 Carl Yastrzemski.
I was also able to make a couple of eBay purchases this month. The first one was for the 1977 Topps Venezuelan Sticker #176 Carl Yastrzemski. Even though it wasn't in the best condition, I did get a good deal on this hard to find addition.
The second auction win was for one of the SGA cards that was given out at the game at Fenway after the presentation of Carl's statue outside on September 22nd. Again, I wish I had been there.
Sometimes living in the Midwest is really discouraging when everything having to do with Yastrzemski happens in the New England area.
I also found out this month that I have to keep working to obtain SuperCollector status for my Yastrzemski collection. I don't know if it's because my percentage of serial numbered, game-used or autographed cards of Carl's is sort of low compared to the rest of it. If that is the case, then this achievement will take me a lot longer than I thought it would.
I've never been drawn to any of these types of pieces unless I can get them for a great deal. Most of all of the serial numbered cards are nothing but parallels of other cards. The whole controversy over game-used cards with either fake jerseys being sold to the card companies, or the scammers out there that like to put in outrageous patches just to try & get more money for the cards really drove me away from trying to obtain them. Which brings me to autographed cards. Since Carl is a member of the HOF, any of his certified autographed cards sell for quite a bit of money. For the kind of money that it costs for one of these signed cards, I can usually get a really nice piece of memorabilia signed by him, which to me means more.
I have always worked towards obtaining the hard to find or obscure pieces to add to my collection, hence the foreign release issue & the 1-day SGA cards that I added this month.
So anyway, I am still waiting to hear about my application for the Memorabilia SuperCollector status. With any luck I can achieve this one! (Crossing my fingers!)
As always, a very special thanks go out to those who helped add to my collection this month!
Scobes - 2005 Donruss Elite Turn of the Century 154 Carl Yastrzemski, 2008 UD Heroes Emerald 187 Carl Yastrzemski / Carlton Fisk / Wade Boggs
LoQtus - 1982 Permagraphic Credit Cards #13 Carl Yastrzemski, 2013 Panini Cooperstown Induction #7 Carl Yastrzemski, 2013 Panini Golden Age Playing Cards #49 Carl Yastrzemski
SuperCollector status: Carl 15.2%, Mike 77.8% & Michael 100%
Well, that's it for this month.