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Collecting Yastrzemski - Dec '13/Jan '14

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Well, I for one am ready for Spring Training to start! I'm ready for Winter to be over with so I can start enjoying baseball again!

As I figured in my last blog post, December & January were not the most productive when it came to adding to my collection or to hearing any news about where Michael is going to start the 2014 season for Baltimore. So I guess I'll just jump right into what this Winter has brought me, other than more snow than I wanted.

I started off in December by acquiring 2 very nice examples of JD McCarthy postcards of Carl off of eBay.

Even though neither one have been postmarked to determine their true age, I was still more than happy to add them to my memorabilia collection.

The next week saw the completion of my collection of Mike's cards as I found a guy that specializes in the older minor league releases & selling them as singles rather than in set form. This helped me out a bunch as the 1986 Barons Team set usually goes in the range of $30-$50. I was able to pick up the single for under a couple bucks. Definitely a win! I also managed to pick up a pair of the discs from the 70's that I just couldn't pass up on for the price on the Bay.

Christmas brought me a very nice surprise, as my wife added to my Yastrzemski wardrobe with a new shirt of Carl. Unfortunately, I haven't gotten a chance to get any pics of it yet to show it off. I'm still undecided on whether or not I'm going to wear it! I also got a nice little Christmas package in from the Commish containing a 2004 Leaf Sportscaster Insert #/45 that I needed!

January provided more & more snow, which I could really have done without. The snow emergencies that were declared really put a damper on my funding to be able to add much. But I was able to find a great deal on a pair of autographs on an item that I didn't have.

Not only was the box for the tape signed, but the tape itself was signed as well. Now I just need to dig an old VHS player out of storage to be able to watch the tape!

January also brought the first major cards of Michael from the Elite Extra Edition release from Panini. (So much for me having 100% of his cards anymore!) Not to mention the fact that he now has a 1/1 out there somewhere! I was able to pick up one of the redemption cards for the Aspirations auto #/100, which I am anxiously awaiting to get back!

One more eBay win of a 1964 Topps League Leader card of Carl that I picked up for $1.10 delivered was the extent of the purchases that I made for the first month of the year!

And to finish off the month, another surprise package that showed up in my mailbox: The Bloodlines Insert from 2013 EEE!

And, there you have it. Not too bad considering Mother Nature has been beating us up here in NE Indiana this Winter!

As always, special thanks go out to the following for helping me add to my collection!
BSEBALLCOMMISH75 - 2004 Leaf Sportscaster Insert #8 Carl Yastrzemski #/45, 2013 EEE Bloodlines #1 Carl Yastrzemski / Mike Yastrzemski

SuperCollector status: Carl 15.9%, Mike 100% & Michael 26.3%

Take care,


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