Some people’s White Whale may be something incredibly hard to get and possibly prohibitively expensive – the 52 Mantle for example. But for a lot of people something a lot more conventional. It may be a hard to find chrome Jose Cruz Jr or an early 80s Sparky Lyle Card. My White Whales fall in this latter category, they me be plentiful and a lot cheaper, however that may not make them any less hard to find.
Last week I noted in the initial Blog Bat Around that I seek cards that represent games I have been to. One of the cards I mentioned was YSL #5835 Tino
I have only been to two games at Yankee Stadium and one this past year and one on June 30th 1998 – the day represented by the
So many Yankee Stadium Legacy cards exists that people are giving them away. The problem is that YSL is such a behemoth to deal with that finding a specific single card is a bit of a needle and hay stack issue.
Imagine my surprise when I saw YSL #5835 in a recent ebay auction. I was shocked and happy to see it. First off I had never seen the card. Unlike the ‘52 Mantle - seen lots o those. I confirmed it was the one – I had only conjectured the card number from other YSLs I had seen and the Yankees 98 Schedule in Baseball-Reference. Right Date Check - Phils Got Clobbered 9-2 sounds about right Check – definitely the one I wanted. WhooHoo I had found my YSL Whilte Whale.
Well several hours later I got my 2nd shock of the day when I found somebody had bid 2.75 to win the four cards. Perhaps I should have factored in that #33 Wally Pipp was in the lot. Don’t know, but I had missed my White Whale and felt the Agony of Defeat.
Looking back I wouldn’t change a thing. It turns out the card isn’t worth $5 to me. At least right now it isn’t.
What do you think?
1) Stick to your guns Phungo. You’re absolutely right - There ain’t no way you want to pay over $5 for a single Yankee Stadium Legacy card.
2) Phungo you’re a