If I Were To Collect: New York Yankees Edition

[The twenty-fourth in a series:  I’m picking one player that I associate with a team (whether they spent the majority of their career there or not) that I would strongly consider adding to my official want lists.  They may not always be superstars, or the most popular, and honestly they may not always be my favorite player from the team, but that’s what will make this fun, no?]

Alright, so I didn’t get to finish this series by the end of the last season.  Considering how close I am to being done, this year will be the year.  That also means I’ll have to revise some drafts, because players I picked back then are not necessarily on these teams.

We recently finished up a series with the Yankees that didn’t go so well for the Cubbies.  This season hasn’t really gone well for us so far.  It’s interesting to see the Yankees as a younger team again.  Still, this choice is tough.  There’s a lot of potential money that would be spent if I were to do this for real. I can’t do the big boys – Ruth, Mantle, DiMaggio.  Hell even Jeter is way too much. I could go contrarian with Kevin Maas or Joba Chamberlain or Raul Ibanez, but that doesn’t sound too fun.

Remember this card from my “most expensive Marmol” post?

The nod goes to Mariano Rivera.  Again, it’d be a lot of money, but that’s the deal if I were to compete against the swarm of New York collectors.  I think he might be more manageable than others in the cost department and there’d be fewer cards due to his role.  I understand that it’s fun to hate on Yankees players in general, but Mo gets a pass from most.  He’s done a lot off the field for people and he happens to be one of the best closers, if not the best, to ever play the game.

Starlin Castro in the “new” duds

Current player runner-up:  Starlin Castro

This was going to be Carlos Beltran.  Instead, I’m kind of cheating here.  I have a good head start on the Castro collection (and I have a lot to trade to people if anyone is at all interested.  Please!), so it wouldn’t be too hard to pick it back up.  It’s very strange to see him in these pinstripes, but I’m very happy he’s having a great year so far.

Watch the die cut, don’t want to get a Boo Boo. Right Yogi?

Retired player runner-upYogi Berra

When thinking about the incredibly deep history of the Yankees, there were a lot of directions I could go.  I decided that personality was the main driver and went with quip master Yogi Berra.  You could easily make a case for dozens of guys, especially when we’re talking about fake collecting and hypothetical money, but this made the most sense for me.

The Series So Far
Angels – (tie) Jim Abbott & Vladimir Guerrero
Astros – J.R. Richard
Blue Jays – Carlos Delgado
Braves – Steve Avery
Brewers – Bob Eucker
Cardinals – Jim Edmonds
Diamondbacks – Randy Johnson
Dodgers – Jackie Robinson
Giants – Kevin Mitchell
Indians – Jim Thome
Mariners – Felix Hernandez
Marlins – Giancarlo Stanton
Mets – (tie) Darryl Strawberry & Dwight Gooden
Nationals/Expos – (tie) Marquis Grissom & Delino DeShields
Orioles – Adam Jones
Phillies – Mike Schmidt
Pirates –  Andrew McCutchen
Rangers – Nolan Ryan
Rays/Devil Rays – Evan Longoria
Red Sox
Reds – Eric Davis
Rockies – Carlos Gonzalez
Tigers – Alan Trammell
White Sox – Paul Konerko
Yankees – Mariano Rivera

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