Wednesday, March 25, 2020

A Yankee, but not a Yankee

I'm still plugging away at my 2011 Gypsy Queen set. Although I completed the base set a while ago, as well as the numerous insert sets like the Great Ones, Home Run Heroes, etc. there are still a couple of insert sets I'm still chasing such as the Autographs, Relic Autographs and a Molina relic. This past week I was able to track down one more autograph I needed from the Autograph set, Mike Stanton. Not sure why he's called Mike in the set when his name is Giancarlo. Probably the same reason why Roberto Clemente was called Bob in the 50s and 60s Topps sets. With Giancarlo now part of the collection I'm down to just needing 5 more autographs to finish up this insert set.

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  1. Wow. That's quite the project. I really like the autograph design. I picked up the Jose Bautista a few years ago... after that awesome bat flip of his. Best of luck tracking down the final 5 autographs and the Molina relic.

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    1. Thanks Fuji. It's been a fun project. Expensive, but fun.

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  2. Everyone called Stanton "Mike" when he was in the minors and his first two years with the Marlins. Apparently he started going by it in school because people had trouble pronouncing "Giancarlo". Then he finally asked that he be officially referred to as Giancarlo. https://www.nytimes.com/2012/03/01/sports/baseball/mlb-baseball-roundup.html His full name is Giancarlo Cruz Michael Stanton (how multicultural!). Another case where Night Owl would point out how much better off we'd be if they still put full names on the back of baseball cards!

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    1. Thanks Brett. I had no idea about this story and yes it would be better if a player's full name was listed on the back of cards like the good ole days.

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