Rookie Card Upgrade: 1960 Topps Carl Yastrzemski
There’s something about Carl Yastrzemski that had always been appealing to me. Maybe it’s the fact that he’s a legend. Maybe it’s because he played for my favorite team. Maybe it’s because I learned at an early age how to spell his last name and pronounce it.
I was happy with what I owned … Until recently when I started doing some upgrading of rookie cards. The Yaz in its 3.5 condition wasn’t bad …it just could be a whole lot better. The corners were soft, the edges were too. But this example always had decent centering which made it appealing.
Fast forward to about 10 days ago. I acquired a 1965 Topps Mickey Mantle card from a seller on eBay who also had a nice BVG 7 Yaz rookie in his inventory.
So we negotiated a bit and I struck a deal for this gorgeous Yaz. The card an obvious ink defect on the bottom border but centering is nice and the corners are fairly sharp. And after selling the 3.5 Yaz to one of my Twitter followers, the cost of the upgrade was palatable.
One of the aspects of the Yaz rookie that I love is that he is listed as a second baseman.