Although I'm excited to work with my eighth graders, saying goodbye to my seventh graders is always tough. I'll see a high percentage of them next year, but there's a sort of "end of the innocence" thing that takes place during those 12 months. A lot of them have stopped by the past few days to tell me about their new electives, but it's only a matter of time before they become "hellos" in the hallways around campus.
So while my mind is still fixated on goodbyes, I figured this would be the perfect time to salute Adrian Beltre who provided years of entertainment to baseball fans both on and off the field. Personally, I didn't really start appreciating him until a few years ago, but his twenty-one season career left him with some serious numbers:
477 Home Runs
4x MLB All-Star
4 Silver Slugger Awards
5 Gold Glove Awards
2 Platinum Glove Awards
2014 Lou Gehrig Award Winner
Sitting within my collection, I found all of the pieces I needed to build myself a Adrian Beltre Sports Card Trifecta...
Autograph: 1999 Bowman Autographs #BA37
Okay. I lied. This card is one of my latest Beltre purchases. If you read my post from Tuesday, then you know how much I enjoy on-card, pack pulled autographs from the 90's. I'm especially fond of the ones that were tough pulls. This card meets all three of these things.
The 1999 Bowman autographs came in three tiers: blue (1:162 packs), silver (1:485 packs), and gold (1:1,194 packs). There are five gold autographs in the set. Beltre is one of them.
Rookie Card: 1997 Bowman Chrome #182
Beltre only has three different rookie cards. Gotta admire the simpler times... although I'm not sure anyone would classify the mid 90's hobby scene as simple. Anyways... out of his three rookie cards, this one is probably his most popular.
A few weeks ago, this card was selling for a little under $100 on eBay. However the past two weeks have seen a huge spike in sales. Since January 20th, four have sold in the $122 to $137 range.
I purchased mine back for $5.38 on COMC in 2011. Who says baseball cards aren't a good investment?
Memorabilia Card: 2013 Archives 1960 Topps Relic #60R-AB
I could have sworn that I had a bunch of Beltre jersey cards, but I was only able to find a handful. This is my favorite out of the lot. 1960 Topps has always been one of my favorite designs, although Beltre doesn't seem to be amused by this card.
I'm going to miss all of his different facial expressions... especially the ones that involved Elvis Andrus. Those two seemed to have this awesome chemistry... similar to the one I had with my seventh graders.
Enjoy your retirement Adrian! Happy Thursday and sayonara!
Since I took the time to scan all of my Beltre autographs, I figured now would be the time to show them off:
And here's my second favorite Beltre autographed card in my collection:
1998 Donruss Signature Series Millenium Marks #NNO
Another 90's autograph. Only this time this card was pulled from one of those "autograph per pack" products. It's also interesting to see how his signature has evolved over the years.