Adrián Beltré has been one of my favorite active players over the past few years, so it's a bummer to hear he decided to retire today. He's incredibly entertaining and a lock for the Hall of Fame. I thought he had a couple more seasons in him.
But it's a good excuse to sort out my PC and see what I've got. So here's how my Beltre collection stands at the point of his retirement.
The 2-pronged crown of the PC consists of the pair of certified autos I've got, which I talked more about in an earlier post
A few early cards. The '97 1st Bowman Card - International parallel was a pretty sweet sub-buck card show find a couple years ago. I would still like to score his '97 Bowman Chrome card at some point, which I believe is considered his top mainstream rookie card.
1999 is highlighted by the Wheaties homage.
2000. Gotta love that Keebler oddball!
I've only got one card from '01, but it's a nice one-- my only relic card of Adrian's.
Getting thin here in 03-04.
But a bunch of cards from 2005 a year removed from his breakout '04 season when Beltre won the HR crown and finished runner-up to Bonds for NL MVP. I think 3 or 4 of these are serial numbered.
Then my PC hits a dry patch for a few years.
2011 includes my only card of him as a Red Sock.
2012 has some good shine.
2017. The "signed" card is a TTM semi-success
from earlier this year.
2018 rounds us out.
By my count, I've just barely squeaked over the magic number of 100 different cards, so I'll be "retiring" him into the Hundred Card Club section of my wantlist shortly, though I'd still be down for any cards of his that I'm missing, especially from those barren years in the aughts.
Thanks for everything, Adrian!
I just commented over on N.O. Blog post. Beltré was a true pleasure to watch play. I wish the Redsox kept him for more than one yearReplyDelete
Agreed! He turned out to be a steal for the Rangers!Delete
Nice Beltres! That Topps Now auto is awesome.ReplyDelete
Great collection. I'm gonna miss this guy. I really enjoyed watching Andrus mess with him. They had such a cool relationship on the field. Maybe later in the week I'll sit down and sort out my Beltre singles. I'm gonna try and build a Sports Card Trifecta of him at the very least.ReplyDelete
You have a lot! Your custom is awesome.ReplyDelete
Nice collection...I was hoping he'd stick around another year or so also.ReplyDelete
Nice collection. I have one Beltre auto. (A dual auto with Felix Hernandez)ReplyDelete