Baseball’s most legendary stage, Yankee Stadium, will be shutting its doors for the final time at the end of the 2008 season. Recently, Erika Gonzalez wrote a piece, Yankee Stadium Swan Song , in which she discussed how this closure will open up opportunities for collectors. From the perspective of a baseball-card collector, there are also great opportunities for adding some nice pieces to your collection. Most notably, the Upper Deck Yankee Stadium Legacy cards commemorate this storied stadium’s impact on society as a whole.
The Yankee Stadium Legacy set is historical in more than one way. Not only is it a commemoration of this great baseball stadium, it’s also the largest set of cards ever produced. That’s right; this 6,661-card set is going to be recognized by the “Guinness Book of World Records” as the largest sports collectible set ever produced. Collecting them all would be a massive undertaking, but I’m sure there are several devoted collectors who are willing to go the distance to compile this entire set of the “House that Ruth Built.”
Not only will the collectibles set document the baseball games that took place in Yankee Stadium since 1923, it will celebrate other great events that have been witnessed on this grand stage. Some of these moments include Lou Gehrig’s “Luckiest Man Alive” speech, a Muhammad Ali title bout and Babe Ruth’s final visit to the stadium. Additionally, game-used memorabilia cards will be issued featuring pieces of jerseys, bats and other items used during the 85-season tenure of Yankee Stadium.
Upper Deck brings the collecting experience into the 21st century by allowing owners of these cards to track sets online. Collectors can document the cards they own and compare their set against others. It’s a truly unique, cutting-edge twist to card collecting.
There is a possibility that this historic set of collectibles will be permanently housed in the Yankees’ new stadium, but a final decision has yet to be reached.