By now you know that I'm collecting Mark Trumbo. He's one of a handful of players that I actively collect. With all the variations Topps produces now-a-days I'm thinking it will be close to impossible to keep up, and will probably bankrupt me.
But I wanted more than just cards. I decided I'd also go for ticket stubs from his career milestones.
I felt I had to act fast as he was a leading candidate for AL Rookie of the Year. If that happened I foresaw not only his cards but anything related to him going up in price and scarcity. I went for ticket stubs to his first several career milestones.
And here they are.
1. Mark Trumbo Major League Debut.
2. Mark Trumbo First Major League Hit.
3. Mark Trumbo First Major League Home Run.
4. Mark Trumbo First Career Grand Slam.
Wasting little time against Brian Duensing and the Minnesota Twins, in the bottom of the first inning Mark Trumbo hit his first career Grand Salami. From retrosheet.org:
ANGELS 1ST: Bourjos grounded out (second to first); Callaspo
singled to center; Kendrick singled to center [Callaspo to
third]; Hunter walked [Kendrick to second]; Trumbo homered
[Callaspo scored, Kendrick scored, Hunter scored]; Wells flied
to center; Trout flied to left; 4 R, 3 H, 0 E, 0 LOB. Twins 0,
He only started the 10 run 14 hit schellacking against the Twins on Saturday, September 3, 2011 (N) at Angel Stadium of Anaheim, which gave Jered Weaver his 16th win of the season.
Did you happen to notice that his milestones were in a cycle order: debut, hit, home run, grand slam.
He's The Natural.