My favorite piece of Yankee history, and well my only piece so I guess it makes sense that it's my favorite. My parents usually get me one big gift for Christmas and a couple of small things, and 10 or 11 years ago they picked probably one of their best items. They got me this:
A Louisville Slugger Genuine P72 Derek Jeter signed bat
The flash kind of blurred the signature in that pic, so I tried another one but it's a little farther away.
I never got around to getting a nice glass case for it which is sad because it would make a great conversation piece. The COA from Steiner is still wrapped around the handle and I have only held it twice, once when I opened it Christmas morning and then when I took it out of the box to put it in the Ultra Pro bat tube. It most definitely deserves a nicer display than that, but those cases are about $100 bucks, and as you all know that could get me a sweet hobby box.
Clearly this was much cheaper to purchase years ago, and I will probably never own another Jeter signed piece because the price is just outrageous. If I met him by some miracle and got him to sign something, then that would be different. I'm more than happy with owning just this one thing because it is awesome and makes me happy, even if it just sits in a bat tube in a bat box.
I wish I had a better understanding back then of just what I opened that morning. Don't get me wrong, I knew he was going to be here for a long time to come and be a special player, but who could have predicted what he would do in his career so far. If you don't watch this guy on a daily basis you can't truly appreciate everything he brings to the team. Even as he is getting older, he still does what is best for the team even when that means sitting out the last inning or two of a close game to put a 'defensive replacement' in.
Call me crazy, but I think this would be a fun topic for everyone to share. I like reading about cool pieces of memorabilia and how people got them. Drop a comment on something cool you got or your favorite item, or blog about it and share with everyone.