Tommy Baxter, a 36-year-old precast concrete specialist from Little Rock, Ark., has become the first collector to piece together Upper Deck’s 6,661-card Yankee Stadium Legacy insert set.
“I’ve put together plenty of Upper Deck sets in the past, so I figured this was just one more to complete,” said Baxter, whose 11-year-old daughter, Madeleine, helped him sort and collate the thousands of cards. “I really didn’t take it seriously at first, but once I got through that first series of inserts, I knew I had to finish it. I would estimate I spent a little more than $15,000 putting this set together.”
Baxter sent the cards to Upper Deck’s offices last week, where company officials verified the set was complete. For his efforts, he and his daughter will receive an all-expense-paid trip to New York City next spring to see a Yankees game at the team’s new stadium and meet Derek Jeter. In addition, Baxter will receive 81 additional YSL cards chronicling the Yankees’ last campaign which brings the grand total of games played (and cards produced) to 6,742. Upper Deck will award a similar prize to as many as four other people who complete the set.