Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Red Sox Tek? Sure

As some of you know, one of my major collecting focuses right now is to compile the entire 1998 Topps Tek run for my single player collection, Sandy Alomar, Jr.  I had always kind of wanted to do that for a Red Sox player but never really got around to it.  I thought that it would be an interesting focus when I started that collection back up again.  Well I still want to add Red Sox as well.  So when I saw a Mo Vaughn Tek Diffractor for sale on Beckett for a couple of bucks, I jumped on it.  Well here it is:
Now, the first thing I noticed is that this is definitely not a Diffractor.  So that was annoying.  However, I did not have a single Mo Vaughn Tek card.  So, whatever.  As a Red Sox fan growing up in the early to mid 1990's, Mo Vaughn was my favorite player.  I was even more devastated when Mo Vaughn left Boston than I was when Wade Boggs, Roger Clemens, and Mike Greenwell left.  This is because Vaughn made his Major League debut in 1991, the year I started collecting.  I watched Vaughn make his way from hyped prospect to solid regular to team leader to superstar.  Then, he was gone.  Sure Nomar Garciaparra and Pedro Martinez had both arrived, but it stung to lose Vaughn.  One of the things I have been doing a lot lately is picking up inserts and interesting cards of Vaughn.  This just adds to that.  Who knows, maybe after I get my Sandy Alomar complete run, I will turn to Mo Vaughn.  But then, do I really want that kind of aggravation?