Upper Deck's Yankee Stadium Legacy set is an intimidating challenge. Commemorating all of the baseball played at the original Yankee Stadium, it wound its way through ten Upper Deck baseball sets in 2008 and totaled over 6,600 cards.
That didn't stop some collectors from trying to put it together though, and at least one person has successfully finished the task. Upper Deck announced today that Tommy Baxter of Little Rock, Arkansas has turned in the first confirmed complete set.
Aided by his 11 year-old daughter Madeleine, Baxter began working on the set in February and finally chased down the final card (No. 4,272) around Halloween. Besides time and the help of collectors all over the world, it took quite a bit of cash to pull off the feat.
"I would estimate I spent a little more than $15,000 putting this set together," said Baxter in an Upper Deck press release.
Baxter's prize for conquering the Yankee Stadium Legacy challenge first includes a trip to New York next spring to watch the Yankees in their new home (though Baxter is a Cubs fan!) and meet captain Derek Jeter. Upper Deck has prizes to award to four more collectors who finish the set and suggested that several other people are close to claiming them.
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