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Tuesday, January 9, 2018
First Graphing of 2018 - Down East Wood Ducks Hot Stove Event
The above 2015 Topps Update Chrome gold shimmer parallel was the card that I absolutely wanted in my hands before I left for the event, and thankfully, it was here at 5PM when I got off of work. It came down to the wire, but I got the card in and got it signed. This is numbered 32/250 and turned out really great!
DeShields was really nice. The event had a "social hour" before dinner, so you could just walk around the room and chat with whomever, while checking out silent auction items. I saw DeShields right away and he walked up to us immediately and signed for the three of us. Later on, as he was scoping out the silent auction items, I spoke with him at length, until some guy in a suit butted in and interrupted us. DeShields is a really nice, classy guy, and I am glad I was able to hang with him for a bit. I asked him if he was ever star struck at meeting anyone, but he said that with growing up in baseball, he never really had that happen. He did go on to say that at Spring Training the season when Derek Jeter was retiring, Jeter remembered him as a kid, which DeShields said meant a lot to him.
Anyway, I had a really good time at the event. For $30/person, we had a really good time. Food was provided by Kings BBQ, so it was a really nice dinner out with the family. I'm so excited for the upcoming season, and to get some cards signed!