It was the Typhoon Haiyan Charity Group Break put on by Chris, of View from the Skybox that yielded all of those Jeters you saw yesterday. These Jeters come from a different group break held by another Chris, he of the excellent Nachos Grande.
2000 Topps Tek Architeks Derek Jeter NYY #A2
2000 Topps Tek Derek Jeter NYY #32-2
Der-ek... Je-ter... (This is the part where you clap rhythmically.)
1999 Topps Gallery Derek Jeter NYY #20
2001 Topps Stadium Club Derek Jeter NYY #30
Der-ek... Je-ter... (I got to do this with the Bleacher Creatures in Section 39 of the real Yankee Stadium.)
2001 Topps Stadium Club Capture the Action Derek Jeter NYY #CA6
2001 Topps Stadium Club Diamond Pearls Derek Jeter NYY #DP3
Yup, it was another Derek deluge. And that was pretty much the idea. You'll notice a distinct lack of Dodger Blue this time around. That's because (recent spending habits to the contrary) I ain't made of money. I wanted in on this break, but with a budget for only one team, the time period dictated that I side with the Evil Empire on this one. It just made sense. I can always go bargain shopping for Todd Hundley and Eric Karros cards. You're not gonna find the Jeters and Marianos in those bargain bins.
1995 Fleer Flair Wade Boggs NYY #63
1995 Fleer Flair Paul O'Neill NYY #67
Plus, as I've mentioned once or thrice, I was an unabashed front-runner during this period as a citizen of New York. This break starts when the dynasty began, as we see a couple of veterans in '95 Flair form who helped get that ball rolling. (Looks like Boggs blew his "Wad.")
1999 Topps Gallery Orlando Hernandez NYY #95
1999 Topps Gallery Roger Clemens Masters NYY #115
Friggin' Clemens. I hate showing cards of the jerk, but I don't hate getting them. They make me cringe, even growl if I'm feeling particularly grumpy. But I want 'em. He's part of the story, for better or worse. (Worse.)
2000 Topps Tek Bernie Williams NYY #14-1
2000 Topps Tek Bernie Williams NYY #14-6
Topps Tek was a real draw in this break. In addition to the obligatory Jeters, I ended up landing three different El Duques and these two Bernies, which are among the better background designs in an inconsistent bunch.
2000 Topps Stadium Club Chrome Jorge Posada NYY #32
2000 Topps Stadium Club Chrome David Walling NYY #240
2000 Topps Stadium Club Chrome Mariano Rivera NYY #87
2000 Topps Stadium Club Chrome David Cone NYY #75
As with the Skybox break, Stadium Club provided most of the best-looking cards in the bunch. And I was glad to land Mo in each of these. I was certainly happy with the Jeter haul from the two breaks, but if I'm forced to chose between Jeter and Mo, I think I've gotta go with Mo. (David Walling? Getting a Grip, of course.)
2001 Topps Stadium Club Bernie Williams NYY #8
2001 Topps Stadium Club Alfonso Soriano NYY #182
2001 Topps Stadium Club Mariano Rivera NYY #76
2001 Topps Stadium Club Jorge Posada NYY #49
It did cause a bit of a twinge in the gut to forego the Dodgers in favor of the Yanks, but I'm pretty sure I made the right call here. And, thanks to Chris, any lingering queasiness was erased when I saw this fall out of the package...
2013 Munnatawket Mini Clayton Kershaw LAD #6
Chris had posted an interview with this set's creator. In fact, Chris has his own card in this set. How cool is that!? When I commented with something like "it wouldn't suck to get one of these with the group break package," I certainly didn't expect to receive the one card in the set that I had to have! Thanks to Chris, the best card that I got with the Yankees in a group break was... a Dodger. You can't beat that. Thanks, Chris!