Adrian Gonzalez’s Career and the Trade to Los Angeles

Adrian Gonzalez

 

Saint Jovite “Kota” Youngblood is a former general manager for Miracle Mile Coin who, since 2010, has presided over Youngblood Metals Mining. A professional numismatist, in his free time Saint Jovite Youngblood enjoys watching Los Angeles Dodgers games with his sons.

A 14-year veteran, Adrian Gonzalez has been a big part of the Dodgers lineup since the team acquired him along with Josh Beckett and Carl Crawford in a 2012 blockbuster trade with the Boston Red Sox. Beckett retired in 2014 and Crawford was released by the Dodgers last season, but Gonzalez remains the team’s starting first baseman, and for good reason; the 34 year old has missed only 20 games in the past four seasons and had a .275 or better batting average during this time.

Gonzalez’s best season with the Dodgers came in 2014 when he hit 27 home runs and drove in a National League-best 116 runs. He finished seventh in MVP voting that season and won a Gold Glove and a Silver Slugger for being the best fielder and batter at his position. The five-time All-Star has a .290 career batting average to go along with 308 home runs and 1,146 runs batted in.

PCGS Coin Grading Strike Types

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Professional Coin Grading Service
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Business owner and precious metals expert “Kota” Saint Jovite Youngblood holds a bachelor of arts degree in business from Case Western Reserve University. A former finance director and general manager, Saint Jovite Youngblood currently serves as the president of Youngblood Metals Mining where he has achieved PCGS status.

PCGS refers to Professional Coin Grading Service, which is a subdivision of Collectors Universe, Inc. The organization provides grading and valuation services for precious metals and collectibles, and provides an industry standard in third-party certification services for coins.

Professional Coin Grading Service utilizes the Sheldon Scale as its basis for grading coins, created by Dr. William Sheldon in 1948. The scale includes values ranging from 1 to 70, as well as several broad categories referred to as strike types.

Mint state: noncirculated business coins that range from flawless quality to one with many marks.
Proof: specially prepared coins that have more detail than regular strikes, due to the slower speed and pressure of the minting process.
Specimen: coins that were created between 1792 and 1816 with old equipment no longer in use today.

The Kiwanis Eliminate Project

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Kiwanis Eliminate Project
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“Kota” Saint Jovite Youngblood is a graduate of Case Western Reserve University who has experience as a general manager and finance director in the finance and precious metals industries. Since 2010, Saint Jovite Youngblood has applied his expertise as the president of Youngblood Metals Mining in California. He belongs to several professional and community associations, including the Kiwanis organization.

Founded in 1915 in Detroit, Michigan, Kiwanis International is a global nonprofit organization with a presence in 80 different countries. Kiwanis provides a diverse range of services to support local communities and improve the lives of children. Services vary based on the needs of the local community and include programs like the Eliminate Project.

The Eliminate Project, first announced in 2010, is an effort to eliminate maternal and neonatal tetanus. It seeks to utilize the global Kiwanis network to raise over $110 million in partnership with the United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund (UNICEF). The collaboration leverages UNICEF’s technical expertise and established supply chain in affected regions. Funds are then used to help eliminate the disease and save an estimated 129 million mothers and future babies.

Three Collectible Dollars

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Collectible Dollars
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“Kota” Saint Jovite Youngblood earned his bachelor’s degree in business from Case Western Reserve University in 1993 and has since built a 20-year career in financing and antique acquisition. As the president of Youngblood Metals Mining and a certified professional coin grading service member, Saint Jovite Youngblood specializes in securing collectible coins for antique dealers. Below are three collectible dollar coins.

1. Flowing Hair dollar – Issued in 1794 and 1795, the American collectible coin was ranked 20th by Garrett and Guth in the 100 Greatest U.S. Coins book. The most known well-kept coin sold for over $10 million.

2. Liberty Seated dollar – Designed by Christian Gobrecht and first minted in 1840, the series continued until 1873. Depicted on the coin, as the name suggests, is the Statue of Liberty in a seated position surrounded by stars representing the original 13 states. The opposing side features an eagle. Depending on the condition of the coin, prices vary from hundreds to thousands of dollars.

3. Peace dollar – Released in 1921 to commemorate America’s World War I victory, the peace dollar was in circulation until 1928 and minted again in 1934-1935. Because of limited availability, the 1934 coins are considered the most valuable.

Los Angeles Dodgers Sponsor Dodgers RBI Program

 

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Dodgers RBI Program
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Saint Jovite Youngblood, an antiques and coin collectible expert, has been working in the industry for more than a decade. Currently serving as the president of Youngblood Metals Mining in California, he oversees the purchase of wholesale antiques and collectible coins. An avid sports fan, “Kota” Saint Jovite Youngblood follows the Los Angeles Dodgers.

Beyond promoting camaraderie among its fans, the LA Dodgers maintains an extremely active presence within its community. The team accomplishes this through a number of programs, including Dodgers RBI (Reviving Baseball in Inner Cities).

A baseball and softball youth development program, Dodgers RBI increases youth participation in the sports and promotes positive character development. It also increases access to wellness, health, and recreational resources by using sports as a tool for engaging local youth. The program reaches some of the most underserved communities in Los Angeles and engages both families and entire communities along with its young participants.

Dodgers RBI is part of an international initiative established by Major League Baseball. The entire program operates in over 200 cities and involves more than 200,000 young individuals. Through Dodgers RBI, more than 7,500 youth between the ages of five and 18 are served through dozens of locations across Los Angeles.

Kiwanis’ Bring Up Grades Program

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Kiwanis
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Youngblood Metals Mining President Kota Saint Jovite Youngblood earned his bachelor of arts in 1993 from Case Western Reserve University, where he majored in business. In addition to his many interests outside of work, Saint Jovite Youngblood is a member and supporter of Kiwanis International.

Kiwanis is a child-focused, non-profit organization with local clubs in 80 countries. In addition to its work in the health and education sector, Kiwanis has numerous programs aimed at giving children better educational opportunities and rewarding those who excel in academics. One of those programs is Bring Up Grades (BUG), which provides incentives for students to raise and maintain their grades throughout the school year.

Organizers at the local level work with the business community to raise funds for prizes and giveaways, including pizza or other food-themed parties. Students are also presented with buttons and certificates for their achievement, while earning recognition on the BUG Honor Roll. Kiwanis offers a program toolkit and other resources, such as printable certificates and a classroom presentation checklist, on its website.

For a full list of resources or to read more about BUG, visit www.kiwaniskids.org/en/BUG.

Gibson Blends Guitars and Fashion at CES 2017

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CES 2017
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Before becoming the president of Youngblood Metals Mining, Kota Saint Jovite Youngblood attended Case Western Reserve University, where he got his BA in business and mathematics. Also a musician, Saint Jovite Youngblood says he can play anything with strings, but prefers a six-string Gibson guitar.

At 2017’s Consumer Electronics Showcase (CES), held annually in Las Vegas, Gibson made a splash by blending its trademark guitars with the modeling industry and putting on a fashion show. Models strutted up and down the catwalk brandishing the latest and greatest guitars Gibson Brands has to offer, with GeekWire joking that the event beat staring at more smart refrigerators and drones.

Aside from the fashion show, Gibson invited guests to listen to music and try out the iconic maker’s latest guitars. Covering the event on its Twitter account, Gibson tweeted a 360-degree video showing off the event’s entertainment, encouraging fans to use the hashtag “#GibsonCES2017.” In addition to its own instruments, Gibson also featured audio equipment and peripherals from brands like Neat Microphones, Philips, and Onkyo.

Grading and Regrading Coins through Professional Coin Grading Service

Professional Coin Grading Service (PCGS)

Professional Coin Grading Service (PCGS)

 

Professional numismatist and wholesale coin buyer “Kota” Saint Jovite Youngblood leads Youngblood Metals Mining in Monrovia, California. As part of his commitment to the field, Saint Jovite Youngblood is affiliated with the Professional Coin Grading Service.

The Professional Coin Grading Service (PCGS) sets the industry standard for coin grading and certification. For more than 30 years, the organization has served coin collectors and numismatists by establishing universal, uniform standards for coins while independently grading more than 34.7 million coins.

In addition to simple grading, the PCGS offers an array of regrading services to members:

Regrading: Regrading allows coin collectors to submit PCGS-graded or encapsulated coins for a higher rating, when appropriate.

Crossover Grading: This option is for re-evaluating coins that have been graded by another independent party.

Guarantee Resubmission: An option offered to confirm previous PCGS findings, usually when a coin is suspected to be counterfeit or misattributed.

Reconsideration: Members can choose this service if they’d like a coin to be reevaluated without removing it from its holder unless it receives a desired higher grade.

Improving Your Snowboarding Technique

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snowboarding

 

A graduate of Case Western Reserve University, “Kota” Saint Jovite Youngblood oversees Youngblood Metals Mining, a coin and antique wholesale company in Monrovia, California. Outside of his professional responsibilities, Saint Jovite Youngblood enjoys snowboarding in Utah.

One of the basic ways people can improve their snowboarding technique is by getting the proper gear. Snowboarding requires everything from good boot bindings to the correct board.

The proper snowboarding gear varies by the snowboarder’s riding style, strength, and ability. As snowboarders improve, they need new gear to complement their growing skill.

Getting in shape and increasing strength helps snowboarders stay balanced and flexible. Snowboarders often ignore traditional forms of exercise, but those exercises can substantially improve performance on the slopes.

Snowboarders also need to learn to control their speed. Speed control helps prevent falls and makes carving turns more fluid.

Finally, snowboarders should make sure they have a solid stance. Most maneuvers will be easier to master when a snowboarder assumes a stance that is neither too narrow nor too wide.

Rare and Valuable Vintage Toys

Blue-hatted Babe Ruth

Blue-hatted Babe Ruth
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The president of Youngblood Metals Mining, “Kota” Saint Jovite Youngblood serves as a middleman for collectibles and antique dealers. Although he deals with a wide range of jewelry, watches, coins, and other collectibles, Saint Jovite Youngblood’s expertise lies in pre-Victorian jewelry and vintage toys.

Although it may be hard to imagine, certain toys are extremely rare and are highly valued by collectors. Here are a few of the rarest and most expensive toys:

Kenner’s Rocket-Firing Boba Fett. Released in 1980, this Star Wars action figure featured a projectile that fired from the character’s backpack. Unfortunately, numerous incidents of children being hurt by projectiles in other toys made parents concerned about the Boba Fett action figure. Only a few of the original version were released before an updated version came out. Originals now sell from $5,000 to $10,000.

1961 Magirus Deutz Crane Matchbox No. 30. A specific variation of the No. 30 truck, this toy was discontinued in 1965. The variation featured a light-brown body and red crane. In 2016, the toy sold to a collector for $13,000.

Blue-hatted Babe Ruth. The McFarlane toy company created several Babe Ruth figures as part of its “Sports Picks” series. The rarest version has Babe Ruth wearing a blue hat. The company produced only five of this version and kept two of them in its own archives. Three were sent out in random retail packs, and they remained largely unseen until a collector bought one on eBay for $13,600.