Monday, February 27, 2017

It's official!

Gerrit Cole has been announced as the team's Opening Day starter.  For the first time in 3 years I won't be going to see the Pirates on Opening Day, but.... I will be seeing game 2 of the 2017 season in my first trip to Fenway Park.  I am pretty excited about that.

Here is one of my older booklets of Cutch with a jumbo jersey swatch of both Cole and Cutch.  It's numbered to only 5!!!



I have a few other low numbered Cole/Cutch combo cards.

I will show them off in future starts by the Cole Train.

Sunday, February 26, 2017

Ooooooh you almost had it...

I am sure everyone knows that commerical where the guy says "oooooh you almost had it. Gotta be quicker than that."

Well, after winning my most recent 1/1 bringing my total to new heights (over 120 now) I began thinking about the missing 1/1 from my collection.

This isn't the first time I have managed to grab 3 of the 4 plates.  I will show some of the other near complete printing plate runs in a future post.

In 2014 both Andrew McCutchen and Josh Harrison were competing for the batting title, but Walt Weiss, the Colorado Rockies manager was sitting Justin Morneau a lot down the stretch (he did the same thing this past year with DJ LeMehau).

I am still seeking a few of the parallels (black 1/1 plate, pink,blank back 1/1)

The back shows just how close Harrison and Cutch were.
Makes me wonder what the 2014 Pirates season would look like with Morneau at 1B all season instead of that Jones/Sanchez platoon.





Saturday, February 25, 2017

A Variant of the Second Kind

Topps Heritage is my favorite release year in and year out.  It offers the vintage designs with today's stars.

Recently Topps has been producing Action Variants where the player is featured in game day action instead of a staged photograph.

Cutch has had an action variant every year starting in 2013.  I've had that for awhile.

The Black Back Venezulan variants are very tough to come by.

I can cross that off the list though.

Friday, February 24, 2017

Time to do some Laundry

I hate doing laundry. It's a fairly simple process. Put clothes. Put detergent in. Press button. Walk away.

Not that complicated.

But for some reason I despise it.

And yet, I love getting cardboard laundry tags of my favorite athlete, Andrew McCutchen.

National Treasures typically cuts up the tags into smaller pieces unlike Topps which keeps them whole as 1/1s.

I will continue to seek out the other 2 copies of this card.

Thursday, February 23, 2017

The Biggest Patch I own: 1/1 Nameplate Ginter Cabinet Card

A few weeks back I hinted at something big was coming.

Well...

Here it is!

BOOM!!!!!
This oversized boxloader Nameplate card is a 1/1 that was found inside a 2016 Allen & Ginter box.
I think it lasted on eBay for less than an hour before I was able to negotiate a best offer for it.

This card easily goes into being one of my top 10 cards I own.  I don't even know how I would be able to rank my top 10. Maybe I will attempt to make a list like that at a later date.


Wednesday, February 22, 2017

My Newest Logoman

When Topps became the exclusive licensed trading card product of the MLB, a set was released to celebrate the partnership.

A limited number of MLB Logoman Manufactured patches were released as well. I have had the base for years, but just recently picked up the manupatch.

It looks very similar to a real logoman, but obviously feels slightly different.

Here are the manupatch and base together

And their backs.

You'll notice that it states the 50 card set highlights the top 50 players in MLB history.  Well....if that's the case, Cutch better prepare his Hall of Fame speech the minute he retires.

And here are all my authentic logoman cards that I have shown off on my previous blog, Pirates Treasure Room.  I think these 3 below are a bit better than the manufactured logoman above.

First up all three together

And their backs

Then each seperately



Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Prayers for Chris

Back on my old blog I showed a number of Chris Henderson sketch cards I had commissioned for the 2014 season.

It brings me great sadness in my heart to inform you all that Chris is currently battling colon cancer and will be undergoing extensive treatments to cure him of this terrible disease.

Please pray for Chris and post a comment below for God to touch him and heal him.

Thank you and God Bless!

Below are the 3 sketch cards that I have of Chris' immense talent of my favorite athlete, Andrew McCutchen.

My most recent is actually the oldest drawn of the bunch.


Hailing from 2009 is a pack inserted sketch of Cutch

Next up is a 2014 Leaf Legends of the Diamond Artist Proof that I had purchased directly from Chris back in 2015.






Finally is a PSC (personal sketchcard) that Chris drew for me back in 2014.