Saturday, May 25, 2019

Tier One Player Break Results

I entered a player break for a few cases of 2019 Tier One a few weeks back and although I didn't hit any autos, I did land two relics of Cutch (only going to picture one below as the other is going to Adam from ARPsmith with my next post office drop off.
The single relics are plentiful (and boring) in this product.
I had been on a pretty successful run of getting good value for my case break price.  This didn't yield equal results as the pair of single relic cards cost me $24 delivered (about twice what the two relics are worth).  For a chance of one of the 165 on card autographs Cutch signed for this product it was worth the gamble though.

One of the /5 jumbo patch on card autographs recently sold for nearly $400.  That would have been a huge coup had I gotten that in the break.

Friday, May 24, 2019

Snake Outta Compton

Like me say this very clear.
I LOVE bad SyFy animal terror movies. Every week following Discovery Channel's Shark Week is SyFy's shark movie marathon.  The underachieving acting jobs, the bad special effects, the spooky nature of all those movies combined with absolute ridiculous plots brings me a strange sense of joy that I truly can't explain.

That being said, I challenge everyone to try and get through the entire movie of Snake Outta Compton.  Wow!  I couldn't do it. I tried.  I failed.


Maybe it's because I just don't find snakes all that terrifying or interesting.

Maybe I watched it to give me inspiration for this post about my latest Andrew McCutchen baseball card.
This snake skin parallel is the latest pickup I received in the mail.  I have always loved Prizm.  It is my favorite Panini release and I was very excited to see 27 new parallels to chase.  Some of the new odd parallels are snake skin (/50) and lime green donuts (/199).  Of course there is the red and blue mojo among many others, but these two parallels grabbed my attention.

Maybe I should have used the Baroness from Cobra to inspire a post.


Thursday, May 23, 2019

I Wander What's Better? To have Moore or Lester?

I like being punny sometimes, but I was looking at the pre 2012 prospect ratings (Mainly because I was tracking Josh Bell's minor league lack of hype) and noticed a crazy name at the top of the list.

That name was Matt Moore.  Now granted he had just come off a memorable post season and was primed to be the next guy up in the long list of Tampa Bay Rays future aces.  Below Moore on the list were a few guys named Mike Trout and Bryce Harper.

Harper has been a bit of a disappointment excluding that one Ruthian season in 2015 when he had a WAR over 10 for the season.  Consequently that one season matches his other 6 years in WAR over his career.

Andrew McCutchen and the Phillies will face off against Jon Lester, who has quietly put together a Hall of Fame caliber career.  He will certainly get to 200 wins before he retires and if he can hold on and pitch for another 4 more seasons he should be able to become just the 4th left handed pitcher to amass 3,000 strikeouts.

Lester was a 2nd round pick in the 2002 draft, but never made any top 100 prospects lists until just before the 2006 season when he was ranked 22nd overall.  During the 2006 season, Lester would go on to exceed rookie status.  He is a 5 time All-Star and 3 time World Series Champion.  He has finished in the top 10 of the Cy Young voting FOUR times in fourteen years.

Other guys from the top 5 prospects heading into the 2006 season include: Delmon Young, Brandon Wood, Jeremy Hermida, and Stephen Drew.  To say those four turned in great careers would be a lie as the four of them equal what number two prospect, Justin Upton has compiled over his career.

This is my only Jon Lester autograph.   It is from an uncirculated 2005 Just Minors black printing plate that pairs him up with Andrew McCutchen.  Just Minors cards are great for getting dual (and even triple) autos of players you normally wouldn't expect to be paired up on a card together.
Prospects are a strange thing and oddly have become like stocks in this hobby.  People are paying outrageous prices to horde the next big thing.  Personally I can't get into it.

That being said I do have nearly 400 base cards of Lolo Sanchez that I got for about $50.  I am hoping to get a bunch of them signed this minor league season.

So to put it all in perspective, don't get caught up in all those prospect ratings.  Most fail to live up to the hype and some fail to get hype, but go on to have great careers.

I am still shaking my head that a Wander Franco autograph sold for over $20,000.  Some others have sold for over $10,000 recently on eBay.

 The kid is only 18 years old and hasn't played an inning above A ball yet.  I don't want to jinx the Franco kid or anything, but Gregg Jefferies put up much better numbers in the minors at that age.

Wednesday, May 22, 2019

Cutch is Clutch in the Windy City

The Phillies are playing a potential playoff matchup in the Windy City.

On Monday night, Cutch worked a 2 out 2 strike count to a walk forcing the tying run (Mikael Franco) into scoring position which lead to Jean Segura getting a bloop single to tie the game up in the 9th inning.  The Phillies would eventually win the game in extras due to a homerun by JT Realmuto.

Last night Cutch came up clutch again with a two run single with two outs in the 7th inning.  The Phillies eventually would lose the game on a walk off, but it was of no fault to Cutch.

Here are all my Cutch cards I could identify as being at Wrigley Field.
This card isn't easy to identify as being from Wrigley Field except for the identifiable jersey worn by Cutch.  It is a Jackie Robinson 42 road jersey.  Notice that Cutch is also post dreads.  The only post dreads Pirates road jersey worn on Jackie Robinson Day occurred on April 15, 2017 in Wrigley Field.  Cutch is circling the pillows as he just hit a go ahead homerun to give the Pirates an 8-7 victory over the Cubs in Wrigley Field.  Details of the game can be. found here.

One of my absolute favorite cards ever printed.  This 2012 Topps Mini has Cutch leaping in front of the Wrigley Ivy trying to make a catch on a classic 1987 design.

2019 Donruss doesn't have a base card of McCutchen but it does have a jersey relic featuring him in a Pittsburgh uniform at the brick backstopped Wrigley Field.  There is also a bat relic /10 version to chase.

2015 Stadium Club was a great design.  The full bleed photo shows him off at Wrigley Field late September 2014 an route to a 5-0 victory (thanks Getty Images).  You can tell it's Wrigley by the brick backstop again.  There is a bunch of parallels of this to chase.

Another of my favorite photos of Cutch to be used on cardboard is this 2012 Gypsy Queen Sliding Stars.  There is a full size insert and a mini insert to chase.

2014 Finest features Cutch batting in front of the bricks again.  Lots of color parallels to chase for this set, but because of the design and lava lamp blurry backgrounds they are incredibly difficult to distinguish.

Tuesday, May 21, 2019

Thanks for Being a Loser, Greg Maddux...

Did the title of this post, get your attention?

I sure hope so, because had it not been for Greg Maddux losing a meaningless game to the Cincinnati Reds on September 28th, 2004 the Reds could have had a better draft position than the Pittsburgh Pirates in the 2005 draft.  That Reds victory over the Cubs ensured that no matter what, the Pirates would be drafting ahead of the Reds even with a three game set to close out the 2004 season looming.

Of course it is well documented that the 2005 draft class was a great draft class with names like Justin Upton, Troy Tulowitzki, Ryan Zimmerman, Andrew McCutchen, Jay Bruce, Ryan Braun, Alex Gordon, and the list goes on and on.

The Pirates had the 11th overall pick which they used on Andrew McCutchen and that pick transformed the entire organization.

The Reds used the following pick, 12th overall, on Jay Bruce.  Bruce was a highly touted prospect of his own and even cracked the top 5 overall prior to his call up.  An article was written on Blog Red Machine about Nick Senzel and the Reds prospect system since Jay Bruce made his debut.

Here are my cards of Cutch with Jay Bruce
 This dual on card autograph of Cutch and Bruce was released in 2012 Museum and is numbered to only 15 copies.

I also have a triple sticker autograph of Cutch, Bruce, and Troy Tulowitzki.
It is numbered 3 of 3 and was uncirculated.

Monday, May 20, 2019

Sunday, May 19, 2019

This Day In Cutchstory: 2x2=1/1

I interrupt the weekly Scripture Sunday on May 19th to bring you a "This Day in Cutchstory".

Cutch had quite a performance on May 19th, 2012 when he hit a pair of two-run homers to lead the Pirates to a victory over the Detroit Tigers.

So if you are doing the math on this one it's 2(qty) X 2 (two run homers) = (my latest) 1/1.  Algebra isn't what it used to be when I was going to school.