Monday, August 13, 2018

ProCamps, Pro Sigs!

I came across this signed badge from a Procamp card for $10 and felt the urge to buy it.

Here is a video of Cutch with the ProCamp

It's not a baseball card and I already have nearly 200 signatures of Cutch, but I can now say I have this unique item in the collection too.

Saturday, August 11, 2018

Get Your Game On!

Dating back to the begining of trading cards there have been games played around collectible cards.
I have never been one to play card games based around sports athletes though.

There has been the famous 1951 red back cards and 1968 Topps game cards, but between Showdown and Attax I never could actually get into playing the actual game.
Topps recognized that true gamers might not want to play Attax because the sharp corners would get damaged.  This lead to them curving the edges in 2011 from the standard corners used in 2010.
They also went to a standard looking back similar to what Magic The Gathering and Yu-Gi-Oh use so that you can't predict what card you are drawing.

I haven't bought a collectible trading card game for nearly 5 years and haven't played Yu-Gi-Oh or MTG with friends for nearly 7 years.

Friday, August 10, 2018

Topps Heritage is Awesome!

I was looking at some of my non Cutch cards the other day as I try to organize my collection better.  I realized that I should pick up some more Pirates Heritage cards (especially the certified autographs of the players from the 50s and 60s).

I haven't been buying much in terms of cards recently, but there was an eBay promo a few days ago for 15% off a purchase of $25 or more.

I used the code to grab an awesome addition to the Pirates and Cutch Heritage collection.  Expect me to show it off sometime next week when it arrives.

Until that card shows up, here is an awesome box topper relic I have that I completely forgot I owned.
This oversized extremely rare, hand numbered, box topper features a very boring grey swatch.  I haven't seen one of these pop up for nearly 2 years. 

The 2013 card highlights Cutch's multi homer efforts in consecutive days.

Thursday, August 9, 2018

This Day In Cutchstory: Cutch Goes Clutch!

The year was 2009.  The Pittsburgh Pirates were on the verge of becoming a franchise with the longest consecutive years of losing streaks in North America.  Things were not looking bright for their immediate future either as they had no pitching help coming up in the minors.

The team had just traded away many of their previous season's All-Stars.  Nate McLouth, Freddy Sanchez, Jack Wilson, and Jason Bay had all been traded in the previous year or through the 2009 trade deadline.

The lone bright spot was the Pirates top prospect (#13 overall) had made his debut in early June and hit the ground running. Literally.  His first at bat was a ground ball up the middle then Cutch had proceeded to steal his first base.

By July he was looking like a contender for the Rookie of the Year.

It wasn't until August 9th that Cutch got some more "National coverage" when he hit 3 HomeRuns against the Nationals, another National League basement dweller team.

There have been numerous cards over the years that Topps has produced referencing Cutch's big day at the plate, but the biggest of them is this 2010 Allen & Ginter Boxtopper.
I think it would be really cool to get custom cards of these "minis" on the card actually made.

The Pirates are playing Cutch's new team, the San Francisco Giants this weekend.  Here's hoping the Pirates can make a serious run in the final two months and pick up some ground for their playoff push.

Wednesday, August 8, 2018

The National Exclusives 2012

The National Sports Convention just ended and I considered making a set of posts about all the National exclusive cards I have of Cutch, but then the Pirates made a blockbuster trade for Chris Archer and I went out to Pittsburgh for his debut.

So rather than grouping all the cards over a series of consecutive posts I will just randomly show them off over the course of time (or maybe all next year for the Convention time frame as I haven't quite decided yet).

Cutch began gaining superstar status in 2012 following his first All Star Game appearance in 2011 and an extremely hot start to the year in 2012.

Through June 2012 he looked like the clear cut MVP as the Pirates were battling for 1st place in the division and at one point in July Cutch had reached a season average of .386.

As part of the National circuit, Panini made a series of restamped cards including the Elite Extra Edition you see below.
This would have been a good Star Wars Day card as it is numbered 4/5 and I celebrated May the 4th this year with cards all numbered 4/5.

Tuesday, August 7, 2018

Happy Sidney Crosby Day

Happy Birthday to the superstar hockey talent once known as "Sid The Kid".

While he may no longer be a kid (31 years old today), Sidney will go down as one of the greatest hockey players of all time.  He has already won 3 Stanley Cups in addition to numerous gold medals, awards, and the hearts of Pittsburgh Penguins fans across the nation.

#87 is special to me.  He helped save Pittsburgh Penguins hockey.

Much like how Andrew McCutchen reinvigated the city with a love for baseball.

To merge these two generational Pittsburgh athletes together, I am showing off my Andrew McCutchen on an 87 design. 

Topps has had a recent love affair with putting 1987 and 1983 designs in a lot of their products.  I am looking forward to those 1989 designs next year.

Monday, August 6, 2018

Stop looking at me Swan

I love the older Adam Sandler movies from the 90s.  Movies like Billy Madison, Happy Gilmore, Little Nicky, Waterboy, etc. I can quote nearly every line.

I don't know if it is subliminal messaging to my shaved summer head, but when I got this 2017 Allen & Ginter Silk Framed Parallel numbered to 10, I remember doing the entire bathtub scene from Billy Madison mainly because of the silky and smooth line.

Silky and smooooooooth

I actually broke down and bought a new card (1st in awhile) so that I could continue my A&G Silk collection.  I have shown the 2015 and 2016 versions here.