Monday, April 23, 2018

A 7inch Golden Tribute

Maybe I should have chosen a different title.  That one sounds like a bad porn movie.

I don't have any of the 2018 Topps Tribute standard size cards yet, but do have the 5x7 online exclusive.   And it's not just any 5x7, its the gold parallel numbered to only 10 copies.
I really like the design of this year's Tribute design, but prices are still very high at this point.
This 5x7 will keep me satisfied until prices drop a bit.

Sunday, April 22, 2018

Players I Should Hate But Can't: The Reds Mountie

Joey Votto has blossomed into one of the game's best hitters not just of this decade, but in history.

He plays for one of the Pirates oldest rivals, the Cincinnati Reds.
He has slashed a line of .320/.447/.494 good for an OPS of .951 against Pittsburgh pitching over his career.

By all accounts I should hate him.

But like other players I should hate, but can't he is just too entertaining to root against.
He could be impersonating a Canadian Mountie on Intentional Talk or having some fun with fans by denying them foul balls, smashing paper airplanes, or getting salty by fans preventing him from making outs at home games.

He has turned into a villain at road games.

While not being a jerk as a road villain, he is helping bring children happiness.
Unfortunately the young fan has passed away, but Joey has kept in touch with the family.

On the field in the batter's box is where most of us recognizes Joey's true talent as a ballplayer. A recent article writes about the injustice caused by Joey Votto never winning a Silver Slugger award.  It really is eye opening to how good Votto is, but receives no appreciation.

Below are a pair of cards I have shown on this blog before.

I wish there were more patches besides Votto in the Blue /25 version.

My only other cardboard featuring both Cutch and Votto is this triple mini blank back from the Topps Vault.
The card is an uncut version of the black border minis Max Poser (#270), Andrew McCutchen (#124) and Joey Votto (#70).  In case you're unaware of Poser, he is a legend with domino stacking.  Check him out on youtube.

Like all other blank back cards, the Topps Vault card comes with a certificate of authenticity.

To wrap things up, I will leave you with this Intentional Talk gem.

If the Avengers can't stop Thanos in the upcoming Infinity War, maybe Votto can hop on Nibbles and solve some problems.

Saturday, April 21, 2018

Case hit results in the fastest click ever

I get eBay notifications for new Cutch cards every day.  I also have urges to check for new auctions a few times a day.

When I saw the acetate 2014 Stadium Club Illuminator pop up for $4 delivered Buy It Now, I couldn't click fast enough.  The Illuminator parallel is 1 per case and many have sold for $20+ when they become available. 

Despite being only 1 per case, the secondary market is extremely cheap compared to a 1 per case Throwback jersey Heritage card.  While the Heritage 1 per case cards can bring in a value of over $200+, Stadium Club parallels havent really taken off to those extremes yet.  I attribute this to many more master set builders of Heritage compared to Stadium Club.

The card looks similar to the others, but unlike the Luminous version (1 per box), the Illuminator is a see through acetate design.

The backs are radically different not just because of the card stock used, but in the actual look of the backs too.

I still need the Luminiscent parallel which falls 1 in 4 boxes.

Friday, April 20, 2018

Chris Brings the Fire & The Most Interesting Man On Earth

Chris from the blog, The Collector saw my post about needing a few cards and hooked me up in a big way.

First up is the Most Interesting Man On Earth, Phil Kessel.

Next up, the greatest hockey player on Earth, Sidney Crosby, complete with a terrible scan.  Say what you want about Sid, but he is the best player of this generation.  The fact that he elevates his game against the Flyers makes it even better.

Finally, the cards that Chris hooked me up with from my needs list.  A pair of Andrew McCutchen 2017 cards that prior to this blind trade had eluded my collection.

Hopefully the Penguins can close out the series against the Flyers tonight.
The Amethyst parallel from Triple Threads and Green parallel from Fire.

Thanks for the Fire & Ice Chris.

Thursday, April 19, 2018

Daniel Delivers Cutch22

Daniel from the blog, Its Like Having My Own Card Shop, hooked me up with a great new addition to my Cutch 22 collection.

With the addition of this card, I was also able to add another piece of Daniel's perfect penmanship to my collection.

Young athletes should take note of this dude's handwriting.

Fantastic Sir!!!  Thanks for contributing to the collection.

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Do The Humpty Hump...

It's Andrew McCutchen's job to make sure nothing falls.

It's my job to make sure all the Cutches fall into my collection.

All the king's men couldn't put Humpty back together again, but I was able to put together all these parallels from 2018 Donruss Diamond Kings subset so far.
(Season stat, Artist Proof, Press Proof)
(Base, Career Stat)
I have the blue Father's Day ribbon/49 along with the Gameday Stat /8 and blank back all coming my way.

I still need the retail holos, teal border /199, Gold Press Proof /99,  and Mother's Day /25.

If anyone can locate the Pink Mother's Day Ribbon /25 and it leads to me buying or trading for the card I will offer a reward!!!  I saw the jersey numbered 22/25 sell recently for under $7, but have not seen any others since and only 1 before.  I will need the pink for my annual Save The Boobies event I do in October.

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Cardboard Cameos #8: We Are Family!

The Pirates had a winning culture for 3 years.

The team felt like a family.

Many of my favorite players from those years are all gone.

Only Josh Harrison and Starling Marte remain.

I wish the team was more like this image, but I am learning to root for the new guys on the team.

Guys like Colin Moran and Corey Dickerson have been impressive thus far. 

I have to remember that long time Pirates were moved prior to the team winning their last championship back in 1979 too.  No one wanted to see the team give up Frank Tavares or Al Oliver, but Tim Foli and Bert Blyleven were crucial to the team in 1979.

Speaking of 1979, the above vintage Topps card is numbered 79/99.