Monday, December 11, 2017

Let Me In Wonka!!!! (Congrats to Alan & Jack)

When you think of the 80s there are a lot of things that may come to mind.

Ask a kid in Detroit and he is likely to name a few Tigers and Pistons about his favorite memories.

Ask kids of the 80s their favorite candies and they are likely to rattle off a few of Wonka candies.

This got me thinking...
What if Will Wonka was in charge of Hall of Fame voting?

I am curious if Jack Morris and Alan Trammell would be elected over Dale Murphy,  Dave Parker, etc.

Do they have pure hearts?

Fortunately for the Tigers teammates that decision wasn't up to Willy Wonka.  It was up to the Veterans committee and both were elected yesterday.

Congrats to both on being elected to the Hall of Fame.  Both were some of the best at their positions in the 80s and deserve the praise they received.

As a Pirates fan I am obviously disappointed that Dave Parker was not elected.  Put his stats against Jim Rice and you will see why Parker deserves more consideration for the Hall of Fame.

I often wonder if one day after Cutch retires he gets elected to the Hall of Fame.

Could he be voted in by the writers as part of his 10 years on the ballot?

Will he have to hope to be voted by the veterans committee after dropping off the ballot?

If he ever is, I will be at Cooperstown for the ceremony.  He is my favorite player of All-Time.

I will make sure I have an official Golden Ticket to get in and celebrate with other Pirates fans.

Maybe my newest 1/1 will allow me access?
It's the Golden Ticket to Cutch's May 27th Walkoff HomeRun against the Diamondbacks.

I love adding these very rare Cutch cards to my collection.  I'm not to 200 1/1s yet of Cutch, but I am getting close.  I should be there by Opening Day 2018.

*No oompa loompas we're harmed for the production of this post*

Sunday, December 10, 2017

Did something happen yesterday?

Yesterday news broke that the Yankees had acquired Giancarlo Stanton from Derek Jeter's Miami Marlins.

I completely understand what Jeter and company are trying to do by shedding the massive contract.  I think that Marlins fans that are upset by the deal should recognize that the organization can't be sustainable over the course of time unless they build a winning foundation beginning in the minors and it transcends to the major league level.

As great as Stanton can be perceived as being here's some fun facts about the quarter billion dollars the Marlins got rid of from their payroll over the next 10 years.
He has only appeared in 150 games TWICE in his career. (2011 and 2017)
His strikeout to walk rate is 2.34:1 over his 8 year career.
He has never played for a winning team since his 2010 debut.

Having 267 career homeruns by age 27 season and then joining the Yankees for 10 years should put him on the Hall of Fame path.

Stanton is a great player, but he's not great for a new ownership in Miami.  He needed to be traded for the Marlins ownership to move forward with their plan and vision.

What are your thoughts on the Stanton to Yankees move?

Happy for the player to finally join a winning culture?
Mad at the Marlins front office for trading the face of the franchise?

I will leave you with all my Cutch and Giancarlo pairings (many of which I showed off during the 2017 WBC).

First though I will show off the two cards that haven't been featured on here yet.

I made a post about Probstein last week and how some of their auctions get shilled and go for more than what they should because they are a consigner.

This card was won for what I consider a fair price.  It's a triple relic of three members of the World Baseball Classic 2017 Team USA gold medalist (Adam Jones, Andrew McCutchen, and Giancarlo Stanton).  I have added quite a number of green Triple Threads cards this year so I am looking forward to showing them off next Saint Patrick's Day.

I don't know how many of you watched that tournament, but I had a blast rooting for Team USA.  Of course it helped that my favorite player was playing right field during the tournament.

Here's the rarer and "patchier" Gold version numbered to 9.

And here are the cards I have previously shown
This National Treasures quad booklet is awesome!  It features 3 of my favorite current big leaguers (Arenado, Rizzo, and Cutch)
 There's a few different parallels to chase for Immaculate.  I just have the standard bat relic for Stanton.  There is a patch version of both players available too which I believe is numbered to 10.
 The game's best pitcher (Kershaw) and the game's best hitter (Trout) are featured with the Stanton Cutch partnership.
 That bum who always sticks his tongue out, Yasiel Puig, joins Cutch and Bigfoot
 This card is just ridiculous.  It has 9 of the best players at each position from 2014 on it.  All patches or bat relics.  I only showed the back below, but the front also has Clayton Kershaw, Buster Posey, Jose Abreu, Robinson Cano, and Miguel Cabrera (he was playing 3B because of the Prince Fielder signing).

Saturday, December 9, 2017

Red Pairs Nicely With Super

I showed off my latest Superfractor a few days ago.  This red refractor pairs nicely with it.

What a lovely pair
And just like that I grabbed the two rarest of the bunch.  Now only the refractor numbered to 25 copies remains.

Friday, December 8, 2017

Players I could never root for: Carlos Gomez

We all have that list of baseball players you just hate and can't stand.

It could be a moment where the player did something monumental in an important game to eliminate your team from reaching the Post Season.  I can't imagine too many Phillies fans wanting Joe Carter to come to Philadelphia.

It could be the way a player constantly upstages an entire team.  Jose Bautista will never be accepted by the Orioles fans.

It could be the way a player just destroys a division rival team because of his pure talent.  Paul Goldschmidt uses Giants pitchers as if they are throwing batting practice to him.

Or in my case it could be all of the above.

I hate Carlos Gomez.  Truly hate him as a player.

I get sick and tired of watching him pimp homeruns in meaningless games in April.  I hate that he swings the bat so hard he sometimes falls down and his helmet falls off.  I hate that whenever there was bad blood between the Pirates and Brewers he was always at the forefront of those battles instigating skirmishes on the field.
I truly hate Carlos Gomez as a player.
And yet I couldn't pass up this dual autograph from Just Minors numbered to Cutch's jersey number (22) for under $25.

Thursday, December 7, 2017

Drafted for 5 months, Probstein rant

Sometimes I scan a card in and create a quick title and forget to post it.  My work schedule ranges from 48 to 60 hour work weeks beginning in October through February.  It's during this time that many of my posts are recapping cards I got during the summer.

Today's card is something I purchased nearly half a year ago.  I got shilled on this and it reminded me why I should never bid on Probstein auctions.  The card went for twice the rate I would have liked to pay for it, but I put in a crazy high max bid because I really wanted it.  I never thought it would actually go for what it did.
It's a great looking card from 2017 Tier One and is low numbered (/25).

The trouble with going through consignment services like Probstein is that you are always subject to having the auctions go for more than you would like to pay because the person who is consigning the card may be on the other pumping up the bids as the auction goes closer to the end.

Recently I purchased 9 more cards from Probstein, many of which are relic parallels from 2017 Triple Threads.  I was able to snag those for as little as $7.50 - $12.  This made me much happier than when I bought the Tier One above.  It had been nearly 6 months since I bid on  Probstein auctions because of that one auction.  You can expect a post on the 9 new additions sometime later this month (if I can get around to scanning them in).

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

The Year was 1984

Cutch has appeared in many older set designs thanks to Archives and Heritage.

Over the summer he got the 1984 treatment thanks to Throwback Thursday.

Celebrating the first ever MLB Players Weekend, is a series of cards with the best nicknames from the inaugural weekend.

If you want to see some of Cutch's other cards from the 80s designs revisit my old post here.

Since the holidays are approaching I thought it would be fun to look back to 1984 and what all the holiday shopping trends were like.

Here's a link to the website I took the images from along with a write-up of each toy.  Some we carried over from 1983 and some became more popular in 1985.

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

My Newest Samurai...I mean Superfractor

I was able to swing a deal with someone to purchase another Superfractor of Cutch.  Best of all, it's Cutch when he had his dreads so that makes it much cooler.

This brings my Superfractor total to 8 now.

When I had 7 I called them the Samurai 7 referring to the old movie and more recent anime series.

Now I have an 8th member.
While I don't know what to call them now, it seems like a good problem to have.