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.

Monday, April 16, 2018

That's a fine looking rack (pack)

Many of us grew up in a time when the term rack pack was used to describe a cellophane package, often three of them connected, containing baseball cards.  The top and bottom of the packages were clear so you could have a small glimpse into what the contents inside were.  While I was at the CSA show in Virginia a few weeks back I saw a guy selling packs of these and it got me to thinking when they went away and went to the blaster box packaging.

For old school player collectors these rack packs are sought after and they have a bunch of them in their collection despite already having the card inside.

For myself, I had a 1987 rack pack with the Barry Bonds card on top, but traded it away to BobWalkThePlank last year as part of our blockbuster trade.

Since Cutch is a player who didn't make his debut until 2009 it's hard to collect rack packs containing him.  However, I found a little niche that the market has left.

Retail exclusive packs inside blasters!

It's not a very pronounced rack pack (only a few cards) and has a stupid security tag on back so I have no idea who else is in the pack, but for now this sealed pack temporarily solves my problem of seeking Cutch cardboard still sealed.

Do any of you still have sealed rack packs?  Who can be seen in the package and why have you kept it sealed?

Sunday, April 15, 2018

Jackie Robinson Day: Standing United

Today is an important day not just for baseball, but for remembering the history of our entire nation.  We all know that every April 15th, MLB celebrates Jackie Robinson day.  It helps to unite all players, coaching staff, umpires, etc and remember what Jackie did to help unite this country when he wore the famous #42 seventy one years ago.

Last year I showed a bunch of cards that were released by National Treasures in the special Jackie Robinson insert set.

This year, I thought I would show off a pair of Unity Relics from Topps Triple Threads that have Cutch wearing the 42 uniform.

The Topps Unity Relics are a pain in the ass to complete the three different versions.  They're even harder if you're trying to complete the different color parallels.
The two different Golds that I have celebrate different awards that Cutch won.
He was a member of the 2009 Topps All Rookie Team

He would also win the 2010 Heart and Hustle Award.

The missing gold /9 doesn't feature Cutch in a Jackie Robinson #42 jersey.  I currently only have the /36 version which you can see below.

Saturday, April 14, 2018

Basketball Diaries

My favorite sport to play and watch has always been baseball, but the sport that got me the most recognition with my friends was basketball.  I was pretty tall in 8th grade and that helped me make the team.  I wasn't very good with the rock, but like Dennis Rodman I could jump and grab those boards.

Some of my favorite players were Reggie Miller, Penny Hardaway, Alonzo Mourning, and of course Shaq.  I changed the teams I rooted for fairly regularly going from Bulls to Hornets to Pacers to Magic.

With the basketball playoffs in effect, who are you rooting for?  I'm pulling for OKC Thunder vs Pacers.  I'm tired of the Warriors vs Cavs matchup.

Today's card is 1972 Basketball Design found in 2013 Topps Archives.  The set is 20 cards deep and features players on the 1972 Topps Basketball Design, made famous by the Julius Erving (Dr. J) rookie card.

Friday, April 13, 2018

Make a Wish

Andrew McCutchen has done a lot of work with the Make A Wish foundation over the years.

Here is an extremely touching article from 2015.

Something that I wish could happen is Topps using some of their designs and images from the Topps Bunt app to make actual cards.

This is a card that was available in 2015 only through the app.

This is the 2015 regular issue for flagship
In addition to the obvious picture change (Cutch cut his dreads before spring training 2015) another noticeable difference is Centerfield vs Outfield for the position circle.

I kind of wish Topps would put the player's primary outfield position instead of just outfield.  Do cards say infield or do they say 1B, 2B, SS, 3B?  Why should Rightfield be different than 1B?

Another thing I noticed about the Bunt app digital cards is the "relics" always match the jersey being worn by the player on the digital card.  Below are two examples.

I currently don't have the app, but always see these digital cards listed on eBay (which is where I took the images from).

Do any of you have the Topps Bunt app?  If so have you noticed inserts that look better on the app then actual cards?

Thursday, April 12, 2018

Another plain grey swatch

Something that I really hate about getting jersey relics is when they're a plain grey swatch.

Take this card for example.
It's from a high end set (National Treasures
It's low numbered (only 22 copies produced)

On the back it talks about his Homer in the All Star game.

Cards like this should have patches or at least piping from a jersey.

Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Small world afterall, the details of a cardboard odyssey

On Saturday I went to the CSA show in Virginia with my brother and had an awesome time.

It started out with a bunch of laughs on the 3.5 hour car ride down which lead to breakfast at the BK Lounge (Burger King) before the show started.  That didn't end well as my brother lost a tooth while eating breakfast.

A similar tooth loss happened to me at Texas Roadhouse earlier in the week.  I guess we have sensitive teeth.

The main reason why we went was so he could meet Mark Brunell and Jimmy Smith (he's a Jacksonville Jaguars fan).  There were a bunch of former superstars like Emmitt Smith, Barry Sanders, Dan Marino, Eddie Murray,  Cal Ripken Jr, etc also there.  Most of the guys I would have been interested in meeting were only there Sunday.

While my brother was meeting the former Jags players I was walking the floor looking for trade bait, supplies, and of course any Cutch cards I could find.

The big card I was super stoked to get was this 2009 Topps Black numbered to 58 copies.  Topps Blacks from flagship are always highly sought after.  Topps Blacks from Topps Update are even more sought after.  Topps Black Rookie Cards from Updates, well they are some of the toughest to grab Flagship cards.  Don't believe me?  Try and find a Mike Trout 2011 Black Update.

The back of the card has some specks on it so it won't grade well.  I suspect that it had been placed on other blacks that weren't "dry" from the printing process yet.

To be honest, this great card may have not made its way into my collection had the seller not started small talk about the amount of Pirates I grabbing from his boxes.  He asked how I felt about McCutchen being traded and if I would still collect him.  I informed him that I might have the biggest Andrew McCutchen card collection in the world and told him about my nearly 200 1 of 1s.  Well it turns out that he sold me one of my favorite cards in my collection, a 2005 (draft year 1st licensed card) Topps Update Cyan Printing Plate autograph.  He remembered seeing my collection online and was very impressed with it.  Kevin, if you read this keep in touch and thanks for adding to the collection.

Often times I get the base card of Cutch last as I hope to get them in trades or pick them up at shows or if I absolutely have to get them, add them to my COMC purchases.  Shipping for commons is just too expensive.  I managed to get 5 base cards of Cutch at the show in the 10 cent and 15 cent bins.  So collectively, these 5 cards ran 55 cents (all the 2018 Heritage was in 15 cent bins)

The other Pirates cards I snagged From the 10 cents to 25 cent bins?  Check them out below
Felipe Rivero changed his name yesterday to Felipe Vazquez to honor his sister.  Josh Bell cards for a quarter or less seemed like good value as did the Gerrit Cole UCLA card.

Here's some other Buccos I found that I couldn't pass up
The Stargell is /199.  A New Clemente is always a welcomed addition.  25 cents for a 1st Bowman card of Gregory Polanco? YES!

Some more Polanco cards and a Mitch Keller (Pirates top prospect and MLB #8 overall prospect)

Clay Holmes made his MLB debut a few nights ago.  The Gold Pro Debut is numbered to only 50 copies.  The Polanco Black Friday is also numbered and the Josh Bell green chrome is only 99 copies.

Overall that was a good haul, but the card below got me really excited from a nostalgia standpoint.

Barry Bonds 1986 Sportsflics

The inner child in me couldn't pass this up for a buck.

I got a bunch of other cards, most of which I will be shipping out to some of you, my loyal readers.

Tuesday, April 10, 2018

Quick post of shinies

I'm very short on time today so here's 3 more cards I got in over the past month, all PSA graded 8.

The black static is /35, orange /25, and shimmer /15.