Monday, June 18, 2018

One More Belated Father's Day

I forgot to wish my brother a Happy Father's Day yesterday too.  He had the chance to take batting practice before the Lakewood Blue Claws game (Phillies A ball), but showed up an hour late so he couldn't.

Way to fail, Lil Brudder!

Anyway here's a Father's Day card I neglected to show.

It's from my least favorite Father's Day design by Panini over the years, but's a 1/1

Ho Hum, another 1 of 1

Ho hum indeed

Sunday, June 17, 2018

Happy Father's Day

I want to say Happy Father's Day to all the dads out there.

I know that the greatest influence on my life is my own father.

He was there for me while growing up.

I still go and visit him once a week and enjoy catching up with him about whatever life is throwing his way.

As someone who is self employed I am continuously impressed with the hard work and ethics he has and how he instilled them i to me.

One of my favorite moments of my childhood was when I was 12 years old in little league. Unlike now where there are pitch limits, all my league had was 6 innings limit for a 7 day period.  My dad was the head coach and I was one of our team's all stars.  I however wasn't our best pitcher.  I was the second best pitcher on the team.  

Our star pitcher had been used for 1 inning against what equates to this year's MLB version of the Reds.  They were called the Yankees and the team stunk.  Sean, the stud pitcher, had to be used though because of other inning limits for myself and our third best pitcher, Dave, the previous seven days.

I was cruising through 5 innings of no hit ball striking out 11.  I walked 4, but my Kent Tekulve sidearm pitching style was nasty that day.  

My dad told me he was going to take me out since we had a 7-1 lead (few wild pitches caused a walk to turn into a run). 

I remember looking at him with determinition saying "I want to finish this".  

He then said "I'm probably going to need you for an inning against the Giants," the best team in the league.  

While not as firm I remember getting upset knowing that I probably wouldn't win the battle, I looked and said "please Dad".

I went out for the sixth and final inning getting one more strikeout and getting the next two guys to hit groundballs to Sean at shortstop.  

We won the game and I pitched a no hitter.  
My arm is still fine.
I didn't need Tommy John surgery despite throwing over 100 pitches.

Rain engulfed NJ for the next week so we had to reschedule the game.

Sean was allowed to pitch all six innings against the Giants, which we also won by a score of 1-0.  I got the team's only hit off their ridiculously good pitcher "Woody". I stole second and third, then came home on a sac fly.  

Those memories of my dad coaching the team, having my best friend on my team and his dad being so close with my dad are amazing memories that I will treasure for the rest of my life.

After the game we celebrated with icecream and a trip to Sports Authority.  There I got a pack of Donruss Studio 1993 and a Florida Marlins tshirt.  I remember pulling one of those throwback Will Clark cards and thinking how cool it was.

So again Thank You Dad!!!!
Thank you for inspiring me and believing in me!!!

Now here are some Cutch Father's Day released cards and parallels.

I will start with an unofficial Father's Day card.
This 2011 Bowman and it's Chrome counterparts features an image of Cutch from Father's Day June 20, 2010.  The blue armband and headband combined with the Sunday alternative pinstripe uniforms give the game away.  Cutch would go and help lead the Pirates to a victory ending their 12 game losing streak.

I have 6 of the paper parallels

And 4 of the Chrome parallels

Moving on to 2013 we have the begining of a 4 year stretch that Cutch appeared in Panini's annual Father's Day release.
Meant to look like Donruss Studio 1993 is the 20 year retro look at that classic set.  I have both the lava flow and regular versions in addition to a Cracked Ice autograph version and two production proofs.
The back features the exact same concept as the 93 version...

The 2014 Father's Day release is an extremely boring lackluster design both on the front

and the back.
I need a bunch of parallels to this set, but am in no rush to get them.  At least begining in 2014 they designated this as an official set and made it a little easier to catalog.

2015 Father's Day by Panini brought one of my favorite images of Cutch to appear on cardboard

and a reference to one of my favorite super heroes.  This card is awesome!!!  There may be an autographed version of this card as the checklist states some of the Elements photos have autograph parallels, but I can't find any additional information to confirm who got the autograph treatment.

2016 would be the last year that Cutch appears in the Father's Day yearly release.  The design is nice and there are so many parallels that I still need for both the regular stock and thick stock versions.  I currently only have this thick stock base version /50. There are hyperplaid and cracked ice for both regular and thick stock if I remember correctly.  I need that base version too.
Even though it is the same image on the back, it is nice to get an image on the back of this year's product.
I love the design of this card.

2018 Donruss provided fans with a new parallel to chase down...Father's Day blue ribbon /49.

Begining in 2017, Topps started to call their powder blue parallels a Father's Day parallel and numbered them to 50 just like the Mother's Day parallels.  I currently have both the 2017 and 2018 cards, but need the Allegheny Armada with John Jaso from 2017.

Saturday, June 16, 2018

3 Step Process for Tier 1

Want to complete a 2018 Tier 1 rainbow like the one you see above?  I am going to provide a simple three step process how you can be succesful.

Step 1:

Acquire the single relic

Step 2:

Acquire the dual relic numbered to 25 copies

Step 3:

Acquire the triple relic numbered 1/1

Now of course you can mix up the order you acquire them, but getting all three are the essence of completing the rainbow.

I completed this rainbow thanks to the 10% eBay bucks started late Tuesday afternoon.

The triple relic came yesterday.

Friday, June 15, 2018

Finally Got My Hands On The Jinx for $10 Delivered

This damn card and it's parallels has been a thorn in my side for 2 years.  I don't know why this particular card seems impossible to track down, but in terms of Unity Triple Threads relics this *&$%er has done nothing but annoy me.

In terms of "high end" relics go, it's kind of blah looking.  Just a decent sized black alternate jersey swatch numbered to 36.

Anyone who has ever opened a box of Triple Threads knows that getting relics to 36 is the equivalent of pulling a Dave Stewart 1990 Topps.  There's plenty to go around.

And yet here sits this card that I purchased for under $7 with $3 s&h.

Damn this card!!!

Damn the back of it and it's jinxing ways!!!

Don't make predictions Topps.

You blew it!!!

Thursday, June 14, 2018

I'm Bad At Gambling

With sports betting now being legal in NJ, I think I should come clean with something.

I am bad at gambling.

I have incorrectly used 9 Home Run challenges cards of Andrew McCutchen on days he failed to hit a homerun including all 3 games he played in his return to Pittsburgh.

The cards cost me $3 to $5 each so that was roughly $40 wasted.

Fortunately, there was still hope.  I negotiated and over paid to get one of only 7 of the cards that people correctly guessed when Cutch hit one of his three homers in April.
These cards are incredibly sharp looking in hand.

The seller provided the card in the Topps Now packaging.

So after having a feeling that Cutch would hit a HR in his last 3 games played and missing on each one, what do you think happened yesterday?
Cutch went yard of course. 

Tuesday, June 12, 2018

What happened to phone booths?


That's what my winning bid was for this Tier One dual relic numbered to only 50 copies.

Yeah, I just can't argue with that.

For a few minutes inside a phone booth.

A small bag of potato chips from a vending machine.

What else can you get for $1.25 these days?

Monday, June 11, 2018

Cutch22 Museum

There may never be a Cutch 22 Museum in the sense that there is a Roberto Clemente, Joe Jackson, or Ty Cobb museum, but that won't stop me from trying to build one.

Not in the literal sense of course.

I am talking in terms of cardboard.

I am so behind with scanning cards that these two cards span the course of 6 months of pickups.

Both are Topps Museum parallels numbered 22/xx

Up first the 2012 Primary Pieces quad relic with a small piece of patch worn on a road jersey.  I also have the red parallel numbered to 75, but that one isn't serially numbered 22.

Next up is the 2013 Museum base card Asia exclusive distribution Turquoise parallel numbered 22/50.
The Asia exclusive parallels are a pain in the neck to try and track down for obvious reasons despite not demanding a lot of money.  I know that Bowman, Museum, and Strata all have Asia exclusvive parallels.