Tuesday, September 6, 2022

1 MONTH SOBER!!!

For the first time since 2009 I went 30 days without purchasing an Andrew McCutchen baseball card.  I've gone stretches of 10-14 days before, but I have never gone a full month.  This may sound like a first world problem, but I actually did become addicted to adding cardboard of the former MVP. 

Last year was the least amount of card purchases I made of Cutch in over a decade of "CollectingCutch".

Then this year happened and my purchases are even less (partially because he hasn't been in many products this year so far). 

I used to search eBay 3-6 times a day while also looking at other after market card places like COMC, blowout, mercari, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram etc on a daily basis.  

Now I check out my Cutch searches maybe once or twice a week. 

Collecting cardboard can certainly be addicting and fun, but with Cutch's career coming to a twilight I'm just not as emotionally invested in it as I once was.  Having him join a division rival on a one year deal where the Brewers likely won't make the playoffs isn't helping.  

Here is the very last Andrew Mccutchen baseball card I received in the mail.  
It is the 2022 Select Scope parallel (unnumbered).
I made the purchase on the last day in July and received it about a week later.
Now I can say that it has also been over a month since I last received an Andrew McCutchen card in the mail. 

What is the longest stretch you've gone without adding a card to the PC?

Have you overcome any addictions and been proud after the first month?



Friday, August 12, 2022

Plunder The Lox

I was caught completely off guard when AJ of The Lost Collector hit me up with a message saying "I have something coming your way".

Being the supercollector that I am, it is rare for items regarding Cutch to escape me being aware of their existence ESPECIALLY when it comes to cardboard.  2020 saw me start to limit the number of new Cutch cards to the collection, but I am still adding hundreds of new cards each year.

Where it gets tricky regarding my Cutch collection is his appearance in print media and stadium giveaways (excluding bobbleheads of which I have over 20). 

Included in the many stadium giveaways there are a bunch of T-shirts that Cutch has left his mark on and this is where I could improve the collection the most.

Well, AJ hooked me up with one of the best Sportscenter commercials of all time.


Plunder The Lox.
I love this shirt and have already worn it twice!!!
Thanks for the awesome shirt AJ
Anyone know who the blonde is in the commercial? She could be a good candidate for my October event.

What were some of your favorite This is Sportscenter commercials?



Saturday, July 30, 2022

I'll be back

Happy 75th Birthday to Arnold Schwarzenegger!

The most famous line from Arnold's career has to be "I'll be back" from the Terminator franchise. 

Terminator is one of those rare movies where the sequel may actually be better than the original, however the more recent sequels will never live up to the original Terminator or it's sequel T2:Judgement Day.


Topps has featured Cutch in his Pirates gear a lot in recent years despite being a current Phillie or Brewer.  This is odd for me because unlike other stars of the game that have been traded from their original teams (Goldschmidt, Arenado, Baez, Bryant, Lindor, Stanton, Yelich, Miguel Cabrera, Bryce Harper) those active players aren't getting featured in insert sets as Diamondbacks, Rockies, Cubs, Indians, and Marlins unless the insert set is discussing their debuts.  
The most recent example was including Cutch in the 2022 Series 2 1987 All Star set as a member of the Pirates. While he will likely always be remembered as a member of the Pirates (unless he hits a playoff series ending HR with the Brewers this year) he hasn't played for the Pirates since 2017.  Yes he made all 5 All Star Games as a Pirate, but then why is Javier Baez featured as an All Star with the Mets (his "current team" when the cards were produced?  Javy wasn't a member of the Mets when he made an All Star game.  
Paul Goldschmidt is featured as a Cardinal in the 2022 1987 All Star Game set because that is his current team, but he never made an All Star game as a member of the Cardinals (until this year which wasn't known at the time of production and distribution).  The same can be said for last year's NL MVP, Bryce Harper, who never made an All Star appearance since joining the Phillies until this season, which again wasn't known at time of production. 

It's just a very strange situation. 
But for whatever the reason is, I'm happy to see cards of Cutch in a Pirates uniform that I didn't have.

Good to see him back. Lol

Cutch has always gotten a warm welcome in Pittsburgh whenever he "has come back home"



Thursday, July 28, 2022

What killed the dinosaurs?

Continuing my posts about Arnold Schwarzenegger we have a line from Batman & Robin where Arnold played the villain, Mr. Freeze.

What killed the dinosaurs?


The Ice Age
Above are my Bowman Platinum silver ice parallels of Cutch 2016-2019. 


What are some other great Arnold one liners you'd like to see?

Tuesday, July 26, 2022

It's Naht a Tooma

Continuing the theme of showing cards that relate to famous Arnold Schwarzenegger movie quotes comes a suggestion from AJ of The Lost Collector.  

The former California governor and star of many of the most iconic action movies of the 80s and 90s will be turning 75 this week.  

AJ's suggestion of "It's Not a Tumor" comes from the film Kindergarten Cop.
Here is a police card given out by Pittsburgh Police and Pirates Charities.
The back if the card reminds us all that every choice has a consequence.
I will be continuing this Arnie theme all week. I have a personal favorite tomorrow for it's pure ridiculousness.  I will also feature at least two more from your suggestions. 

 

Monday, July 25, 2022

Stick around

On July 30th, just a few days away, Arnold Schwarzenegger will be 75 years old.

My plan is to count down using some of Arnold's famous and corny punny lines from all his movies.  If there's a quote you'd like to see, leave it below and I will try to find a corresponding card or item in my Cutch collection to spotlight. 

Predator is in my mind, the ultimate man movie. It just screams I am rough and rugged and will battle to the death.  And not to be biased because it's one of my top 10 movies all time, but it's my favorite Arnold film so I'm using it to kick off this event. 

Today's quote to kick off Arnie week is 

Stick Around


My card of choice is the 2012 Topps Archives 1977 Cloth Sticker.
I also have 3 of the 1/1 printing plates for this card.

What other quotes would you like to see represented?

Friday, July 15, 2022

Am I the Dr Evil of CollectingCutch?

Have you ever had a Dr. Evil moment when dealing with card sellers?  

I'm all for people trying to make money in this hobby, but when you open a box that costs $2,500 and your best hit is a card that is AT BEST $300 card you aren't automatically going to recoup your money by convincing the internet's #1 Andrew McCutchen collector that it is a $4,500 card because it has a Nike swoosh on it.  
And if you're going to charge that much, you better offer free shipping.

As someone who has been collecting Cutch extensively since his MLB debut I do consider myself an expert when it comes to his pricing.  

Not to brag, but my Triple Threads Nike booklet and Nike Swoosh autograph from Five Star are better looking than a plain road grey jersey with an ugly red swoosh. 
Hell, the image used for the swoosh this guy is trying to sell is the same as the one on my booklet which features two unique patch like swatches along with a Laundry Tag that includes the Nike Logo, the MLB Logoman, and a QR code so you can determine what game the uniform was worn. 
My other Nike Logo features a bold on card autograph and a blue Nike Swoosh on a home uniform. 

I've shown them off in the past, but here they are again along with the prices I paid for them. 
So an autographed version and a booklet version went for $305ea.  Why would someone pay almost 15 times that? 

What followed after seeing the item was a comical interaction I had with the seller where I had to convince the eBay user with only 15 feedback that his card was only worth $300 at best. I even asked him if he put the decimal in the wrong spot, thinking he tried listing it as a $450 buy it now or best offer instead of $4,500.  I won't put the entire conversation on here, but let's just say it gave me some very serious "I'm new to the hobby vibes" especially when using terms like it's a 1/1 so there's no comps and it's first off the line.

Panini uses First off Line terminology, not Topps.
Even if it is a 1/1 there are always "comps" you can use even if you don't want to believe them. 

Take these Javier Baez and Cody Bellinger Nike Swoosh cards from the same set.  They don't include autographs like the Devers and Buxington also pictured on this screenshot.  Both the Cody and Javy finished under $250. 

After some back and forth he told me he couldn't accept less than 800 for it.  I told him I'm not going anywhere near that price as I had two better examples of Nike Swoosh logos in my collection that I only paid $305 for. At best I would be around $225-$250.

Well...
He lowered his price today to $1,250 and sent me an offer for $325.

I didn't even respond back to him when he sent that offer.  I just hit decline offer.

I don't have time to repeat myself or for silly games.  

Now that I have such a massive collection of Cutch I am really cutting back on trying to acquire every 1/1 that shows up.  It's just that simple. 

What funny eBay experiences have you had?