Friday, December 13, 2019

The Cobra Strikes

These MLB Network feature documentaries can be so emotional.

It is a good reminder that we are all human and no matter how great of an athlete you once were, Father Time eventually catches up.  I am grateful for the opportunity to have seen Parker before his Parkinson's got bad.

God Bless You Mr. Parker!!!

Way back in 2013 I showed off a bunch of my autographs and relics of Dave Parker on my old blog Piratestreasureroom.  I jave since doubled that number.

Thursday, December 12, 2019

Mission Completed!

Yesterday I showed off a near complete rainbow of 2018 Bowman Best. 

The one card I needed is actually one of the most plentiful.  It is the purple refractor numbered to 250 copies.
Much to my surprise, I can now check that off the list as it arrived today as part of a small lot of cards I ordered a few weeks ago. I completely forgot that this purple was part of the lot.
This was actually the focus of the $6 lot.  It is a 2014 Topps Tribite Titan jersey relic.  This is the sepia parallel numbered to 35 copies.  I am nearing completion of this rainbow as well.

Wednesday, December 11, 2019

Yankees Make A Splash

Crisis Week is on hold until the event comes back January 14th on the final season premiere of Arrow.

But wait, there's a new Crisis....
The Yankees

The off-season signings this year have been way more active than previous years. Already the top 3 pitchers have signed multiyear deals.

The biggest free agent pitcher, Gerrit Cole, signed a record breaking 9 year, $324M deal with the Yankees late last night.  This should be a clear sign to the rest of the league that the Yankees are pushing for the World Series.  The Yankees are closer now to getting their 28th Championship.

I happened to get closer to completing my own Yankees blockbuster yesterday too.

I have shown off a few of these cards before in the past when I showed all my Yankees Cutch cards.
Superfractors are awesome!!!

Base and refractor
Blue /150
Gold /50
Orange /25 and Green /99

And now I have the red.

Getting the red wasn't easy though as there's only 10 available and this one was difficult to find unless of course you're looking for Andrew McCuthen

Yup, thanks to a bad spelling I was able to snag this ultra rare card for only $21 delivered.

I now have 9 of the 10 parallels.
I am only missing the purple numbered to 250 copies.  There's a few on COMC for under $2 so when I do my next order, I'll likely get one then.

Tuesday, December 10, 2019

Crisis Week: The Flash

Crisis Week continues tonight at 8pm on The Flash.

One of my favorite comic characters is The Flash.  There have been multiple people who have worn the Flash costume over the years.  I was born when the collected series "Crisis on Infinite Earths".  Thus my generation Flash is Wally West who was originally Kid Flash.

The Flash that is the main character on the CW show is Barry Allen. In the comics, Barry's arch enemy is Reverse Flash. 

Wally West eventually gets his own Reverse Flash in the form of Dr. Hunter Solomon aka Professor Zoom in the comic books.

In the early seasons of CW's Flash series Zoom appeared and was terrifying.

Cutch took the moniker Zoom for Player's Weekend in 2018.

Monday, December 9, 2019

Crisis Week: Batwoman

Last night's Crisis event kicked off with an incredible ending that will lead to many more questions in the Arrowverse to come.  I won't reveal any spoilers, but Kevin Smith said it best when he compared the event to what happened in "the other universe" referring to what happened in the MCU's Avengers: Endgame heroics.

All I can say is more Kat McNamara is a good thing for the Arrowverse.

The event continues tonight on Batwoman at 8pm.

Batwoman is a show I haven't gotten into yet.  I am hoping that this Crisis on Infinite Earths event leads me to become a bigger fan of Batwoman.
Batwoman tells the story of Bruce Wayne's cousin who takes up the mantle of the caped crusader and protector of Gotham after Bruce has been missing for three years.  The character of Batwoman (Kate Kane) is portrayed on screen by Ruby Rose.  I have always liked Ruby Rose as an actress and model.  I featured a bit about her a few years ago during Shark Week when her movie, The Meg, was coming out.  You can revisit that post here.
Any girl with a tattoo of a Ninja Turtle on her arm is cool in my book.

For those that don't remember Ruby before her Justin Bieber style haircut, she used to have long blonde hair

Since Topps created their Triple Threads brand, Topps has always used their 1/1 base cards and even relic cards to have a red parallel they call Ruby.

Panini uses rubies in their products as well.  They use not only the name, but actual rubies in their Flawless product (along with Diamonds, Emeralds, and Sapphires)
The red parallel has 2 Rubies and a Diamond inserted.
The blue parallel has a Ruby, Diamond, and Sapphire.

Hopefully tonight's Batwoman episode is a real gem (pun intended).

Sunday, December 8, 2019

Crisis Week: Supergirl

I have always been a bigger Marvel Comics fan than DC Comics fan.  The X-Men (and all the other X books), Iron Man, Daredevil, Iron Fist, Darkhawk. These were all comics I loved to read growing up.

It wasn't until I was an adult did I really get into reading DC Comics.  Now don't get me wrong, I loved Batman as a kid, but I never bought a single issue of Batman to read until I was in my 20s.  As I matured more into adulthood I really grew towards The Flash.  The stories written by Mark Waid and Grant Morrison made me realize what an incredible life Wally West had lead from teenage speedster to the superhero who would forever have to live with the mantle of "your uncle saved the entire universe".

Similar to Marvel's Cinematic Universe crafting stories spanning a decade across over 20 live action movies, DC Comics Superheroes will be facing a universe event beginning this week when the tv shows Supergirl, Arrow, Flash, Black Lightning, and DC's Legends of Tomorrow kickstart an event loosely based on DC Comics' Crisis on Infinite Earths.

The event will feature characters from past TV shows and movies as all the DC Comics Universe tries to create (or destroy) all the universes and meld them into one.  We will see for the first time on screen in over decades characters from Smallville, Birds of Prey, Tim Burton's Batman, Superman Returns, Wonder Woman, the original Flash TV series, Supergirl the Movie, etc all appear.  Even the voice of Batman: The Animated Series, Kevin Conroy, will be appearing.

It is going to be epic.

And I will be watching.

The event kickstarts tonight on Supergirl.

There Will be lots of cameos though

All week long I will show a card of Andrew McCutchen relating to this big event.

In 2016 Topps produced an insert set to mirror the 1969 Topps Supers.
The stoic pose really makes this card look like Cutch is a hero overlooking his city, or in this case, the backfields of Bradenton, Florida.

Saturday, December 7, 2019

The Holiday Season Is Upon Us

I am preparing for another wave of cards to go out to people this weekend or early next week.  In addition to my Secret Santa package officially being sent out I have 3 other packages en route to new homes for the holidays.

This pair of 2018 Holiday Bowman cards are meant to represent ugly sweaters or wrapping paper, I'm really not sure.
I actually like parallels like this for holidays.  The green is numbered to 99 and the red is numbered to only 10 copies.
This pair joins the turkey parallel I showed off for Thanksgiving which was numbered to 35 copies.

I still need the /50 snowflake parallel.

2018 Bowman Holiday Box had some fun(ky) parallels to chase.

I hope Topps keeps doing cool parallels like this to chase for years to come.  They're fun and the hobby should have some holiday fun too....

The next two weeks will have specific themes to them.  I am really excited about the week leading into Christmas week. It will be the most fun I've had creating posts since my yearly Save Second Base events.