Sunday, May 21, 2017

Bazooka Joe makes me want to....

I recently grabbed this 2010 National Chicle variant (Bazooka Joe back).  It got me thinking, how many more variants do I need?

With over 1,700 unique Cutch cards in my collection I am still at less than 50% of cards produced.  Ever since Topps started producing 2+ additional copies of every card exclusive to their store (5x7s and Gold 5x7s and 16x20s) my goal of getting a complete collection of every non 1/1 Cutch card has become almost impossible.

I don't mind chasing different backs like the one seen above.
I don't mind chasing different borders and color parallels.

But Beckett is now saying if you want to Supercollect a player you have to have these 200+ 5x7 cards in your collection.

Fuuuuuuuuuugettabout it!
Me and Bazooka Joe say no no no!
I want simpler times.

Saturday, May 20, 2017

All 80 of my Printing Plates

I was starting to organize my cards into my new Custom Case I showed off Tuesday and laid out all my cards into categories and sub categories.  Among them were all my 1/1s.
I started to organize my plates and put them by color to see if I have any colors I have a significant amount more of.

What I discovered which is completely unintentional was that I actually seem to grab them in fairly equal amounts.

Here's the breakdown

Black 16
Cyan 21
Yellow 20
Magenta 23

Not too bad.  I have an autograph printing plate for Black, 2 Cyan, 2 for Magenta, but 0 for Yellow.

The only plate not pictured above is my 2005 Topps Chrome Cyan Printing Plate Autograph.

I showed it off in my top 10 cards for my contest which is still running for another 10 days.  Be sure to join the contest for a chance to win a Craig Biggio Topps Dynasty Autograph Patch.

Friday, May 19, 2017

English Indie Rock Tunes are stuck in my head

Have any of you ever opened up a package and upon opening it you break out into song and dance?  Well that is what happened  when I opened up and saw this.

Ruby Ruby Ruby Ruby! 
Do ya do ya do ya do ya
Know what you're doing, doing to me
Ruby Ruby Ruby Ruby!

The death of Chris Cornell has caused a great void in my musical pleasures.  Ever since I was 10 years old I listened to everything that Chris was affiliated with.  While going through the radio stations the other day I came across this band from England and now I can't get this song out of my head.

I don't even really like the song.  It's just so damn catchy.

I have many 1/1s of Cutch in my collection. Superfractors, Bowman Red Papers, Printing Plates galore, Patches, Logoman, Bat Barrels, Bat Knobs, etc

But one thing I didn't have in my collection was a Ruby parallel of the Triple Threads base set.....until now.

Ruby Ruby Ruby Ruby!

Thursday, May 18, 2017

Classic Cutch

Yesterday's post was very dark and pessimistic.  In all my years of being a Pirates fan in the Huntington era I always wanted to trust the process and believe in Neal.

I am still not sure what will happen come the last day of July, but announcer Joe Block reminded us fans yesterday that as recent as 2014, the Pirates had a sub .500 record of 7 games on this same date that year.  They would go on to have the 4th best record in the senior circuit and gain home field advantage for the Wild Card game.  Unfortunately, that was the year of Bumgarner's post season heroics and he would throw a complete game shutout.

I watched the Pirates game last night and came away with these three things.
1)Gerrit Cole is a freak and very under rated pitcher.  He could bring back a massive haul if traded.
2)Adam Frazier is a great leadoff hitter for this club and should find some way to be in the lineup every day.
3)Cutch looked like classic Cutch out there as he batted 2 for 4 with 2 RBI and 2 stolen bases.  His 2 outs were hard hits at 'em balls to third base and centerfield.  The hot shot to third looked like it could have been a double play off the bat, but Cutch was hustling down the line like he used to so he wouldn't get doubled up.  The last time Cutch stole 2 bags in the same game...2014.

Cutch has always been a slow starter each year.
Once the weather warms up though, WATCH OUT!

Could last night's game have triggered a hot streak for the Pirates?

Will Cutch return to MVP form now that the weather is warming up?

Tune in today
Saaaaaaaame Bat Channel (ROOT sports)

Neeeeeeew Bat Time (12:35pm)

Today I wanted to show off an older bat relic in my collection while making a reference to the 66 Batman.  I don't have many bat relics of Cutch, certainly none that tie into a 1966 Batman theme.  The 1975 mini from 2011 Lineage was the closest I could get.

Topps hasn't produced many bat relics over the years, but Panini certainly has.  Cutch has had bat relics in National Treasures, Diamond Kings, and Donruss releases in the past two years.

I am starting to branch out my super collection of Cutch to include HomeRun tickets.
Here's one from 6 years ago today.
It was Cutch's career HR #36.  It also happens to be a Charlie Morton complete game victory.

Currently these are the tickets I have of significant Cutch moments.

June 4, 2009 MLB Debut
August 1, 2009 3 HR Game vs Nationals (HRs 4,5,6)
April 17, 2011 HR @ Cincy (career #31)
April 29, 2011 HR @ Rockies (career #32)
April 30, 2011 HR @ Rockies (career #33)
May 18, 2011 HR @ Cincy (career #36)
Aug 29, 2011 HR @ Houston (career #47)

If anyone comes across McCutchen HR ticket stubs and wants to trade them to me, I am open to offers.

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

At the crossroads

I have to admit, I didn't think it could get this bad this quick.  I suffered through a 99 loss season in 2009 and over 100 losses in 2010.  The teams placed on the field were terrible.  I enjoyed rooting for the guys though and I thought Andrew McCutchen would turn into a superstar.  I was right.

For four straight seasons (2012, 2013, 2014, 2015) Cutch would be a Top 5 MVP vote getter, winning the award in 2013.

Last season he looked lost in the outfield as the team tried some new alignments (playing shorter).  It earned him the Sabremetric stat of worse defender in baseball.  If you watched Cutch you could tell he wasn't the worse, but he was also far removed from being a Gold Glove outfielder.

At the plate, he still managed to drive in almost 80 and hit 24 HomeRuns. His batting average slipped to .256 though.

I really thought the Pirates and Cutch would have bounce back seasons.  Every game early in the season they were one timely hit away from winning.

After watching last night's game though, I look at the starting rotation, the bullpen, the position players and wonder to myself "How many of these guys could get us bigger pieces at the trade deadline for something to build a team with more than 3 winning seasons"

If we are going to run John Jaso out as an everyday right fielder and cleanup hitter, please commit to tearing everything else down.  It was hard to swallow seeing Jason Bay, Jack Wilson, and Freddy Sanchez leave, but there was a plan to build it correctly.  It made the 99 and 105 loss seasons following easier because we had something the team was building towards.

And for three short seasons the team was one of the best in baseball.

A lot of those guys are gone already and many were All-Stars during that time (AJ Burnett, Mark Melancon, Pedro Alvarez, Jeff Locke) and a few were really really good everyday grinders (Neil Walker, Russell Martin)

"Plunder the Lox"

Sell the Cutch, JHay, Cole Train, and ElemenTONY Watson.

Let's build this team back up.

Congrats to AJ from the Lost Collector for correctly guessing that Andrew would get 0 hits in yesterday's game.  You played the odds and as a prize will be getting the 5x7 Pujols I showed.

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Custom Storage Case Arrives

I'm not going to show off a card today.  Instead I am going to show off an awesome custom case that Corey from Themagcase made for me.  I asked for something to house my Andrew McCutchen higher end cards and Corey knocked it out of the park.  (No pun intended)

The case holds both magnetic one touch holders and all graded cards.

To take the picture I just temporarily placed a bunch of my mags and slabs in there.

I will likely get two more to house in the following categories.
3)Low numbered non Auto/non relic cards

If you have a PC I strongly recommend getting one of these cases.  He can make anything from Jersey numbers to team logos to league affiliates.

If you message him tell him Brian from Collecting Cutch sent you.

Monday, May 15, 2017

Arizona Splits

So I recently purchased 2 Stadium Giveaways from the Arizona Fall League Bowman Series. These cards were 5x7 Bowman cards given out to attendees of last year's games.  I can't find a lot of information about them, but according to Beckett there is a 25 card set featuring some of the game's best players.  On average, individual cards have been selling for around $10 each.

My main gripe with the series is that the players are featured in their MLB team uniforms and not the teenage/early 20s versions when they played in the Fall League.

Cutch is card #4 and features a cool bit of trivia on the back.
The card shows the Phoenix Desert Dogs as team affiliation, but the team is currently the Glendale Desert Dogs.  It changed  to Glendale in 2013.

Since it was a 2 card lot and I don't have much need for Albert Pujols, I will hold a 2 day contest to get this card.  It makes sense to split up these AZ cards after the Pirates just split a series in AZ.

I have placed a 2017 Matt Joyce basecard next to it to show the size difference.  The card will be shipped in a 5x7 Top Loader.

Guess how many hits Andrew McCutchen will get on Tuesday's game against the Washington Nationals and the first person with the correct answer wins the card. If no one guesses correctly, I will add it to the pile for Top 10 PC contest winnings.  Keep in mind, Cutch is currently batting under .215 at the nearly quarter stretch mark.