Friday, July 20, 2018

Woah....that's trippy

Ever come across a parallel that is so different looking you just have to get it?

I have said before that despite the lack of logos Prizm has THE BEST color parallels on the market.  Yes, they are better than Bowman Chrome and Topps Chrome.

Need proof?

Check out this trippy tie dye parallel from 2015 Prizm.

Best of all it can go in the Cutch22 section of my collection as it is numbered 22/50

This card makes me want to listen to some Jimi Hendrix.
What are your favorite Jimi songs?

Thursday, July 19, 2018

Mannywood 2.0?

The long awaited inevitable realization for Orioles fans came to fruition Tuesday night when news broke at the All Star Game Manny Machado would be heading to the LA Dodgers.

This isn't the first time the Dodgers acquired a Manny though. In 2008 they traded for Manny Ramirez from the Red Sox in a deal that sent Jason Bay to Boston.

Allen & Ginter released this week.  Keep me in mind for ANY Cutch Ginter cards you may come across.
I know a lot of people break a box or more of Ginter and there are some nice Cutch cards I wouldn't mind trading for.  The 2014 Pastime's pastimes insert is still one of my favorite inserts of all time from Ginter.  I just love that black border chalkboard look.

Wednesday, July 18, 2018

Cardboard Insider: Piano Legs & Gonzo

Baseball is a game with a rich history.  It's been described as a thinking man's game and all the statistics, sabremetrics, analytics would help support that.

Sometimes though we forget about the history.

That's where the cardboard insider comes in.  The job of the Cardboard Insider is to reveal how my favorite player, Andrew McCutchen, connects to the game's rich history.

I have to be completely honest, prior to looking at the back of this card, I had never heard of Charlie "Piano Legs" Hickman.
Why am I bringing up Charlie Hickman on a blog about Andrew McCutchen?
Because Hickman, Luis Gonzalez, and Andrew McCutchen are THE ONLY PLAYERS IN THE HISTORY OF THE GAME to extend a hit streak to at least 15 games with a walk off homer.
(The front of the card will be shown at the bottom along with a recap of the game)

Considered to be a utility player, Piano Legs was one of the original pitcher/hitter players.  Playing before Babe Ruth and Shoehei Otani, Ol'Piano Legs hit 59 homeruns and won 10 games in his career.

Take that Shohei!!!  I wonder what his "Piano Legs" Bowman Bubblefractor Autos would have sold for.

Luis "Gonzo" Gonzalez might be one of the most underrated players of the 90s and early 2000s.
In addition to having the most memorable hit in Diamondbacks history, Gonzo also accumulated 51.5WAR, 5 All-Star appearances, and is on a who's who list of players with over 300HR/300SB, 500 doubles, 2500hits.  That list is pretty exclusive and includes names like Bonds, Mays, Rodriguez.

Do you ever look on the back of cards and see a name you have never heard of?
If so, do some research and you may find it very interesting to learn more about the history of the game.

Tuesday, July 17, 2018

All Star Game Thoughts

It is the 8th inning of the 2018 All Star Game and here are some things I am coming away with.

I miss seeing Cutch appear in all star games.

Charlie Morton, born in my hometown, is in line for the win. 

I still don't like the Brewers players.  Yelich loses ball in lights allowing a hit off Pirates closer Felipe Vazquez.  Then Yelich redeems himself by homering off my other PC player Charlie Morton.  National League is losing to the American League because of a Brewers pitcher giving up a 3 run homer to a former Brewers player.

It is good to see Shin Soo Choo continue his on base streak in an exhibition game.


Trout is a freak when on the national spotlight.

The card pictured above is my only autographed card of Cutch in an All Star uniform.  It is from 2015 Update and is numbered 5/6.  It has a massive patch containing the "L" in National. 

If Cutch doesn't appear in another ASG, his last at bat was a Homerun. 

Monday, July 16, 2018

HR Derby

I am watching the HR Derby and am disappointed that Alex Bregman and Javy Baez are both already eliminated.

Cutch was a last minute add on for the 2012 Home Run derby.  He was eliminated in the first round when 10 non homeruns eliminated your time in the box. 

I definitely prefer the new version compared to that style.

Sunday, July 15, 2018

Scripture Sunday Luke 14:11

"For everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, and the one who humbles himself will be exalted"

I won't always be showing off cards of Cutch with inscriptions as I only have about 5 of them if memory serves correctly.
This 2005 Just Minors card featuring Cutch in his Gulf Coast League Pirates uniform features an on card autograph with an inscription Luke 14:11

This verse holds meaning to me in many ways.  In my job I often give credit to others and recognize the team effort rather than taking credit for my own actions in the success of the team.  A good example of this is that we have a new department manager who is our youngest dept mgr in our company and he has taken on a strong desire to learn and be successful through me.  He has approached me several times in trying to make his Gross Profit and Net Income of dept better.  I gave him a few suggestions and it has paid massive dividends.  My supervisor came to me thanking me for the time I spent with him and making the store operations better because of his success.  Rather than own it and say "Yeah. I am the best and can make anyone successful" I simply said "Collin is the future of our company. He has a strong desire to learn. All I did was offer some suggestions. He is the one that executed it ... and did it brillaintly".

It's important to stay humble in our lives.

Saturday, July 14, 2018

Cardboard Cameos #10: Super Saiyan Up!!!

Here is my first Cutch cameo in San Francisco gear.

He is featured running towards a Nick Hundley who looks like he is getting ready to go Super Saiyan in the Bay.

Quick Cutch run towards him. Help Save The City!!!