Thursday, August 17, 2017

Another edition of "What does the chicken say"


Thanks for joining me on this second edition of (insert 70s groove music)

What Does The Chicken Say?

It's been a short while since we have had a $3 victory on Collecting Cutch, but I am excited to show one of my most recent pickups.

Best of all...
It ran me only $3

Straight from 2017 Allen & Ginter comes this framed mini relic of Cutch.  I've previously shown off some of my full size relics.

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Stop with the negativity

I joined a Topps Chrome player 1/2 case break and secured the McCutchen spot for a winning bid of $2.

It netted me a few base cards, but I also got the Negative card.

Not a bad score.

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Giancarlo can't be stopped

Is it possible to see Giancarlo Stanton homer in every game going forward?  It seems that way!!!

Fortunately for my fantasy baseball team, Giancarlo is playing out of his mind.  He has set a Marlins single season home run record, homered in 5 straight games, and has 251 career home runs in his age 27 season.  Only 12 players in MLB history have accomplished that.  Eight are in the Hall of Fame.  The four that aren't are Albert Pujols, Alex Rodriguez, Juan Gonzalez, and Andruw Jones.  

I have shown off all these cards before when the World Baseball Classic was going on, but with the way Stanton has been playing of late, I thought I could show them all off again.

I have seen a dual patch of the below card instead of dual bat, but am content just having the Stanton bat (for now)

One of the coolest booklets I own is this quad jumbo jersey booklet.  Not only does it feature my 4 favorite NL players, it also has 3 team mates of Team USA who won the 2017 WBC.

Another really awesome card is this 9 player patch card.  This thing is massive and features incredible patches for each player.  The front features Buster Posey, Clayton Kershaw, Jose Abreau, Miguel Cabrera, and Robinson Cano.

Can't go wrong with Stanton, Cutch, Trout, and Kershaw.

Ugh...Yasiel Puig

I'm not sure if Topps just doesn't want to produce more cards of Cutch and Stanton or they don't see the pairing as being compatible on cardboard the same way Panini does.

I would love to see a decapatch card made of the 10 players who won the decisive World Baseball Classic game against Puerto Rico.  That would be awesome!!!

Anyone know any custom card makers who could make such a card?

Monday, August 14, 2017

If you build it, he will come

One of my all-time favorite movies has to be Field of Dreams.  The line, "If you build it, he will come."

While I don't claim to be John Kinsella, I will say this "if you build an Andrew McCutchen lot and I need 5 out of 7 cards, I will come and buy it".

Such was the case when I saw a lot listed that included 4x 2017 Optic cards and a Tier 1 single relic I needed.

I have previously stated how I have been slacking with Donruss and Optic purchases this year compared to previous years.  This lot gave me a third of all the Optic parallels needed to complete the rainbow.

It also gave me some doubles of 2017 Museum that I suspect Matt from BWTP won't be too upset if I sent his way.

Sunday, August 13, 2017

Happy Belated National Baseball Card Day

I received a card yesterday from a friend who had attended a Pirates game earlier in the week, the Trevor Williams pitching gem game in fact.  Not only did he attend a great game in person, but he also got a pack of team specific cards to celebrate National Baseball Card Day.

This year Topps made their standard National release of a player from each team.  In addition they created team specific cards.  The Stadium Giveaways for each team feature 9 current players and 1 All-Time Franchise Legend for a total of 10 cards per team.  Some of the odd legends include Wade Boggs (Devil Rays) and David Ortiz instead of any of the other Red Sox all-time greats (Yaz, Williams, Fisk).  The Philadelphia Phillies recognized that they have no quality players on their team and released a 20 card legends set, not numbered.

Further details about both releases can be found here.

I have a National Release (with different picture) ordered and will probably receive it sometime later this week.

In the meantime let's (belatedly) celebrate National Baseball Card Day today!!!

Here's the 2017 Pittsburgh Pirates team specific release of Cutch.

The card back has a different write up than the National Release.


Saturday, August 12, 2017

Gemstones added

I didn't have much interest in adding this card to my collection as I already have 2 different gemstones parallels from Flawless, but it was basically a throw in for a 1/1 I won so why not add some more diamonds to the collection.

It came with a COA

Friday, August 11, 2017

Shhhhh....speak softly....There's something majestic here

This might sound creepy or weird, but whenever I can add Cutch's laundry to my collection makes me a happy Supercollector.

This pickup features 3 nice swatches of jersey piping along with the Majestic Laundry Tag.

But wait....

It's also numbered to his jersey number (22/25)

This was a nice one to add to the collection.
It's probably not going to make the cut for my top 200 though.

Thursday, August 10, 2017

This Day in Cutch story: August 10th

The Honus Bonus Partners Cards released this year have milestone 1/1s for players recounting homeruns, wins, saves, etc.

I had 2 already, but when the opportunity presented itself to add this new 1/1 to my collection for only $5 I couldn't pass it up.  I have since added one more as well.  I can't begin to fathom trying to collect them all.

Commemorating Cutch's 44th career Home Run off Jonathan Sanchez in a 9-2 victory on August 10, 2011.  Cutch batted leadoff in the game and went 1 for 1 with 3 walks.  He also scored 4 times, drove in 3, and stole 2 bases.  That's a heck of a day.

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

A contest is coming, but first...A Monster Unleashed!!!


There's many monsters of fiction.

I just captured a monster addition for the PC.

A dual jumbo bat booklet of two Pirates legends.


Willie Stargell is the Pirates All-Time Leader in Home Runs.

Andrew Mccutchen is one of only two Pirates to have 150 HR and 150 SB.  The other is Barry Bonds.

Cutch currently sits at 198 career HomeRuns.  When Cutch hits #200, I will reveal 200 of my most impressive cards.  You're not going to want to miss that post!!!  Will this booklet crack the top 200?

To further spark the intrigue...I will be running a contest.  Details will follow on that post.  Root Root Root for the Bucs and Cutch!!!

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

PWE Kindness

I love the community we have.
I received 2 PWE in the mail late last week.

I received a 2017 Optic of Cutch that I didn't have in my collection yet. Tom from Eamus Catulli sent this to me very quickly.

Matt who has two excellent blogs Sports Card Collectors and Origins of a Cardboard Addict, sent me a new 2017 Allen & Ginter that was needed for the collection.  He also sent two nice bonus cards.  I love getting some unexpected Cutch cards in the mail.
Preseason football games are often meaningless and my team, Steelers, will be facing off against his Giants.  Should be a fun game since I primarily live in Giants Country.  Gonna watch it with some friends while having some brewskies and wings.

Monday, August 7, 2017

Variants among variants

2017 Allen & Ginter has been out for a short time now, but I have already added a significant amount of relics to the PC.

Andrew Mccutchen got 4 different released relics available in mass quantities (/99 or more).

Among them are a framed relic and World Baseball Classic full size relic (will show off in future posts)

Also released are two different photos used for a full size relic.

The variants don't end there though.  Among those full size relics are different color jersey swatches.

Behold the chaos that is my life of a supercollector.

The "A" version
Late 90s pinstripe throwback uniform grey away, alternative black jersey, and home white jersey

I also have the "B" version pinstripe away throwback
The white jersey swatch is en route, but I just couldn't wait to show off my craziness that I go through trying to collect Cutch.

Sunday, August 6, 2017

Daniel delivers

Daniel from It's like having my own card shop hooked me up with two high end base cards.

Thanks so much for sending these my way Daniel.

It's fitting that I received the cards the same day I posted my other Inception cards I currently have.

Saturday, August 5, 2017

Another Mind F&$# by Inception

I am about a decade late with this post.  I finally got around to watching the movie Inception.  What a mind fuck that was.

Here's another mind F&#@

A nearing completion rainbow from Topps Inception (minus the base which Dan from It's Like Having my Own Card Shop) is sending me.

The 1/1 Black is such a great looking parallel

Friday, August 4, 2017

Mine Mine Mine Mine

As a supercollector, here is how I usually see cards on eBay when searching for new pre 2011 Cutch cards to add to my PC.

Mine. Mine. Mine. Mine.

Occasionally though I will come across a card that I don't have.

Then I change my seagull mentality to a hawk....

And must swoop in and add it!

This 2010 Topps Wal Mart black exclusive ran me $15.  It's the first one to surface in nearly 2 years.

Thursday, August 3, 2017

All Rise!!!!

Aaron Judge has taken the card industry by storm this year the same way that Bruce Harper, Kris Bryant, Stephen Strasburg, Jason Heyward, Corey Seater, Carlos Correa, etc have done so in past years.

The difference between Judge and all the other players I mentioned...

Judge plays in New York.
The media capital of the United States.

On July 3rd, Aaron Judge was awarded American League player of the month for June.  Cutch won the National League award.

Topps Now offers collectors highlight cards to recognize players of their accomplishments.

I received my Cutch/Judge combo card.
It's my only Aaron Judge card in my collection.

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Rock n Troll

I can't come up with any clever titles for today's post.  So instead you're getting a bad pun as I troll.  My latest rock inspired pickup is a 2012 Triple Threads Onyx /50.  It ran me $4 which is a good price for a high end card with only 50 copies made.

Here's the rock

And here's the troll...
I hate the Brewers more than any other team.  It has nothing to do with the teams I watched growing up.  Robin Yount is one of the best players of his generation.  Gary Sheffield was one of my favorite players I got to watch play against the Yankees way back before he was traded to San Diego.

No my hatred of the Brew Crew has everything to do with Carlos Gomez, Ryan Braun, Yovani Gallardo, Rickie Weeks, Nyjer Morgan era...The list goes on and on.  I hated those Brewers teams.  Two guys I didn't hate though we're Prince Fielder and Corey Hart.  I actually liked both those guys a lot.

Happy they lost their first place standings.
If the Pirates can't win the division, let the Cubbies win it again.

Let's finish on a good note

Did you know that Andrew's mother, who has sung the National Anthem at PNC Park a few times was also a top volleyball player and currently works in law enforcement?

The more you know...

Are there any teams you hate because of just a handful of players?

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Something borrowed, something used, something new, something blue

Brides everywhere can rejoice!!!

Thanks to Donruss Optic parallel introduced last year they can borrow their future husband's baseball cards to comply with the
Something borrowed
Something used
Something new
Something blue

Optic borrows the same concept as Topps Chrome but applies it to their used Donruss cards as part of their new release they have a Carolina blue parallel

Each Carolina Blue parallel is numbered to 50 copies.  
Matt from BobWalkThePlank showed off one of the duplicates I had of the Carolina Blue Diamond Kings.  Sometimes I buy large lots just to get 1 or 2 more parallels I need.

Here are the ones I have from last year's release and this year.  I have been slacking big time in adding both Donruss and Optic cards in 2017.

Monday, July 31, 2017

What did I tell you about the bat on your shoulder????!!!!!!

First of all, in a completely unrelated post, Congratulations to Adrian Beltre on his 3,000 career hit yesterday.  He continues to get better as he gets older.

Speaking of older...

My old blog showed a 2005 Bowman Heritage photo variant where Cutch had a bat resting on his shoulder.  We were all taught as young athletes to keep the bat off your shoulder.

Many times players will pose with a bat on their shoulder for a photoshoot, such was the case for that 2005 Bowman Heritage.

Rarely do you see unposed game action photos by Topps with a bat on their shoulder.

2017 Topps offered a photo variant of Cutch.

This time, it has him walking in the dugout with 3 bats on his shoulder.  This card would be perfect for Daniel's multiple bat collection.  It is also perfect to show off today as Andrew hit 3 homeruns in a game for the 3rd time in his career.

These SP parallels are strange entities.  They go as cheap as $35 and as high as $90.  I was fortunate to grab mine for just over $40.

Hopefully Cutch will get a Topps Now card to celebrate his Home Run victory.

To close out today's post here is the original 2005 Bowman Heritage photo variant I referenced above.

Sunday, July 30, 2017

Scripture Sunday

Andrew Mccutchen is one of the most vocal Christian baseball players in the game today.

There is a website Athletes 4 Christ that does scripture cards of your favorite Christian Athletes.  Each card has an image of the athlete on the front and a random scripture on the back.
They also have bracelets and other items available for purchase.  Check out their website if you follow any Christian Athletes.

Have a blessed day.

Saturday, July 29, 2017

Stadium Club Variants

2017 Stadium Club just came out recently, but I am still trying to track down more of the 2016 parallels.

What I have so far are the following

Gold Foil, Orange (B&W), and Black Foil

With all the zany things Cutch does in the dugout and on the field, I am certain they could have picked a better picture for the 2016 card.  I like the angle and throwback uniform, but a pic of him doing a celebratory dance, handshake, hat tipping to his wife, etc would have been better for a Stadium Club release.

So far I have only committed to the black and white/orange foil parallel from the 2017 release.  I need all the others.  Keep me in mind if you come across any.

Friday, July 28, 2017

On The Move? Jay Bruce Dual Auto

Long time Pirates killer, Jay Bruce was traded from division rivals Cincinnati Reds last year to the New York Mets.  Many New York fans quickly disliked Bruce because he didn't immediately impact the club.  As the season progresses Bruce went on a hot streak at the end, but ultimately Bruce and the Mets were shut out by Madison Bumgarner and the San Francisco Giants in the one game Wild Card.

This year saw Bruce return to his standard career numbers.  As of now he is batting .262 with 26 Home runs and 70 RBIs.  Those are good numbers to put in the 4-6 spots in the lineup.

Could Bruce be on the move again this trade deadline?

An interesting idea I have is the Pirates could potentially go after Bruce.  We already know he thrives in PNC Park with the short right field having beat up Pirates pitching many times in his career while a member of the Reds.  We also know that if the Pirates do make it to the post season, they will be without Starling Marte.   An outfield of Polanco, Cutch, and Bruce still looks really good.  The Pirates and Mets have made trades several times in the past few years so there is history there.

Could we see Bruce in Pittsburgh?

I wouldn't be opposed to the idea.  That's for sure.

The card you see above is a card I coveted for about 2 years before I finally was able to land one.  It features dual on card autographs of the division rivals Andrew McCutchen and Jay Bruce.  Both players were selected in the 2005 draft class.  Cutch was selected 11th overall and Bruce was 12th overall.  Both were selected out of high school as outfielders.

Thursday, July 27, 2017

Heritage Comparisons pt3: Clemente v Cutch

Over the years, Topps has used Heritage to bring the current stars of the game on designs from the past.

Cutch has appeared using the same numbering as Pirates Legend Roberto Clemente a handful of times.

I want to preface these segments and state that I do not believe that a single season of Cutch can take away from the greatness of Roberto Clemente's life or his baseball career.

Each of these Heritage comparisons will take a look at a card of Cutch and compare it to the design's original numbered card.

The 2016 Heritage card release is based on the 1967 design.

Cutch's 2016 Heritage card is numbered 400 the same as Pirates Legend and Hall of Famer, Roberto Clemente.

The back of Cutch's card even mentions The Great One, Roberto Clemente.

As will be customary for these Heritage Comparisons I will take a look at the standard counting stats typically found on the back of a baseball card for the players previous year.

Slash Lines
Clemente in 1966 went .317/.360/.536 for an .896 OPS
Cutch in 2015 went .292/.401/.488 for an .889OPS
slight Advantage Clemente

Plate Discipline
Clemente had His worse K:BB rate 2.37 (109:46) during his MVP season in 1966
Cutch's fourth consecutive top 5 MVP finish season showed some regressionwhen he had 1.35 K:BB (133:98)
Advantage Cutch

Extra Base Hits (XBH)
Clemente had 31 doubles, 11 triples, and 29 HR in 1966
Cutch had 36 doubles, 3 triples, and 23 round trippers
71 v 62
Advantage Clemente

Runs Scored and Runs Batted In
Runs scored and RBI are based on who hits in front of you and who hits behind you.
Clemente scored 105 runs and drove in 119 in 1966.
Cutch scored 91 runs and knocked in 96
Advantage Clemente

Hardware and awards
Clemente won his only MVP, 6th straight Gold Glove, and was elected an All-Star
Cutch was a top 5 MVP, his 4th straight Silver Slugger, and was elected an All-Star
Advantage Clemente

I hope you enjoyed the comparisons made based on the Heritage card and original design numbering.  I will continue to do these segments if there is enough interest in them.

As I have done in my previous Heritage Comparisons I will show off all the other parallels I have of Cutch's Heritage card I am spotlighting.

Up first are the red back and gum stain back

Now for the chromes

I need the Superfractor 1/1, Gold /5, and Refractor