Wednesday, May 12, 2021

Got more Anrew

Last Wednesday I posted about getting my Topps Now Road to Opening Day Phillies team set and inside I had gotten a red Zack Wheeler parallel numbered to 10 copies as my exclusive parallel.  You can revisit that post here.  I was a bit disappointed that I had also gotten an Anrew McCutchen card instead of an Andrew McCutchen card.  I can understand spelling his last name wrong as only 2 players in MLB history have had the last name McCutchen (coincidently they were Pirates teammates), but Anrew isn't a real word or name so how did something like that get by Topps Quality Control.

Fortunately Topps spelled the name correctly on the back. 
Well, like Topps I must have made an error because I actually ordered two sets.  I didn't even know I did this, but sure enough a week apart from my initial order I placed an order for a second team set when buying some Project 2020 cards.

And oddly enough it showed up a few days later than the first set.
I was pleasantly surprised to see that I got a blue parallel of my main collection player's alter ego, Anrew(?) McCutchen.
Speaking of alter egos...
Something awesome is coming my way very soon and it will definitely achieve the "something nice to hang on walls" want list item.

Monday, May 10, 2021

A Top 10 List pt1

As I continue to spend time with the in laws for a few months while preparing for our new place to call home, I thought it would be fun to show off some Top 10 items I want to add to my Cutch cave once it's complete.  I am going to break this up into 10 parts, highlighting one item every 10 days or so.  

Up first, I want to add some nice art or photos for the walls.  I already have something big lined up and it should be completed in two weeks or less.  It is going to be AMAZING!!!!  Once it's complete, I'll be sure to show it off.

I have already shown off some 16x20 photos I got done at a private signing last year and they will be going on the walls once framed and the new place is ready to settle into.
I hope that one day the world will get back to normal and I can attend a live event where I can get JT Realmuto to sign this photo also.
All of the above 16x20s will look great once framed and hanging on the walls.

What I really really want though is to add unique items to the walls.  I am looking for old pennants, banners, posters, fat heads, and especially marketing items.  I have a Nike sign that features Cutch and would love to add some other items from Nike, Marucci, Mizuno, Lids, Pepsi, or any other items that Cutch has helped to endorse or market.

My ultimate wish list item is a 2013 MLB The Show video game display.  
So item #1 for my Cutch wish list is something big to hang on the walls...

Join me sometime in the next 10 days for what item #2 is on the wish list

Sunday, May 9, 2021

Happy Mother's Day

It's Mother's Day

Here are some Mother's Day parallels from Donruss and Topps

Only 145 more days until October 1st

Saturday, May 8, 2021

Something is missing

Back in February I showed off my first 2021 Cutch cards (specifically a 70 Years of Topps insert using the 1955 design).  
I also showed off the 5x7 Topps Online Exclusive Gold Parallel numbered to 10 copies.  You can revisit that post here.
I included both card scans below.
One thing is missing from the oversized 5x7 Gold Parallel.

The fascimile autograph.

I sought out and added something to correct that problem.

Topps released a 52 card autograph set limited to 10 copies or less of several athletes used for the 70 Years of Topps. 
Above is the 2021 Topps 70 Years of Topps limited autograph.  As you can see it is a sticker autograph placed where the traditional fascimile autograph would be.

The back is serially numbered to only 5 copies.  Oddly enough there aren't any markings on the card regarding a certified autograph besides the sticker.  I researched some of the other players included in this autograph set (Jeter, Trout, McGwire, etc) and they all have the standard information on Topps autograph cards missing.  You know the normal blurbs I am talking about the signing of all autographs are witnessed by Topps representatives to confirm authentication (or something like that)

I don't know if this was just an oversight on Topps for this insert release or if they will be getting away from putting official certification on cards in the future.

Friday, May 7, 2021

A post that is a day late and the last card Mays offend some people

Happy (belated) 90th Birthday Willie Mays!

Willie May will forever be one of the greatest baseball players to ever play the game.

Above is an unlicensed card from Hits Memorabilia featuring three of the top 25 centerfielders to ever play the game (at keast according to a 2018 poll where Mays was ranked 1st, Griffey 3rd, and McCutchen 22nd)
It is my only Willie Mays relic and was worn at an old timers game for the Mets.

I also have this 2015 Topps Heritage New Age Performers card that features a sweet image of Cutch on the front
and a nice writeup about Willie Mays on the back
Its hard to believe that it was only 6 years ago that Cutch was leading the league with a .952 OPS.  It feels like forever.

My favorite Willie Mays card in my collection is a NL Leaders card that features 3 All Time Greats
I wrote about it on Chasing3000 way back in 2018.
⚾🎂 ⚾ 🎂 ⚾
With it being Willie Mays birthday yesterday, Topps used that opportunity to showcase the newest Alex Pardee Project 70 card and it features none other than Willie Mays.

The odd thing is that he is featured as a werewolf.
Does anyone understand this?  I have never seen an image of Mays with any facial hair, let alone werewolf status.  

I understand that Pardee really dives into his love of comic books for his art, but if he wanted to make a werewolf for the project why not use someone like Bryce Harper or even Brian Wilson?  Both those guys are known to have some pretty intense facial hair.

I did buy the Pardee Mays card because I am collecting the Pardee and Jamieson artist sets to get the posters.  

Have you bought any Project 70 cards?

What is your favorite Willie Mays card in your collection?

Thursday, May 6, 2021

#tbt other designs

Topps has been digging into their old designs on cards for many many decades.  In 1975 collectors got images of cards featuring MVP winners from previous seasons using the cards from their MVP season.  In 1987 Topps used the Turn Back the Clock design to highlight some more older designed cards from their vault of designs.  

With that it shouldn't be a surprise that Topps has used some of their non baseball card designs to highlight baseball players in their online exclusive sets #TBT Throwback Thursday releases.

Unfortunately despite appearing in three of these #TBT sets, Cutch has only gotten the treatment of 1 non baseball card set design.  

I will look at each of these 3 #TBT sets over the course of the next three Thursdays and evaluate what could have been done differently based on the previous set homage and following set homage.

Today we are looking at
2017 #TBT card #112
This set was based on the Player Nickname Weekend event and included The Machine (Albert Pujols), All Rise (Aaron Judge), Cutch, Buster (Posey), Chuck Nasty (Charlie Blackmon), and Mookie (Betts)
The set used the 1984 Topps design which has been produced in several other reprint themed sets over the years.  The players nickname is featured going down the side of the card where the traditional team name would go.  The images used all feature the Player Weekend jerseys shown.

When the online exclusive set was first released I enjoyed it as it gave me a Cutch card using the 1984 design, but now that Topps has used the 1984 set in Archives, #TBT, an insert set, and Project 2020 and Project 70 I am kind of over seeing this set.

The next set began with card number #116 and was based on the 1984 football design
It was meant to look at players who may have excelled on the gridiron had they not chosen baseball as their career choice.  Cutch was originally a high school star wide receiver before injuring his ACL which made him focus on baseball.  He is a Steelers fan and has been seen attending the Steelers games at Heinz Field.  

The set preceding the Player Nicknames #TBT based on the 1984 design was the 1991 Beverly Hills 90210 set
The set featured the hottest hitters of the summer
This would have been a fun set for player's weekend.  Similar to what was done with the Arenado card above Topps could have used the player's nickname instead of their first name on the cards.  

Are there any Topps designs you want to see get used?

I'm holding out hope that Topps produces a #TBT set based on the Dick Tracy stickers at the trade deadline based on the criminals of the film.  
Keep the WANTED poster idea
Replace the villain with a player like Trevor Story (or any other trade candidate)
Replace the crime with what they could provide to the new team (Home Runs, Stolen Bases, Strikeouts, Leadership, etc etc etc)
And last you can replace the sticker number with either the player's number or position abbreviation

Wednesday, May 5, 2021

Who is this Anrew guy?

Andrew McCutchen

It's not that tough to spell

I got my Topps Road to Opening Day Phillies team set in the mail yesterday and was shocked that Topps did it again.

They spelled Cutch's name without the d in Andrew.

Shouldn't there be a spell check or something?

This isn't the first time that Topps has done this either.

Last year they messed up what would have been an amazing card featuring three of the best Pirates of All Time

In addition to being disappointed that my favorite athlete's name was spelled wrong AGAIN in a Topps product, I was upset to find out that Topps sent the package to my old apartment.  Fortunately I was alerted to it and grabbed it the next day.

Inside was the complete team set including a red parallel of Zack Wheeler

Tuesday, May 4, 2021

Oh what a Wookie...

Celebrities wear Star Wars and hang out with Star Wars characters.
Wow! Lookie lookie at what's next to the wookie
Alex Gervasi

Megan Fox has been known to support Star Wars too

She also seems to be a fan of R2D2
Kristen Wiig

She wore a Darth Vader inspired dress in 2009

Emma Stone

She wore her hair in Princess Leia buns while wearing a Yoda shirt for a Stand Up To Cancer event.

Reese Witherspoon
And of course there have been many actresses who have dressed up as Slave Leia for fantasy scenes in movies, tv shows, and photoshoots.

Celebrities like
Jennifer Aniston

Kim Kardashian
Kelly Brook

America's Top Model, Adrienne Curry

But my favorite celebrity crush to support Star Wars is Kristen Bell
Not only is she insanely adorable, she also starred in a movie called Fanboys that is literally about Star Wars fans.  Most girls look great dressed as Princess Leia, but Bell wins my heart over with the way she can wear a Wookie on her chest.
Slave Leia tho....

Even as a brunette, wow!

Star Wars day is every May the 4th which in the UK is written as 4/5, the place where Jediism become an official religion.

Here is my favorite 4/5 card I have picked up in the past year since my last 4/5 entry on Star Wars day.
That is a 2012 Topps Museum Black Frame Silver Signature autograph.  It is one of my favorite autograph cards in the collection.