Another of my yearly events is to show off only red cards on the first Friday in February. The Wear Red campaign is to bring awareness to women heart disease. That day is typically reserved for which you can make a donation to the American Heart Association here.
You can revisit all my other Wear Red Day posts here.
Today I will show off some red cards I own of Cutch. I could go through my collection and easily come up with 100 cards that are classified as red parallels, but I want to mostly focus on my Phillies collection because red just looks so good as a parallel for the Phightins.
Let's begin with a pair of Phillies cards that look eerily familiar to each other.
Plain borders ✔
Player name clearly across bottom using a standard easy to rease font ✔
Team logos clearly pictured ✔
Brand name top corner ✔
It's a simple set. My only problem is that the picture used for McCutchen looks eerily familar to the previous year release. You can tell that they are from a different game because of the arm sleeve, batting gloves (more on this in a future post), and way the pants/socks are worn. The pose is nearly identical and it's the same alternate home jersey worn in both photos.
Andrew has had a few autographs with Topps that are red parallels.
Another favorite is from the 2019 National Gary Vee Topps X set. Gary selected a handful of players to discuss their hobbies and reflect on it.
I also have a 2019 Road to Opening Day ON CARD autograph of Cutch numbered to only 10 copies.
From the memorabilia standpoint, I have one ruby parallel from 2020 Topps Museum that has a nice chunky three color patch.
And even though Museum is a higher end release, this 2020 Topps Flagship red parallel 1985 design KICKS...IT'S...ASS.... on the cool factor scale
Black History Month needs to be talked about at some point this month and I have a post in the works to discuss the Negro Leagues.
My favorite new parallel to the Topps portfolio was the UK Edition Big Ben parallel.
Another parallel that I like to go after is the Triple Threads Ruby parallels. These are all 1/1s and tend to be fairly pricy (as you'll see in a card at the bottom of this post)
Panini has gotten into the red game also with their Prizm release.
Prizm has been a favorite set of mine for many years even though Panini doesn't have team logo rights, they make the card designs and parallels POP!
If Panini ever got an official license, National Treasures baseball would destroy Topps Museum and Triple Threads.
Remember Sweet Spot?
Remember how all the autographs faded over time?
So there's a few of my 2020 Red Parallels (with a 2019 card thrown in to compare here and there).
Because of the low numberings of red parallels (almost always numbered to 10 copies or less) I haven't been able to get every red parallel this year that features Cutch. Some were out of my price change and some just haven't surfaced.
There was a red parallel card that I didn't win last night. While the Pirates days of Cutch will always be my most memorable, I can't get passed the fact that Topps spelled Andrew wrong.
What the heck is an Anrew?
I own the sapphire (only 3 copies) because a Twitter follower offered it to me for a tremendous price. Quite frankly I don't have much desire to complete this rainbow or even chase after the other cards. Andrew is my favorite athlete ever and his name deserves to be spoken in similar fashion as Willie Stargell and Roberto Clemente in Pittsburgh, but Topps can't spell his name right so I can't proudly display the cards.
Besides, look at the ending price of this thing! If a $700 Anrew McCutchen card doesn't prove the hobby is strong right now, I don't know what does. A 1/1 Clemente bat swatch wouldn't fetch that kind of coin and there are plenty of Willie Stargell patch cards featuring the black and yellow. I was in for this auction up to about $100. I am shocked how much it went for. Shocked!!!!
Are you going to wear red today?
Do you like to get color parallels to a certain team?
Which of the above cards is your favorite?