Tuesday, July 22, 2014

The Pirate Parrot PC

On Sunday, I showed off my Pierogies Race insert from 2014 Opening Day.

I added another card of the Pirate Parrot to my collection last month when I added this 2014 Opening Day Between the Innings insert, "Prank the Opponent "

The Dodgers are facing off the Pirates again today. Hopefully we can run out a better lineup that doesn't include Michael Martinez.

Monday, July 21, 2014

McCutchen Monday: Slabbed, signed, delivered...

When I finally got this in my hands, the first thing I thought of was that Stevie Wonder song.
Slabbed, signed, delivered...Baby it's mine!!!

While this doesn't equal the greatness of the Holy Grail Printing Plate 1/1 Rookie Auto of Cutch...this slabbed autographed rookie is a close second.

This is the 3rd autographed slabbed card I have of Cutch.

Happy Monday folks!  Go Bucs!!!

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Sunday Funday: Pierogie Races

The Pirates have been winning since the All-Star break and have had a sold out crowd for the past two nights.  The Bucs are wrapping up their series with the Rockies this afternoon and I'm thinking about heading to the shore for some relaxation before I start my new job in a week.

Because I'm feeling a little whimsical, here's a fun card that was part of the 2014 Opening Day insert "Between the Innings" which highlighted Pittsburgh's home game Pierogie Races.

After the 5th inning of every Pirates home game, 4 different pierogies race the outfield warning track to determine a winner.  Fans cheer on their favorite pierogie.  Last year Chester Cheese was the season winner with 21 victories compared to Sauerkraut Saul, Oliver Onion, and the female Jalapeno Hannah who each had 20 victories during the season.

I got this insert for .50 at my mall's sports card show earlier in the year.

Saturday, July 19, 2014

Did I really need another of these? Smooth As Silk Edition

One of my 2013 Collecting Goals was to acquire 5 Charlie Morton silk cards.  I did that.  Even though it's not one of my collecting goals for 2014, I am still always on the hunt for 2011 Topps Update Charlie Morton silk cards numbered to 50.

Well, I can cross off another from the list.  This little numbered silk ran me under $3 and is numbered 37/50 (Morton's Pirates jersey number prior to 2011 so it's an ebay 1/1).  It brings me to 6 total for the 50 card print run.  Only 44 more to go....

Charlie is on the mound tonight for the Bucs. Let's Go Bucs!

Friday, July 18, 2014

Katy Perry presents The Letter H

Nothing grabs my attention better than a big set of tits in a tiny Elmo shirt.

They look like Ds but we're going to show off the letter H today
2007 By the Letter "H" Jason Bay AUTO 18/25

It's just another of those Jason Bay by the Letters autographs I've been in search for to complete PITTSBURGH.

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Throwback Thursday: Bill Almon TTM/IP Auto

A long long long time ago I made a trade with Troll!  It was just a bunch of random relics and autos of Rays for a collection of IP/TTM autos of ex Pirates.  As I continue to organize my entire collection, I continue to come across little pieces of cardboard like what you see below.

This on card ballpoint pen auto is of the one time utility player Bill Almon who played for the Pirates from 1985-1987.  Almon spent most of his 15 year career as a utility infielder that could play 1B, 2B, 3B, SS, and all outfield positions.  While playing for some American League teams like the WhiteSox and A's he was also used as a DH.  He has no significant statistics except leading the National League in sacrifice hits in 1977 while a member of the San Diego Padres.

Almon went on to post a career batting average of .254 while playing for the Padres, Expos, White Sox, A's, Pirates, Phillies, and twice with the Mets.

I wish I had more to say about the #1 overall selection in the 1974 MLB draft, but besides having one of his only starting shortstop roles with the White Sox in 1981, a year that he finished 19th for MVP voting I'm short on words.

Evidently Topps was too based on the back of his cardboard from 1985 Topps Traded.

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

This is what happens when you don't sign projectable pitchers

The deadline to sign MLB draft picks is just a day away and I thought it would be a good time to show off an autograph of a former Pirates draft that didn't sign and is off to a great professional career.

Austin Kubitza was a 7th round pick by the Pittsburgh Pirates out of Colleyville, Texas highschool in 2010.  That same draft class also produced Jameson Taillon, Stetson Allie, Mel Rojas Jr.,  Nick Kingham, and Brandon Cumpton.  Taillon and Kingham are currently in the top 50 prospects in all baseball and Cumpton has done a very solid job of being a spot starter during injuries in the past 2 seasons.  Rojas looks like he will be a servicable 4th outfielder or a possible trade chip at this year's deadline.  The Pirates weren't able to sign Kubitza along wtih Dace Kim (6th rounder) and both projectable pitchers went off to college.  Kubitza was taken in the 4th round of the 2013 draft and has been incredible for the Tigers organization since being drafted.

In 115 innings pitched, he has 116 strikeouts to go with a 1.174 WHIP and 2.90 ERA.  He looks like he will likely be in the majors at some point during the 2016 season and if he continues this trend could be one of the top pitching prospects in the minors next year.

The above Austin Kubitza autograph was won for $1.79 delivered and is numbered 33/600.  Not a bad price to pay for an on card auto of a future big leaguer.