Friday, August 29, 2014

Black is the New Black: Tyler Glasnow is Back!


I have stated numerous times how much I love Bowman Black autos.  I've got autographs of Gerrit Cole, Jameson Taillon, Starling Marte, Gregory Polanco, and Tyler Glasnow.  I recently added another Tyler Glasnow Bowman Black to the collection because the price was right.

This is the second I own and just recently purchased another, giving me 3 of the 25.  Maybe I can hunt down the other 22.  If you want to see the other Glasnow Bowman Black I bought, you can click here.

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Throwback Thursday: Emil Brown AUTO

Normally I use Throwback Thursdays for players before the 90s, but due to a lack of time and the fact that I was given this card from a friend out of those repack Target "guaranteed autos" packs I thought it was a good time to highlight the baseball career of today's subject...


The End!!!!

Just Kidding!  The fact that anyone makes it to the major leagues is quite an accomplishment so I won't make fun of Emil anymore.  Emil was drafted in the 6th round of 1994 draft by the Oakland Athletics.  A few years later he was in the majors as a 22 year old playing for the Pittsburgh Pirates.  His performance in Pittsburgh was what most fans saw of the "talent" levels in Pittsburgh during The Losing Streak years.  In parts of 5 seasons wearing black and gold, Emil hit .205 with only a .310 slugging percentage.  His best season came during his age 31 and 32 seasons when he was hitting .286 and averaging 16 HR and 84 RBI while a member of the Kansas City Royals.  He last played for the New York Mets on June 6th, 2009.

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

My first RussMart jersey

Since the Pirates signed Russell Martin as a free agent after the 2012 season, I've been wanting to add a relic of his to my collection.  There were many options available from his Dodgers days, but I was really hoping Topps would produce something of his.  The only relic that I know of though that Topps has produced of Russell wearing a Pirates uniform was this 1/1 Bat Nameplate from Topps Museum I bought last year..

Fortunately Panini was able to pick up Topps slack and produce this Jersey King in 2014 Donruss Series 2 of the Pittsburgh Baseball Club backstop.  The card above cost me just $1.99.

Russ has had one of his best offensive years of his career this year and will likely be one of the key free agents on the market this winter.

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

I'm like Indiana Jones with this VERY RARE 1/1 find....

Being a supercollector can get boring during the "offseason" when no other cards are being produced of the player you collect.  What I do is improvise and add to the collection, other pieces of cardboard not found in baseball packs.  I came across a Game Used Lineup card from a Pirates game in 2009 when the team finished their regular season with a 62-99 record.  That terrible record was good for second worse in the majors that year.  Not many people would get excited for a piece of paper that the manager wrote on for a team that finished that bad.

My favorite pitcher, Charlie Morton, was called on to make his 18th start of the season on September 30th, 2009.  He had a 4-9 record entering the day with an ERA of 5.01.  Things were different though on September 30th, much different.  Charlie took the mound and pitched an absolute gem striking out 8 while sprinkling 4 singles and 3 walks over 9 innings for his first career complete game and shutout.

That's right, I am the proud owner of the lineup card from Charlie Morton's first shutout in the majors and thus his first complete game too.  Anyone want to try and beat that for their supercollection?  It cost me $35 and is now framed on my wall.

News broke last week that Charlie has suffered a sports hernia and could possibly be out for the duration of the season.  Being a supercollector, that's terrible news of course.  Today it was announced that Charlie will most likely begin a rehab assignment and could hopefully recover strong for the Bucs and help them to their second postseason appearance in as many years.

Monday, August 25, 2014

McCutchen Monday: 2011 Topps Chrome Gold

I purchased this Andrew McCutchen 2011 Gold Refractor a few months ago
2011 Topps Chrome Gold Refractor 27/50
I forget the price I paid for it and am too lazy to research it but I think it was around the $10 mark.

Sunday, August 24, 2014

A pair of Game Used Jerseys from two fan favorites

If you like the Pirates in the mid 2000s there was three guys you rooted for: Jason Bay, Jack Wilson, and Freddy Sanchez.  They helped offset a terrible team that just couldn't make it to .500.  There's not many Jack Wilson jersey cards out there, but there's plenty of Jason Bay and Freddy Sanchez for the Pirates faithful to collect.  I just recently picked up a pair that I never decided to pull the trigger on for the past 6 years, but I figured for $5 delivered it was worth the price.

Behold the majesty that is 2008 Upper Deck Game Jerseys.  Like all things Upper Deck, the designs are great and photography is better than all other card companies.  Featuring a great full view of PNC park in the background with an image of the player in action along with a swatch of their jersey, these just can't be compared to the boring repetitive designs that Topps is doing for their flagship relic releases.  They aren't numbered, but they don't need to be.  They're cheap relics on nice designs.  Nuff Said!!!!

Saturday, August 23, 2014

Ahhhh 90s inserts, you were fun

I just came across this awesome Jason Kendall 1997 Metal Platinum Portrait insert when going through a bunch of old Pirates cards.  This thing is sweeeeeet!!!