Thursday, September 3, 2015

Throwback Thursday: A Simpsons Hand of 1952 Topps, a Pair of Clementes, and a Stargell

Nothing beats vintage deals

Here's a lot of cards I recently purchased from a vendor at a mall card show for $50.  A pair of Clementes and a second year Stargell along with a Simpsons handful of 52s.  I couldn't be happier to add these to the collection.

Hopefully by showing off some vintage, the Bucs can get back to their vintage ways and win some games again.

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

McCutchen Mailday #113: Jackie Robinson Tribute

An eBay 1/1 is my latest addition to the Cutch collection.  Numbered 1/42 this 2015 Prizm Jackie Robinson variant cost me a cool $14.42 delivered.  It's my 2nd Jackie Robinson parallel of Cutch as I already had the 2014 parallel from last year. 

My Quest for 100 may reach 200 by the end of the year because I have a few large collections that I have made arrangements to purchase. 

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Going for the Gold!!!!

The Pirates are entering the home stretch as they currently have the 3rd best record in the major leagues, yet still trail the St. Louis Cardinals.  Rosters will be expanding soon which is both a good and bad thing for baseball fans.  For fans of teams who have already basically been eliminated from contention, it gives them a false sense of hope for next season to "see what the young kids can do".  For fans of teams in playoff contention it means having to face rosters fully maxed out to prevent you from winning a game. 

One player that I am hopeful the Pirates promote, but seriously doubt they will, is switch hitting speedy middle infielder Alen Hanson.  I have seen Hanson play nearly a dozen times in the minors and his bat speed AND foot speed is unbelievable.  The kid can flat out run and swing the bat.  He would be a perfect pinch hit or pinch run option for the Pirates as they strive for a World Series berth.

I have added several nice Hanson cards to my collection over the past year, but this is by far the nicest of the bunch.  Bowman Inception offers beautiful On Card Autographs of some of the game's upcoming prospects.  The Gold Autos are numbered to only 5 copies and there are a few people out there trying to build the set.  I'm glad I was finally able to add this to the collection.

Monday, August 31, 2015

Tier 1 Reverse Box pickup

Since 2015 Topps Tribute (usually one of my favorite releases each year) was a complete dud due to the smudgy autographs, I chose to reverse box multiple "boxes" of National Treasures, Topps Museum, and Topps Tier 1.

Tier 1 offers incredible on card autographs (2 per box) and a relic card (1 per box)

Back in June, I purchased this Gregory Polanco Red/Rose autograph numbered 10/25 for $28 delivered.  That will leave me $80 to grab another autograph and a relic.  That shouldn't be a problem...

El Coffee has been an absolute stud for the month of August. He led the NL in hits for the month and his defense a few nights ago shut down multiple Rockies base runners.  Its only a month sample size, but if Polanco continues to blossom like he did in August, the Pirates have the best outfield of playoff contending teams without question.

Sunday, August 30, 2015

McCutchen Mailday #111 & 112: more Relics!!!!

My Quest to add 100 new Andrew McCutchen cards has yielded some amazing cards this year.  While I can't classify these as groundbreaking I can say that I am very happy to add two more relic cards to my PC of Cutch.
 Topps Tribute used to be one of my favorite releases every year.  That was until they messed it up this year.
Diamond Kings, unlike Topps Tribute this year, completely nailed it.  I absolutely love this release.  Checkout that Studio Portrait of Cutch with dual relic action.  The dual relics are numbered to 99 copies.

Saturday, August 29, 2015

A Ram walks into a bar and signs the Sounds...

Sounds like a very bad bar joke, but I recently grabbed this on card autograph of Aramis Ramirez from his days with the Nashville Sounds.  The card is from 1999 Just Minors and isn't numbered.  As a bonus the seller sent me the base card.  All for the low low low cost of $1.99

Under $2 for an autograph of a guy who has hit nearly 400 career Home Runs in the Show.