Tuesday, October 21, 2014

From Yesterday's MVP to this year's MVP

Yesterday I featured a 2014 Andrew McCutchen Topps Series 2 Pink Parallel that highlighted Cutch's 2013 MVP season.  Cutch had another outstanding offensive season and could very well win his second MVP award in as many years.  However, this year a player emerged from what seamed like nowhere to become an All-Star and possibly get some MVP votes.  I purchased the card you see below for $10.  Normally I wouldn't spend that much for a JHey card, but did you not see the season he had????

Josh Harrison missed winning the batting title by just a few hits.  He played a variety of positions throughout the year (2B, SS, 3B, LF, RF) and still managed to post a .984 fielding percentage.  In early May it looked like the Pirates magical 2013 season was just a fluke as the Pirates quickly fell to almost 10 games under .500.

Harrison proved to be the spark plug the Pirates needed as they faced countless injuries and player problems.  When Starling Marte went down, Harrison was there.  When Walker went down, Harrison was there.  When Alvarez couldn't throw to 1B without giving the fans a souvenir, Harrison was there.  The 5ft8 Ohio native ended the season with an All-Star appearance, NL Player of the Month (August 2014), second in batting average, (.315), 9th in slugging (.490), 7th in doubles (38), and most impressive was that he had a .679 Offensive Win Percentage.  For those that don't know what offensive win % measures, it's if a team fielded 9 of that player to bat in a lineup, how he would do.  There's a lot more well known guys ahead of him on the list and that's it.

Thank you JHey AllDay for making the 2014 season so much fun to watch!!!! Let's do it again next year.  It's a shame you couldn't get the batting title.

Monday, October 20, 2014

McCutchen Monday: The Greatest 2014 McCutchen Topps Card IN PINK!!!!

We are approaching the end of week 3 of Save Second Base here at the Treasure Room.  For the second week in a row, I am showing off an Andrew McCutchen as McCutchen Mondays are back in full effect after only a 1 week delay.  This card ran me a little more than I would like to admit for a pink parallel ($30), but....


Ok, ok...It's just a pink parallel from a 2014 Topps base set.  What's so special about that?  Well you see not only is it numbered to 50, but it features a great action photo of Cutch and do you see that little inscription under his name (2013 NL MVP)?  It's been a looooooong time for Pirates fans to be rewarded with a player of Cutch's magnitude and boy does it feel great to have the reigning MVP locked up under contract through 2018.  I love this card so much I'm going to rainbow hunt it.

Speaking of rainbows...

It's time for random tits!!!
thanks Ke$ha for giving us something to stare at besides your fake tooth and rainbow hair.

And because I'm not sure why it pinpoints Cutch's struggles against the Phillies last year, here's some Phillies boobs

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Scripture Saturday: Corinthians 10:31

Today's post is twice as good as any other post I have ever done.  It continues the month long trend of pink parallels to raise awareness and financial charitable funding for Breast Cancer awareness, but it also features a Bible verse on the auto.  I am in search of cards that show bible scriptures on the signature.  Today's card features a bat relic and an autograph by former Cardinals prospect James Ramsey.  James signed the card with the Corinthians 10:31 scripture.  Let's first take a look at that scripture.

So whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God.

This is a great scripture.  Our life is so short and we all get caught up in the small time challenges and selfish ways in our days.  We should all give thanks to our God and praise him on a daily basis for all that he has given us.

Now for the card and the player depicted on the piece of cardboard.
2014 Bowman Inception Auto/Relic James Ramsey 27/50

James Ramsey was a former prospect of the St. Louis Cardinals.Ramsey was traded at the July 31st trade deadline for Justin Masterson.  Masterson was having a rough year for the Indians but was still striking out nearly a batter per inning.

Ramsey batted .284 with an OPS of .844 in AAA for the Indians. He will likely attempt to make his MLB debut next year.

Friday, October 17, 2014

Alen Hanson Bowman Inception Auto and Jersey

2014 Bowman Inception Alen Hanson AUTO/RELIC 9/50
Alen Hanson entered the season regarded as one of the best shortstop prospects in baseball. Somewhere between the start of the season and finishing the 2014 season with 33 errors (most at shortstop) he was taken off many top 100 prospect lists. He two former minor league team mates, Gregory Polanco and Dilson Herrera have already made their MLB debuts.

There's still a lot to like about Hanson's gameplay offensively. I got to see him with the Curve this year and his bat speed is incredible. If he can hit .280 and steal 20+ bags a year batting in the leadoff or two hole for the Pirates their lineup looks frightening to NL pitchers.

BTW...I am disappointed in you all for not leaving a single comment on yesterday's post. Where's your sense of charity folks?

Thursday, October 16, 2014

2 for the price of 1...

You guys are in for a treat with today's pink post as I continue the all pink Save Second Base Breast Cancer Awareness month event. I normally try to stay away from unlicensed autographs of prospects especially if they have sticker autographs and aren't actually searially numbered.


If I can get an autographed copy and an unautographed copy of one of the game's future stars for only $17 delivered after using some eBay bucks well...
I'm willing to change my mind.

Both cards above were purchased as a lot nearly 6 months before Polanco made his MLB debut.

Time for random boobs

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Reese can really rock!!!!

Ok, ignore the pink background.  Look at this card!!! It looks like it could be from an inner cd cover of a metal band.  Look at the young backstop screaming holding up the metal sign signifying 2 outs.  Yup this is a badass card and an ebay 1/1.  I forget the price I paid for it, but it was significantly more than what they are going for now.
2014 Bowman Inception Autograph 50/50
Regardless though I am happy to add this 2014 Bowman Inception autograph to my collection.

Reese had a good season despite lower offensive numbers than his pro debut.  Reese is still only 19 years old and performed very well for a teenage backstop in A ball batting .262/.307/.334.  He doesn't have a power stroke yet, but is a good contact hitter with some gap power.  He's shown good plate discipline in the lower minors by having a 63 strikeout to 40 walk rate.  Where Reese truly shines though is how impressive the young man is behind the plate throwing out 39% of potential baserunners.

Because McGuire is of Irish heritage let's show some boobs....