I thought last night's game would go much better for the Bucs. Charlie Morton was sensational on the mound and the right guys were up at the plate when there were key run scoring opportunities. Unfortunately none of them could get the job done and the Bucs lost to the Cubbies 1-0 thanks to a solo HR by Starlin Castro off Chris Resop in the top of the 8th. Another tough loss for the Buccos. When Ryan Doumit came up to pinch hit, I felt like he was going to have a walk off HR, but reality had to settle in as he struck out in the 9th to end the game. I've always liked Dewey, but he's always getting injured. If he could stay healthy for a full season, he could be a top catcher in the NL.
I have recently added Ryan Doumit to players I collect so sell or trade me your Doumits. Here's my only relics I have of Ryan. I have some base cards, but need a whole lot more.
TRADE ME YOUR DOUMITS!!!!
Anyway, after the game ended last night I decided to get on eBay and try to win some CHEAP auctions of future Pirates stars. I gave myself a $20 budget and 20 hours to try and get some autos, relics, parallels, etc. BTW, my $20 budget does not include s/h. This is what I came up with, starting with the 2011 Draft Class.
Up next is one of the future aces of the Pirates. It would be very hard for Gerrit to turn down all that #1 overall pick money, so I'm assuming he's going to sign. Gerrit's stuff is simply electric and he's built for 200+ innings. There is no pitcher in the draft that projects better than Gerrit does and that's why the Bucs selected him number 1 overall. This 2010 Bowman Sterling USA jersey card of Gerrit Cole was purchased for a whopping $1.26.
That brought me to $22.49, which was over my budget.
Well, I went over budget by $4.24 but let's recap what I bought: 4 autos, 1 jersey relic, 1 numbered parallel, and 1 base insert. Not a bad haul. Factor in $7.75 s&h and I'd say I did fairly respectable. I hope you all enjoyed this little budget planning experiment and hopefully learned a little about the Pirates prospects. Next time I will hit the budget and use S/H as part of the budget. Taillon autos are just too good to pass up for $7.