I've been gone for a little over 6 months. A lot has happened in my life to say the least. There were times that I was even contemplating suicide because of how bad things were getting. But through the strength of friends and family I pulled through. I'm ready to get back to the blogging world of trading cards. However, I doubt I will ever return to daily updates nor will I ever attempt to run a contest as insane as the Let's Go Bucs contest last year.
I have thought out a new idea for a contest to root for the Bucs in the coming season so that the Pirates don't hit the legal drinking age of 21 consecutive losing seasons. Any suggestions are appreciated though.
So enough chatter, let's see some cards.
Of course I will start off with the Treasure Room's blog hero...Andrew McCutchen.
I've added a few new Cutch cards to my collection, but the majority of what is shown below was purchased before things went south for me.
First up are a pair of printing plates. 1/1 printing plates are nice to have. 1/1 printing plate autos are nicer. The 2012 Tribute is the magenta plate while the 2010 Triple Threads is the Cyan plate. You may remember from previous entries that I already have the black plate of the 2010 Triple Threads Rising Stars. I'm half way to making my own Cutch cards.
This here? Well this is only my 53rd certified auto of Cutch. 53 CERTIFIED AUTOS!!!!
Next up is the other blog hero, Jason Bay.
Check out the patch on this card! I have no idea what it's from though. It doesn't look quite like the bat used on the Jolly Roger found on the sleeves of the Pirates jerseys. I think I got this for under $7 if I remember correctly and it's numbered to only 99.
Here is a jersey card of the future ace of the Pirates pitching staff.
I am seriously contemplating buying a lot more Gerrit Cole cards before the price goes all Strasburg after he makes his debut, but they are already out of my price range so I think I will just pick them up when I get a chance. The below manupatch of the Bradenton Marauders featuring Cole from 2012 Heritage Minors is just the type of card I hope to keep picking up for less than $10
Because all Pirates fans love prospecting, I picked up another Jose Osuna autograph for .99 +$1.50shipping.
His line .280/.324/.454 is very respectable for a 19 year Dominican player. He has been quietly compared to Albert Pujols and looking at the stats I see why.
Below is Albert's line as a 20 year old playing at the same level
Now by no means do I think that in 2 years Jose Osuna will be hitting 30+HR at the major league level like Albert did at his age 21 season. However, it is nice to have a bat like his beginning to develop for the 1B position.