Monday, January 14, 2013

Some stats you can't find on Baseball-Reference

Now that I'm officially back to posting once in awhile, I thought it would be fun to look at my Pirates collection by player.

I will state the number of individual unique cards of each player in my collection
followed by the number of autos, relics, auto/relics, manucards (patches/pins/rings/etc)

I will start with the 2 main stays of my collection: Andrew McCutchen and Jason Bay.
After this post I encourage you guys to leave comments about Pirates past, present, and prospects you want me to give a tally on.  I'd like to do a couple of these a week. 

Andrew McCutchen
Cutch is by far my favorite current player in the majors.  I've met him about half a dozen times at PiratesFest and Spring Training games and he is a really cool down to Earth dude.  I've gotten 4 IP autos (2 cards, 1 ball, 1 wooden sign) from him and hope to keep adding to my collection for many years to come.

Number of Unique Cards (base and parallels only): 124
Autos: 40 (2IP)
Relics: 29
Auto/Relics: 18
Manucards: 7 (1 Bat Barrel, 1 Glove, 3 Patches, 2 Silks)
Printing Plates (Non Auto): 8
Printing Plates (Auto): 1
Printing Plates (Auto/Relic): 2

Total Number of Unique Cutch Cards: 229

Here's some of my favorite Cutch cards
 My first white whale Cutch printing plate
 another 1/1 of Cutch (pre dreads)
 a sketch card AJ from The Lost Collector drew up for me as part of a trade
 A nice booklet with an auto and 3 pieces of patches including the U in "McCUTCHEN"
 The above card took me forever to track down
 Auto and a piece of the Jolly Rodger, yup that makes it a favorite
 see above for reasons why I like this card too
When Tabata debuted in 2010, he became a favorite of mine.  Since he got his contract extension, I have had nothing but repulsive feelings for the guy as he has become lazy in the outfield and terrible on the basepaths (caught stealing 12 times in 2012 compared to only 8 steals).  However I won't hold it against this piece of cardboard of my disgust of Jose Tabata for I love this on card auto of Cutch numbered 1/15
 dual IP autos of Cutch and Jones
 ok! This is my favorite booklet.  It's got Cutch's bat barrel in it for crying out loud!!!!!  Pedro Alvarez jersey letters and being a 1/1 help make it a favorite.
 metal frames and silver ink on card's no wonder this is one of my favorites
Nothing like some black chrome refractory auto goodness to say this is a sweet looking rookie card.  I also have the red refractor auto numbered to only 25, but for some reason I like the black more
I just love this card so much.  For some reason I just picture Cutch running from space aliens attacking PNC Park when I see this card.  That makes me smile thinking about it.
Cutch in a throwback uni with 4 pieces of jersey including one that is a patch and autograph.  Yeah! This card is fricking sweet too

Jason Bay
Jason Bay was my favorite Pirate before he got traded in that summer blockbuster that sent Manny to Hollywood and netted the Pirates.....Bryan Morris and a bunch of guys no longer with the team.  Bay was the first Pirate to win the Rookie of the Year when he captured it in 2004.  He appeared in 2 All-Star games for the Bucs and once with the Red Sox.  Since his release from the Mets, he's been picked up by the Seattle Mariners.  I will still cheer for Jason to get back to his glory days, but I fear that his career is coming to an end. 

Unique cards (base and parallels only): 147
Autos: 23
Relics: 57
Auto/Relics: 8
Manucards: 1 Bat Barrel
ManuAutos: 6 (1 Patch, 4 Letters, 1 Ball)
Printing Plates: 1

Total Unique Jason Bay Cards: 243 (total autos 37)

Some of my favorite Jason Bay cards include

A crummy sticker auto by Upper Deck with 2 nice pieces of patch.  I really like that the one is all yellow and the black has just a hint of yellow showing.  It makes me think of Wiz Khalifia's song Black and Yellow cause I know what it is
I like the manupatch on this card commemorating Jason for his ROY performance in 2004.  Not to mention that he has an awesome very legible signature.
one of Canada's all time HR leaders (behind only Larry Walker and Matt Stairs) was originally drafted by the Expos in the 22nd round of the 2000 draft.  He would later be traded to the Mets then to the Padres then to the Pirates then to the Red Sox...Then would sign a monster contract with the Mets only to be released and still collect on that contract while playing for another team (Mariners). 
 I just really like this photo.  You could say that this image is exquisite.
 Finally another on card auto of Jason.  The Stroke of Genius cards from UD Masterpieces are similar to Topps Five Star autos if you ask me. 
 Dale Murphy could one day be a Hall of Famer, although I personally don't think that he deserves it.  Jason Bay will never be a HOFer which saddens me a lil.
 Patches are cool.  I miss Upper Deck!!!! Their logo on cards just made me appreicate foil more than I ever did before 1989
  Penguins owner and HOFer Mario Lemieux joins Jason Bay on this card to show off the great city of Pittsburgh in this ITG release.  I don't know how authentic ITG products are, but with their big hits appearing in cases, I like the classness of it.

 A really nice Matt Holiday patch and a pure black Jason Bay patch.  I like the images used for both players too on this Ultimate Tandems card.
 I'm not crazy about Bay playing for the Mets, but everyone loves The Kid, right? Who wouldn't want a Gary Carter bat relic in their collection?  I sure as hell wanted one.
 Ok. This picture of JB is just a cool shot from the sides as he is getting ready to step up to the plate.  Having a bat relic helps.
 Holy Jumbo Patch with a bit of dirt!
 My only 1/1 printing plate of Jason Bay has to be one of my favorite even though it's for Topps Total and features the smallest image of Jason Bay I have ever seen on a baseball card
Finishing out my Jason Bay favorites is this 4 jersey Sweet Beginings Team Canada card.  I love this card as it's one of only a few Team Canada cards I have of Jason.

Current players like Pedro Alvarez and Jose Tabata, maybe even Neil Walker?
Prospects like Gerrit Cole or Tony Sanchez?
Pirates of Yesteryear like Manny Sanguillen or Dave Parker, perhaps even Bob Walk and Andy Van Slyke?
The HOF Bucs like Roberto Clemente, Willie Stargell, Barry Bonds, Maz, or Ralph Kiner?

Leave a comment and let me know....


  1. Great looking cards.

    How about Bill Virdon. I'm at 119 different ones. There are a total of 159 differnt Virdon's made so I am sitting at 75%. Most of the ones I need are team issues that I can't identify.

    Are you still at the same address? I have some things to send you...

  2. Yes I am still at the same address. My Virdon collection is quite tiny. Just a couple of base Topps cards and a 2012 Heritage Real Ones auto.

  3. As a Pirates fan, I am extremely jealous!!