Friday, April 12, 2013

4/12 This Day in Pirates History

HOF Left Fielder Ralph Kiner began his career on April 12, 1946 for the Pittsburgh Pirates.  He would play only 10 years before his career ended early at the age of 32.  He managed to lead the league in HRs 7 years in a row, a feat that no other player in baseball history has done.  During his 8 years with the Pirates he hit 301 of his 369 career home runs.

In 1953 he was traded to the Chicago Cubs for 2 years.  Pirates then General Manager Branch Rickey stated "we finished in last place with you, we can finish in last place without you".

To celebrate this day in Pirates history when one of the greatest sluggers to wear a Bucs uniform made his MLB debut, I thought it would be fun to show off all my Ralph Kiner AUTOS, RELICS, and MANUPATCHES.

I've currently got 10 Autographs of the HOF slugging Left Fielder.  I'd like to have added 5 new Kiner autos by the end of the year.  That should be one of the easiest of my 2013 Collecting Goals to accomplish.

2012 Topps Golden Moments AUTO

2010 Topps Tribute AUTO/Bat Relic 20/99

2004 Donruss Absolutely Ink AUTO/BAT relic 53/100

2003 Donruss Signature Series Legends of Summer AUTO

2006 UD Ultimate Ensemble Signatures QUAD AUTO 19/25
2012 Topps Gypsy Queen DUAL AUTO DUAL RELIC 7/15

2010 Topps Sterling DUAL AUTO DUAL RELIC BOOKLET 10/10
2005 Upper Deck Class of Cooperstown AUTO/BAT Relic 1/15

2001 Donruss Classic Significant Signatures ON CARD AUTO 

2004 Fleer MLB Draft Edition Past Present Future TRIPLE AUTO 12/33
Triple Threads TRIPLE RELIC 11/27

2008 UD SP Generations Dual Relic (BAT)
2012 Topps Triple Threads BAT/JERSEY relic 18/36

2010 Topps Triple Threads Legends BAT relic 16/27

2007 UD Sweet Spot Classic BAT relic

2002 Fleer Classic Cuts BAT relic

2002 UD SP Legendary Bat

2012 Topps Gypsy Queen BAT relic

2006 UD SP Legendary Cuts BAT Relic 172/199

2010 Topps Manufactured Bat Barrel 25/99
2004 UD Sweet Spot Classic Patch 264/300


  1. I can offer you #11, Greats of the Game auto, from 2001 or 2002, I don't remember.