The Morton gem of the lot was a "Hope" parallel numbered 59/60. I've been after one of these for awhile, but with a print run of only 60 they don't pop up too often. When I saw this card, I decided to add some other items to my shopping cart and complete my purchase. If it wasn't for this card, I probably would not have bought the others.
I also picked up a couple 2012 Topps variants I was still chasing
From rehabbing pitcher to future ace, I also grabbed a Simpsons hand full of Taillon cards for $3.
For $1.26 I also grabbed a game used relic of one of my favorite players here at the PTR, Dave Parker. It's an unnumbered UD Heroes of Baseball bat relic from 2001.
Mad Dog bat relic from the same series.
Pedro Alvarez is the type of player that many fans can lose sleep over. Personally I'm a huge fan of El Toro. When he's swinging the bat well he can carry an offense. When he's not in the zone, you'd rather send up a pitcher to pinch hit. There's no doubt about it though that the man has incredible strength.
One player who has not been struggling at the plate for the Bucs this year is Starling Marte. He's having a season simlilar to what Cutch did last year. Through May 4th he's posted a .328/.394/.513 line for an OPS of .907. That's not a bad line for a corner outfielder. When you consider that his natural position is centerfield, that's even more impressive. He's leading the NL with 10 steals while also hitting 4 HRs and driving in 15 RBI.
To finish things off I got 2 autographs of Pirates prospects.
Stetson Allie was a highly touted flame throwing pitcher the Pirates drafted in the 2nd round of the 2010 draft. In 2012, the Pirates turned the high risk/high reward prospect into a corner infielder. His numbers through 2013 are monsterous and he has become the top slugging prospect in the farm system for the Bucs. I recently did a prospect profile on him where I had showed off some of the cards I have of the 22 year old. The above ITG Heroes and Prospects auto cost me $2.25 and is now my 6th autograph.