Friday, November 14, 2014

Black is the New Black: Nick Kingham Heritage

For the second time this week, I'm showing off a Topps Heritage Minors Black Parallel card that literally ran me just a few pennies...well in this case 99 to be exact.  The above Nick Kingham 2014 Topps Heritage Minors black parallel numbered 102/105 ran me 99 cents delivered and is my most recent addition of the future major leaguer.  Many people were thinking that Kingham might receive an early cup of coffee last year due to top pitching prospect Jameson Taillon suffering from Tommy John surgery and many of the Pirates rotation having multiple stints on the DL.  Fortunately Jeff Locke and Vance Worley helped solidify the rotation lead by Edinson Volquez over the course of the season.  Yup, you just read that all correctly...that's how the Pirates 2014 season went.

I have high hopes for Kingham to make an impact at the major leagues, but don't see him much more than an innings eater with mid to high 3s ERA.  Basically I see him as a Bronson Arroyo type without the crazy delivery.  When put that into the back end of a rotation, the Pirates rotation plans look pretty good for 2016 and beyond.

At one time I considered super collecting Nick's cards especially since I have his superfractor, but that mustache was just too terrible to ever bear witness on a baseball card consistently.


  1. I really like the look of the black parallels in Heritage Minors. Kingham has been amazingly consistent throughout the minors. If he's able to continue that success in the bigs, I think we'll have a very formidable rotation for the rest of the decade.

    1. 2016 rotation mid season will be Cole, Locke, Taillon, Kingham, Glasnow. I love the look of that rotation.