There was a lot of discussion about Johnny Cueto being on the trade block before the season and shortly after the season started. One of my collecting goals for 2015 was to add a certified autograph of every Pirate who appeared in the 2013 Wild Card Blackout Game. It would have been an unjustice to us the fans not to go after the guy who got PNC Park so amped for Buctober by chanting "Cue-To Cue-to Cue-to". That game was the most memorable game in my life. Pure awesomeness!
The above auto ran me $15 for the new Royals ace.
Another guy who was on the trade block was Pedro Alvarez. Pedro shows signs of absolute domination being able to crush the ball into the Alleghany River at will. He also shows month long levels of frustration of excess strikeouts and weak groundballs to the 2B. The Pirates are clearly willing to upgrade their 1B, but the obvious options available aren't all that inspiring. Maybe a huge salary risk like Prince Fielder could lead the Bucs to a Championship.
The above Pedro Alvarez 2014 Power Gold Foil ran me less than $5 delivered for the /75 card. These were prizes for unlocked codes from last year's Power Players cards.