Friday, April 29, 2016

McCutchen Mailday #98 & 99: Two Low Number Parallels from 2010

Chrome cards of Cutch from 2010 don't pop up very often, but when I saw both of these hit and end within minutes of one another, I knew that I had to try and win them both so that I can add them to my latest batch of Cutch PC additions in 2016.

Mission accomplished.

The scan on the Orange Bowman Chrome refractor kept cutting the card off because of the way that year's release warped.  I assure you the card is perfectly centered (9.5 easily)
Both parallels are numbered to only 25 copies.  The Bowman Chrome was purchased for about half the price of the Red Refractor Topps Chrome.

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

McCutchen Mailday #97: SICK ALL-STAR GAME PATCH

This post is very well timed after Cutch's 3 HR performance last night. What better way than to pay tribute than to show off a Triple Threads patch?

I love All-Star Game Patches from Triple Threads and over the past year I have put a lot of focus on adding nice Cutch patches from the game.  My most recent addition hails from 2014 Triple Threads and has a nice prime patch from the 2013 All-Star Game
2013 All-Star Game from 2014 Triple Threads

Cutch has appeared in 5 All-Star Games in his 6 full seasons since making his debut June 2009.  When Triple Threads comes out this year and has a nice prime patch from the 2015 All-Star game, you can be certain that I will add one to my collection.
Below is the other's that I have from previous All-Star games

2012 All-Star Game from 2013 Triple Threads
2011 All-Star Game from 2012 Triple Threads

2014 All-Star Game from 2015 Triple Threads

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

McCutchen Mailday #96: WalMart Delivery

Cutch is part of this year's WalMart Pizza card set, but I haven't come across any yet.  On a side note, I added this blue Wal Mart parallel to my collection for $1.
For a recap of all the Cutch cards I have added to my collection this year, check out the link here.

Monday, April 25, 2016

Pops, Mad Dog, the Cobra, and the R-O-Y

If only it could have been Teke or Omar Moreno that appeared on this card instead of Jason Bay

Don't get me wrong, I love Jason Bay, but adding someone else from the 1979 We Are Family Pirates would have been a lot better.

This eBay 1/1 or as normal people should call it 100/100 was purchased using some eBay bucks a few months ago.

The problem I always have when adding multiplayer cards I collect is who to file them under. Normally it goes into this kind of ranking
1)PC player (Cutch or Morton)
2)Hall of Fame credentials (then by Year of induction)
3)Number of MVPs or Cy Youngs
4)Number of All-Star Games
5)Pick a player, any player

So since this card doesn't feature Cutch, I filed it under Pops because he was inducted into the Hall of Fame and the other 3 players have not (although Dave Parker could arguably be considered since his stats are nearly identical to HoFer Jim Rice).

Sunday, April 24, 2016

McCutchen Mailday #93-95: Another Test Proof and a Dominator

Here's some more Donruss cards I have added in 2016 in case you haven't seen enough already.

The test proof from the 1982 Retro design is the highlight of the bunch which also includes an Elite Dominator /999 and the non numbered pink parallel as seen below

For those keeping track at home, my Andrew McCutchen collection is now my main focus of my entire collecting goals. 

Saturday, April 23, 2016

McCutchen Mailday #92: Minor League Relase from 2007

Finding minor league cards of Cutch for a fair price is becoming more and more difficult, but this 2007 Eastern League Top Prospect from his Altoona Curve days was bought for $5 delivered.  I'm on pace to match last year's nearly 400 Cutch PC additions in a calendar year with this recent addition to the PC.

Friday, April 22, 2016

Thursday, April 21, 2016

McCutchen Mailday #87 and 88: A Pair of Low Number Parallels

Today's Cutch PC Additions bring us two lower numbered parallels.  The Orange Bowman's Best refractor /25 was snagged for only $8, while the Black Chrome Refractor /67 was bought for $30.

Clearly it's nothing like the 1/1 rookie Superfractor of Cutch I showed yesterday, but it was a pair of cards I needed to add for the Cutch PC.

I have really changed my focus on card collecting the past year and a half. Instead of buying up lots of parallels, autos, etc of guys like Jose Tabata and Matt Capps, I am strictly sticking to being a Supercollector of Charlie Morton and Andrew McCutchen in addition to being a base team set collector for Topps, Stadium Club, Ginter, and Heritage. I suppose I will continue to add the base cards of Donruss as long as they are continued to be produced.

Wednesday, April 20, 2016


As sports cards collectors, we look for several things when seeking out that Holy Grail of cards.  It could be a rookie, a 1 of 1, an autograph, a "sick" patch.  These are all things that come to mind.

For me, the Grail McCutchen cards was adding a Superfractor from one of his first Bowman releases (2005 Draft, 2008 Futures Game, or 2009 Bowman Rookie Card).

I can check that last one off the list.

Behold it's most majestic form.
Official rookie card Superfractor.

A Superfractor Rookie Card of a player on the path for the Hall of Fame and my main player PC.  I don't know if 2016 will bring me much more success than adding this beauty to the collection, but even if the rest of the year fall's short, I'm ok with what  I have added thus far in my 2016 Cutch PC additions.

Let's just check out the backside of this beauty
Look at that sexy 1/1 in the bottom right corner.

Tuesday, April 19, 2016

McCutchen Mailday #84 + 85: Seeing Red Parallels

When I go looking for new Cutch cards, I tend to buy cards by groups. For instance, I may seek out 2016 Donruss or Heritage and win a bunch of them and get them all to show up around the same time. Other times I will seek out by color and get a few of the same color parallels at same time.

Today is one of those posts. I was looking up McCutchen Red parallels and came across these two which I bought and they arrived at same time.

Sunday, April 17, 2016

The Time is Now!!!!

Topps in trying to stay with current times debuted Topps Now!, a limited print run of cards highlighting the 2016 season as the events happen. For only 24 hours following the previous day's top stories, collectors can go online and purchase cards and have them sent directly to you.

Each card is $9.99 or can be acquired by buying in bulk for a cheaper rate (as low as $4). After 24 hours, the cards print run is declared and production starts.

Yesterday I received the Francisco Liriano in the mail from Topps.

Saturday, April 16, 2016

McCutchen Mailday #82: Orange you glad I didn't say Donruss

After posting plenty of 2016 Donruss cards over the past few days, I recently got an Orange Factory Set parallel in the mail from 2012 Topps.

So Orange you glad I didn't say Donruss?
This 82nd new Cutch addition to the PC keeps me on track for my annual goal.

Keep in mind that I am basically a month plus behind with my posts. I currently as of typing this have added over 130 new Cutch cards to the PC.

Friday, April 15, 2016

My 1st Jackie Robinson relic with special guest Roberto Clemente

Today is a historically recognized day for not just baseball, but America as a whole. As we all know Jackie Robinson broke the color barrier on this day.

This is my first relic of Jackie and it also happens to feature one of the pioneers in Latin American ballplayers too.

The back describes it perfectly

Thursday, April 14, 2016

McCutchen Mailday #81: Another Donruss Test Proof?

After grabbing the cyan test proof, I sought out the other test proof cards. Today I grabbed the Black in the mail.

Couldn't pass it up, so I didn't.
I'm starting to worry about the Bucs pitching this year.

Wednesday, April 13, 2016

McCutchen Mailday #78, 79 and 80: More Donruss!!!!

A test proof and a base card join the Bat King relic in today's post.
What's odd is that I don't have the 2015 Bat King relic yet, but have grabbed the 2016 already.
Time to go look for that 2015 Bat King...

Tuesday, April 12, 2016

McCutchen Mailday #76 + 77: Production Line Parallels

It's looking like Christmas on the blog today and that's because I added a pair of 2014 Donruss Production Line parallels.
Expect more Donruss cards in the near future.

The Green is numbered to 25 for his HR total and the red is numbered to 83 copies for his RBI total.

I really like the Production Line parallels. It sort of reminds me of the Moments and Milestones set from many years ago, but without the craziness that caused super collectors.

Monday, April 11, 2016

McCutchen Mailday #73-75: 3 more Donruss

I added a few more 2016 Donruss additions
Pink 1982 variant
Black Diamond King /199
Statline /298

Don't worry, there's more coming though

Sunday, April 10, 2016

I Held The Coveted Card and a McCutchen Mailday (120-126)

Yesterday I went to the Chantilly Virginia sports show with my brother because he wanted to attend a few of the Jacksonville Jaguars player signings. It was my last day of vacation and I tagged along for the ride. In less than two months I will be an uncle as my brother and his wife are expecting a baby girl in Early May. I viewed this little get away to be one of the last times him and I get to hang out without a baby or our ladies around.

I really wasn't interested in any of the player signings except Antonio Brown, but his prices were way too high.

Instead I just browsed the dealer's area and picked up some supplies, dime box cards, and some vintage I needed.

Oh and I got to see an authentic T206 Honus Wagner in person AND get my picture with it.


This sure beats the heck out of all the reprints I have seen in my time.

I did find this unique oddball card talking about the prized card in the 25 cent bin.

As if that wasn't enough, I also grabbed a bunch of supplies, some vintage, and a few Cutch cards I needed.

When I got home these were in the mailbox.

I will return to normal updates to show all the Cutch cards I have gotten between my 72nd new PC additions and 119th new PC additions.

Holding the Wagner and getting a trio of Cutch rookies needed an immediate update though.

Overall though, I am very very happy with how the Cutch collection has grown to Supercollector status over the past year.

Saturday, April 9, 2016

McCutchen Mailday #72: Triple Threads All-Star Relic

I have been looking for the Andrew McCutchen All Star Patch Relics each year and have recently picked up two which I needed.

Hauling in this 2013 Triple Threads patch relic from the 2012 All Star Game was a huge grab for me. At the time of the All-Star Game, Cutch looked like he was on his way to becoming an MVP candidate. The Pirates were battling for 1st place and Cutch was in the top 10 for many offensive categories. He would finish the year with a career best 30 HRs and be runner up in the batting title with a .327 mark. That season started the yearly trend of his .300/.400/.500 triple slash line that we have become used to.

Here's a few others that I have

There's another one rolling in soon, but I don't want to show the card in it's entirety so here's a sneak peek at it.

Friday, April 8, 2016

McCutchen Mailday #69-71: Heritage Additions

I added the base cards of Cutch from 2016 Heritage in addition to the Action variant for $10 and couldn't be happier.

Also coming in the mail soon are a handful of Chromes and inserts.
The goal of adding nearly 400 new Cutch cards by year's end is actually on target, it's keeping up with the blog that's not.

Today is the 99th day in the year and I currently have added 119 new Cutch cards to the PC, but have only updated for the first 71. Stay tuned as many more posts are coming including some Grail like cards.

Thursday, April 7, 2016

McCutchen Mailday #68: Buyback Auto

Getting Andrew McCutchen 2005 Bowman cards is high on my list this year as I would like to get a page's worth of the Pirates All-Star center fielder's rookie card.

Recently a Buyback from 2006 Originals popped up for Cutch's 2005 Bowman card numbered /561. I quickly did the Buy It Now option and added it to my collection. I feel like I have been saying it forever, but I am almost at 100 unique verified autographs of Cutch.

Wednesday, April 6, 2016

Bonds Away

Last night, I was going back and forth between the Pirates/Cardinals game and the Marlins/Tigers game. My brother is a big Marlins fan and I was curious to see how the team would operate under Don Mattingly and their new hitting coach, Barry Bonds. The first five innings looked ugly as former Cy Young winner and MVP winner, Justin Verlander held the fish hitless.

Then the bats woke up. It was an ugly bullpen game from both teams. Former Bucco, Bryan Morris, gave up two solo shots in the 9th.

After that I stopped paying attention to that game entirely though because the Bucs were in the midst of lockdown bullpen battles with the Cardinals. It was amazing to see them win that game last night and seeing Gregory Polanco using all his tools on display reminded me of another speedy toolsy outfielder who swung the bat from the left side.

Can RunPMC (Polanco, Marte, Cutch) be better than AVS (Andy Van Slyke)  and the killer Bs (Bonds and Bonilla)?

I think so!!!

Until I can add more PMC cards, I will just show off this sick Jersey Relic of the HR Champ.



Monday, April 4, 2016

McCutchen Mailday #64-66: 3 color parallels

This is just a beautiful collection of colored parallels. The gold Finest Competitors helps me get closer to the rainbow of that insert and the turquoise museum is an Asia Exclusive. By far my favorite though is the white border of Cutch's 2005 Bowman Draft and Prospects.
I'm hoping to have 1,500 unique cards of Cutch by year's end. At the current pace, that goal is going to be little tough.

Sunday, April 3, 2016

McCutchen Mailday #62 and 63: It's a Laser Show

Topps made their Laser Cut cards this year and McCutchen was one of the core players to be featured.

I grabbed both the base and the relic versions for $40. That may sound like a crazy price to pay, but I have seen the relic versions of it sell for more than that.

I am on my way home from the Bucs season opener. I'll add pics tomorrow. Got a 6 hour drive home now.