I've been on a cold streak lately with eBay purchases, which is a shame because prices have been affordable for a lot of the Pirates. Gerrit Cole autos seem to be the only thing I can win, with one big exception. I've been on the hunt for this auto since Opening Day came out and finally got it done a few weeks back. Check this out....
2014 Topps Opening Day Pirate Parrot Auto
The Parrot is one of the more recognizable mascots out there, so that along with the novelty of owning a weird item drove the prices sky high when Opening Day was released. Thankfully the market cooled some and I was able to find one for a much more reasonable price. Maybe we can have a good comment debate below on the top 5 baseball mascots. In no order here are my favorites.
1. Pirate Parrot
2. Mr. Met
3. Phillie Phanatic
4. Bernie Brewer
5. The Oriole Bird
Honorable Mention Billy the Marlin
The Parrot auto also helped with a little side project I'm working on. I've challenged myself to see how much of the master set of 2014 Opening Day I can complete. I've already completed the set along with the non auto/relic insert sets. I also have a good chunk of the blue parallels /2014. The relics are cheap with the exception of Jeter which I should be able to find at some point. I have a good start on the autos, but most likely will not complete. Mike Trout is way too expensive. So my goal is to find everything minus Trout and call it a day. I'm thinking Opening Day will be my one non Pirate project every year. The price point is great and a lot of the blog world opens it so trades should be easy to make.
Thanks for reading!