2012 Panini National Treasures Andrew McCutchen Auto/Button /6
I've been so busy trading that it has been a while since I'm shown off a card from my favorite active Pirate. I purchased this card not long after National Treasures came out from a seller in Canada who had a very reasonable buy it now price. Game used button cards are not very high on my list of relics to collect, but anytime I can add an auto of Cutch for a decent price I usually pull the trigger. This is especially true when the card is a short print from a high end set.
It is nice to see McCutchen following up his MVP year by arguably having a better season this year. Right now only Troy Tulowitzki and baseball cyborg Mike Trout have better WARs than McCutchen. Generally speaking MVP's are not given to players on losing teams. Off the top of my head I can only think of Alex Rodriguez during his Rangers days as a player who received the award on a below .500 team. Lots of baseball left, but I'm hoping for another MVP for the Pirates center fielder. Looking at stats alone the short list right now would probably consist of Tulowitzki, Giancarlo Stanton, Jonathan Lucroy, Carlos Gomez and Cutch.