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Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Ice

I don't mess around much with Bowman parallels other than some refractor autos I have in my collection. While I'm not as much against parallel cards in general as some, I do think too many exist. Since so many exist I base my purchases on which parallels I find the most visually appealing. My favorites are the Topps acetates/clear cards that are numbered to 10 and the silver frames /20.

With that being said I will pull the trigger if the price is right. Such was the case with this AJ Burnett.


AJ Burnett 2013 Bowman Purple Ice /10

AJ still doesn't have a ton of Pirate cards. This makes finding some of his more limited releases tough as prices can be high. Thankfully I ended up spending more on shipping than the actual card itself ($2.25 + $2.99 shipping). Seemed like a reasonable price to pay for a card numbered to 10.

On a personal note I'm not the biggest AJ fan. He has been great for the Pirates, but something about him rubs me the wrong way. Must be his demonstrative style on the mound. He has an ultra competitive personality that sometimes can go a bit overboard when you can tell he is pissed at one of his teammates for not making a play. He is in the same mold as a John Lackey and Chris Carpenter. They just seem like miserable pricks on the mound.

I don't really let this personal bias effect my collection. The Pirates have had some well documented assholes over the years with the likes of Brian Giles and Jason Kendall coming to mind. Both are well represented in my collection.  For all I know Cutch and Gerrit Cole could be huge assholes. I don't know these guys personally all my opinions are based on what I see on the field.

10 comments:

  1. "He is in the same mold as a John Lackey and Chris Carpenter. They just seem like miserable pricks on the mound."

    Personally I've never looked at AJ in this light. And that's even considering his lack of success as a Yankee. Probably because I've always put Lackey and Big Carp as just a bit below Delmon Young and Josh Lueke in the (un)likability department.

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    1. At least AJ will clarify to his teammates why he did what he did. Lackey just seems like a huge dick. I always thought it would be funny if the outfielders would start flailing their arms when he gave up a homer.

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  2. I personally would love to see AJ step into the batters box and stand there and call time out and grab himself and all that against Jered Weaver. They are both "pricks" and seeing what would happen between the two would be hilarious

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    1. It would probably result in stupid baseball fight where everyone runs out and does nothing.

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  3. On a different note, I think the cracked ice cards are some of the best parallels around. Oh, and I really dig the purple and how it pairs well with the gold.

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    1. Shiny! Their is a Neil Walker online right now too that I have my eye on.

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  4. These Ice parallels have to be one of Bowman's best innovations.

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    1. It is probably the best parallel they have.

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  5. I didn't dislike him, I just couldn't figure out why he didn't have the ability to put it all together. He was obviously filthy and had the ability, but couldn't get out of his own way.

    That's a really nice card, regardless who is on it.

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    1. He has been really good with the Pirates because he doesn't try and strikeout everyone. Once he embraced the shifts he started inducing a ton of grounders. His Marlin/Blue Jay/Yankee career was just trying to strikeout everyone.

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