Today my wife left for a trip to London with her Mom. This will mark the longest she has been away from our daughter so she is having a bit of separation anxiety. She claims this is not for lack of faith in my abilities, but just motherly nature. I think deep down inside she is worried what I can teach her during my time alone with her. She is only 3, but I have her saying Go Buccos and McCutchen. She is in good hands!
Last night I was organizing some scans of cards and thought I would share my favorite purchases so far in 2016. One theme that I really noticed was that I've been staying away from active Buccos. I don't think it is from lack of trying, but more from just the amounts auctions go off for. Guys like Marte and Polanco are having career seasons and the Pirates have graduated quite a few high end prospects which always creates a price jump.
Kent Tekulve is cardboard gold. He has several variants of these Topps buyback autos and I always try to keep my eyes peeled for them. This is one of my favorite autos in my entire Pirate collection.
Joe Alexander was a lottery pick and one of the bigger busts in recent memory. Being that he was picked so high means you get high end card releases. This has allowed me to pick up cards like the one above for pennies on the dollar.
Gerrit Cole hasn't been his dominant self this year and card prices have reflected that recently. Mix in the fact that his draft is full of pitchers who have flamed out has caused a buyers market for Cole. Cards like this cost less than the price of a blaster.