Just like his former teammate Gerrit Cole who was recently traded to the Houston Astros, Andrew McCutchen will also be leaving the Pittsburgh Pirates to join another potential playoff contending team – the San Francisco Giants.
ON THIS DAY: Barry Bonds becomes fifth MLB player to hit 60 home runs, Topps Traded Tiffany card still most valuable
While Bonds was a rookie for the Pittsburgh Pirates during the baseball card era that overproduced sports cards, there is the limited 1986 Topps Traded Tiffany set issued that printed his rookie cards in a higher white stock of paper.
Born Aug. 18, 1934, Roberto Clemente would have turned 83 years old today if not for his untimely death on New Year’s Eve 1972 when the plane he was on crashed into the Atlantic Ocean.
There’s plenty of optimism for Pittsburgh Pirates’ fans who have young talented players in their system like Adam Frazier, Austin Meadows, Gregory Polanco, and Josh Bell.
But it’s unfortunate that veteran outfielder Andrew McCutchen these days isn’t contributing to the ball club as he consistently did in past years.
Batting a meagre .203 after almost two months of game action, it’s not the production Pirates fans expected from McCutchen. His .256 average in 2016 was a disappointment in itself.
The steady decline over the past couple seasons has certainly impacted his rookie card value.
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Perhaps talking about the eventual call up of Pittsburgh Pirates prospect Austin Meadows was a little premature.
Because rookie Josh Bell is heating up after a sluggish start. So much so, his manager Clint Hurdle changed his mind after declaring him not ready to bat in the cleanup spot.
In the afternoon game slated today against the Washington Nationals, that’s exactly where he was slotted and what did he do? Hit another homerun – number nine of the season to lead all National League rookies as of May 18.
Now because of his slow start, his 2012 Bowman Chrome Prospect base autographed card (BGS Graded 9.5/10) can still be found at a discount for less than $95.
Read More »Pittsburgh Pirates Josh Bell heating up right in time for summer
With the baseball season just around the corner, some of the highly-touted prospects will be sent down (if not already) to develop their skills further in the minors or to wait just a little while longer for an opportunity to arise to play in the big leagues.
One prospect to watch out for is outfielder Austin Meadows who is currently MLB.com’s number 9 prospect overall.
He certainly has the pedigree of a top prospect, having been drafted in the first round in 2013 and showing power/speed potential in both Double-A and Triple-A ball.
Read More »PROSPECT WATCH: Future Pittsburgh Pirates' outfielder Austin Meadows
Okay, so if you’ve been following our website at fivecardguys.com for the past few months, you might have already seen an article about Pittsburgh Pirates Gregory Polanco.
Here it is if you’re a new visitor (welcome by the way!)
I’ll point out one part of that article I still stand by and more so today after seeing his performance in the World Baseball Classic.
Read More »Buy low on Pittsburgh Pirates Gregory Polanco?
In another PWCC auction on eBay, a 1956 Topps Roberto Clemente (PSA Graded Gem Mt 10) just sold for a cool $100,099.
Forbes wrote an article yesterday after that auction ended, posing the question if the vintage baseball card boom has ended after the Clemente card sold for less than expected (despite the six figure number) by some collectors.
But as you read the article, you get the impression that the market correction for these vintage cards could be a short-term thing.
Read More »Another vintage baseball card sells for six figures
There was a time when Pittsburgh Pirates outfielder Gregory Polanco was the new shiny prospect that collectors were paying good money for.