Saturday, January 30, 2016

A second chance to go back to 1981

2011 was the year I really got back into collecting. It was also the first time I was exposed to manupatches.

My own personal jury is still out as it relates to manupatches. I don't like when they replace an actual jersey/auto hit in a box. I do like some of the sets, however. Some, I don't. I just can't figure out my stance, for whatever reason.

In 2011, Topps pushed these manupatches pretty hardcore. I believe they were one per blaster.

I will say it is one of the manupatch sets that I do like. I'm not sure if it reminds me of when I got back into collecting, or if I think the cards are actually nice. I did like the throwback logos used on many of the cards, and this Michael Pineda is no different.
According to, this logo was introduced in 1981, before Big Mike was even born. I probably like it the most out of the four primary marks the M's have used since 1977.

I initially bid on this card when it was up for auction. I bid $1.99 (with free shipping), and it sold for $2.24. However, a few days later I got a "second chance" email offer to purchase this card for $1.99 shipped. It is one I needed for my Pineda collection, so I felt good about snagging it for under two bucks.


  1. Very nice addition. Your Pineda PC is growing quite nicely.

  2. Nice addition for a nice price.

    I liked the manufactured patch cards as blaster bonus inserts... they're just fancy insert cards, and they are more visually appealing than the plain white/grey relics they had been using before introducing them.

    I didn't think they made good hobby "hits," though.

  3. a lot of the manu-patches are colorful and great additions - to my collection anyway. I don't think these should count as a hit though. plain white or gray swatches have become so commonplace there's no value in them, even for the biggest stars. Paul's comment is spot on.

  4. I enjoy manufactured patches for the most part... but definitely don't consider them a "hit". As for the Mariners logo... I like their current one, but the 1981 is by far their best (imho).