Tuesday, January 31, 2017

My first Tino 1/1 by way of Andrew McCutchen

Frequently we discuss the generosity of other bloggers and collectors. I was recently on the receiving end of another one of these instances.

As a player collector, I know how hard it is to assemble a collection you feel proud of for being truly unique. I’d like to think I have the best Tino Martinez collection out there, but I don’t believe that’s true. I’m missing too many high end cards. Therefore, I frequently find myself “oohing” and “ahhing” over Brian’s collection over at Collecting Cutch. Brian quite possibly has the greatest Andrew McCutchen collection on Earth. That is not an exaggeration. While there may be others who super collect Cutch, I’m not sure anyone can boast over 100 different autos, rookie superfractors, bat knobs, etc. But Brian can. And I admire his dedication. Now I just hope Cutch doesn’t get traded…

For being a loyal reader of the blog Collecting Cutch and giving him a Twitter shoutout, Brian hooked me up big time. He said he was focusing on quality over quantity. Hmmm, I thought. Either way, always appreciate freebies. What I got definitely floored me:
My first 1/1 Tino!!!!!!! Oh man, I’ve been wanting one of these. Since Tino isn’t someone featured on current cards, his printing plates and 1 of 1s are not easy to find. I couldn’t be happier to finally have one from 1996 Pacific! Just the other day I was trying to figure out what my rarest Tino was. Now I know for certain.

As if that wasn’t cool enough, check this out! These are the photo matches of Tino’s 1996 Bowman – front and back – from the Topps Vault! 
I need to frame those, right?!

Man, Brian. I can’t thank you enough. Two very unique, one-of-a-kind items. I really appreciate it!


  1. Very nice. Of Brian and for your collection. Congrats!

  2. Wow... I didn't even know printing plates were released to the public back in the 90s. That's a great addition to you collection.
    (Oh, and for what it's worth, you at the top of the list of all the Tino Martinez collectors that I know.)

  3. Those are some really unique pieces to add to your PC! Nice pickups!

  4. My favorite player (Andrew Shaw - hockey), that I'm sure I have THE best collection of, was traded this offseason. It sucks. It still doesn't seem like it happened.

  5. That was cool of Brian. You are right about his collection. It is by far the best Cutch collection I've ever seen.

  6. Glad you liked them AJ. Thanks for the kind words about my collection too. You should definitely frame the Topps Vault stuff. That would look cool framed.