Sunday, June 9, 2013

Trio of Sweet Tribute Cards

I picked up three new 2013 Tribute cards this week in a trade.  Each of the new cards is equally cool in it's own way, but I am always happy to add a nice new autograph from a great set like Tribute that features on-card autographs.  So, let's get started with the first only non-autographed card in this trade.

2013 Topps Tribute Green Yadier Molina 

This card actually started this trade.  My brother in-law pulled this card out of a pack of Tribute and we started working on a trade.  It can be tough to find cool Molina cards since he longer signs autographs and rarely has any new relic cards.  There are a few floating around here and there, but there is a definite premium on the cards and a serious lack of supply.  Of course, there are always parallel cards.  This card is limited to just 75 prints on really nice card stock and features a picture of Yadier in his catcher's gear.  It's been awhile since I have picked up a Yadi card, so I decided to go ahead and trade for this card which helped me land two more nice autographed Tribute cards.

2013 Topps Tribute Andy Pettitte Autograph 

I think at one point I owned a 1996 Leaf Signature Andy Pettitte autograph, but it has been awhile.  Pettitte, in my opinion, probably is one of those Hall of Very Good players and not a Hall of Famers, but he has been around forever and won a lot of games.  In fact, he picked up his 250th win yesterday.  Outside of his win total, I am not sure what Pettitte does really well.  His Baseball Reference comparables page is filled with other really good pitchers, not Hall of Famers, like David Wells, Mike Mussina, Kevin Brown, and Charlie Leibrandt.  

Despite being a little short on Hall of Fame credentials Pettitte has some pretty good and valuable cardboard floating around.  He's a definite fan favorite in New York, you can find an occasional Astros fan, and his cards are in pretty high demand.  Hall of Very Good Player with Hall of Fame prices.  It happens.  

2013 Topps Tribute Matt Moore Autograph 

Last, but not least, is one of my favorite former Durham Bulls.  Matt Moore is off to a really good start this season in Tampa sitting at 8-1 with an ERA just below 3.  I picked up a bunch of Moore autographs last year, but this is my first of 2013.  Moore has a great signature and his autographs have come down a little bit from last year making them a little bit more affordable.


  1. Nice Pettitte. One of these days I'd like to add an autograph of his to my collection... preferably a hard signed one like yours.

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