Sunday, August 23, 2015

Sunday Night Baseball: Starling Marte Die Cut

Tonight the Pirates are hosting the Giants in a rematch of last years NL Wild Card game. The Pirates hope things go better than last years 8-0 loss.

2015 Topps Stadium Club Luminous Triumvirate #T-7B

 In last years single game showdown nothing went the Pirates way. They only managed four hits but one of them belonged to Starling Marte.

The 26 year old left fielder is in the middle of his third full season with the big club, and is once again putting together solid numbers. Currently Marte stands at 15 HR,  61 RBI, .290 AVG - Good Enough for a 119 OPS+ and a club leading 4.0 WAR.

Luminous Triumvirate
In our Blaster Break I mentioned that I don't understand this insert -Die Cuts aren't really my thing. As implied by the name Triumvirates are Trios of cards with a similar theme - the 3 Cards are die-cut as puzzle pieces that fit together to make a single long card. The #7 Triumvirate is dedicated to the Pirates, Starlings partners in his Troika are Andrew McCutchen and Gregory Polanco.

Triumvirates has three Levels based on manufactured scarcity, The Luminous above is the most common tier of the insert (1 per box - however available in retail)

2015 Topps Stadium Club Luminous Triumvirate #T-7B (b-side)

Maybe this is part of Triumvirate's theme, but in my opinion these are lame backs.

Playoff Contenders
The Pirates have the second best record in the NL and this card has been added to the Pirates portion of our Playoff Contenders Index

Sources and Links
2015 Playoff Contenders Index
Cardboard Connection

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