I've been fortunate to be one of the only major Russell Martin collectors out there since I reentered the hobby, and the only one in the blogging world that I've encountered. That even held true -- much to my delight -- when Russ signed with the New York Yankees. However, since his move to the Pittsburgh Pirates, I've had to contend with Pirates Treasure Room while being cognizant that Bob Walk the Plank could be lurking around any eBay corner.
But this time, the treasure is mine! Russ doesn't have a ton of Pirates' stuff out there, but as usual, what does exist features a great photo. Out of 2014 Topps Gypsy Queen, this 1/1 Black Printing Plate is a most welcome addition to my collection of the former Dodgers' backstop from the Great White North.