The Legend

The Legend

Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Longball Leaders

This is a card I haven't seen in a long time. Snagged it up a few weeks back. 

2002 Donruss Longball Leaders Brian Giles /37

This is one of those cards where I paid 3 times more in shipping than the actual card cost. I really despise doing that, but the card is rare enough, and the overall price cheap enough ($4.50) that I decided to pull the trigger.

I'm such a sucker for these funky insert parallels. 

Thanks for reading. 

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Must Have

I love seeing non star players get some cardboard love.  Usually when this happens I'm likely going to be thanking Panini.  They shine when it comes to checklist variety when compared to Topps.  

2017 National Treasures Don Hoak bat relic /10

I believe this is Don Hoak's first solo relic.  He was part of some triple relics in last years National Treasures set. As soon as I saw this card I knew I had to have it.  I paid $4.50 for the card and utilized the sellers combined shipping to pick up a few other Pirate cards. 

Hoak was on the 1960 World Series winning team.  He also is remembered for committing the error that ruined Harvey Haddix's perfect game in what was considered the best pitched game ever.  

Thanks for reading! 

Monday, November 20, 2017

Secret Santa Should be Fully Operational

Everyone should now be assigned someone so please check your emails if you haven't already. Try to make sure you get your gifts out before Christmas. Have fun!

If for some reason you didn't receive an email from me let me know.

Sunday, November 19, 2017

Beer and Bats

I've had a few of my ongoing blind trades morph into beer and card trading.  It is pretty much the best thing ever.  I highly suggest it. This time around it was my good buddy Jim aka GCRL who hooked me up.

I'm looking forward to trying these in the coming weeks. Mad Butch beer has a 10 WAR design in my opinion.  

I'm not sure if I have any of these HBP cards.  I knew about them, but it might be new to my collection.  Awesome!

A pair of Glasnow relics from high end sets.  Glasnow dominated AAA again this year, but sucked something awful in his Pirate starts.  Some scouts see him as a high end reliever so maybe that is where he will find his success.  I'm sure the Pirates will once again give him every opportunity to start before making the conversion.
It was cool to see Danny Ortiz get a card this year.  He only made a couple of appearances and likely won't have a clear path to the MLB again unless the Pirates have multiple injuries.

I'm thankful my blogging friends continue to throw some of the Fire cards my way.  I kept telling myself that I was going to buy some, but just never pulled the trigger. I know reviews have been all over the place, but I'm a fan of different and these are definitely different.

The lone football card is this numbered Willie Parker.  Parker topped the 1000 yard mark three consecutive years with the Black and Gold.

Thanks so much for sending me the brews and cards Jim. I already have one high end card for you, but need to fill out the package a little more before sending.

Thanks for reading.

Saturday, November 18, 2017

Fuji Trade

My good pal Fuji surprised me with a package last week. From the looks of it around the community he might have hit everyone.  You've been busy my friend. 

I've always liked this card. Don Slaught is just chilling and taken in all the action.  My guess is he isn't coming up to bat anytime soon. Also Desert Storm cards are awesome!
Here we have international sex symbol Mike Spanky Lavalliere. The guy just oozes athleticism.  Spanky actually still helps out the Bucco catchers during Spring Training.

This is a very catcher centric start to this post.  Ryan Doumit played for the Bucs for parts of 7 seasons. He would often flash some great offensive skills, but ultimately injury and defense kept him from reaching a higher status. Once the saber crowd started fine tuning catcher metrics it would show that Doumit was a historically bad catcher.

With all the negatives I still enjoyed Doumit. He was a funny guy that was easy to root for.  One has to wonder if the Pirates had committed to a position change if his career patch would have been different.

I have a few of these in my collection.  It looks like Freddy put on about 30lbs in this sketch. 

Pinnacle is always fun and I love collecting Pirates from the era right after the playoff years.  The Kevin Young is my favorite.
I don't think I have any of these in my collection so I was happy to see these. This is arguably Panini's best set.

Great shots all around with the Jay Bell being my favorite.

I've been begging for some more Pirate related Bonilla cards.  Please put him in Fan Favorites.

Early Cutch!

Man, Myth and Legend to finish things off.

Really appreciate you including me in your mass mailing Fuji.

Thanks for reading!

Friday, November 17, 2017

Needed Information for Secret Santa

I've sent emails to many of you already, but I still need some contact information for a few people that I don't even have emails for.

- Canyonwalker 2

If I don't hear back soon I will work to find replacements.

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Secret Santa Rules and Needed Contact Information

I've officially closed the sign up period for this years Secret Santa.  It looks like we are standing at 41 so I'll add myself to even things out if I can't find one other person before this goes live.  Here are a couple rules/what is expected for each participant.

- The limit is $10 for the actual gift.  Feel free to add extra trade bait to take full advantage of the envelope.

- Please reveal your identity at some point to the recipient of your gift. This helps me do a nice wrap up post at the end and may help introduce some new trade partners to our community.  Here is the post from last year.

- Our biggest problem last year is that we had a few people not acknowledge that they received their gift. I'm asking that you either create a blog post, Tweet or at the very least email the person that the package arrived.  If you create a blog post or Tweet I'll link them to the main wrap up post.

I'll send out emails to everyone by Friday in regards to the person they will be buying for.  If we've never traded before or have recently moved please send me your contact information and mailing address to .  If you have any questions just leave a comment here or send me an email.