The Legend

The Legend

Sunday, September 25, 2016

RIP Jose Fernandez

Life if precious. Hug your kids. Tell your significant other you love them. Pick up the phone and call your parents.  You never know when that last day may come.

Always tough to take when such a young talent is taken away early. RIP Jose.

Saturday, September 24, 2016

Flying the Colors

I don't really go out of my way to show pieces of my WVU collection until football season starts. I know many of you are active watchers of football so if there is ever an appropriate time to showoff some collegiate cardboard it would be football Saturdays.

This Tavon Austin card was the main event of my card shop purchase when I was in Rhode Island.  Little did I know that all WVU football cards end up there.  The good thing about this card is that it looks super fancy, but didn't carry a fancy price.

The Rams just gave Tavon a bunch of money but still have yet to figure out a way to get him the ball. I think this is mainly due to the fact that Case Keenum is their quarterback.  Tavon has already scored touchdowns in his career via reception, rush, punt return and kick return.  Get him the ball.

My true passion when collecting WVU guys is when they are featured in their college colors.  This great card features Kevin White and Charles Sims. Both play a vital part in their respective teams offenses. The WVU gold always looks good in relic cards.

WVU is playing a neutral site game against BYU today in Landover Md where the Redskins play. This really isn't much of a neutral site for WVU as the DC area is the biggest alumni chapter for WVU and only ~ 3hrs away from Morgantown.  Should be a solid showing from the WVU fans.

Enjoy the baseball and football today! Go Mountaineers, beat BYU.

Thursday, September 22, 2016

Card Sorting

I've been trying to sort through a handful of cards a night as I continue my quest to become an organized adult.  I always have good intentions, but I get sidetracked easily.  Here is how the process goes.

1. Puts a few cards in sleeves
2. Finds a couple cards that might be good blogging material
3. Starts to read blogs
4. Looks at Twitter
5. Checks Fantasy baseball lineups.
6. Texts back and forth about fantasy football trades.
7. Calls it a night, will pick up tomorrow

Of the few cards I did look through today, this Bonds relic was probably the most notable.  Nice to see skinny Bonds compared to Hulk Bonds. In all seriousness I could care less about the steroid issue with him. The whole thing was so over the top with senate hearings and criminal investigations.  Waste of time and money.  The biggest issue I had with Bonds was that he was a miserable asshole.

This year when the Pirates played the Marlins, Bonds gave a pretty candid interview about his persona as a player.  Basically saying that he regretted the smug persona he created for himself and that he regrets being known as a bad teammate and a huge dick to the media.  I guess you get self reflective as you get up their in years.  I'm not sure how serious you can take him, but from all accounts he has been much better with interview requests.

Now back to card sorting /picks up phone to play Words with Friends.

Wednesday, September 21, 2016


Take a look at this card.  If you stare too close it will steal your soul.

2015 Goodwin Champions Austin Meadows Auto

I own this card because Austin Meadows autos are not cheap.  He is by far the least represented of the Pirate top prospects in my collection.  He had a good bit of hype out of high school and continues to make his way through the system quickly.  He will likely be the Pirates top prospect next year and possibly a top 20 in all of baseball.  Long story short, beggars can't be choosers.  

The card does have the positive of having an on card auto.  Austin also has a very cool signature.  When it was all said in done this card cost me around $3.75.  Cheap enough to look past other issues. 

Thanks for reading. 

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Bob Walk Picks the Award Winners

The other day I was emailing back and forth with some friends talking about who we thought should be the major award winners this year. Here are my winners for each leagues MVP, Cy Young and ROY. 

1. Corey Seager (should be unanimous)

NL Cy Young - I struggled with this one because what Kershaw did in his limited innings was sooooo good. You have to penalize him some for falling short on innings.  He is awesome so I'm still picking him. 
1. Kershaw
2. Scherzer
3. Syndergaard

1. Bryant
2. Seager
Big drop off after those two.  I have a feeling Bryant will win by a good bit. 

1. Fulmer
2. Sanchez 

This wouldn't have even been close a month back, but holy crap Gary Sanchez is murdering baseballs. 

AL Cy Young.
1. Kluber
2. Sale
3. Quintana

Sorry Red Sox fans, no Rick Porcello for me.  #killthewin

1. Mike Trout
2. Josh Donaldson
3. Manny Machado

The narrative that you have to be on a good team is a bunch of shit. Mike Trout is the best player in the world, but will get screwed out of another MVP. My guess is Donaldson will win. 

Pretty much every stat about Mike Trout this day has him in the same company as Ty Cobb, Rogers Hornsby and Mickey Mantle.  

Who you got?

Monday, September 19, 2016

A Real Giant

When I made my card shop visit in Providence I went it with low expectations and came out with over 100 cards.  Needless to say I had a good time. Most of the cards I came home with were WVU related so it doesn't make for the greatest blogging material.  I'll probably show the notable ones on football Saturday's.

The Pirate cards I did come home with were low end autos and relics.  The one notable outlier was this beauty....

1964 Topps Giant Bob Clemente

When I was getting ready to negotiate my final purchase price with the shop owner he brought one of these bad boys out to show me. The crazy thing was he had stacks of all the high end guys from this set.  He told me a few weeks earlier an older gentleman came in looking to unload a ton of these Giant cards. The owner bought all of them, sent a bunch for grading and pieced out the rest for individual sell.  

After some negotiation the owner decided just to give me the Clemente card because I had spent a good amount of money on all the other cards. I was pretty pumped up.  Right as I was leaving I added the Yaz copy to my stack to give to Mark Hoyle when I met up with him the next day. He did have that card already, but he happily took my copy as it was in much better shape. 

From what I understand this set use to be very expensive, but several years back a whole bunch of these were found and hit the market. Obviously the big names still sell, but as long as you are buying ungraded copies it is affordable. 

Thanks for reading. 

Sunday, September 18, 2016

The Rest of the Hoyling

I've mentioned a few times on the blog and Twitter about the cards Mark Hoyle gave me in person, but this time I wanted to make sure to fully acknowledge them with a trade post.  I've been trading with Mark for a couple of years now and his generosity knows no bounds. The guy is top notch.

We had a good laugh because Mark told me I've probably given him most of the relics he owns and I told him he has single handedly gave me a respectable vintage collection.  Our collecting styles make for easy blind trades with each other.

First was a new card that celebrates an old.  Great looking card.  I've been frustrated with Topps as they continually use unflattering pictures of Maz late in his career.  This is a much better choice.
 A true vintage card of the Pirate great.

 This trade package was very Maz oriented! Maybe I should try and put this Maz tattoo on my daughter...

Recently I was reading an article and Maz that basically said Maz was an undeserving hall of famer. If you look at the numbers it is hard to argue his case.  It helps to have one of the defining moments in World Series history to put you over the top.  Maz's issue was his bat.  While not a liability he never had anything close to resembling a hall of fame type of offensive season.  His value was always tied to his glove. Probably the closest case in recent history to Maz would be Ozzie Smith, but Ozzie played a premium position.  I'm glad Maz is in, but definitely understand where people are coming from saying that he is fringe at best.

I've shown this card a couple of times, but it is just so cool that I continue to show it off.  I'm all for cigarette companies making cards again along with every other oddball type of issue.  I agree with Mecca Cigarettes slogan on the bottom, "Perfect Satisfaction."

Thanks again Mark.  Hopefully we can meet up again soon.  You need to come to PNC next year.