The Legend

The Legend

Monday, September 25, 2017

Hook Line and Sinker

For better or worse I've committed myself to everything Pirate related to the Topps NOW program. As a Pirate collector I've been pretty happy over the course of the two years.  The Pirates have been middle of the road in terms cards produced so the investment has been minimal.  In terms of the actual cards themselves their have been ups and downs, but the overall body of work has still been positive.  My biggest complaints have been some boring photos and the fact they've gotten a little walkoff happy.

Last month the NOW program went all in on the Players Weekend.  They produced a set for every team featuring five players chosen nickname.  It was a guaranteed purchase for me.

 I was kind of hoping to see a Felipe "Nightmare" Rivero, but overall it was a nice selection of players. The Bell makes for a unique rookie card so that was pretty cool.  Cards like these is what I like about the NOW program. 

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Sunday, September 24, 2017

Round 2

Last night I featured a crazy nice triple auto that Kevin sent directly to me via an eBay auction win.  Today I want to showoff the rest of the cards sent to me from the #1 ranked French citizen.  Seriously, Google it if you must.  Kevin is the worlds greatest Frenchman. 

Let's start off with some Ginter relics

 I love that Topps got their hands on some of the alternate Pirates jersey.  The bright yellow is likely from the throwback 1979 jerseys they wear on Sundays.  Definitely makes a single color relic pop more.
 Cool combo of players here.
 Tony Plush
 I always talk about cataloging my Jason Bay collection.....Probably a close second would be Giles.  I have a pretty extensive collection of Giles. He has so many unique cards being that he played for the Bucs in the late 90s, early 2000's
 This was a pleasant surprise for sure.  Kevin has been sneaking some Steelers an WVU guys lately.  This booklet card features a nice auto and a huge jersey swatch.  It also has kind of a shadowbox feel to it.
 Hard to find nice on card autos than Tribute. 

 I'm always pumped to receive Bell cards.  He has really jumped in price the last couple of months. 

 Some parallels of current Buccos. The top left Bell is /150.  Beautiful card!

 WVU's most famous sports alum. What a cool looking insert.

 A cool Burnett parallel.  Wish Opening Day still numbered these.

Thanks so much Kevin for this awesome package.  So many great cards.  You really know my collection.

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Saturday, September 23, 2017

Triple Threat

I've been away from home most of the weekend, but I wanted to showoff this bad boy. It is one of the nicest cards I've added in a long time. 

2016 Triple Threads Marte/Polanco/Harrison Auto /27

You don't often see triple autos that feature three every day players, but such is the case with this awesome Triple Threads card sent to me by my good pal Kevin of Card Papoy fame. He had told me to expect a high end direct delivery from eBay, but you don't really prepare for an awesome triple auto. 

I have a bunch of cards from Kevin to showoff soon, but obviously you can see why this one needs a post all to its self.  Wow Kevin!!!!!!!!

Thursday, September 21, 2017

So Much Variety

I'm in the midst of quite the mail week.  It is a cool feeling when people just send you cards out of the blue. My scanner is working overtime this week which is a beautiful thing.  

A couple weeks back Julie hit me up on Twitter to ask me if I would like this card.....

Yes Please!!!!! This jersey from Ginter even has a nice stripe.  Nice change of pace from this set as many of the relics are very boring.  

Of course Julie didn't stop at just the Ginter relic. 

I'm a sucker for any portrait/canvas cards out there.  Topps Gallery has long been a favorite of mine.  It kind of looks like a little league field in the background.
I had to actually go look this set up to jog my memory.  2003 Fleer Splendid Splinters is one of about 9 billion short lived sets in this era.  Love receiving cards like this.

Upper Deck channeling its inner Studio.

Bazooka was kind of fun for a short period of time.  I think UD Collectors Choice or Topps Total will be forever my favorite budget sets, but Bazooka provided a nice change of pace.
Julie really hit me with a bunch of short lived sets.  Here is cardboard God Jason Kendall.

A very young Aramis Ramirez.  Private Stock would have been so much better if they didn't distort the backgrounds.
Some current Buccos.......for now.
Julie sent what I think was the full team set of Chrome.  The Marte and Cole were my favorites this year. Throwback Bucco uniforms always make good cardboard.

I haven't done a whole lot with the Bowman sets the last couple of years.  Nice to receive some Platinum in trade.


Love the Jackie Robinson day card.

One of these years I need to catalog my Bay collection.
A little vintage...Carl Taylor looks like he is about to throw up.
I think this Neil Walker might be my favorite of the whole bunch.  The team name on this card is way too big but it is such a great shot.

Thanks for thinking of me when you pulled the Cutch Julie.  I'm working on a return shot soon.

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Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Mad Max and Friends

My pal Dennis recently surprised me with some great cards (and magazines!) last week.  Of course anything involving Dennis is taken to the next level.  

I thought it was a rule that if your name is Max your nickname automatically becomes "Mad", but unfortunately Max Carey's nickname was Scoop.  Either way check out this beauty of the Pirates Hall of Famer. 

This card looks perfectly fine to me so I'm not sure why it is a PSA 6.  Thanks so much for sending this one my way. Note to self, don't send cards for grading.  I don't think I have the eye for it.

A Prestige Plate of former Mountaineer great Tavon Austin.   I'm sad that the Rams continue to not utilize the speedster. Free Tavon! 

Another Plate! This is a 2016 Bowman Platinum Gerrit Cole.

I'm sure I can speak for Dennis when I say it is always a bonus to have our chosen schools players featured in their college uniforms.

Some of the biggest names in Pirates history here. Love the Clemente.

Some great Topps Gold parallels. The Alex Presley is a great shot.  Also nice to get a Burnett featured in the Bucco uniform.

I don't fault the Pirates for taking Pedro Alvarez, but man oh man it would have been nice to have Buster Posey. 
If the Pirates are going to compete for the playoffs next year they really need Glasnow to be good. He has been a disaster so far at the MLB level.  

Last, but not least is a nice bunch of magazines featuring the Pirates (and Penguins) prominently.  I'm looking forward to looking at the Beckett more closely. I find those old Beckett's fascinating.  

Thanks so much for the surprise cards Dennis.  I look forward to getting you back! 

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