The Legend

The Legend

Wednesday, April 25, 2018

Short Walk

The Pirates are a couple years removed from having Neil Walker on the active roster. Supposedly the Bucs had made an offer to keep him around, but the two sides could never come to terms. Kind of weird that Walker had to settle for so little this offseason, but I'm sure the Yankees didn't mind. Hard to believe that more teams weren't interested at one year 4 million.  While never the most durable he has been crazy consistent over the past 7 years.  2-3 WAR players don't grow on trees. 

2013 Topps Mini Neil Walker 1/1

I don't actively search for Walker cards these days.  My collection has most of the rookies and key autographs. Most of my needs are parallels which I don't actively chase. 

The card above sort of just fell into my lap. I was searching around for some trade bait and discovered a seller that was auctioning off a bunch numbered Topps mini cards. Turns out he had a 1/1 Platinum Walker.  For $10.50 I was able to add it to my collection. While nothing special looks wise it is always fun to add a rare card for a good price. 

Thanks for reading. 

Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Blog Bat Around - All Auto Team Non Pirates (That Also Feature Pirates)

I knew I wanted to do a non Bucco version of Zippy's Blog Bat Around.  After going through some cards I noticed that I had enough dual autos that I could give it a Pirate twist.  The hard part was the pitching.  Not many dual autos exist of the 70's Pirates so I had to rely on Gerrit Cole prospect cards. While the staff is weak, this offense can rake.

C - Carlton Fisk
Probably should 
1B - Frank Robinson 

2B - Joe Morgan    

SS - Derek Jeter  
3B - Miguel Cabrera  

OF - Bryce Harper 

OF - Duke Snider 

OF - Adam Jones 

SP -  Sonny Gray

SP - Zach Wheeler

SP - Dylan Bundy

 SP - Trevor Bauer

SP - Johan Santana 

P - Johnny Cueto

Bench 1 - Matt Holliday
 Bench 2 - Justin Morneau
 Bench 3 - David Wright

Bench 4 - Buster Posey 
Bench 5 - Ron Cey
Bench 6 - Joe Mauer 
Bench 7 - Andre Ethier 
Bench 8 - Mike Lowell

Bench 9 - Rod Carew

Bench 10 - Johnny Bench 

Bench 11 - Anthony Rendon 

Monday, April 23, 2018

Blog Bat Around - All Auto Team

My collection has always leaned towards autographs over the years so this latest Blog Bat Around is right up my alley. I was chomping at the bit to get started when Zippy got things going, but was out of town all weekend. It has been fun to see everyone's take on the project while on the road.  My attempt will only feature Bucco's since that is my bread and butter.

I decided to go with a full 25 man roster and some managers.  Obviously some big names are lacking here such as Honus Wagner, Clemente and Paul Waner.  Autographs of those guys can cost thousands. Thankfully the majority of Pirate greats have extensive auto catalogs.

The biggest weak spot for the Pirates over the years would be starting pitching.  Many of the best played in the pre war era so autos are either scarce or non existent.  Thankfully the Pirates had some relievers that revolutionized the position which more than made up for it.

GM - Neil Huntington

Managers - Danny Murtaugh, Chuck Tanner, Jim Leyland, Gene Lamont

C -   Manny Sanguillen

1B -  Willie Stargell

2B -    Bill Mazeroski

SS - Dick Groat 

3B -  Richie Hebner

OF - Ralph Kiner

OF- Dave Parker

OF - Andrew Mccutchen

Bench 1 - Al Oliver

Bench 2 - Bill Madlock 

Bench 3 - Jason Kendall 

Bench 4 - Brian Giles 

Bench 5 - Jason Bay

Bench 6 -  Freddy Sanchez

SP (ACE) -  Bob Walk

SP - John Candelaria
SP - Doug Drabek
SP - Gerrit Cole

SP-  Rick Rhoden
SP - Vern Law
RP - Elroy Face
RP - Kent Tekulve
RP - Mark Melancon

RP - Joel Hanrahan
RP - Jason Grilli 

Big thanks goes out to Zippy.  If time allows I may attempt a non Pirates version as well.  Had too much fun putting this one together.

Thanks for reading!