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Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Shoebox Legends

This is my first official package from Shane of Shoebox Legends fame, but not my first interaction. Back in September Shane, Mark Hoyle and myself met for dinner while I was in Providence and talked cardboard for several hours. It was by far the best part of my trip.  I have my fingers crossed that I can get up to the Boston/Providence area again sometime next year.

Last week a bubble mailer arrived from Shane. I've been sitting on it because I'm still digging out from JBF boxes, but finally got some time this evening to explore the contents.


This was my favorite card of the bunch Shane sent. It is a little hard to see, but this is numbered /399 and is on thick card stock. 


Players like Pedro Alvarez, Chris Carter and Mark Trumbo play in the wrong era. If this was the late 90's early 2000's teams would be lining up to pay them, but now they struggle to find consistent work. Teams just don't want to play one tool players and value positional flexibility these days, even in the AL. Out of the three, only Trumbo looks to get a multi year deal, but I have a feeling it will be a much smaller annual value then most expect. 

 This is a sharp looking card. I think Sid signs with a bible verse just about every time.

On a side note I was happy to see him sign for the Fan Favorites set as it is always one of my favorites, but really question the thought process of him being included. As most know he was involved in the most heartbreaking play when he scored the winning run in the 1992 NLCS as a member of the Braves.

Either way it works out for me as it was nice to see a certified auto of him in the Buccos uniform.
 Oddball!

 I'm pretty much retired from set building these days.  Shane helped me fill in a few loose ends on my incomplete sets.
 I was a Bunt fan.  It was a step in the right direction for budget sets.

Heritage had a ton of new Pirates this year. The Chad Kuhl rookie is a very welcomed addition. He is likely going to be in the rotation next year.

I don't have many Donruss Optic cards.  It is essentially Donruss Chrome. I dig the Marte. Speaking of Marte he and Gerrit Cole might be the faces of the franchise by the time Spring Training comes around. Pour one out for Cutch :(

Thanks for all the cards Shane. Glad we could break the ice via the blog.

Thanks for reading.

10 comments:

  1. Pedro always seemed to destroy the Redbirds-I couldn't agree with you more wrong era for his skill sets. Sid-must be bitter sweet as a former Pirate and Brave.

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    1. Pedro was a Cardinals killer. Every year he would have one month where he carried the team. His downfall came when his defense went to crap. He is pretty much an AL player only.

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  2. I remember having at least ten copies of that Maz/Stargell card "back in the day." It's the second time I've seen a card from that set on a blog this week.

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    1. We love our oddballs on the blogosphere.

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  3. No problem at all! I picked that Bream auto up for you on COMC because I think you made that same remark questioning his inclusion in the set when we were having dinner that night, thought you'd get a kick out of it.

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    1. I love the Bream auto. Wish he had more in the Pirates uniform. One of these days I'm going to get Topps to answer the question of "why in the sam hell did you put him in the Fan Favorites set."

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  4. Have you seen this?
    http://www.post-gazette.com/sports/Pirates-Blog/2016/11/23/Pirates-2017-promo-schedule-includes-Bob-Walk-bobblechair-giveaway/stories/201611230217?utm_campaign=Echobox&utm_medium=Social&utm_source=Twitter#link_time=1480008520

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    1. Oh yeah. It is going to take a lot to keep me away from that game.

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    1. Hopefully we will see a few more new oddball sets this year. The New Era and Walmart pizza was a nice start.

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