The Legend

The Legend

Tuesday, December 27, 2016

Everything but the Kitchen Sink

My trading with Dennis from Too Many Verlanders has taken a life of its own.  We've slowed down the amount of packages to focus on some higher end cards.  This is mostly due to the fact that I've been having a little more trouble than usual securing Tiger cards.  So instead of every month or two we are more quarterly focused.  This in turn has made for some crazy trades.

I previewed this beauty the other day.

While I did everything but shout on rooftops to let everyone know I loved this card it was only one of many heavy hitters in the package....

 Of active Pirates, Cutch is still by far the most desirable on the secondary market. I've made it known on several occasions that I rarely look for new cards of the Pirate center fielder.  He just has too many super collectors to compete with.

When I saw this Bowman Originals auto pop out I was crazy pumped.  I think this is the first time I've received a Cutch auto in trade.  This card is a reissue of the Aflac rookie.
 Now we've reached ludicrous speed.

Holy crap,  a second Cutch auto! Dennis wasn't messing around this time. He went above and beyond with this trade package.  You my friend are crazy.

This is probably one of the more clear red ink autos I've seen from this set. The baseball signatures have a tendency to fade, but this one has held up just fine. Awesome card from a great set.

Dennis knows my collecting soft spots.  Bay autos are always welcomed.

 The craziness continues!  This is a cool cut auto of Pirate legend Ralph Kiner.

 Like Dennis, I'm a huge college collector.  Extra bonus if the guys featured are in their school colors. Panini Contenders is always a great set for the college collectors.
 I've completed "Mountaineers" once before on these letterman cards.  They look great if you can manage to find them all.
 The Steelers still utilize the tight end a good bit even after the retirement of Heath Miller.  James had a few big games at the beginning of the season as a red zone threat.

 IP Dan Miceli auto.  It looks like the sun was in his eyes.
 The Pirates probably paid the price bringing up Pedro Alvarez a little to early.  The power was ready but the discipline just never came.

 Polamalu was a fun guy to watch play.  I wish he retired on better terms with the Steelers.

Big Ben seems to actually get better every year. Love the Miami of Ohio UD card.

 Hines was my main collecting focus during my Steeler collecting hey day.

 I love this card.  Jagr is a freak of nature. He is a 1000 years old yet somehow still manages to stay productive.  One of these years I hope he can reconcile with the Pens and retire with them.

Pac Man is still going strong with the Bengals.  I think he had his coming to Jesus moment early in his career and realized his career might be going out the window.  Nice to see him right the ship.

Holy crap Dennis!  You really got me good with this one.  Time for me to game plan and see what 2017 will bring.  It will be fun my friend.


  1. It's not just you--we've both slowed down a bit in finding stuff, plus I tend to like to send a few larger packages instead of smaller ones anyway. Regardless, our trades this year were great! Glad you liked the stuff. I was pretty geeked about this one, especially the Cutches.

    1. I agree, I like our trading pace now too. It allows me to really shop around for great deals. My hope is to add a couple shows a year to help with trade bait, but they are just so few and far between in my area.

  2. You took the words right off of my keyboard... "Holy crap Dennis!"

  3. One of Jagr's first teammates was Bryan Trottier, who debuted in the NHL 1975.

    Is Jagr the Julio Franco of Hockey?

    1. Jagr has played at such a high level for so long. He even left to play overseas for a while.

  4. He's Julio Franco in age only, the guy is a Top 5 player of all time

    1. You can easily make that argument for top five. I think what makes him so successful is that he understands his limitations that come with being an older player.