The Legend

The Legend

Saturday, December 16, 2017


I'm still fighting with my home computer which is starting to piss me off.  At some point I may just have to cut the cord and buy a new one.  In the meantime I'm going to get a second opinion from an IT friend of mine.  The issue doesn't really effect me keeping the blog active it just has put my scanning behind.  

2008-09 UD Exquisite Joe Alexander Auto /10

While I collect all things WVU, Alexander is one of the four players I actively search on eBay for on a regular basis (Steve Slaton, Pat White and Devin Ebanks are the other 3).  Alexander is kind of fun to collect because being a lottery pick gets you on a ton of cardboard.  He also flamed out so quick that his rookie releases were the only cards produced.  So a ton of cards out of the gate, but nothing new past the rookie year has given me ample time to accumulate most of his releases. 

I'm to the point now that I'm only looking for lower numbered parallels and autos. One thing I've learned about NBA cards is that even though the player is out of the league, the set itself can still make the card expensive. UD Exquisite is one of those sets.  Fortunately this auction ended much cheaper than I expected at $3.99.  In the past I've had to pay $15-25 range.  

I'm probably more excited about this card than I should be.  I realize that showing off failed NBA prospects is not a great way to generate traffic on a blog devoted to baseball cards.  That is kind of the reason I picked late Saturday night to write about it, but still wanted to get it on here to show a few of my WVU buddies. 

Thanks for reading!

Thursday, December 14, 2017

Favorite Card of 2017

P-town Tom is holding a contest in which all you have to do is post about your favorite card of 2017 to be entered.  Always nice when someone else decides a post topic for you.

Compared to the last couple of years I purchased far less current year cards.  Looking back my only consistent 2017 purchase was Pirate oriented Topps Now cards.  I really got into hunting some obscure late 90's, early 2000's Buccos which took a good part of attention away from current releases.

With all that being said, several cards from 2017 did pop up in my mind as being memorable.

Here are my 3 honorable mentions....

2017 Topps Now Jameson Taillon Auto /25

This makes the short list more because of the hunt than the actual card itself. For the longest time I had all the NOW releases that featured Pirates minus this auto.  A couple of these sat with high BIN prices on eBay, but I thankfully waited for one to hit auction.  Sure enough my patience paid off and I secured the auto. 

2017 Panini Unparalleled Quinton Spain /5

As most of you know I'm just as crazy about my WVU collection than my Pirates, but I just don't use the blog to show them off as much.  Much like my Pirates purchases this year, WVU current year acquisitions were few and far between.  One of those purchases stands out though....

Like most in our community I love the obscure. Maybe that middle reliever who gets his first card or obscure rookie that finally gets his first major release. They are always exciting cards to chase. When I found out former WVU offensive lineman Quinton Spain was getting his first major release I was all over it. Extra bonus points for it being a crazy ass diecut. 

2017 Topps Pro Debut Will Craig Auto /10

It would be a huge understatement to say that I've enjoyed having a Pirates affiliate in my backyard. I literally have a three minute drive to the stadium and can buy a standing room ticket for $8.  

Will Craig marks the third player to be represented in a WV Black Bears uniform for a major release. I've had my fingers crossed that Heritage Minors would feature a Black Bear, but so far only Pro Debut has come through.  Maybe next year....

Now for my favorite......

2017 Topps NOW Josh Harrison 

This card commemorates the first time in MLB history that a walk off homer ended a no hit bid.  Rich Hill was actually perfect through 8 innings but a Logan Forsythe error ended the perfect game bid. The back of the NOW card sets the stage for Harrison's walkoff in the 10th.

To me this card is perfect for several reasons.  You have a unique front and back of the card and it documents a first in MLB history moment.  I'm the first to admit the NOW program is walk off happy, but this one definitely warranted the card.  It showcases how good the NOW program can be.

Thanks for the contest Tom!  

Wednesday, December 13, 2017

My Card Collecting Friends are the Best

I'm constantly reminded that our collecting community is the best. While most of my trades are blind it still doesn't take away from how cool it is to have a mailbox full of cards.  This week has been extra special as I've had multiple holiday themed packages arrive.  Big thanks to my Secret Santa and Kin...I'll be showing those off soon. 

This weekend I received a package from custom card maker Gypsy Oak via my good pal Mark Hoyle.  Mark brought Gypsy Oak to may attention when I first got on Twitter.  He is an amazing artist. Give him a follow on Twitter.

Mark picked out some great customs.

Seriously, how cool are these!  Hard to pick a favorite, but I'm going with the Gypsy Oak Honus.  It is a thing of beauty.

Big thanks to both Mark and Gypsy Oak.  What a great surprise.

Tuesday, December 12, 2017


I've been working long hours the last couple of weeks in order to take a few extra days off around Christmas.  Time for cardboard has been limited, so I thought in order to relax we could all trip balls together.  Take us to that happy place Dock.

You have to love cards like this.  Kind of an oddball/custom hybrid. 

Now I'm starting to feel like I could pitch a no hitter......

It looks like the website for the Monarch Corona Printing Co is still active.  I know a few blogs have shown cards from this set.  The Moonlight Graham tends to be popular.

I believe these came courtesy of Brian from Collecting Cutch so big thanks to him.  I could blog for 5 years on the cards he has given me the last couple of months. 

Hopefully I can get back in the cardboard swing soon. 

Far out man...

Monday, December 11, 2017

For Those Participating in Secret Santa

Just a friendly reminder to make sure all packages reach their destination by Christmas. Also, if you blog about your gift or make a Twitter post let me know and I'll make sure to add it to the formal write up after Christmas. I try to read all the posts, but I'm sure some will fall through the cracks.  This helps introduce everyone who participated and a nice way for some of the newer bloggers to reach some new readers. 

Happy shopping!

Saturday, December 9, 2017

Sucker For Red

2005 Prime Patches Brian Giles Patch /25

If I see a Pirates patch card featuring the short lived red jersey I'm all over it.  While the jersey/patch card is largely played out they can still offer some uniqueness. When I saw this Giles jersey I knew I had to have it. I have a few variations of this card already, but I didn't care.  Long live weird alternate jerseys. 

Also for posterity I'm writing that both me and my 4 year old daughter are still alive as of 3pm Saturday.  My wife is NYC this weekend so that created an always entertaining Dad/daughter weekend.  So far today we've had a healthy breakfast at my local Dunkin Donuts and probably chase breakfast with an adventurous dinner that will likely feature french fries.  What can I say, my daughter enjoys fine dining.  

Tomorrow I plan on taking her to Target under the guise of Christmas Shopping.  That most definitely should read Dad looks/and likely buys baseball cards. #dadwins

Thanks for reading

Thursday, December 7, 2017

Summer of 74

Rat enthusiast and freelance author Matt Prigge recently sent me a package of Pirate goodness. Here is a link to Matt's blog if you don't follow him.  He is also active on Twitter so give him a follow on there as well.  

Matt is one of those collectors I envy because of his detailed want lists.  I'm sure many of you can work out a deal.  I need to take a look and hook Matt up with some return fire here soon! More people should collect Joey Votto.  He is awesome.  

Lets dig into the contents of the bubble mailer. 

I would be more on board with these if they used a different design than the flagship cards.  Does that stop me from wanting them in my collection......nope.  Matt was a nice enough to hook me up with several.

Here is Marte letting the snow hit his hands.
Cutch is taking time to admire a homerun and the beautiful snow. He may be under dressed for the weather.

Here are three prospects in the Pirates system that I've seen in Morgantown.  Kramer's stock went up this past year.

Some people don't like these team cards, but I'm a huge fan.  This is the gold parallel version.
Joakim Soria was a trade deadline rental a couple seasons back.  Topps Update to the rescue. 

The last gold card Matt sent is former fan favorite Garrett Jones. 
Nice to get a David Freese Pirate issue. Hopefully he'll get a few more releases next year.
Some SP goodness! My favorite is the Orlando Merced.
I remember how unattainable Leaf Limited seemed when it first came out.  I'll give Jeff King and his glorious mustache the win. 

I didn't remember Sportsflics having a release in 2000. 
Last but not least is some Pirate legend cards. These guys had pretty good careers....

Thanks for sending the cards Matt.  Always nice to establish new trade partners.  I'll be sure to hit you back soon.

Thanks for reading.

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

JBF Sends Every Pirate Auto and Relic Ever Made

You have to keep on your toes when dealing with Wes.  When I'm warned that a package is in route I feel like I have to rearrange my collection to make room for a possible dump truck load of memorabilia.  If you ever stop by my house make sure to visit the JBF wing.  It is a sight to behold. 

This time around Wes decided to go the traditional route and hit me up with a ton of hit cards.  I've already featured the WVU and Steelers portion.  The main event is the Pirate portion.  Enjoy a crap ton of pictures. 

The Pirates traded Herrera to the Mets for Marlon Byrd.  The Mets traded him to the Reds for Jay Bruce. 

Cole Tucker's stock in the Pirate system seems to be going up again.
Triple Threads relics are always welcome.
This is exciting! Chrome autos of established players don't come cheap.  You the man Wes!

A low numbered Chrome parallel!

It is raining Chrome
I think between all my blogging friends I have the whole relic team set of the Pirates.
Lambo was in a ton of sets a few years back, but only has about 50 MLB at bats to his name.  He was in line for some playing time at one point for the Buccos, but could not stay healthy.
Simple and beautiful

Alen Hanson was once one of the Pirates top prospects, but his bat started to disappear in AAA.  He made his MLB debut despite his offensive struggles.  Eventually he was designated for assignment and claimed by the White Sox. 

Huge fan of Inception autos.

Love me some Kendall.
Low numbered Cutch!!!!!
When Hanrahan was closing for the Buccos he would walk out to Slipknot.  Devil Horns!

Told you it was a bunch of cards!  You are a madman Wes, but I love you.  Thanks for all the great cards.