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Sunday, April 23, 2017

Back to My Comfort Zone

1999 Fleer Skybox Premium Star Rubies Jason Kendall /50

After showing off the ugliest card ever I feel like my blog needed a cleanse.  I needed to show something that is more in my comfort zone.  Enter late 90's parallels! 

I've shown a few star rubies cards since I started blogging, but this is by far the biggest name. Kendall and Brian Giles were the faces of the franchise in the late 90's. He was such a unique talent being that he was a catcher who had above average speed. Plus you have to go all the way back to Kent Tekulve to find someone with as many cool cards as Jason Kendall.  This is probably in my top three all time Kendall cards.

I'm slowly forgetting that SP Signature Edition card from yesterday....

Saturday, April 22, 2017

This May be the Ugliest Card I Own

2012 SP Signature Edition Bay/Francouer/Mauer/Willis Auto /20

I found this card on eBay not long after it listed and put it on my watch list. I pretty much hate everything about this card and yet here we are. Please make fun of me in the comments as I deserve every insult for owning this card. The allure of adding a new Jason Bay to my collection was just too much for me to handle.

While I'm not a super collector, Bay holds a special place in my collecting heart. I just enjoy adding cards of his no matter how crappy the design.  You put Polanco or Cutch on this card and I easily pass on it. 

Good lord this card is ugly......but it is mine. 

Thanks for reading.

Thursday, April 20, 2017

HSCA Delivers Mike Fetters and Bob Walk

Brian is one of the lucky ones that has card shows and shops at his disposal. I'm not that jealous though because Brian is always looking out for me.  Each time I get package it is chalk full of unique items.

Speaking of unique.  Where in the heck did you find this Brian?  How cool is this! 

Kevin Newman has become a legitimate high end prospect.  He is likely the shortstop of the future who might make his debut at some point next season. 

 Brian is starting to learn his obscure Mountaineers!

 I love this card, but now it makes me sad :(

 Jay Bell left Pittsburgh before the parallel/auto/relic explosion.  Always a fan favorite, I'm pumped that Brian found this.
 Another unique item.  Yes this is part of a used 79 World Series ticket.  With inflation that seat now cost 42 million dollars.

I'm a huge team card fan and also have a nice collection of manager cards.  This nails both spectrum's.

 A nice parallel of Josh Harrison.  If he could ever learn some plate discipline he would be a super valuable player.  Did you see a couple games back when he was hit by a pitch in four consecutive plate appearances....Ouch
 Fleer have several short lived fancy looking sets from this era.  Some of my favorites to find Buccos from. Love this Kevin Young!
Professional drinker Jung Ho Kang.
 Brian continues his WVU dominance. The Quincy Wilson east/west game card from Ultra is my favorite.
 Brian really helped my team set with all these GQ Buccos.
 Sexy beast Mike Fetters.

 I'm pro mascot card!
 A card I forgot to show yesterday with the Donruss break.
Sorry Mike Fetters, you are still a distant second to Mr. Walk.

Thanks for the trade Brian.  What an eclectic bunch of cards and memorabilia.  A+ effort my friend.

Thanks for reading.

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Walk, Papoy, HSCA Collaboration #19

I think this is actually number 20 as I need to go back and post my portion of a Finest box from February. This time around I'll be showing my portion of a box of Diamond Kings busted by Brian of HSCA fame.

Of all the boxes we've opened in our collaboration, DK has delivered the most. On multiple occasions we have hit low numbered patches and autographs.  While my portion of this break didn't deliver a monster and did help my Pirates collection.

 The base cards of Diamond Kings all have a canvas feel to them. Like most Panini products the old time players look the best.  This Honus Wagner card is super cool.

 Here is Max Carey looking like my Dad when he was pissed at me as a child.
 A very young Paul Waner.
Watching Aaron Judge take batting practice is now on my bucket list.  Good lord can he murder a baseball. He just pulverized a hanging curve tonight.

 Here are a couple of silver frame cards. The Don Larsen is pretty cool while the Chipper is boring.

 A sampling of a few more base cards. It was nice to get both the Waner brothers in my break.

Now for my hit!
Obviously I was pretty happy that Brian pulled a Pirate.  We had been on quite a dry run pulling Pirate hits. Josh Bell will have a little more pressure to produce now that Marte is suspended. Hopefully he can have a big year.

Brian also threw in some cool extras in which I'll have a separate post tomorrow.  Here is a sneak peak of one of the cool items.

How cool is that!

Thanks for the break Brian.

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Trade: The Lost Collector

I've received some interesting things over the years in trades, but this has to be near the top of the list.

Yup, that is an inflatable parrot courtesy of The Lost Collector.  I'm not sure how he ended up with it, but my daughter thanks you.  She has been carrying it around everywhere. 

Of course AJ threw in some great cards. 

I really like this Rhoden auto.  He doesn't have much in way of certified autos so this is a nice addition. Extra bonus for pill box cap. 

Donruss Signatures is an all time great set.  How fun would it be to open a box! 

I really wish John Jaso was a little more productive.  Just imagine the marketing with him being a Pirate. The possibilities are endless.

Nice to see some Chris Stewart Pirates cards. One of 9000 former Yankee catchers to find a home in Pittsburgh. I often joke that it is just a matter of time before Gary Sanchez is a Pirate.

Jason Grill sporting Doug Drabek hair!

Thanks for the great cards AJ! The inflatable parrot was great.  Where in the heck did you get it?

Thanks for reading! I'm going to go back to being mad about Marte's suspension.

Monday, April 17, 2017

Ed Sprague Will Break You

2000 Topps Stadium Club First Day Issue /100

What a cool picture.   It looks like Ed Sprague came off the top rope to destroy that poor catcher.

This marks the second day in a row showing off a first day issue parallel from Stadium Club. A seller that I frequently purchase from had a bunch of these go off on the same day.  Of course they didn't have the one I was specifically looking for off of my white whale list (Al Martin) but the Sprague is still super cool. 

On a different note I had a very close call with a package I sent to the Card Papoy in France. Normally I just throw the item directly into a mailbox, but for this latest package I threw it in my work mail.  Well, I don't think the package made it out of Morgantown. It was returned to me in about a week with the envelope badly damaged from what looked to be water.  Thankfully the contents were fine as the cards were in team bags and padded envelopes.  The envelopes were then put into one big shipping envelope.  My guess is the water damage faded the shipping address to the point where it wasn't legible and only my return address was able to be read.  The good thing is I print my own postage so I think I should be able to get a refund by using the reprint option since the postage was never scanned in the local post office. 

So for those who have sent me cards to send to France, they are fine and will hit the mail again this week....hopefully with better results.

Hope everyone had a nice Easter.  

Thanks for reading. 

Saturday, April 15, 2017

Keith Osik Copies Jason Kendall

2000 Topps Stadium Club Keith Osik First Day Issue /150

Wait a second, that is not Jason Kendall.  As most of you know I love showing off Kendall cards because no one has as much variety as the former Bucco backstop. It was a pleasant surprise to find such a unique card of his backup Keith Osik.

Osik somehow managed to stay in the league for parts of 10 seasons.  His career WAR total was -0.9! Maybe it helped that Osik learned a bunch of positions as his career went on.

I've always liked the First Day Issue parallels from Stadium Club.  I'm actively looking to acquire the Al Martin version from the same set. If you find it, you will be rewarded with all the finest meats and cheeses in all the land.

Friday, April 14, 2017

I'm a Dirty Cheater

Yesterday I posted a fancy Jason Bay card as my entry to Peter's contest.  It seems that Peter had made a rule that I overlooked in that the card needs to be worth no more than $15.  As much as I pride myself on being able to find deals, that card cost more that $15.  So lets try this again....

Jason Bay Sweet Spot Signatures Red Ink /35

I'm sure this card will eventually fade like many other Sweet Spot autos, but for now I can still enjoy it. This set had a ton of Jason Bay cards in it.  Of the lowered number parallels this one took me the longest to find at a good price.  I want Upper Deck to get a baseball license so bad. 

Peter, I hope you are not trolling me.  I better not see that post say less than $5 tomorrow....

Thursday, April 13, 2017

My Favorite Baseball Card of My Favorite Baseball Player

My good pal Peter from Baseball Every Night just recently turned a year old.  In honor of the occasion he is forcing everyone to write a blog post.  He has that kind of power.

For those who follow my blog, I often talk about how I enjoy collecting obscure sets and accumulating weird parallels of long forgotten Pirates.  That is probably the portion of my collection that is closest to my heart. The thing is though is that my favorite player Jason Bay doesn't have many of the cards I enjoy chasing.  So I just decided to pick the one that has the most Wow factor. If he had a Circa Rave card or a Skybox Premium Rubies, that would have been my choice.

Jason Bay's tenure with the Pirates started right at peak relic/auto craze. So I don't have a ton of fun parallels to chase, but plenty of hits.  Bay was the first active Pirate to get cards in just about every high end release. Such was the case with this Ultimate Collection triple auto in which Bay is by far the successful player of the three.  An oft injured outfielder and a bad defensive shortstop is no match for the pride of Canada.  :)

Happy one year Peter.

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

King of Queen

2017 Topps Gypsy Queen Tyler Glasnow Auto

I was at Target again the other day, but I decided to forgo the card isle this time around. Figured I better quit while ahead with Gypsy Queen after my incredibly lucky blaster last week. Instead I went on eBay looking to grab one of Tyler Glasnow's autos. 

For whatever reason base autos out of Gypsy Queen seem to sell much cheaper than sets like flagship and Heritage. I was able to get this rookie auto for less than ten bucks.  Not too shabby.  

I was shocked that Glasnow made the team out of spring training. He had already accomplished everything you could in the minors, but it just not the Pirates way of doing business. Service time is always an issue and just about everyone was thinking it would be June by the time he would be in Pittsburgh. 

If you don't know much about Glasnow he is one of those big time boom or bust prospects.  He is a big kid that throws really hard, but like most big guys he has command issues. Obviously him reaching his potential would do wonders for the Pirates postseason chances. You just have to expect meltdown outings like his first start on Monday where he couldn't get out of the 3rd inning. 

Yay for cheap on card autos!  

Thanks for reading. 

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

A Possible Helpful Hint With Topps Now

As most of you know I like picking up Topps Now cards.  I soured on them early, but they recaptured my attention with better subject matter around the All Star break last year.  With a year in the books I've been reevaluating how I pick them up.

For team collectors it really doesn't benefit you to buy directly from Topps.  Even with new programs the bottom line price is still higher than most BIN prices on eBay. The big question now is to pay $6 or $7 bucks at release on eBay or roll the dice and wait and pick them up later.

For those who want to pick them up on eBay I recommend ebay seller spw2214.  He prices the cards at $6.99 when they go on sale and has a best offer function.  He recently accepted my $6 offer the other day.

One thing I did notice at the end of last year is that some sellers were dumping inventory and created some nice team sets of Topps Now Cards.  In hindsight this would have saved me a significant amount of money if I would have not purchased at time of release.  Many of these had BIN prices that would work out to be $4 to $5 a card.  It is probably worth watching out for if your team doesn't have a ton of sought after rookies.  Rookies seem to be the only cards that sell on the secondary market.

Hope this helps you save a few bucks.  Here are a couple of recent Now purchases.

Thanks for reading.

Sunday, April 9, 2017


2004 Fleer Greats of the Game Bill Mazeroski Auto

This past Thursday I received a great package from long time trade partner Jim, aka GCRL.  It was a dual headlining package featuring this beautiful Maz auto and a trio of local Minnesota beers.  I'll wait to post about the beers once I have consumed the last of the three.  

I knew this card was coming as Jim warned me as soon as I updated my white whale list. Still it doesn't take away from the excitement.  The Greats of the Game auto sets are some of the more desirable on the secondary market so they are not the easiest to secure.  Thanks to Jim I'm off to a nice start with the new white whales.  I'm soooooo excited to have this card.  

I'm already close to having another pile of cards for you my friend, so rest assured you will be getting a few heavy hitters.  Also, I'll secure some cool local beers for you and your coworkers to sample. Cheers my friend.

Thanks for reading.  

Saturday, April 8, 2017

Always Something New

When I trade with John from Johnny's Trading Spot I'm sure to receive a pile of unique Pirates. It seems that John has just as many Pirate cards as myself! This time around John hooked me up with a lot of newer Buccos and a few of my early 2000's favorites.

 Let's start things off with a psychedelic Kendall.  97 Fleer was a crazy set full of weird designs.Most people seem to not like it. All I know is that this Kendall is awesome. Jason Kendall is a cardboard god!

Numbered to 1999. This one didn't scan well.  It is pretty sharp in person. 

 Donruss was subtle with their brand placement.....

 The Honus and Pops are both super cool here.
 Some of my favorite guys here.  Jack Wilson was one of the longest tenured Pirates in the last 20 years. I loved watching him play defense.

 John sent me a good bit of Bowman. The Taillon's are the big gets here.  Man oh man, was Tony Sanchez a huge bust.

 John was nice enough to send a nice group of the 2017 flagship Pirates. The Polanco was by far the best photo of any of the Buccos.

 If I recall correctly I don't think Bay even hit a homerun in the derby that year.  The Aki Iwamura signing by the Buccos turned out to be a disaster.

 I think this may have been my favorite card of the bunch.  I forgot how thick these prospect cards were.  Also, it was impossible to miss the serial numbering on these.

 John is even sending me WVU cards now!

I'm always looking for new to me Freddy Sanchez cards. It has been a long time since I've added one. When I saw this one I thought I had it, but it was a different parallel.  New Sanchez!

Thanks for all the cards John. I'll be sure to hit you back soon.

Thanks for reading!