The Legend

The Legend

Thursday, March 22, 2018

Card Projects and Mini Collections (Blog Bat Around)

A few years back I took a long hard look at my collecting habits to better understand what I actually enjoyed.  The self reflection looked something like this....

 The biggest thing to come out of this was discontinuing set collecting.  I think at some point I would enjoy putting together a vintage set, but ultimately I want my money to go towards Pirate and WVU cards.  I guess I'm just not one to have a lot of "projects" going on in terms of my collecting. I didn't like that feeling of trying to get something to the finish line. That probably stems from always having to do that in my work life.

With that being said here is a list of what I consider my collections in order of emphasis. As you get further down the list I spend less and less money on that collection.

1. Pirates - Shocker, right? I don't give myself any guidelines to my collection outside of the financial aspect.  Obviously if you follow my blog the emphasis is more on "newer" cards.  With that being said I just like cards.  I'm not picky....Vintage, inserts, base, relics, autos...You name it I like it.

2. WVU - I'm a WVU Grad and also work there. Obviously WVU has been a big part of my adult life. It has been fun to tie that in with my favorite hobby.  Usually my only restriction is staying away from high draft picks to conserve funds.  This has proven wise as WVU has had some major draft busts in recent memory.  Guys like Joe Alexander, Pat White and Geno Smith have all seen their card prices plummet. While I hate seeing this it allows me to pick up cards at bargain prices.

3. Black Bears - This is my one true project.  I'm trying to get all the cards that show players in the Black Bear uniform.  While this seems lofty, it is quite easy.  The Black Bears have only been around for two seasons.  The only set to produce a major release is Topps Pro Debut.  While I try to get all the parallels, I don't kill myself over it.

4. Steelers - Before I got married I would constantly add cards on a regular basis.  In order to conserve funds this has become a blog trade only project.

5. Penguins -  In the same boat as the Steelers.  Love collecting them, but blog trade only.

So that is pretty much everything I collect.  No big surprises here.

Thanks for reading.

Wednesday, March 21, 2018

All Hail the Middle Reliever (Also I'm a Wizard)

A few weeks I had semi ranting post in which I said I get more excited about checklists than card design. I specifically made this joke. "Hey Matt this your left brain, that 2015 Panini Prizm set looks like shit." More powerful right brain....."that set has a Jared Hughes card!!!!!" 

Look at what I just bought. My words are magical.  Cards appear if I write about them. 

clemente rookie clemente rookie clemente rookie.

2015 Prizm Jared Hughes Fresh Faces Tie Dye /50

Design be damned! I think Prizm is the only set Hughes has signed for.  These type of cards are right in my wheelhouse. I already owned the base version, but the acid dropping parallel got my attention. I like to assume a former Pacific employee designed this card.  /snorts know what guys lets make it a diecut..../drops acid. I'm also thinking tie dye for the color scheme.  

All hail the middle reliever card! 

Thanks for reading. 

Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Sistine Chapel, Starry Night, Mona Lisa......Bob Walk!

It is going to take me a while to get things sorted from my latest package from Wes. In the meantime I wanted to bring some attention to two cards that I found among 20,000 Donruss Walk cards he sent.  Think I'm exaggerating? 

I got Walk'd .

It seems that Wes commissioned Gavin to do a couple special items that were buried in the bottom of his monster box. 

OH MY!!!! You know only the greatest athletes get the cut signature treatment.  Other Pirates to have cut signatures are Honus Wagner, Paul Waner and Clemente.  I'm sure if those guys were around today they would be happy to be associating with Bob Walk.

This was my favorite of the two.  More of Walk's signature hair and stache!

I figured with this latest package that Wes had some help.  This is obviously Gavin's work.  The other items are not so obvious, but I have an idea of some people that probably helped along the way.  Lot's of scanning to do on the other items.

Thanks so much Gavin for joining in on the fun with Wes.  These are truly unique items that I will cherish.  You did great work.

Thanks for reading!

Monday, March 19, 2018

The Greatest Pull in the History of Mankind

It's always exciting to open a pack and pull cards that fit perfectly in your collection.  I must have got drunk one evening and ordered these on eBay....

They look tampered with, but we will see what happens.  Looks like some guy named Zippy left a calling card.   

Whoa.....The factory really messed this pack up.  Bank error in my favor.

Have you ever pulled three Trout autos out of a pack.  This is basically that.
Grand Slam!

Ok, enough kidding around.  I was the recipient of a legendary Zapping from long time trading partner Kenny. If all repacks could be this fun.  One of the main calling cards of a good Zapping is plenty of prospect cards.
The Pirates first round pick from 2017 has impressed early in his career.
I just posted about Hayes.  I've been in buy mode with him as his cards seem very cheap for his prospect stats.
Pirates #1 prospect Mitch Keller!

I love Bowman Platinum.  Solid base cards that remind me of Finest.

Fingers crossed that Glasnow doesn't suck this year.  It has been a rough go for him at the MLB level.  Extremely tall pitchers just take a long time to find their groove.  Tyler has dominated all levels of the minors but it just hasn't translated to the big league level.

Cutch pondering if he is going to get traded.  The answer is yes, Cutch.

I'm a frequent purchaser of Pro Debut cards because they were the first set to feature the Black Bears. Fingers crossed that Heritage Minors will make one soon.  Pour one out for Cole, too.
Some fun names in Pirate history right here.  Lillibridge was one of the key names that netted Adam LaRoche for the Buccos.  Mclouth got traded to make way for Cutch.  Stewart continued the long stretch of the Yankees providing catching depth to the Pirates.  Can't wait for future Buccos Gary Sanchez and Luis Torrens...!

Zippy has started playing around with hockey! Here are a bunch of current Pens.  Pittsburgh has been spoiled during the Crosby era.  My favorite of the bunch is international sex symbol Phil Kessel.
I love goalie cards.  Doug from Sportscards From The Dollar Store has a mask collection which is really cool.
5 Walk cards!

Teke and the Candy Man.  Two all time great cardboard guys.
Last but not least is a Jack Wilson card I don't think I had.  What a way to round out some awesome additions.  Thanks Kenny!

Thanks for reading!

Sunday, March 18, 2018

Penny Sleeves Make for a Good PWE

I'm getting excited for the rare match up between the only Division 1 schools in WV. Marshall and WVU use to play on a regular basis but the commitment ended in 2015.  Nice to see a game with so much on the line.  WVU has a dominant advantage in the all time series, but the games have always been close.  

On to a mail day with a nice basketball theme.  

Jon from A Penny Sleeve for your thoughts recently hit with a PWE that hit some of my non Pirates collections. 

 I've been making some process in accumulating some recent West cards.  I went for a stretch right before I started blogging where I was adding on a regular basis and then I hit a dry spell.  Now thanks to Jon and many other bloggers I'm starting to heat up again.

WVU hasn't had much success in putting players in the NBA lately so West often times is the lone guy to look for.
 Rock those tiny shorts Jerry!
 I've long been a sucker for canvas cards so Turkey Red was always a favorite for baseball.  Nice to see the basketball variety.

Now for a couple of legendary Steelers.

 If you weren't a fan of the Steelers during Bettis's peak you probably hated watching them.  He was the ultimate football closer because his style would just milk a clock.

I didn't remember the "Sensations" Fleer Ultra set.  Classy looking with the fancy borders.
 The Steelers don't screw up much when determining what players to sign and which ones to let go via free agency.  Woodson was one of the rare misses.  He would go on and play a ton more productive years after he left Pittsburgh.

Ending with fire here.  Yeah, it is a Braves card, but Walk transcends normal team alliances. I often joke that any Braves issued Walk card is good for a free admission in any Atlanta area strip club. Actually that is not a joke.  It works, trust me....!

Thanks for the nice surprise Jon.  I'll try to find something nice to hit you back with.  

Thanks for reading! 

Saturday, March 17, 2018

Julie Sends the Old and the New

I actually had this post ready yesterday, but my brother and I opened a few too many heavy stouts while watching the WVU game.  Friends don't let friends blog while inebriated. Glad WVU pulled out the win! 

Julie is a frequent trade partner who always seems to find something unique for me.  The first thing I saw when opening the envelope had me super pumped. 

The Senior Professional League! I've seen these several times over the years on the blogs and always wanted some for myself.  Thanks to Julie she hit me up with a ton of former Buccos.  A lot of the late 70's Pirates played in this league. 

Part of me loves this idea, but its not hard to see why the league folded after just 2 seasons. The novelty of seeing some of your old favorites wears off after a few games.  At least it was immortalized through cardboard! 

 Rennie Stennett still looks like he could play today.

 I kind of want an Orlando Juice uniform!
 I bet Oliver could still hit the hell out of the ball.
 My favorite of the bunch!

 Pagan is probably best know for knocking in Stargell in game 7 of the 71 World Series that proved to be the series winning run.

 Ted works out!
 How about a 49 Bowman of Bob Chesnes!

Julie also decided to drop the Heritage Pirates on me which is greatly appreciated. I liked this years set, but it seems like the Pirate checklists are going to be really small in the Topps releases this year. Doesn't really warrant going to pick up a box.

 Nice to see a Cervelli card.  Hopefully he can stay healthy this year.
 Pumped to see a few more Felipe Rivero cards.  Flies under the radar, but he quickly turned into one of the more dominating relievers out there.  Looks like the Pirates made out like bandits in the Mark Melancon trade.
Also included is two SP's! David Freese doesn't have a ton of Pirate cards out there so this is a nice get. Thanks Julie!

As usual you hit a homerun Julie.  Thanks for thinking of me. I'll continue to scope out some unique cards for your collection.

Thanks for reading!