The Legend

The Legend

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Different Collections Different Rules

My Pirates collection is based around being a team collector. Of course I favor certain players, but I don't have a desire to chase every release.  I crave variety so I like to spread my money around. With WVU different rules apply.  While I have the same mentality, the player pool is much smaller. 

The core four in my collection are Pat White, Steve Slaton, Joe Alexander and Devin Ebanks. While I've always had a WVU collection, these four gave the collection the proverbial shot in the arm.  It allowed me to chase newer football and basketball releases that I had to ignore for the longest time because WVU had a significant gap in producing top round talent. Now WVU is producing top round talent on a more consistent basis so I don't accumulate as much of one player. 

Long story short the core four flamed out extremely quick.  While this is disappointing my collection is more based on my collegiate alliance than professional success. This creates a nice buyers market. The time period these guys were drafted (2008-2010) was also peak auto/relic time.  So I have tons of cards to chase and with the ~10 year time lapse I've accumulated a ton. 

While I'm no where close to having everything ever produced of these players, I am to the point where I'm adding mainly parallels.  Sometimes they are of the very unique variety like my most recent Pat White purchase

2009 Absolute Memorabilia Pat White Patch /5

That is a prominent Reebok patch.  While I enjoy adding autographs this is one of the more unique White cards in my collection.  If I'm going to spend a higher $ amount I normally favor players in the WVU uniform, but this was so unique I pulled the trigger. I'm happy to give this one a good home.

Thanks for reading!


  1. I didn't realize you collected those four especially, good to know. That is an absolutely (see what I did there?) badass patch!

    1. It just kind of happened naturally since there was a significant gap before and after those guys. Obviously there were players but only Bulger before and then probably Geno Smith and Tavon Austin after.

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    1. Yeah....easy to afford a draft bust than a current MLB'er

  3. That logo patch is crazy awesome!

  4. Uh-oh..I smell another JBF bomb in the air...

    Sweet White patch btw. That "brand logo" pops right out of the card.

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    1. He probably chose wisely...I wonder if he chose wisely?