The Legend

The Legend

Wednesday, April 4, 2018

Old Obscure and Odd

Certain cards have that "wow" factor.  I think this is one of them. 


You know its old when Pittsburg is spelled without the (H).  This was part of my most recent package from international madman Wes.  For a little added flair he tucked this in an old Pirate magazine that I show further down.  

T206 cards have great visual appeal. Something cool about hold a 100+ year card. I'm also thinking about dressing as Lefty Leifield for Halloween.  

 An old newspaper that I really haven't got to dig into. I do like the story about Al Simmons topping Lou Gehrig as batting champ in the American League.

 This is the magazine that yielded a T206. Nice shot of Vern Law.

This is an autograph of Eddie Miller.  He doesn't have any affiliation with the Pirates, but he is from Pittsburgh.  His best years were as a Red in the mid 40's. 


The second package that Wes hit me up with on the same day was a crazy amount of WVU cards. Over the past two weeks he has sent me just about every WVU card known to man.  This latest batch had a nice theme of more obscure Mountaineers, many of whom only have a couple card releases. I scanned every single one in the bunch.

I'm a huge Contenders fan because of the deep checklist. If a Mountaineer is a late round pick or goes undrafted this is usually the set to find them in.
Another obscure auto.  Panini dominates Topps in this regard.


Offensive Lineman card!

While I collect any WVU player, extra bonus when they are featured in the college uniforms.
Team sets are the best. These need to come back!

Only one of three guys who has their number retired by the Mountaineer football team.

USFL team names are top notch! Buggs was at WVU when Bobby Bowden was the coach


Quincy Wilson was always a favorite while he was at WVU.  He was the starting running back my sophomore year of college.

I also really dig the Lovett Purnell card.
Kicker alert! WVU has produced several successful NFL kickers.  Barrett Green was a crazy man at WVU.  I don't know if I can look this up, but I would guess he is among the leaders in late hit penalties.
Beasley and Logan both had long NFL careers.

The CFL Jock Sanders card is awesome.   I actually didn't know that card existed.
Bulger and Jeff Hostetler have probably been the most successful WVU/ NFL quarterbacks.  Hopefully one day Geno gets a chance to play on a team with a good offense.
Topps Total is awesome no matter the sport.
I'm pro bringing back any Pacific cards!

Keaton actually transferred away from WVU and finished his career at James Madison.
Backward hat cards are not just for backup QB's.
I think this was my favorite card of the bunch.  Arena Football League!!!! Wes Ours was did a little bit of everything at WVU. He started out on the defensive side of the ball and then moved to offensive line and fullback. He was blocked for two of the best backs in school history (Amos Zereoue and Avon Cobourne).
Chrome patches always look nice.

These were so much fun to look through Wes.  Did you have help on this bunch?  You found some of the more obscure WVU cards I've ever seen.  These plus what you sent a few weeks back are a collection in itself.  I'm so happy to have them.

Thanks for reading!

24 comments:

  1. Nice bunch of stuff! The old baseball stuff is outstanding but the college collector in me really likes the mix of WVU cards you got. Let's just start calling Wes "Other Barry Halper"

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    1. Wes sent me a Tweet with Barry Halper on it.

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  2. Wes has a lot of free time! Harassing you likely keeps him out of trouble with the law. The 206 is a sweet card in excellent condition. Very nice Matt!

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    1. Ha. We like to have fun with it. He definitely is going out with a bang here.

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  3. I scooped most off comc. Just did a little research

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    1. Very impressive! You found some great cards, several of which I didn't even no existed.

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  4. Of your recent posts featuring stuff from Wes, this is definitely my favorite... there is literally too many great things here comment on! I envy you for being able to get packages like this, but I sure am glad that I don't have to try and come up with something in return.

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    1. While I always try to find some nice things to throw back his way, I'll never be able to truly thank him $ to $. The key to his madness is that he doesn't care. He has narrowed his focus a good bit card wise so I always try to hit him with bigger pieces to be centerpieces of those current collections.

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  5. That news paper would be a lot of fun to page through. Nice grab!

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    1. Having it tucked in an old magazine was vintage Wes.

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  7. Had no idea Helen Hicks was victorious over Barbara Lee.

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  8. That's a fine looking T206. I like how he made you hunt for it. Did he give you a hint? Or did you happen to be flipping through the magazine and it fell out?

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    1. It fell out when I started thumbing through the magazine. He checked to make sure I found it.

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  9. T206 cards are definitely museum pieces in and of themselves.

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    1. Yeah, I love them. Now someone needs to see me a Honus Wagner.

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  10. That's not a shabby Mountaineer collection. I really like the one from the old game program. I'd like to find those sets, at a reasonable price. They are something my collection is sorely missing.

    Also, I don't understand why the schools can't product those these days.

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    1. Loved seeing guys like Barrett Green and Canute Curtis.

      I know certain schools like Michigan and Notre Dame got major releases, but you don't see any independent sets being made. I'm actually kind of surprised brands like Choice that make all the minor league sets haven't tried to get into that game. The licensing must be outrageous.

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    2. I'm sure it is, but I feel the schools could do something themselves inside programs...there's no licensing fee for that!

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    3. Yeah I agree. I have been seeing someon selling customs on eBay. He has been getting good money for Will Grier cards.

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    1. You have sent me a few over the years!

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